Bob Backlund/Iron Sheik and Hulk Hogan in 1984 /
Bret Hart/Bob Backlund and Diesel in 1994
DECEMBER 26, 1983
The Iron Sheik defeats longtime technical wrestler Bob Backlund for the WWF title via submission to the Camel Clutch after Backlund's manager, Arnold Skaaland throws in the towel.
SURVIVOR SERIES, NOVEMBER 23, 1994
Bob Backlund defeats technical wrestler Bret "the Hitman" Hart via submission to the cross face chicken wing after Bret's mom throws in the towel.
JANUARY 23, 1984
At Madison Square Garden, Hulk Hogan defeats the Iron Sheik in five minutes, 34 seconds less than a month into his reign. This match was originally scheduled to be Sheik defending against Backlund. Hulkamania runs wild for four years!
NOVEMBER 26, 1994
It Madison Square Garden, Diesel defeats Bob Backlund in eight seconds just three days into his reign. This match was originally scheduled to be Bret vs Backlund. Dieselmania runs wild for a year, well maybe not, but he held the belt anyway.
By Mike Steele
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