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The Iron Sheik

The Iron Sheik

Nationality :Iran
Date Of Birth :March 15, 1942
Height :6 feet 0 inches
Weight :117 kg

The Iron Sheik was an Iranian-American professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, and actor. He was the first, and thus far only, Iranian champion in WWE history, having won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983.


Birth nameHossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri
BornMarch 15, 1942
Damghan, Semnan Province, Imperial State of Iran
DiedJune 7, 2023 (aged 81)
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.
Caryl Peterson

The Iron Sheik Biography, EarlyLife

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, known as the Iron Sheikh, was born on March 15, 1942, in Tehran, Iran. He had a lifelong interest in sports, excelling in amateur boxing. Vaziri competed in freestyle wrestling for Iran at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Mexico City.

Loh Sheikh continued boxing after the Olympics, eventually moving to the United States. In the 1970s and 1980s, he made a name for himself in professional wrestling, most notably in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). Iron Sheikh has taken on a negative identity, portraying an Iranian boxer who supports Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini and frequently clashes with American boxers

The Iron Sheik Education

His educational history is not published because he has not yet given it to the public. However, this detailed information is currently being reviewed and will be updated soon.

The Iron Sheik’s Height, And Weight

The Iron Sheik’s top is approximately 183 cm and her weight is 117 kg and 258 kilos. Her eye color is black, and her hair color is dark brown, in line with her measurements.


Khosrow began wrestling professionally in 1972 and trained under Billy Robinson. He belonged to the same generation as wrestling legend Ric Flair. He began competing for the American Competing Association, which was promoted by Verne Gagne, the man who inspired him to pursue a career in wrestling.

During his seven-year wrestling career before WWF, Khosrow began as a ‘babyface’ before being instructed to turn heel. During the latter stages of his indie career, he also wrestled in Japan against Antonio Inoki and other legendary superstars.

WWE (1979-1980)

Khosrow joined the WWF for the first time in 1979. He competed in the first-ever Battle Royal at the famed Madison Square Garden and won the match. He next challenged WWF Champion Bob Backlund for the championship chance, which he lost. Khosrow quit WWE in 1980 after a few more feuds in the following months.

Several promotions (1980-1983)

Khosrow originally worked for Jim Crockett Promotions after leaving WWE in April 1980. Hussein Arab was his indie wrestling alias. It didn’t take long for him to change his identity to “The Iron Sheik,” a moniker that would go down in history as one of the most powerful Golden Era wrestlers. Sheik competed in JCP against Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Johnny Weaver, and Blackjack Mulligan before departing the organization a year later. Sheik performed in Mid-South Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, and Georgia Championship Wrestling during his three-year absence from WWE.

WWE Return (1983-1988)

In 1983, the Iron Sheik returned to WWE. Bob Backlund was still the WWF Champion at the time, having held the championship for more than four years. Sheik defeated Backlund on December 26 on WWF on MSG Network, ending his dominant reign and becoming WWE’s first and only Iranian Champion.

He lost the title 28 days later against a young Hulk Hogan, who would go on to hold the belt for the next four years. Sheik was known during this time for his unstoppable Camel clutch submission move, which had forced the mightiest to either tap out or pass out.

Sheik had brief feuds with a variety of wrestlers throughout the next few months. His second chance at a championship came in 1985 when he joined up with Nikolai Volkoff. The two teamed up against Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo at WrestleMania I and won the WWF Tag Team Championships.

Sheik had a couple more random feuds in WWE before quitting again in the late 1980s.

Several stints (1987-1991)

The Iron Sheik briefly wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1987 before leaving for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), where he assaulted his longtime WWF foe Sgt. Slaughter.

Sheik joined WWE’s rival WCW (World Championship Wrestling) in early 1989. He wrestled in the organization for two years, competing against Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Brian Pillman, Big Van Vader, and other well-known WCW stars.

The Iron Sheik’s Net Worth

The Iron Sheik’s estimated net worth at the time of his death was not less than $500,000. His great wrestling career, television appearances, and other efforts all helped him financially.

The Iron Sheik Awards

  • Continental Wrestling Association
    • CWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • NWA National Television Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2008)
  • Pacific Northwest Wrestling
    • NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bull Ramos
  • World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
    • WWF Championship (1 time)
    • WWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Nikolai Volkoff
    • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)


What is the net worth of The Iron Sheik?

His net worth is 500,000 dollars.

What is the height of The Iron Sheik?

His height is 6 feet 0 inches.

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