The news of his passing was announced in an article published by the wrestling organization, and a statement regarding his passing was also published on his Twitter page, along with details about his life. In none of the two statements did it say how he died or where he passed away; however, the tweet did say that he “departed this world peacefully.”
His real name was Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, and he was known as The Iron Sheik when he was younger. He was raised in a small village in Iran, and he became interested in wrestling when he was young.
He played the position of an anti-American heel for the WWF, which would later become the WWE, and wore curled boots and used the “Camel Clutch” as his finishing move during individual and tag team confrontations during his pro wrestling career. He utilized the “Camel Clutch” as his finishing move.
The mustachioed, barrel-chested brawler frequently heated up crowds with his anti-American demeanor and language. He frequently did this alongside tag team partner Nikolai Volkoff, who portrayed the character of a Soviet villain. According to the biography that is available on the website of the WWE, they took home the WWF World Tag Team Championship in 1985 at the very first WrestleMania event.
He also had success as an individual wrestler, and in 1983, he defeated Bob Backlund to win the WWF championship. However, he later dropped the title to Hulk Hogan, who became the champion. In addition to this, he had a long-standing feud with Sgt. Slaughter, who was cast in the part of an American hero.
After that, he became known as Colonal Mustafa, working with Sgt. Slaughter. According to the WWE, The Iron Sheik’s final match in the ring took place at WrestleMania 17, which took place in Connecticut.
According to WWE, The Iron Sheik began his career in competitive Greco-Roman wrestling at an early age, participating in the Amateur Athletic Union and winning a gold medal in 1971.
His life is the subject of the documentary titled “The Sheik,” in which he discusses how he became interested in wrestling when he was a teenager and served as a grappler in the Iranian Army.
During the course of the movie, he is heard saying, “I was married to the wrestling mat because I was so much in love with the sport.”
He mentioned that he had worked as a bodyguard for the Shah at one point in the documentary. He admitted, during his career as a professional wrestler, that he had taken advantage of anti-Iranian feeling following the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979.
He stated that “it was the right time to… establish my character, my gimmick.” “It was the right time,”
The Iron Sheik “transcend[ed] the realm of sports entertainment,” according to a statement that was posted on Twitter. The statement also referred to him as “a man of immense passion and dedication.”
According to the statement, “With his larger-than-life persona, incredible charisma, and unparalleled in-ring skills, he captivated audiences around the globe.” “He was a pioneer in the sport of wrestling, shattering barriers and paving the way for a wide variety of wrestlers who came after him to continue in his footsteps.”