The Undertaker has recalled the weird and wonderful antics of the legendary Iron Sheik when the two shared a hotel room together.
Driving the highways and byways and living out of a suitcase in hotel room after hotel room is a right of passage for any young wrestler but The Undertaker got more than he bargained for when he roomed with WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik.
Speaking on his Six Feet Under podcast, The Undertaker recalled the time early in his career when he was tasked with sharing a hotel room with The Iron Sheik and ended up getting a lot less sleep than he’d bargained for:
I end up back in my hotel room around 1:30 in the morning. The Sheik comes in maybe 30, 45 minutes after I did. I’m just there, right there on the edge of some good sleep and he goes ‘Ah excellent Marky Bubba! You get in some good rest.’ He lays down and falls asleep. It’s a couple of hours later and I wake up freezing. It’s winter time and Charleston, West Virginia gets a little chilly.
I wake up and there’s a wind coming at me and I’m sound asleep but I’m like ‘What is going on here?’ And I wake up and look and Sheik’s bed is empty. I look the other way, where there’s a balcony… it’s 4:30 in the morning and Sheiky’s out there doing Hindu Squats. He’s got nothing but his wrestling tights on.
I’m like ‘Can you close the door it’s freezing. What are you doing?’ ‘Ah Bubba, it’s good for lungs! Excellent cardio!’
“He’s Blow-Drying His Mustache!” – The Undertaker
However, the night was far from done for the young Undertaker as soon it was time for Sheik to take a nice long shower before doing some much-needed manicuring:
I’m trying to fall back asleep and I hear the sliding doors shut and instantly the room is warmer. I think ‘Oh, thank goodness.’ I look at the clock and I’ve got another two hours I can sleep before I need to get going and on the road again.
The next thing I hear, the shower’s on. Full steam. Oh my gosh! And this is the longest shower I’ve ever heard any human take. I’ve got the pillow over my head and I’m trying to thaw out… I’m still a little p*ssed but I’m a greenhorn. I’m a rookie, I’ve got no say. And he’d twist me up in a knot [if I called him out.]
So this shower goes on and on and on and finally, I hear the water turn off and I go ‘Oh thank gosh’ and I’ve got an hour [before I need to get going.] It’s ridiculous. And then the next thing I hear the blowdryer starts.
I’ve been awake now for a while so I have my faculties about me and I’m trying to think what on Earth is he blowdrying? He’s bald and he shaves his body. I get up. I’ve got to go see this… And I go in and he’s blowdrying his mustache! ‘How’s the sleep then Bubba? Makes the mustache look good!’ He was perplexed at me. ‘Why aren’t you sleeping?’ Because you’re making all this damn noise!
The Iron Sheik was known for his wild escapades as much as he was for in-ring prowess. Sadly The Iron Sheik passed away in June 2023 at the age of 81.