Khosrow Vaziri

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The Iron Sheik

Hossein Khosrow Vaziri (حسین خسرو وزیری in Persian), better known by his stage name The Iron Sheik (born on March 15, 1943 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian professional wrestler.

Career

Politics entered the sport of wrestling with the Iron Sheik. A 1968 Olympic medallist, he was discovered at the 1972 Olympics by AWA promoter Verne Gagne. Known as The Great Hossein, he won his first title, the Canadian Tag Team Championship, with partner the Texas Outlaw.

This victory caught the eye of the WWF where he debuted in 1979 and won the first-ever Battle Royal in Madison Square Garden, earning him a title shot at then-champion Bob Backlund, who pinned him later that night in a 30-minute battle. Arguably the best remembered transitional champion in pro wrestling history, the Iron Sheik returned to the WWF in 1983 and challenged Backlund once again, defeating him on December 26, 1983 for the World Wrestling Federation heavyweight championship.

One of the greatest legitimate wrestlers to ever hold a world title, Vaziri dropped the belt just four weeks later to Hulk Hogan and went on to team with Nikolai Volkoff as the "Foreign Legion", and win the Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania I. He eventually left the WWF, then returned again in the early '90s but with little success. He went on to wrestle in various independent promotions to age 60, and is now retired.

In 2001 at Wrestlemania XVII The Iron Sheik was the victor of the Gimmick Battle Royale a match between several Popular Wrestlers from the 1980s.

On May 5, 2003, his oldest daughter, Marissa Jeanne Vaziri, was found strangled to death at 27 years old. Her live-in boyfriend, Charles Warren Reynolds, 38, confessed to the crime and was charged with murder.

On February 3, 2005, The Iron Sheik was announced as one of the inductees for the Class of 2005 into the WWE Hall of Fame along with Paul Orndorff, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy Hart, Hulk Hogan, and Roddy Piper. The induction ceremony took place on April 2, 2005 in the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.

Championships and accomplishments

World Wrestling Federation


National Wrestling Alliance


Other Titles

  • 1-Time New Zealand British Commonwealth Champion
  • 1-Time Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion (with Bull Ramos)
  • 2-Time Canadian Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time WWS Tag Team Champion (with The Sheik)
  • 1-Time Can-Am Heavyweight Champion
  • 3-Time IAW Tag Team Champion (with Brian Costello)
  • 1-Time IAW Heavyweight Champion


Pro Wrestling Illustrated


Preceded by:
Bob Backlund
WWE Champions Succeeded by:
Hulk Hogan

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