Before the Iron Sheik became the notorious and hated professional wrestling villain known as the Iron Sheik, the man who created the dastardly character was actually an accomplished amateur wrestler. Born Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, the Iron Sheik was a member of the Iranian Olympic Greco Roman team at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Khosrow emigrated to the United States and actually was an assistant coach for the United States wrestling team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
So, it should come as no surprise that a man as opinionated and oratorically volatile as the Iron Sheik would have something harsh to say about the International Olympics Committee’s announcement on Tuesday that it has recommended dropping wrestling from the Summer Games beginning in 2020.
Thankfully, TMZ got in contact with the Iron Sheik, and as alluded to above, the man is not pleased with the recent developments.
1968 Olympics photo
“After 1,000 years they take away the best sport in the world? This is the first ...