The Iron Sheik

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"Insane. Completely, utterly and wonderfully insane. That's the only way we can describe The Iron Sheik, who in recent years has gone from forgotten Cold War wrestling villain to the nutty Iranian grandpa we all wish we had."
—RD Reynolds, The Wrestlecrap Book Of Lists!, "The 6 Wrestlers Who Must Have a Reality Show"

If there was ever any wrestler who best exemplified the Foreign Wrestling Heel character in Professional Wrestling, especially in WWE's "Federation years," The Iron Sheik was it. Born Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, this Iranian-born wrestler made a name for himself in the early 80s WWF, where he won the championship from Bob Backlund, breaking the former champion's six-year title reign...only to drop it the next month to Hulk Hogan, kicking off the Hulkamania craze. His appearances would be sporadic for many years after that, seemingly fading into obscurity in the pro wrestling scene.

And then, in the 2000s, RF Video decided to do a shoot interview with him...

Check out his article on That Other Wiki for more info regarding his career.

The Iron Sheik provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Anything That Moves: What the Sheik does just after breaking your back and before making you humble.
  • Arch Enemy: Hulk Hogan, both from the WWF and in Real Life, it seems.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In May of 1987, Sheik was riding with Arch Enemy Hacksaw Jim Duggan when the two were pulled over by New Jersey police, who found that both of them were doped and coked out of their minds. Duggan was given a conditional release and Sheik was put on probation. This caused a major stink in WWE at the time, but the big issue here wasn't the fact that they were caught doing drugs and driving under the influence, but that the two of them (who were in a major feud at the time) were breaking Kayfabe with their actions. Sheik was released by WWE and Duggan would be taken off of television for a few months.
    • In his now legendary tirade on Howard Stern's radio show, he ran through every profane thing you could think of to B. Brian Blair...and paused to apologize to Robin Quivers about his abrasive language.
  • Badass Mustache: A curly mustache, at that.
  • Bald of Evil / Bald of Awesome: Depending on who you ask
  • Berserk Button: Mention anyone that he believes didn't measure up to his standard of "respect" for the business (B. Brian Blair, Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior...)
  • Biggus Dickus: Once threatened to introuduce the Ultimate Warrior's daughter to his "...10-inch Iranian cock!"
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Especially around the Turn of the Millennium.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Many of his interviews
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He ended the 6-year championship run of Bob Backlund, capturing the world championship in the process.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If this interview on Howard Stern is anything to go by, Sheik's idea of Cheap Heat is to threaten a wrestler's family members, both male and female, with sexual assault.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Called out Warrior, who stated in his blog that Heath Ledger deserved to die for portraying a positive gay character in Brokeback Mountain.
    • He stated that at Wrestlemania III, he wanted to humble Brian Blair, but didn't "because for the God and Jesus, and Mr. McMahon."
  • Exact Words: He once stated in an interview that he doesn't type his own twitter. The internet assumes he merely shouts what he wants to say from another room...not exactly a far-fetched assumption.
    • After a Forbes(!) interveiw, it was indicated that, yes, this is indeed how his twitter is managed: his agent tweets based on conversations he has with The Iron Sheik.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Before emigrating and becoming a wrestler, worked as a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran.
  • Fake Nationality: Portrayed the Iraqi Col. Mustafa in 1991.
  • Fan Nickname: Sheik-y Baby.
  • Finishing Move: The Camel Clutch.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Boy, is he ever.
  • Hidden Depths: One of Sheik's workout routines involves the use of a pair of instruments called "Persian Clubs." Apparently, nobody in the entire professional wrestling industry is able to pull off how to work these clubs properly except Iron Sheik himself. Only Mark Henry was able to get the clubs over his head.
    • Also falls into World's Strongest Man - its so difficult he's legendary in strongman circles. 75lbs. may not sound much, but swinging that much weight on what is essentially a lever is extremely difficult.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: "More beer, please."
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Patriotic Fervor: "Iran, number one! Russia, number one! USA--haaaack ptooey!"
    • He once got into an argument with Sgt. Slaughter over which country was greater:

Sgt. Slaughter: AMERICA, you puke!
Iron Sheik: IRAN, you jabroni!