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Another Hulk Hogan rival passes away

Three months after the Iron Sheik’s death, WWE is now also mourning the death of his former partner “General” Adnan Al-Kaissie – part of a controversial storyline involving Hulk Hogan in the early nineties.

With this connected rival of Hulk Hogan’s, Adnan Al-Kaissie has passed away at the age of 84.

A native of Iraq, Al-Kaissie is known to fans of the early nineties as General Adnan. He was part of the controversial storyline in which US Army veteran Sgt. Slaughter turned against his own country against the backdrop of the Gulf War and expressed sympathy for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

General Adnan fought Hulk Hogan against the backdrop of the Gulf War

Together with Adnan and the Sheik Slaughter formed an anti-American trio called “The Triangle of Terror” that fought then crowd favourites Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior.

Slaughter crowned himself champion at the time with a victory over the Warrior, then lost the title back to Hogan at WrestleMania VII. At the summer highlight SummerSlam, Hogan and the Warrior teamed up for what was marketed as a “match made in Hell” against the Triangle.

Later, Adnan and Mustafa fought as a duo for a while against other favourites like “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and the then-again “good guy” Slaughter.

In the seventies Indian character in WWE

In fact, Al-Kaissie had been living in America since the 1950s, having once emigrated as a young sports talent to play college football at the University of Houston. He later became a standout wrestler at Oklahoma State University.

His wrestling career, which then began, led Al-Kaissie to WWE back in the seventies; as the Native American character Billy White Wolf, he was tag team champion alongside Chief Jay Strongbow.

In the eighties, Al-Kaissie competed in various leagues in what was then a common role for wrestlers with Middle Eastern roots as the evil Sheik. In the AWA league he was already a rival of his later WWE partner Slaughter.

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