With the passing of the WWE Hall of Fame and one of the industry’s most recognizable figures, the Iron Sheik, the world of professional wrestling is mourning. Two wrestling greats who were fortunate enough to spend their childhoods with The Iron Sheik and become close friends with the Iranian wrestling legend were among the mourners. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed an unexpected fact about the origin of a popular catchphrase in a heartfelt tribute to the late Iron Sheik.
Dwayne Johnson’s Personal Connection to the Wrestling Legend
The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, took to social media to show his support for the family of The Iron Sheik, whom he considers his own. Johnson recalled calling The Iron Sheik “Uncle Sheiky” when he was younger and discussing how his father and The Iron Sheik wrestled together in the WWE and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in North Carolina.
In a personal video tribute to the pro-wrester, The Rock fondly recalled how difficult he was to babysit when he was eight years old and thanked her for her patience. Dwayne Johnson made a startling revelation during the touching tribute that shocked the wrestling community.
He admitted that The Iron Sheik was the one who first used the catchphrase “jabroni,” which has since become synonymous with him. The Iron Sheik popularized the term, now commonly used in the wrestling industry, to describe his opponents.
To his credit, Johnson was quick to give the legendary Iranian wrestler credit where credit was due: for popularizing the term
“When I first came into the WWE, The Iron Sheik had pulled me aside because he was family. He said, ‘Bubba, let me tell you something. You come into the locker room, you sit down, you shut your mouth, you don’t say anything, and you watch and you learn. And then you understand who the good people and who the jabronis. A couple years later when I became The Rock I borrowed the term jabroni… I used that term and jabroni became a term in lexicon. I believe it’s in the Webster’s Dictionary now and they give me credit. No, no, no. The truth is all the credit goes to The Iron Sheik. That was his word… Thank you, Iron Sheik, for the memories. You are a legend. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Rest in Power, Uncle Sheiky. Thank you for paving the way.”
It is impossible to overstate the significance of the Iron Sheik in the sport of wrestling. His charismatic, larger-than-life persona enthralled fans for decades. While many wrestlers, such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bray Wyatt, looked up to The Iron Sheik for advice and inspiration, he was also a friend and mentor to many.
Iron Sheik’s Influence On The Rock
Realizing that The Iron Sheik coined the term “jabroni” has given him more respect than ever before. The term has entered the vernacular and is used not only in the context of professional wrestling. The Iron Sheik’s influence on professional wrestling’s history and culture is proof of his ingenuity and originality.
The Iron Sheik’s legacy will continue long after the wrestling world says goodbye to him. His contributions to wrestling and the extraordinary achievements he achieved inside the ring will live on in infamy. The realization that he was the true creator of the now-iconic “jabroni” line will undoubtedly increase the depth of his influence.
With the passing of The Iron Sheik, professional wrestling has lost a true legend. Fans will miss his presence and impact in and out of the ring. Thanks to Dwayne Johnson for giving credit where credit is due and recognizing The Iron Sheik as the original speaker of the now-iconic “jabroni” line.