Today in Sports History: January 23

At Madison Square Garden, in New York City a six-foot-eight, 300 pound-man with long blond hair and tan skin, came out into the arena to his theme song, Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger.’. TheWhile reigning World Wrestling Federation (WWF) champion, six-foot and 258 pound Iron Sheik was ready to defend his title.

In 1984, American professional wrestler Hulk Hogan defeated Iranian professional wrestler Iron Sheik and won his first World Wrestling Federation (WWF) championship belt. Hulk Hogan became the first wrestler to escape the “camel clutch,” which was Iron Sheik’s signature and favorite move. Hulk Hogan went on to become a 12-time world champion – six-time WWF/WWE Champion and six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion – and a WWE World Tag Team Champion with Edge. His six combined wins made him the second longest-reigning WWE Champion of all time placing him behind Italian-American wrestler, Bruno Sammartino.

Hulk Hogan was also the longest-reigning champion during the 1980s, holding the title for 1,474 days from 1984-88. His six combined major wins in the WCW made him the longest-reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion of all time along with a 469-day reign from 1994 to 1995. Hogan also won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991 which made him the first wrestler to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles and major championships.

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