The Iron Sheik, a WWE Champion and Hall of Famer, has di*d at the age of 81. The well-known WWE Superstar, whose true name was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, passed away on 7 July, 2023, Tuesday morning. There is no information about the cause of his deαth.
“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. It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik,” the statement read. “But we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come.”
Sheik started out as a professional wrestler in Iran. When he moved to the United States, he worked with Superstars like Hulk Hogan in WWE during the 1980s. He may be best known for his feud with Sgt.
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Slaughter over national pride and for insulting the United States to get the crowd going. Even though he was seen as a bad guy by the crowd for most of his time, his skill in the ring was unquestionable. When people saw his suplex or his signature move, the Camel Clutch, they knew he was a strong opponent.
WWE says that he left the company in 1988 but came back for a short time with Sgt. Slaughter in 1991. In 1997, he became a manager known as The Sultan. His last match was at WrestleMania X-Seven, where he won a Gimmick Battle Royal as The Iron Sheik for one night only.
A Tribute to the Legend Iron Sheik :
RESPECT THE LEGEND FOREVER 😢 pic.twitter.com/Cr6CC9pXSO
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 7, 2023
“Beyond the wrestling persona that the world knew so well, The Iron Sheik was a devoted family man,” it read. “He cherished the love and support of his wife of 47 years Caryl, who stood by his side through thick and thin, offering unwavering encouragement throughout his life. Their bond was an anchor, providing him with the strength to face the challenges that life presented.”
It continued: “To his children, Tanya, Nikki, Marissa and son in law Eddie, he was not just a wrestling icon. He was a loving and dedicated father. He instilled in them the values of perseverance, determination, and the importance of following their dreams. The Iron Sheik’s guidance and unwavering belief in their potential served as a driving force for his children, empowering them to become the best versions of themselves.”
Most recently, actor Brett Azar played out his career and persona outside of the ring in the NBC show Young Rock, where the real-life Superstar talks about his childhood and how The Iron Sheik was a big part of it.