The Iron Sheik - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of The Iron Sheik, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (حسین خسرو علی وزیری) was born in Tehran, Iran on March 15, 1943.

He died on June 7, 2023 at the age of 80.

The Iron Sheik was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 as an individual and in the NWA Hall of Fame in 2008.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (حسین خسرو علی وزیری)
  • Ring Names
    • The Iron Sheik ( May 20, 1992 - March 10, 2007)
    • Colonel Mustafa ( March 11, 1991 - May 19, 1992)
    • The Iron Sheik ( August 2, 1983 - March 10, 1991)
    • Great Hossein Arab ( April 13, 1980 - February 26, 1981)
    • Hossein Arab ( February 14, 1979 - April 14, 1980)
    • Muhammad Farouk ( February 28, 1977 - September 16, 1977)
    • Iron Sheik Farouk ( March 8, 1977 - September 13, 1977)
    • Khosrow Vaziri ( January 28, 1973 - August 6, 1976)
    • Ali Vasari ( October 15, 1973 - March 30, 1976)
  • Born March 15, 1943
  • Died June 7, 2023 (aged 80)
  • Nationality Nationality: IranIranNationality: United StatesUnited States
  • Birth Place Tehran, Iran
  • Billed From
    • Tehran, Iran ( May 20, 1992 - March 10, 2007)
    • Baghdad, Iraq ( March 11, 1991 - May 19, 1992)
    • Tehran, Iran ( January 1, 1972 - March 10, 1991)
  • Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
  • Weight
    • 258 lbs (117 kg)

Career History

  • Roles
    • Wrestler ( January 1, 1972 - March 10, 2007)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion INDY October 17, 1992 May 14, 2000
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA December 6, 1997 August 19, 1998
    Promotion Union of Wrestling Forces InternationalUWF I October 23, 1992 October 23, 1992
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF March 11, 1991 May 19, 1992
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA March 4, 1989 December 25, 1990
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW March 4, 1989 January 26, 1991
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF February 18, 1988 August 7, 1988
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF August 2, 1983 June 21, 1987
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA April 7, 1980 August 28, 1983
    Promotion Continental Wrestling AssociationCWA May 8, 1982 July 29, 1982
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight March 5, 1982 April 1, 1982
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP April 7, 1980 August 29, 1981
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight March 1, 1980 April 4, 1980
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF February 14, 1979 February 24, 1980
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA January 28, 1973 April 15, 1979
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA September 24, 1973 November 25, 1978
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW May 21, 1976 June 17, 1976
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight April 4, 1974 May 8, 1974
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP November 12, 1973 January 14, 1974
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Heel October 15, 1973 March 10, 2007
    Face January 1, 1972 October 14, 1973
  • Images History
    Apr 2005
    Apr 2005
    Apr 2001
    Apr 2001
    May 1992
    May 1992
    Mar 1991
    Mar 1991
    Mar 1977
    Mar 1977
    Jan 1972
    Jan 1972

  • Finishers
    • Camel Clutch ( January 1, 1972 - March 10, 2007)
    • Iranian Drop - Two-handed Chokeslam ( January 1, 1972 - March 10, 2007)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Sheika" by Jim Johnston - Single ( August 2, 1983 - May 19, 1992)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2005, Individual
    • NWA Hall of Fame - Year 2008, Individual
  • World Wrestling Entertainment

  • All-California Championship Wrestling

    • 2 ACCW Heavyweight Championship

    Century Wrestling Alliance

    • 1 CWA Heavyweight Championship

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA National Television Championship

    International Association of Wrestling

    • 1 IAW Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 IAW Tag Team Championship (with Brian Costello)

    International Wrestling Association

    • 1 IWA United States Heavyweight Championship

    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    • 2 NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version)

    Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship

    NWA All-Star Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (with The Texas Outlaw)

    NWA New Zealand

    • 1 NWA New Zealand British Commonwealth Championship

    NWA 2000

    • 1 NWA 2000 American Heritage Championship

    Pacific Northwest Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (with Bull Ramos)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2016)
    • WON Most Underrated Wrestler (1980)

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