He’s called the “Persian Hercules” and has drawn comparisons to “The Incredible Hulk,” and now an Iranian weighhtlifter has his sights set on professional wrestling.
Sajad Gharibi, 24, who has a popular Instagram account, is nicknamed “Brick Wall the Destroyer” but his friends reportedly say he has a big heart and is a gentle person in real life.
The 335-pound behemoth has become a social media phenom after photos of him flexing, pumping iron and going about his daily affairs have gone viral. His Instagram account has more than 59,000 followers.
Gharibi participates in powerlifting and bodybuilding competitions representing his country.
If he were to become a professional wrestler, he would be following in the footsteps of at least one countryman. Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri had a decades-long career in the World Wrestling Federation, where he was known in the ring as “The Iron Sheik.”
The Tehran-born Vaziri was one of the WWF’s most infamous heels, squaring off against Hulk Hogan and others and appearing with tag-team partner Nikolai Volkoff at the height of anti-Iranian and Russian sentiment in the U.S.