Wrestling legend The Iron Sheik, whose real name was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, has passed away at the age of 81.
The news was confirmed by the WWE, where The Iron Sheik had a successful career and became a popular figure in the 1980s.
The cause of his death and the location were not disclosed, but it was mentioned that he departed peacefully.
The Iron Sheik had a remarkable journey in the world of professional wrestling. Born in Iran, he had a foundation in competitive Greco-Roman wrestling and even became a gold medalist in 1971.
He later transitioned to professional wrestling and joined the WWF (now WWE), where he gained fame for his flamboyant persona and anti-American character.
Known for his distinctive mustache, barrel-chested physique, and the “Camel Clutch” finishing move, The Iron Sheik became a charismatic villain and engaged in memorable feuds with notable wrestlers of the time.
He formed a tag team with Nikolai Volkoff, portraying a Soviet villain, and together they won the WWF World Tag Team Championship at the first WrestleMania in 1985.
The Iron Sheik also had success as an individual wrestler, capturing the WWF championship in 1983 by defeating Bob Backlund.
He eventually lost the title to Hulk Hogan and became a pivotal figure in the rise of Hogan’s “Hulkamania” phenomenon.
Throughout his career, he had a long-running rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter, who portrayed an American hero.
Beyond his in-ring accomplishments, The Iron Sheik had a lasting impact on wrestling culture. He influenced wrestlers like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who adopted the term “jabroni” popularized by The Iron Sheik.
The Iron Sheik’s larger-than-life persona and entertaining character made him a beloved figure among fans.
In recent years, The Iron Sheik found new popularity as a Twitter personality, sharing his humor and wisdom with a large following.
He made appearances on various shows and continued to be a respected and cherished figure in the wrestling community.
The Iron Sheik’s passing marks the end of an era in professional wrestling. His legacy as a trailblazer, captivating performer, and influential personality will endure, inspiring generations of wrestlers who follow in his footsteps.
He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, and nephews, along with a legacy that will be remembered in the annals of wrestling history.