The Iron Sheik

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The Iron Sheik
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Born(1942-03-15)March 15, 1942
Damghan, Iran
DiedJune 7, 2023(2023-06-07) (aged 81)
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)The Iron Sheik
Col. Mustafa
Great Hussein Arab
Great Hossein Arab
Ali Vasari
Ryan Allen
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight258 lb (119 kg)
Billed fromTehran, Iran
Trained byVerne Gagne
Billy Robinson

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (March 15, 1943 – June 7, 2023), better known by his ring name, The Iron Sheik, was an Iranian professional wrestler who was best known for wrestling for NWA and WCW under the ring name The Iron Sheik. He was born in Damghan, Iran.

He was a one-time WWF Champion, three-time WWF Tag Team Championship with Nikolai Volkoff and was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Sgt. Slaughter.

He ended the near six year World Wrestling Federation Championship reign of Bob Backlund and was the man Hulk Hogan defeated for his first WWF Championship. He is also known for his shoot interviews on The Howard Stern Show, Opie and Anthony and Kidd Chris and also the internet.

His finishing move was the Camel clutch.

Vaziri died on June 7, 2023 in Fayetteville, Georgia at the age of 81.[1] The cause of death was heart failure.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Iron Sheik, pro wrestling legend and social media star, dies at 81". MSN. June 7, 2023. Retrieved June 7, 2023.
  2. "Former WWF Champion Iron Sheik's Cause of Death Disclosed". USDayNews. Retrieved June 7, 2023.

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