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Title History

 

  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Valentine (October ??, 1954);
  • (Illinois) Midwest Junior Heavyweight title defeating Bill Melby (????, 1957);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Valentine (December 27, 1964);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Valentine (Febuary 6, 1965);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (October ??, 1967);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Gino Brito for vacant title (October 23, 1967);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (Febuary 21, 1969);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Carlos Rocha (May ??, 1972);
  • NWA (Japan) United National Heavyweight title defeating Seiji Sakaguchi (September 6, 1972);
  • NWA Hawaii Heavyweight title defeating Fred Curry (October 21, 1972);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (December 30, 1972);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (January 27, 1973);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Valentine (July 21, 1973);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Valentine (September ??, 1973);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Alexis Smirnoff (????, 1974);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Tony Marino (March 16, 1974);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title recognized as champion (July ??, 1974);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (July 5, 1975);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (May 15, 1976);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title defeating Thunderbolt Patterson (December 26, 1976);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (Febuary 27, 1977);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Gino Hernandez (April 2, 1977);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Terry Funk (October 22, 1978);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Mighty Igor (May 3, 1980);
  • ICW (Poffo) United States Heavyweight title Awarded (????, 1981);
  • ICW (Poffo) United States Heavyweight title defeating Thunderbolt Patterson (????, 1982);
  • WWA (Japan) World Martial Arts Heavyweight title defeating Atsushi Ohnita (June 25, 1992);
  • OnlineWorldofWrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2006);

 

Career Highlights

 

  • The “Original” Sheik is Sabu‘s uncle..
  • The Sheik was one of the first wrestlers to adopt a “Hardcore” style in the ring..
  • The Sheik was famous in Detroit, Japan & Toronto but also internationally known..
  • August 18, 1961: Buddy Rogers defeated The Sheik in a Best 2/3 Falls match at the Cincinnati Gardens..
  • ~~~Buddy Rogers took the deciding third fall by using his figure-four leglock on the challenger to retain the NWA title..
  • June 4, 1971: Crazy Luke Graham & Tarzan Tyler defeated Dick the Bruiser & The Sheik for the WWWF Tag Team title..
  • The Sheik started his own promotion, based out of Detroit, called Big Time Wrestling, from 1964-1980..
  • ~~~Sheik not only promoted these shows but he was also the trainer for the promotion, training talent to wrestle..
  • January 2003: The Sheik became very ill and is admitted to a hospital..
  • January 18, 2003: Unfortunatly, Edward Farhat passes away at around 3:15 AM in a Michigan hospital, was 79..
  • Ed Farhat started his career in the 50’s and wrestled for nearly 40 years in the business..
  • Ed Farhat trained Rob Van Dam, Scott Steiner, Sabu and many others..
  • June 12, 2005 – ECW One Night Stand: “Pitbull” Gary Wolf introduced a tribute to ECW wrestlers who have died since ECW closed..
  • ~~~RIP to Rocco Rock, Terry Gordy, Mike Lockwood, The Sheik, Mike Lozanski, Pitbull #2, Big Dick Dudley, Chris Candido..
  • March 20, 2007–ECW on Sci Fi: They announced that The Sheik will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2007..
  • March 31, 2007 – Hall of Fame: The Sheik was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his proteges Sabu & Rob Van Dam..
  • April 1, 2007 – WrestleMania 23: Joyce Farhat and the other HOF inductees were introduced to the audience at Fords Field..

    David Whiteis (Chicago) wrote: I always loved The Sheik as a kid, for the same reason I loved horror movies — he was scary enough to be thrilling, yet just cartoonish enough to not cross the line into nightmare-inducing.

 

In more recent years, I’ve discovered a new reason to respect him. The following anecdote comes from a tribute to The Sheik that was posted on the website devoted to him:

“In a Texas arena, during those pre-civil rights era days, black fans were seated in a balcony behind chicken wire. Farhat got to the ring, and saw this seating setup. A very real-life Edward Farhat got very upset, and in full Sheik gimmick, he climbed up 15 feet and ripped down the wire.

“He got back in the ring and locked up with a shocked Brazil, who asked Farhat, ‘What the hell did you do?’ Sheik told Brazil that the local promoters were racist @$#$@$#s, and to hell with them. So the ‘hated enemies’ were in a clinch in the corner laughing at what a real-life Edward Farhat had done, and could get away with in the segregated South…simply because he did it as ‘The Sheik.’