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Who was WWE wrestler Iron Sheik?

BY Salman Ahmed Jun 07, 2023. 09:39 pm

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The Iron Sheik, a WWE legend, tragically passed away on JUNE 7, 2023, at the age of 81.

Here is everything we know about The Iron Sheik, a legendary wrestler, and his life and career.

Who was WWE wrestler Iron Sheik?

Khosrow Hossein The Iron Sheik, also known as Ali Vaziri, was born in Damghan, Iran, on March 15, 1942.

The Iron Sheik battled for a berth on the Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team in 1968.

Later, he relocated to the US, where he served as an assistant coach for two Olympic teams.

The Iranian wrestler won the Amateur Athletic Union Greco-Roman wrestling competition in 1971, earning a gold medal.

He was hired the next year to serve as the USA team’s assistant coach for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

The Iron Sheik went on to become a professional wrestler after his Olympic participation.

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The Iron Sheik made his debut in 1979 while competing in the WWF Battle Royal event, defeating Bob Backlund.

The Iron Sheik held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for much of the 1980s and 1990s.

He was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.

The Iron Sheik left professional wrestling in April 2010 so he could spend more time with his family.

What was The Iron Sheik’s cause of death?

Vaziri’s relatives posted a notice of his passing on social media on June 7, 2023.

No cause of death had been given, despite his family being informed.

The post read: “Today, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling.

The post went on to highlight the man his family will forever remember him by.

“The Iron Sheik..transcended the realm of sports entertainment. With his larger-than-life persona, incredible charisma, and unparalleled in-ring skills, he captivated audiences around the globe,” read the post.

The Iron Sheik is survived by his wife of 47 years, Caryl, and four children, and five grandchildren.

What have people said about his death?

Fans and acquaintances of the late wrestler paid tribute to him after learning of his passing.

WWE tweeted: “WWE is saddened to hear of the passing of WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik, and extends its condolences to his family, friends, and fans.”

WWE icon Booker T said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of @the_ironsheik. He is one of the very best to ever to do it. God speed.”

“RIP The Iron Sheik. Respect the legend, always,” said former WWE wrestler, Lance Storm.

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