Death of Iron Sheik – Retired American professional wrestler of Iranian descent Iron Sheik died unexpectedly. The Iron Sheik was announced dead today, Wednesday June 7, 2023. He died aged 81. Sheik had a storied career, including as a former WWF World and Tag Team Champion. Iron Sheik dropped the WWF Championship to Hulk Hogan in 1984, a moment that kickstarted “Hulkamania.” No cause of death has been reported for Iron Sheik.
CauliflowerAlleyClub released a statement regarding the passing of an Iranian-American retired professional wrestler:
Legendary and iconic professional wrestling villain, the Iron Sheik, has died at the age of 81. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans around the world and thank him for the many incredible memories he lives behind him. RIP Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri.
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On December 26, 1983, The Iron Sheik achieved ultimate WWE glory by winning the Championship title after defeating Bob Backlund at Madison Square Garden. Despite controversy surrounding Backlund’s manager Arnold Skaaland throwing in the towel, The Iron Sheik enjoyed his championship reign for nearly a month before losing to Hollywood Hogan on January 23, 1984, in what remains one of the most iconic matches in wrestling history.
Although Hogan emerged victorious, it was this match that catapulted his career and brought pro wrestling into the spotlight for the first time. As a former amateur wrestler in Iran, The Iron Sheik was a force to be reckoned with in the ring, especially when it came to his mastery of suplexes and his signature Camel Clutch move.
After his defeat, The Iron Sheik engaged in a legendary rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter, culminating in a famous Boot Camp Match at Madison Square Garden. Next, The Iron Sheik moved on to the tag team division, teaming up with Nikolai Volkoff. Together they defeated the US Express at WrestleMania in 1985 to win the World Tag Team Championship.
Although he left WWE in 1988, The Iron Sheik made intermittent appearances in WCW in 1989 and returned to WWE in 1991 as Colonel Mustafa, alongside former rival Sgt. Slaughter. He then managed The Sultan in 1997 and made one final appearance at WrestleMania X-Seven, emerging victorious in a Gimmick Battle Royal and reigniting his feud with Slaughter.
Iron Sheik’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced by the family at a later date.
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