In worlds-I-never-thought-would-cross news, former WWE world champion, dude I watched rassle during my childhood, and certified crazy person, The Iron Sheik, tweeted about Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin over the weekend.
THE ALEX OVECHKIN SOON TO HE BE NIKOLAI VOLKOFF OF THE HOCKEY
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) November 7, 2015
“The soon to he be Nikolai Volkoff of the hockey?” Hm. I’m going to need to put my thinking cap on for this one.
[Spends two hours reading vintage wrestling articles.]
Okay, so I think I got it.
The Iron Sheik won his only WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983, when he defeated Bob Backlund. Four weeks later, Sheik dropped the title to Hulk Hogan (who went on to be champion for four years). After Sheik’s title reign, he formed a tag team with the man he mentioned in his tweet, Nikolai Volkoff.
Volkoff was a villainous Russian heel who would sing Soviet Union’s national anthem before every match. After he was done, Sheik would grab the microphone and proclaim “Iran number 1, Russia number 1.” He would also spit after saying “USA.”
At the first ever WrestleMania, on March 31, 1985, Sheik and Volkoff captured the tag team championship from The U.S. Express (Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham). This moment is what both wrestlers are best known for in their careers.
So what I think (keyword: think) Sheik is saying is that Ovechkin is about to become the Russian champion (leading goal scorer) of the NHL.
I asked Caps superfan Goat, who contributes to the Chad Dukes Wrestling show, if he thought I was right because who knows. This gibberish could mean anything.
“That would be my guess, since when they were at their heights of popularity and success, Nikolai was the equivalent of the apex of Russian humanity,” Goat said.
So there you go.
I’ll leave you with this.
P.S. – Volkoff lives in Maryland now and ran for state delegate in 2010. You can’t make this stuff up.
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