I’d listen to him. There have been so many wrestling matches over the years that there is no way to keep track of them all. Between matches that have headlined WrestleMania to matches held in front of ten people at a local YMCA, there is no way of knowing how many matches have taken place over the history of wrestling. Some stand out more than others though and now a legend has weighed in on the most important ever.
The WWE On Fox Twitter account sent out an image asking fans what they felt was the most important match in wrestling history. The Rock responded to the tweet, picking the Iron Sheik vs. Hulk Hogan in Madison Square Garden on January 23, 1984. Rock called the match a seminal moment for the historic implications which also had a bounty thrown into the mix.
The match in question saw Hogan defeat the Iron Sheik to become WWF Champion for the first time in his career and is considered the birth of Hulkamania in the company. There have long since been rumors of a bounty on the match, with Iron Sheik being offered money to break Hogan’s leg and end his career. However, the rumor has mostly since been debunked, with several parties involved denying the story.
Hogan vs Sheik. NYC. Garden. 1984.
(seminal match with historic implications and a legit bounty thrown in the mix)
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 14, 2021
I’d call it back. Check out the match in question, plus a few more candidates, at least of the modern era:
Opinion: This is a pretty fair pick for the most important match ever, at least in modern times. The match more or less kicked the door off the hinges of the old generation and ushered in the modern era, changing the wrestling game forever all at once. You do not see something like that happen very often but Hogan and Iron Sheik pulled it off, which is quite the trick no matter how you look at it.
What do you think of Rock’s pick? What match would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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