WWE legend Hulk Hogan breaks silence over death of fierce rival The Iron Sheik

WWE legend Hulk Hogan has broken his silence on the death of fellow legend and fierce rival The Iron Sheik.

The Iron Sheik passed away earlier this week at the age of 81, his family confirmed through his social media profiles, paying tribute to a one-time WWE Champion.

His antics on Twitter delighted wrestling fans as The Sheik often tweeted at famous faces including fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan and ex-US president Donald Trump to "f**k themselves".

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And yesterday, June 8, Hogan – real name Terry Gene Bollea – paid tribute.

"Today, we honor the legacy of a wrestling icon. Rest in peace, Iron Sheikh. The wrestling world has lost a true legend, and Sheikh's contributions to our industry will never be forgotten," he wrote on Facebook.

He continued: "I'll always cherish the battles we had in the ring. Our matches were intense, and our rivalry was legendary. We shared a bond that only fellow wrestlers can understand.

"Iron Sheikh's unique charisma, undeniable talent, and unforgettable personality made him an unforgettable figure in the hearts of wrestling fans worldwide. His legacy will continue to inspire generations of wrestlers to come.

"Rest in peace, Iron Sheikh. You will always be remembered as a true warrior of the ring."

The Iron Sheikh'santics outside the ring though included peeing on himself during a radio interview and brawling with fellow wrestlers in a mad backstage bout against Canadian Football League players.

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He appeared to be as tough outside the ring as he was within it, as evidenced by his raging and bitter fight against Dave Fleming.

A bust-up between CFL star Fleming and WWE legend Bruno Sammartino saw The Iron Sheik involve himself in the mania of the moment, with a group of sports stars throwing hands at one another.

It seems the Sheik was more than capable of handling some rough and rowdy ways backstage, with a physical fight breaking out between Hossein, Bruno and the CFL players.

Fighting was often on the mind of The Sheik, and even in his final years, he was calling out people and on one occasion, fictional animals, for a fight.

The Daily Star previously reported the wildcard Sheik's desire to square off against Cocaine Bear, the animal protagonist of the recent movie of the same name.

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