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[The Iron Sheik Gallery]
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Wrestler: Iron Sheik
Real Name: Khosrow Ali Vaziri
Birthday: March 15
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 60" - 262 lbs
Trained by: Verne Gagne
Debut: 1972
Previous Gimmicks: The Great Hussein Arab
Ali Vasari (Georgia)
Col Mustafa (WWF)
Finishing Move: The Camel Clutch
Favorite Moves: Rocking Horse
Various Suplexes
Notable Feuds: Jim Duggan
Sgt Slaughter
Dick Murdock
Bob Backlund
Hulk Hogan
Killer Bees

  • PNW Tag Team titles -1978-;
  • NWA British Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight title;
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title;
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles;
  • NWA Canadian Heavyweight title -1980- (2);
  • NWA Canadian Tag Team titles;
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title;
  • NWA National Television title;
  • WWF World Heavyweight title defeating Bob Backlund (December 26, 1983);
  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Nikolai Volkoff defeating Mike Rotunda & Barry Windham (March 31, 1985);


  • In The Beginning
  • Khosrow Vaziri started out as an amature wrestler and even won a medel at the 1968 Olympic Games, representing Iran..
  • ~~~Years later, this was proven to be a complete "work" just to enhance his gimmick wrestling in America..
  • 1972: Khosrow Vaziri defected to the United States and became an assistant wrestling coach for the United States..
  • ~~~Khosrow Vaziri was a two-time AAU Champion and also a United States Olympic Greco Wrestling Coach..
  • 1972: Khosrow Vaziri caught the eye of Minnesota legend Verne Gagne at the Olympic Training sessions..
  • 1972: Khosrow Vaziri began training with Verne Gagne and debuted in the AWA at the end of that year..
  • 1979: Khosrow Vaziri signed with the World Wide Wrestling Federation, wrestling as "Hussein Arab", managed by Fred Blassie..
  • June 4, 1979 - MSG: Hussein Arab won a Battle Royal to earn a title shot at WWF Champion Bob Backlund, in the main event..
  • Hussein Arab departed the WWWF and toured the Southern territories..

    Mid-South Wrestling
  • Kosraw Vaziri went to work for Bill Watts' Mid South Wrestling promotion and became known as The "Iron Sheik"..
  • November 26, 1981--Superdome Extravaganza: The Iron Sheik defeated King Cobra..

    World Wrestling Federation
  • 1983: The Iron Sheik signed with the World Wrestling Federation when it was becoming a national promotion..
  • ~~~The Iron Sheik gained a reputation of being the "master of the suplex" using many versions of the suplex..
  • December 26, 1983 - MSG: The Iron Sheik beat Bob Backlund for the WWF World title when Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel..
  • The Iron Sheik had title defenses against Chief Jay Strongbow, Pat Patterson, Bob Backlund, Salvatore Bellomo and Tito Santana..
  • January 23, 1984 - MSG: Hulk Hogan defeated Iron Sheik for the WWF World title in one of the most famous matches of all time..
  • ~~~Rumor has it, AWA promoter Verne Gagne offered Sheik $100,000 to break Hogans leg during the match..
  • ~~~Luckily, Iron Sheik is a smart man, and did the job, and informed Hogan & McMahon of the offer after the match..
  • July 23, 1984 - Brawl to End It All: The Iron Sheik defeated Tony Garea..
  • 1984: The Iron Sheik & Sgt Slaughter engaged in a bloody and violent feud that spread throughout the entire country..
  • June 16, 1984 - MSG: Sgt Slaughter defeated The Iron Sheik in a famous Boot Camp match..

