The Sheik Tugboat Story - PART 3


Part 3

A few weeks later

On Superstars

The Update

“Hello everyone

I’m Lord Alfred Hayes

We’re just received word

From President Jack Tunney

For a major match

At the Royal Rumble

On January 19, 1991

At the Miami Arena

In Miami, FL

Besides the 30 man

Over-the-top-rope

Royal Rumble match

The World Wrestling Federation championship

WILL BE ON THE LINE

As the Ultimate Warrior

Defends his championship

Against the #1 contender

The reprehensible

And newly christened

SHEIK TUGBOAT

Who will have in his corner

General Adnan

And the Colonel Mustafa

This will be

A MAJOR TEST

For the Ultimate champion

Like never before

Especially with a rejuvenated

And revitalized

Iraqi Warship

Can Sgt. Slaughter guide the waters

To the WWF championship?

We will see

At the Royal Rumble

This has been

Run

For the next few weeks

Countless days

Leading to pay-per-view

The world is abuzz

Can the Warrior overcome?

Will Tugboat win the big one?

How is Mean Gene?

Promos on Superstars

Wrestling Challenge

The message it the same

It’s not just

Two men fighting for

A championship

It’s good vs evil

It’s the USA vs Iraq

It’s real life stuff

Involved inside of a 20x20

It’s

PERSONAL

Surprisingly

The Hulkster

Uncharacteristically

Silent

BROTHER

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ROYAL RUMBLE 1991

The crowd is electric

The loudest its been

For quite some time

People want blood

They want the end

Of this war

But when the familiar horn

Hits the PA system

The war has just begun

An army drum

With dark overtones

Leads out

The Iraqi Warship

Alongside his General

Leading the charge

His face is cold

Calculated

Primed and ready to destroy

Enters the ring

Walks right to the middle

Stares blankly

Stoically

Proudly

Into the deep sea of humanity

The Fink

Ring announcing to the masses

Gives the proclamation

“Ladies and gentlemen

General Adnan requests

THAT YOU ALL RISE

AND FOCUS ON THE

ENTRANCE WAY

AS COLONEL MUSTAFA

SINGS

THE IRAQI NATIONAL ANTHEM!”

The jeers are at

A complete record pitch

As the Colonel belts out

A bellowed baritone

The Sheik and the General

Standing stoic

Proud

Just as Mustafa hits

The midway point

DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN

Followed by a sick guitar riff

Out comes the Warrior

The WWF champion

Decked out in red, white, and blue

Storming to the ring

Barreling over the Colonel

And running

Sprinting

Moving furiously

To the ring

He rolls in

The General rolls out

The fight is on

Outweighed by 100 lbs

But more muscles

Than 5 powerlifters COMBINED

The champ

Throws haymakers

Like a windmill

With reckless abandon

Stunning the Warship

BUT HE DOESN”T GO DOWN

Staggers

Stumbles

But stays on his feet

Clothesline

After clothesline

After clothesline

After clothesline

Warrior levels him with

But he eats it

FINALLY

Warrior goes for

His patented

Diving Shoulder tackle

Warrior runs

But the General pulls his leg

As the champ turns

The big man

Figuratively

Pearl Harbors him

And gains full control

His offense

Completely changed

Chokes

Eye rakes

Disregarding the 5 count

With slams

Even a side belly-to-belly suplex

However

The Warrior won’t lie down

The Tugger signals

It’s over

Bounces off the ropes

BIG SPLASH

NO!!!

The champ moves

The big man crashes down

Like a Typhoon

The champ starts firing up

Nothing stopping him now

The Tugger starts throwing bombs

NO EFFECT

Warrior pumping up

Clothesline

Another run

Clothesline

The Warship dropped to a knee

Pumping his arm

Bounces off the ropes

Run past him

Bounces again off the ropes

DIVING SHOULDER TACKLE

TUGBOAT GOES DOWN!

Warrior starts pushing his arms

Towards the sky

Signaling for the Gorilla Press

Suddenly the Colonel

Pops on the apron

Warrior pops Mustafa

Right off the apron

The General

Pops on the apron

Warrior pops Adnan

Right back on the apron

Sensational Sherri

POPS UP ON THE APRON??

The referee runs over

To get her down

Then MACHO KING RANDY SAVAGE

Behind the referee’s back

Climbs to the top rope

With the scepter in his hand

Earlier in the night

The Macho King

Was disrespected

Disregarded

Tossed to the side

As a contender

To the WWF championship

The machismo of royalty

Flies off the top

Looking to smash

But Warrior smashes Savage

Right in the ribs

The scepter flies out of

The Macho King’s hands

And onto the arena floor

The champ then tosses

Savage to the floor as well

Security escorts the King & Queen

Towards the locker room area

The Warrior is pointing

At Savage

Right against the ropes

Suddenly the Tugger

With a club to the back

Another Pearl Harbor job

Warrior leans over the middle rope

WHAT’S THIS?

A masked man jumps the barricades!

The General and the Colonel

Jump on the apron again

The poor referee distracted

Trying to gain some semblance

Of control

The mystery man grabs the scepter

Left behind in the skirmish

AND WHAM!

Smashed

Shattered

Crushed

Over the head of the Warrior

The dastardly duo

Climb back down

Warrior falls back

Tugboat in control

Bounces off the ropes

OH

MY

GOD

THE LEGDROP!

The Sheik just used

Hulk Hogan’s finisher!

His special

His coup de grace

THE COVER

ONE

TWO

THREE

It’s over!

Miami is stunned

The fans are shocked

Gorilla and the Hot Rod

FLABBERGASTED

The Fink makes the call

“HERE IS YOU WINNER

AND NEWWWWWWW

WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION CHAMPION

SHEIK TUGBOAT!”

The masked man enters

The squared circle

So do the General and Colonel

Adnan has the gold

The masked man takes off

That dastardly hood

OF COURSE!

It’s SGT. SLAUGHTER!

IT WAS ALL A BIG PLAN!

The Fearsome Foursome

Now hold the power

The WWF championship

The biggest prize in the game

And in this war

Inside the ring

Outside the ring

Sheik Tugboat

Now possesses the ultimate

Prisoner

Of

War

The WWF has been

Forever Changed.

Jon Harder

Jon@HardwayHQ.com

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