The Iron Sheik, whose real name is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, was a former professional wrestler and one of the most iconic figures in the history of the sport.
Sheik had a successful wrestling career that spanned several decades.
Before entering the world of professional wrestling, Sheik had a notable amateur wrestling background.
He represented Iran in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he competed in freestyle wrestling.
Sheik’s talent and dedication to the sport earned him recognition, and he won several championships in Iran before deciding to pursue a career in professional wrestling.
In 1971 the Iron Sheik began his professional wrestling journey in the United States. He quickly gained attention for his imposing physique, intense wrestling style, and his character as an Iranian villain.
Sheik embraced his Persian heritage and incorporated it into his persona, making him a hated antagonist in the wrestling world.
Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, the Iron Sheik wrestled for various promotions, including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). He engaged in memorable rivalries with popular wrestlers of the time, such as Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter.
Sheik’s portrayal as an anti-American character during the Cold War era added to his notoriety and made him a significant draw for audiences.
Iron Sheik Age: How old Is Iron Sheik?
Iron Sheik died at the age of 81 on June 7, 2023. He was born on March 15, 1942, in Damghan, Iran.