    World Wrestling Federation - The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff
  • 1984: The Iron Sheik formed a successful tag team with Nikolai Volkoff, managed by Fred Blassie..
  • March 31, 1985 - WrestleMania: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff beat Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham for the Tag Team titles..
  • May 11, 1985 - SNME: The US Express & Ricky Steamboat defeated Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & George Steele..
  • July 8, 1985 - King of the Ring: The Iron Sheik made it all the way to the finals where he lost to Don Muraco..
  • ~~~Iron Sheik b Jim Brunzell | Iron Sheik b Ricky Steamboat | Iron Sheik b Tito Santana | Don Muraco b Iron Sheik..
  • November 7, 1985 - Wrestling Classic: The Junk Yard Dog defeated The Iron Sheik in the 1st Round of the Tournament..
  • April 2, 1986 - Wrestlemania 2: The Iron Sheik participated in the Invitational Battle Royal - won by Andre The Giant..
  • May 3, 1986 - SNME: The British Bulldogs defeated The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in 2/3 Falls to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • July 14, 1986 - King of the Ring: Billy Jack Haynes defeated The Iron Sheik in the 1st Round of the Tournament..
  • March 14, 1987 - SNME: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated The Iron Sheik..
  • March 27, 1987 - WrestleMania III: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff defeated the Killer Bees by DQ when Jim Duggan interfered..
  • May 26, 1987: The Iron Sheik and Jim Duggan were arrested by New Jersey State Police..
  • ~~~Duggan was charged with possession of marijuana and drinking alcohol while driving..
  • ~~~Sheik was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine..
  • ~~~Duggan received a conditional discharge and Sheik received one year probation..
  • ~~~What was so shocking about this was that they were feuding at the time, and the incident exposed the business..
  • 1987: The Iron Sheik left the WWF soon after this incident..

    World Class Championship Wrestling
  • November 26, 1987 - Star Wars: Chris Adams & Matt Borne defeated The Iron Sheik & The Thing by DQ..
  • December 25, 1987 - Star Wars: Matt Borne defeated The Iron Sheik to retain the Texas Heavyweight title..

    American Wrestling Association
  • Dec 13, 1988 - Superclash III: The Iron Sheik made a surprise appearance when he attacks Sgt Slaughter during a match vs Col. DeBeers..

    National Wrestling Alliance
  • May 7, 1989 - WrestleWar: Sting defeated The Iron Sheik to retain the NWA Television title..

    World Wrestling Federation - Col Mustafa
  • 1991: The Iron Sheik returned to the WWF, but this time wrestling as "Col Mustafa"..
  • Col Mustafa aligned himself with Iraqi sympathizers Sgt Slaughter & General Adnan as the "Triangle of Terror"..
  • SummerSlam 1991: Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior defeated the Triangle of Terror in a handicap match..
  • ~~~After the match, Adnan & Mustafa turned on Sgt Slaughter, who became a born again american patriot..

    World Wrestling Federation - Manager
  • February 1997: The Iron Sheik returned to the WWF, as the co-manager for "The Sultan" <--aka Rikishi..

    One Night Return
  • Wrestlemania X-7: The Iron Sheik won a special Gimmick battle royal, reigniting his feud with Sgt Slaughter in the process..

    Keeping Busy
  • January 2002: Iron Sheik was scheduled on Opie & Anthony but it didn't happen..
  • ~~~Sheik was detained coming back from Canada at the airport in Rochester because they believed he may have been a terrorist..
  • ~~~They even made him remove his shoes -- [Read the OWW Article]
  • May 5, 2003: Iron Sheik's daughter, Marissa Jeanne Vaziri age 27, was found strangled to death, in her apartment..
  • ~~~Marissa's live-in boyfriend, Charles Warren Reynolds, 38, confessed to the crime and was charged with murder..
  • The Sheik has trained Ricky Steamboat, Buck Zumhoff, Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne and has also had a hand in training Bret Hart..
  • April 2, 2005 - Hall of Fame Ceremony: The Iron Sheik was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles..
  • September 10, 2005--Piledriver Pro: The Patriot & Kid USA w/Johnny Valiant beat Sheik of Baghdad & Tiger Kahn w/The Iron Sheik..
  • March 5, 2006--World Wrestling Legends PPV: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated Nikolai Volkoff w/The Iron Sheik..
  • April 6, 2006--Women's Extreme Wrestling PPV: Sumie Sakai defeated "Prime Time" Amy Lee w/The Iron Sheik..
  • May 26, 2006--Pro Wrestling Legends: Sgt. Slaughter defeated The Warlord (Iron Sheik interfered and Greg Valentine countered)..
  • ~~~The Iron Sheik went nuts on a promo yelling about Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, the Olympics and everything else. . .