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    Khosrow Vaziri, Better Known as The Iron Sheik, is Dead at 81.

    I loved this guy. He was the ultimate wrestling heel.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/07/a...heik-dead.html

    The Iron Sheik, a Hall of Fame wrestler who became a villainous star in the 1980s, facing off against Hulk Hogan and teaming up with a wrestler who claimed to represent the Soviet Union, died in his sleep early Wednesday morning at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was either 81 (according to his passport) or 80 (according to him).

    The death was confirmed by his managers, Page and Jian Magen, who said they did not know the cause.

    Foreign-style heels are a time-honored tradition in professional wrestling, and the Iron Sheik, whose legal name was Khosrow Vaziri, became one of the most recognizable of them all.

    The Sheik drew loosely on his Iranian heritage to build a caricature of a Middle Eastern villain. He wore a thick mustache, boots with curled toes, and kaffiyeh, Middle Eastern head scarves ? which are not generally worn in Iran.

    At the height of the Sheik?s infamy, and in the wake of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, he often stomped into the ring waving an Iranian flag emblazoned with the face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran?s supreme leader, to take on stereotypically American wrestlers.
    The Sheik?s signature move was the camel clutch, in which he sat on an opponent?s back, locked his fingers beneath the other wrestler?s chin and pulled up. His unfortunate opponent?s spine seemed to bend like a drawn bow.

    In 1983 the Sheik defeated Bob Backlund to win the World Wrestling Federation championship. But his time with the title was short.

    About a month later, on Jan. 23, 1984, the Sheik defended his title against Hulk Hogan, then a relatively new face in the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE), in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

    The match seemed to be going the Sheik?s way, and he trapped Hogan in a camel clutch. But Hogan stood up with the Sheik on his back and slammed him into a corner pylon.

    The Sheik flopped to the mat. Hogan launched off the ropes, leaped into a leg drop on the Sheik and then pinned him. It was the first of Hogan?s six WWE championships and the beginning of Hulkamania.
    "A vagabond dreamer, a rhymer and singer of songs
    Singing to no one and nowhere to really belong." - Waylon Jennings

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    Very sad. I had to Google the name but immediately recognized him. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    Very sad. I had to Google the name but immediately recognized him. RIP
    He played a villain, but by all accounts he was a really good guy. That seems to be the trend with wrestling, though - the good guys (with some exceptions like Tito Santana and Ricky Steamboat) aren't the best people in real life. The heels, like The Iron Sheik and Roddy Piper, were really good human beings.

    The Sheik's daughter was murdered at one point, and I give him a lot of credit for not killing the guy who did it. He came close, I guess, but didn't follow through.

    There was also a story where he was offered a shit ton of money to break Hogan's leg and end his career back in '84 when Hogan beat him for the championship - but he didn't do it because he wasn't that guy. Instead, he dropped the belt to Hogan as planned.
    Last edited by Nomad; 06-08-2023 at 05:10 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    He played a villain, but by all accounts he was a really good guy. That seems to be the trend with wrestling, though - the good guys (with some exceptions like Tito Santana and Ricky Steamboat) aren't the best people in real life. The hells, like The Iron Sheik and Roddy Piper, were really good human beings.
    I read that his daughter was murdered. Did you see that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    I read that his daughter was murdered. Did you see that?
    i just edited my post to say that. :)
    "A vagabond dreamer, a rhymer and singer of songs
    Singing to no one and nowhere to really belong." - Waylon Jennings

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    I remember him. Back in the day I was a big pro-wrestling fan. Back when they didn't have the pyrotechnics and the huge fan appeal. He was a good guy playing a bad guy but the good guy in him still shone through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    i just edited my post to say that. :)
    I couldn't imagine living if I lost a child. It clearly impacted him.

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    The only wrestlers I know are ones I saw on Total Divas, so that's my extent


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    The only wrestlers I know are ones I saw on Total Divas, so that's my extent
    I don't know very many, but immediately recognized him when I Googled him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    I don't know very many, but immediately recognized him when I Googled him.
    I'm an unapologetic wrestling fan, although I pretty much stay in the 70s - 90s. Anything after that isn't really my thing. I liked it when they put the focus on what was going on in the ring rather than the spectacle that surrounds the actual wrestling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    I'm an unapologetic wrestling fan, although I pretty much stay in the 70s - 90s. Anything after that isn't really my thing. I liked it when they put the focus on what was going on in the ring rather than the spectacle that surrounds the actual wrestling.
    The ones I know are from that timeline, so I am with you on that. Hulk Hogan was a legend and I didn't even like/watch wrestling.

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