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The Iron Sheik News, Pictures, and Videos | TMZ.com Got A Tip? Email Or Call (888) 847-9869 Sign In / Register News Sports Videos Photos Celebs Tours Store Watch TMZ SIGN IN By logging into TMZ, I agree to the Warner Bros Terms of Use and Privacy Policy Remember Me Forgot Password? REGISTER WHEN TO WATCH IN TMZ TMZ LIVE TMZ SPORTS FS1 M-T-Th-F: 9:00 PM PST W: 9:30 PM PST Donald Trump -- Presidential Football Fan Guess Which Beach Babe Slayed In This Monokini Photo Kardashians To Blac Chyna -- Marrying Rob Doesn't Equal Name Profit Pass Instagram's Christmas-Lovin' Cats ... See The Festive Felines Kirk Douglas -- I'm Still Spartacus ... Celebrates 100th Home Celebs The Iron Sheik The Iron Sheik Powered by imdb Iranian professional wrestler best known for his work in the 1980s for WWE (then the WWF) as the Iron Sheik. Trained under Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson and debuted under his own name in 1973 for the American Wrestling Association. Changed to Ali Vaziri while working for NWA Big Time Wrestling (the precursor to World Class Championship Wrestling) in Dallas and for NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Wrestled for the AWA, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Stampede Wrestling (Alberta, Canada), St. Louis, and All Japan Pro Wrestling before returning to the AWA with his new persona of the Iron Sheik. He took the gimmick, based off of Edward Farhat's gimmick the Sheik, to NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling (Portland, Oregon), the WWWF (where he was billed as Hussein Arab), Maple Leaf Wrestling (Toronto) and other promotions. He won his first title when he and Bull Ramos defeated Jerry Oates and Jesse Ventura for the NWA PNW Tag Team Titles on April 18, 1978 and held them for 53 days, losing to Dutch Savage and Jimmy Snuka. Teamed with Bobby Bass to win the vacant NWA Vancouver Canadian Tag Team Titles on July 24, 1978, holding them for 77 days before losing them to Mike Sharpe and Salvatore Bellomo. As Great Hussein Arab, he held the NWA Canadian (Toronto) Heavyweight Title twice. Held the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title for 174 days in 1980. Held the NWA National (Georgia) Television Title for 50 days. Defeated Bob Backlund for the WWE World Heavyweight Title on December 26, 1983 and lost it to Hulk Hogan on January 23, 1984, launching the modern era. Teamed with Nikolai Volkoff to defeat the U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda) for the WWE World Tag Team Titles at the first "WrestleMania" on March 31, 1985. Made his surprise return to WWE in 1991 as "Col. Mustafa," having been switched from an Iranian to an Iraqi and was teamed with his longtime nemesis Sgt. Slaughter, who had turned heel and announced his support for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior defeated the Triangle of Terror (Slaughter, Mustafa and General Adnan) in the main event of "SummerSlam 91." The gimmick ran its course and he left in 1992. Returned as the Iron Sheik in late 1996 as the co-manager with Backlund of the Sultan (Solofa Fatu Jr.). The gimmick didn't really get over and Sheik left in 1997. He returned for the Gimmick Battle Royal at "WrestleMania X-7" in 2001, which he won due to being the only wrestler in the match who could not safely take the bump over the top rope to the floor. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the NWA Hall of Fame in 2008.   See full bio on IMDb » LATEST STORIES    Jay Leno IT'S IRON SHEIK TIME ... Give That Man a Talk Show! He's battled Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior ... but the Iron Sheik's next opponent could be Jimmy Fallon -- 'cause Jay Leno says the WWE legend could totally make it as a late night…  READ MORE > - 10/8/2015 7:38 AM PDT Iron Sheik Undertaker's Loss Was a Conspiracy! The Iron Sheik has joined the grassy knoll lunch club ... claiming The Undertaker's loss at WrestleMania 30 was an off-the-cuff conspiracy triggered by an injury during the match.It was a shocking…  READ MORE > - 979 days ago One-Legged Wrestling Legend I'm Unretiring for Wrestling's Last Olympics He's a living legend in collegiate wrestling -- becoming a freaking NCAA champ despite having just ONE LEG -- and now, he's coming out of retirement to train for the 2016 Olympics ... because…  READ MORE > - 1394 days ago Iron Sheik THREATENS OLYMPIC OFFICIALS 'I Swear to the Jesus I Suplex Them' The Iron Sheik isn't just a WWE legend ... he's also a veteran Olympic wrestler ... and he's so pissed that his sport is getting booted from the Games ... he's now threatening violence. As we…  READ MORE > - 1399 days ago Advertisement AROUND THE WEB ZergNet The Iron SheikVIDEOS Jay Leno -- IT'S IRON SHEIK TIME ... Give That Man a Talk Show! Iron Sheik -- Undertaker's Loss Was a Conspiracy! Around The Web Bill Cosby seeking plea deal to avoid sex assault trial, source says 'Legends & Lies' looks at role Revolutionary War-era slaves played in fighting… John Glenn remembered by 'Hidden Figures' cast at premiere