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Farewell to “The Iron Sheik”, Hogan’s rival: The Iranian wrestler was the “bad guy”

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Mourning in the world of wrestling. The Iranian Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri has died at the age of 81, according to everyone “The Iron Sheikh”. He was one of the most iconic and most prominent wrestlers in WWE history, competing in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling. The family members tweeted: “Today we gather with a heavy heart to say goodbye to a true legend, a force of nature and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling. It is with great sadness that we share news of The Iron Sheik’s passing, but we are also comforted to know that he left this world peacefully, leaving a legacy that will last for generations to come.”

“The Iron Sheik” was best known as one of the “enemies” in the ring Hulk Hogan. But to tell the truth, Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri helped create the myth of the famous stars and stripes wrestler. In fact, Hulk Hogan’s first title came on January 23, 1984 against the Iranian wrestler at Madison Square Garden. A match that became history for the fans. Indeed, “The Iron Sheik” was not just an opponent, on the contrary. The month before, in December 1983, he had won his first WWF title against Bob Backlund, causing quite a stir. In fact, after the 1968 Olympic adventure, the Iranian wrestler had moved to the United States from where he started his wrestling career. It was then his friend-enemy in the ring Sergeant Slaughter who nominated him to the Hall of Fame in 2005. Another moment remembered by fans was when last January “The Iron Sheik” made fun of his rival Hulk Hogan because of the troubles that he had. had into the mic during Monday Night Raw’s 30th anniversary: ​​”Even the mic, you think you’re a Jabroni,” he wrote at the time. But what did the Iranian wrestler mean? “Jabroni” is a phrase introduced by him: it is a derogatory way of referring to a loser (or who is perceived as such) who tries not to appear as such. Basically, “enemy” of Hulk Hogan to the last.

Source: Corriere

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