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Iron Sheik / Ali Vasiri


Name: - Ali Vasiri

Height: - 6'0” (183cm)

Weight: - 258lb (117kg)

Born: - 15 Mar, 1943

From: - Tehran, Iran

Trained by: - Verne Gagne, Billy Robinson

Debut: - 1972

Retired: - 2010

Finisher: - Camel clutch

Also known as: - The Iron Sheik, Hossein Arab, Khosrow Vasiri, Col. Mustafa


Toured Australia: - 1977, 1985


Made his name as an amateur wrestler, competing at the 1968 Olympics in Graeco-Roman, as well as serving as a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran, Moved to US and served as Assistant coach for the US wrestling team in Munich in 1972.

Began training to be a professional in 1972, before debuting later in the year under his real name of Khosrow Vasiri. Wrestled around the AWA for a period of time, before coming to Australia in 1977 as “Ali Vasiri”. Toured western Canada as “Hossein Arab” before going to WWF in 1979. Stayed there until 1980, before turning up in Mid-Atlantic as “The Iron Sheik”.

Returned to WWF in 1983, winning the WWF World title from Bob Backlund on Dec. 26. Held the title until January, 1984, losing to Hulk Hogan. Formed a successful team with Nikolai Volkoff (with Fred Blassie as manager), winning the WWF Tag titles at Wrestlemania 1. Toured Australia in 1985 with Volkoff in WWF's first Australian tour. Was suspended from WWF in 1987, briefly returning in 1988. Traveled around to Texas, AWA, Puerto Rico and back to the Mid-Atlantic before once again appearing in WWF, this time as “Col. Mustafa”, an ally of Sgt. Slaughter, and managed by Gen. Adnan.

Has since appeared occasionally in WWF/WWE, and also at several independent promotions. Is renowned these days for his 'shoot interviews'. Was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. 


Titles held – WWF World Hwt, Mid-Atlantic Hwt, NWA Canadian Hwt (2), ACCW Hwt (2), CWA Hwt, (NZ) British Commonwealth Hwt, (IWA) US Hwt, (NWA 2000) American Heritage, IAW Hwt, National TV, WWF World Tag (w/ Nikolai Volkoff), Pacific Northwest Tag (w/ Bull Ramos), (NWA) Canadian Tag (w/ Texas Outlaw), IAW Tag (3, w/ Brian Costello)

Iron Sheik v Sgt Slaughter, WWF 1984


Khosrow Ali Vasiri

Credits - Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia

Photo credit - lostentertainment