Real Name: Hossein Khosrow Vaziri

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Current Home: Atlanta, GA

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 265lbs.

Birthday: March 15th

Pro Debut: 1973

Finishing Move: The Camel Clutch

Signature Moves: The master of the suplexe

Names Used: Great Ali Hussein Arab, Hussein Arab, Col. Mustafa and The Iron Sheik


Championships Held:


WWF World Heavyweight Champion

WWF World Tag Team Champion (with Nikolai Volkoff)

NWA Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion

NWA Canadian Tag Team Champion (with Texas Outlaw)

NWA PNW Tag Team Champion (with Bull Ramos)

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion

NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion

CWA Heavyweight Champion

NWA National Television Champion

NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion\

Twin Wrestling Entertainment Champion


In The Beginning


- Khosrow Vaziri started out as an amature wrestler and even won a medel at the 1968 Olympic Games, representing Iran..

- Years later, this was proven to be a complete "work" just to enhance his gimmick wrestling in America..

- 1972: Khosrow Vaziri defected to the United States and became an assistant wrestling coach for the United States..

- Khosrow Vaziri was a two-time AAU Champion and also a United States Olympic Greco Wrestling Coach..

- 1972: Khosrow Vaziri caught the eye of Minnesota legend Verne Gagne at the Olympic Training sessions..

- 1972: Khosrow Vaziri began training with Verne Gagne and debuted in the AWA at the end of that year..

- 1979: Khosrow Vaziri signed with the World Wide Wrestling Federation, wrestling as "Hussein Arab", managed by Fred Blassie..

- June 4, 1979 - MSG: Hussein Arab won a Battle Royal to earn a title shot at WWF Champion Bob Backlund, in the main event..

- Hussein Arab departed the WWWF and toured the Southern territories..


Mid-South Wrestling


- Kosraw Vaziri went to work for Bill Watts' Mid South Wrestling promotion and became known as The "Iron Sheik"..

- November 26, 1981--Superdome Extravaganza: The Iron Sheik defeated King Cobra..


World Wrestling Federation


- 1983: The Iron Sheik signed with the World Wrestling Federation when it was becoming a national promotion..

- The Iron Sheik gained a reputation of being the "master of the suplex" using many versions of the suplex..

- December 26, 1983 - MSG: The Iron Sheik beat Bob Backlund for the WWF World title when Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel..

- The Iron Sheik had title defenses against Chief Jay Strongbow, Pat Patterson, Bob Backlund, Salvatore Bellomo and Tito Santana..

- January 23, 1984 - MSG: Hulk Hogan defeated Iron Sheik for the WWF World title in one of the most famous matches of all time..

- Rumor has it, AWA promoter Verne Gagne offered Sheik $100,000 to break Hogans leg during the match..

- Luckily, Iron Sheik is a smart man, and did the job, and informed Hogan & McMahon of the offer after the match..

- July 23, 1984 - Brawl to End It All: The Iron Sheik defeated Tony Garea..

- 1984: The Iron Sheik & Sgt Slaughter engaged in a bloody and violent feud that spread throughout the entire country..

- June 16, 1984 - MSG: Sgt Slaughter defeated The Iron Sheik in a famous Boot Camp match..


World Wrestling Federation - The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff


- 1984: The Iron Sheik formed a successful tag team with Nikolai Volkoff, managed by Fred Blassie..

- March 31, 1985 - WrestleMania: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff beat Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham for the Tag Team titles..

- May 11, 1985 - SNME: The US Express & Ricky Steamboat defeated Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & George Steele..

- July 8, 1985 - King of the Ring: The Iron Sheik made it all the way to the finals where he lost to Don Muraco..

- Iron Sheik b Jim Brunzell | Iron Sheik b Ricky Steamboat | Iron Sheik b Tito Santana | Don Muraco b Iron Sheik..

- November 7, 1985 - Wrestling Classic: The Junk Yard Dog defeated The Iron Sheik in the 1st Round of the Tournament..

- April 2, 1986 - Wrestlemania 2: The Iron Sheik participated in the Invitational Battle Royal - won by Andre The Giant..

- May 3, 1986 - SNME: The British Bulldogs defeated The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in 2/3 Falls to retain the Tag Team titles..

- July 14, 1986 - King of the Ring: Billy Jack Haynes defeated The Iron Sheik in the 1st Round of the Tournament..

- March 14, 1987 - SNME: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated The Iron Sheik..

- March 27, 1987 - WrestleMania III: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff defeated the Killer Bees by DQ when Jim Duggan interfered..

- May 26, 1987: The Iron Sheik and Jim Duggan were arrested by New Jersey State Police..

- Duggan was charged with possession of marijuana and drinking alcohol while driving..

- Sheik was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine..

- Duggan received a conditional discharge and Sheik received one year probation..

- What was so shocking about this was that they were feuding at the time, and the incident exposed the business..

- 1987: The Iron Sheik left the WWF soon after this incident..


World Class Championship Wrestling


- November 26, 1987 - Star Wars: Chris Adams & Matt Borne defeated The Iron Sheik & The Thing by DQ..

- December 25, 1987 - Star Wars: Matt Borne defeated The Iron Sheik to retain the Texas Heavyweight title..


American Wrestling Association


- Dec 13, 1988 - Superclash III: The Iron Sheik made a surprise appearance when he attacks Sgt Slaughter during a match vs Col. DeBeers..


National Wrestling Alliance


- May 7, 1989 - WrestleWar: Sting defeated The Iron Sheik to retain the NWA Television title..


World Wrestling Federation - Col Mustafa


- 1991: The Iron Sheik returned to the WWF, but this time wrestling as "Col Mustafa"..

- Col Mustafa aligned himself with Iraqi sympathizers Sgt Slaughter & General Adnan as the "Triangle of Terror"..

- SummerSlam 1991: Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior defeated the Triangle of Terror in a handicap match..

- After the match, Adnan & Mustafa turned on Sgt Slaughter, who became a born again american patriot..


World Wrestling Federation - Manager


- February 1997: The Iron Sheik returned to the WWF, as the co-manager for "The Sultan".

Hossein Khosrow Vaziri

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