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PNW Tag Team titles -1978-;
NWA British Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight title;
NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title;
NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles;
NWA Canadian Heavyweight title -1980- (2);
NWA Canadian Tag Team titles;
NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title;
NWA National Television title;
WWF World Heavyweight title defeating Bob Backlund (December 26, 1983);
WWF Tag Team titles w/Nikolai Volkoff defeating Mike Rotunda & Barry Windham (March 31, 1985);
In The Beginning
Khosrow Vaziri started out as an amature wrestler and even won a medel at the 1968 Olympic Games, representing Iran..
~~~Years later, this was proven to be a complete "work" just to enhance his gimmick 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" <--aka 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: Iron Sheik was scheduled 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..
~~~They even made him remove his shoes -- [Read the OWW Article]
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..
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. . .