Steve Austin interviewed Hulk Hogan on a recent edition of the Steve Austin Show.
Hulk Hogan discussed that Verne Gagne had offered Iron Sheik $100,000 to break Hogan’s leg during the title match.
“So, the finish was on where I was still going to go over. There was a moment there where in the Garden — and I was cool. I was going to do the job, but I was gone. And Junior came back and said, ‘Things are on plan,’ and this, that and the other. I went out — and Iron Sheik did the job for me. Little did I know, Verne [Gagne] had contacted the Sheik and said, ‘I’ll give you $100,000 if you break Hogan’s leg,’ you know? (Austin says, ‘Shoot.’) Shoot, yeah. And so after that, Khos [Iron Sheik] goes, ‘I can’t believe it, but I did the best thing. Verne wanted me to break your leg!’ Because Khos broke in with Verne. They were tight. I got through it all on a whim and a wish.”