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Iron Sheik

      
    

Real Name - Hossein Khosrow Vaziri
Birthdate - 3/15/43
6' 260 lbs. - Fayetteville, NC

Athletic Background - Greco-Roman Wrestling (AAU Champion - 1971) 

Teacher(s) - Verne Gagne, Wahoo McDaniel, Billy Robinson (`72 Camp)

Professional Background - AWA(`7?), Nashville(`74), New Zealand(`77), Portland(`78), Vancouver(`78), WWWF(`79), Canada(`80), Mid-Atlantic(`81-`82), WWF(`83-`87), JCP/NWA(`89), Indies(`90-)

AliasesGreat Arab Hussien, Ali Vasiri, Colonel Mustafa

Groups - Triangle of Terror

Peak Years - 1979 - 1984


Finisher(s) - 
- Camel Clutch
- German Suplex

Favorites - 
- Gutwrench Suplex
- Abdominal Stretch
- Headbutt to Gut
- Kick
- Slap


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - One of wrestling's greatest villain characters, who's fame goes far beyond any actual ability he had. Hossein Vaziri was a top flight Greco-Roman wrestler who's actual accomplishments are largely blown over time: he was eliminated in Iran's trials and never got medal for his homeland. He did ironically serve as an assistant coach on the US Olympic team that went to Munich. There he amongst other people were recruited by Verne Gagne. Though a great athlete, Vaziri was a junior heavyweight and never pushed much in his early years. He turned into a good worker by going to small man companies and eventually discovered steroids amongst other drugs. The Iron Shiek as he became known and ballooned up to a weight that afforded him pushes to the top. The Shiek toured around the North and eventually was brought in by Vince McMahon to help the company he was planning on sending national. Feuding with Sgt. Slaughter (the most popular character in wrestling) and holding the WWF title briefly made him the national star that constructed a legacy he's been riding ever since. Sheik appeared back on the scene in a shocking manner when clips of him going on tirades about various other pro-wrestlers became popular on the Internet. He and his manager carefully rebuilt him as a crazed character and despite physical limitations, the Iron Sheik is able to still take bookings and draw heat.
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