50 Greatest WWE Superstars ★ Then and Now

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Reasons why he’s on my list: Iron Sheik was the one who passed the torch on to Hulk Hogan. He was a transitional champion in the WWE when he won the belt in December 1983, only to drop it a month later to Hogan.

He stayed in the title hunt for a while, but moved over to the Tag Team division forming a team with Nikolai Volkoff that won gold.

He left the WWE in 1988 and returned in 1991 as Colonel Mustafa and aligned with Sgt. Slaughter. This run was unsuccessful and he left again a year later. The reason it failed was because they took a former WWE Champion and changed his name.

It’s for his time as The Iron Sheik that he’ll be remembered, with his great promos, wrestling and overall character that saw him inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

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