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- (New Zealand) British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title [as Ali Vaziri] defeating Rick Martel (1977);
- NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles w/Bull Ramos defeating Jesse Ventura & Jerry Oates (April 18, 1978);
- NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Bobby Bass defeating Don Leo Jonathan & Jake Roberts (July 24, 1978);
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Jim Brunzell (May 11, 1980);
- NWA (Toronto) Canadian Heavyweight title [Great Hossein Arab] defeating Dewey Robertson (May 25, 1980);
- NWA (Toronto) Canadian Heavyweight title [Great Hossein Arab] defeating Angelo Mosca (August 10, 1980);
- NWA National Television title defeating Ron Garvin by DQ in Tournament Final (May 28, 1983);
- WWF World Heavyweight title [Managed by Fred Blassie] defeating Bob Backlund (December 26, 1983);
- WWF Tag Team titles w/Nikolai Volkoff defeating Mike Rotunda & Barry Windham (March 31, 1985);
- NWA 2000 (North Carolina) American Heritage Heavyweight Title defeating Timber (December 27, 1997);
- WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Fame Inductee (April 2, 2005);
Iron Sheik Career Highlights
In The Beginning
- Khosrow Vaziri started out as an amature wrestler and even won a medal at the 1968 Olympic Games, representing Iran..
- ~~~Years later, this was proven to be a complete “work” just to enhance his gimmick while 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..
- 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” Rikishi..
One Night Return
- Wrestlemania X-7: The Iron Sheik won a special Gimmick battle royal, reigniting his feud with Sgt Slaughter in the process..
- January 2002: The Iron Sheik was scheduled for an appearance on Opie & Anthony but it didn’t happen..
- ~~~Sheik was detained coming back from Canada at the airport in Rochester because they believed he may have been a terrorist..
- May 5, 2003: Iron Sheik’s daughter, Marissa Jeanne Vaziri age 27, was found strangled to death, in her apartment..
- ~~~Marissa’s live-in boyfriend, Charles Warren Reynolds, 38, confessed to the crime and was charged with murder..
- The Sheik has trained Ricky Steamboat, Buck Zumhoff, Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne and has also had a hand in training Bret Hart..
- April 2, 2005 – Hall of Fame Ceremony: The Iron Sheik was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles..
- September 10, 2005–Piledriver Pro: The Patriot & Kid USA w/Johnny Valiant beat Sheik of Baghdad & Tiger Kahn w/The Iron Sheik..
- March 5, 2006–World Wrestling Legends PPV: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan defeated Nikolai Volkoff w/The Iron Sheik..
- March 10, 2007–Pro Wrestling Xtreme: Aaron Walpole & The Iron Sheik defeated Reck when Sheik broke his cane over Reck’s head!
- March 10, 2007–Pro Wrestling Xtreme: The Iron Sheik cut a promo and put female wrestler Jaime D in the Camel Clutch
- April 6, 2006–Women’s Extreme Wrestling PPV: Sumie Sakai defeated “Prime Time” Amy Lee w/The Iron Sheik..
- May 26, 2006–Pro Wrestling Legends: Sgt. Slaughter defeated The Warlord (Iron Sheik interfered and Greg Valentine countered)..
- ~~~The Iron Sheik went nuts on a promo yelling about Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, the Olympics and everything else. . .
- June 11, 2007 – Vince McMahon Appreciation Night: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka & The Iron Sheik cut promos about Mr. McMahon..
- June 18, 2007 – RAW: The Iron Sheik appeared on RAW and asked The Coach if he could have a talk show called “The Sheik Show”..
- August 2, 2007–National Wrestling Superstars: The Patriot w/The Iron Sheik defeated Johnny Candido w/Rocco Dorsey..
- August 13, 2007–RAW: William Regal presented “WWE Idol” with judges Maria Kanellis, Mick Foley and himself..
- ~~~Contestents for WWE Idol were Jillian Hall, Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, Lilian Garcia and Santino Marella..
- December 1, 2007–National Wrestling Superstars: Julio Dinero initiated a Dance Off which included the Iron Sheik!
- January 20, 2008–National Wrestling Superstars & FunkDaFied Wrestling Federation in Christiana, Delaware: (150 fans)
- ~~~The Hate Breed (Rancid & Arkham w/The Iron Sheik) beat Dark Karnival (Jo-Jo & Chio) to win the FwF Tag Team titles..
- March 10, 2008–RAW: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham (WrestleMania 1 Rematch)..
- April 19, 2008–1-Pro Wrestling: Mad Man Manson w/The Iron Sheik defeated Rene Dupree w/Prince Ameen in England..
- October 2, 2009–A Decade of SmackDown!: Sgt. Slaughter & The Iron Sheik both made special guest appearances..
- November 16, 2009–RAW: The Iron Sheik made a cameo and made some extremely negative comments about Hulk Hogan..
- March 25, 2010–Twin Wrestling Entertainment: WWF legend The Iron Sheik gave a short speech..
- April 2, 2010: Danny Demanto & Kevin Matthews w/Brittney Savage beat Balls Mahoney & Mikey Pacifica w/Iron Sheik..
- April 24, 2010–Millenium Wrestling Federation: The Iron Sheik & Jay Lethal defeated “Stalker” Dylan Kage w/Paul Bearer..
- ~~No DQ/Countout Match ending when Sheik made Kage submit to the camel clutch on the floor in the Sheik’s retirement match..
- ~There was a huge celebration with the locker room hitting the ring after the bout to honor the Sheik! [www.bostonwrestling.com]
- November 15, 2010–Old School RAW: Santino & Vladimir Kozlov did an in-ring segment with the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & Slick!
- ~~~Vladimir Kozlov got to sing the Russian National Anthem with Nikolai Volkoff in what had to be the thrill of a lifetime for Kozlov.
- ~~~~~~The Iron Sheik started ranting into the microphone during his entrance cutting a heated promo on the Immortal Hulk Hogan..
Dave Schoeneman wrote: I grew-up watching AWA wrestling faithfully every week from the time I was probably six or eight years old until it got uncomfortable to watch in the late 80s. I remember Hulk Hogan starting there, remember Shaun Michaels getting his start there, and also remember Nick Bockwinkle holding the title there for about 20 straight years. One thing I also remember, and have never read anywhere else, was the Iron Sheik refereeing matches for the AWA. I can’t prove that, but there has to be taped matches of it from the mid-to-late-seventies that show him reffing, somewhere. Maybe somebody can ask Kenny “The Sodbuster” Jaye. The two things that stood out was that dimple on his chin and his muscular build. I distinctly remember him being introduced as a referee for at least a few TV matches and thinking, “Why’s this guy refereeing… he gets beat every week!” I don’t recall them introducing him as a person with a Middle-Eastern name, either. I think they gave him the name Jerry Something-or-another, but that was many moons ago, so I can’t recall that detail, but make no mistake about it…. The Iron Sheik did wrestle as a jobber and officiate for Vern Gagne.