The Iron Sheik, a WWE Hall of Famer and former WWF World Heavyweight Champion, has passed away at the age of 81.
The Iron Sheik, whose real name is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, is a former professional wrestler. He was born on March 15, 1943, in Tehran, Iran. The Iron Sheik gained prominence in the wrestling world during the 1980s when he competed in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which is now known as WWE.
In his wrestling career, the Iron Sheik portrayed an Iranian character, often playing the role of a villain or heel. He was known for his intense wrestling style and his signature move, the Camel Clutch, which was a submission hold. The Iron Sheik was involved in memorable feuds, including Hulk Hogan.
The Iron Sheik achieved significant success in the wrestling world. He won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983 by defeating Bob Backlund. However, his reign was short-lived as he dropped the title to Hulk Hogan a month later.
The official social media accounts of The Iron Sheik announced the news.
The full statement is posted below:
Remembering The Iron Sheik V
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, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come.
Beyond the wrestling persona that the world knew so well, The Iron Sheik was a devoted family man. 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.
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.
The Iron Sheik’s love also extended to his grandchildren,Marissa, Zahra, Alexis, Chloe and Niko who brought immeasurable joy into his life. As a doting Papa Sheik, he cherished every moment spent with them, creating memories that will forever be treasured. He shared his wisdom, humor, and zest for life with his grandchildren, leaving an incredible impression on their hearts.
RESPECT THE LEGEND FOREVER 😢 pic.twitter.com/Cr6CC9pXSO
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 7, 2023
The Iron Sheik will be remembered as a talented wrestler and one of the notable personalities from the 1980s wrestling era. His contributions to the sport and his unique character portrayal have solidified his place in the history of professional wrestling.