I didn't know where else to put this because I don't want to open a hype thread because I haven't even started so talking about it would be fruitless. With that said however, I wanted to tease it because I've decided to take on something different for my next project; alternate reality rather than my normal historic preference. I figure it's a modification to be discussed so the "Modding Discussion Thread" makes sense, even though it doesn't really. xD
Vince McMahon had decided that to spell the death of territorial wrestling once and for all, he needed to build a star that transcended the sport and made the World Wrestling Federation a brand that surpassed all others. On the January 23, 1984 edition of the Madison Square Garden event produced by the World Wrestling Federation, McMahon decided to put all his chips on Hulk Hogan as he felt a movement he dubbed “Hulkamania” would be money in the bank. Booking The Iron Sheik to drop the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Hogan, Vince could see his desire of holding a monopoly on professional wrestling coming to fruition but unfortunately, there were still those raging against the machine. The regional promoters who hadn't already sold out to Vince realised they would be unable to compete with the mass marketing potential of Hulk Hogan so came up with an old school solution. Dreamed up by Verne Gagne who was also backed by Jim Crockett and Bill Watts, The Iron Sheik was offered $100,000 by his former trainer to not only keep the belt but to ensure Hulk wasn’t able to walk away from the event, suggesting Sheik should break his leg. Leaving the world to watch in horror, The Iron Sheik unceremoniously accepted the offer and walked out of the match as WWF World Heavyweight Champion while Hulk Hogan was stretchered out with a severely broken fibula. Not knowing exactly why Sheik betrayed them as he did, Vince McMahon and his ailing father (and about half of the roster) ensured The Iron Sheik wasn’t able to leave Madison Square Garden with the title belt, and they made sure he knew he wouldn’t ever work for the World Wrestling Federation again. With a $100,000 in his back pocket and an awaiting job with the American Wrestling Association however, Sheik is confident he’s done the right thing. On the other side of the coin, things got even worse for Hulk Hogan and the World Wrestling Federation as complications during surgery has meant that Hogan may never fully recover from his injury, meaning he may never enter the ring as a worker again. With the World Wrestling Federation keeping him tied to a contract however, it seems that his career in the industry may not be over even if he doesn’t recover but in what capacity remains to be seen. What does this mean for the World Wrestling Federation and Vince McMahon’s desire to hold a monopoly on professional wrestling? Will he be able to find someone else to step into Hulk Hogan’s planned place or will the so-called “territory days” of professional wrestling continue to thrive? Find out in Total Extreme Wrestling 2020.