We are saddened to report that Old School WWF Legend The Iron Sheik has passed away at the age of 81. His social media team confirmed this sad news.
Below is how the wrestling world reacted to Sheik’s passing:
Ric Flair: My Dear Friend Khosrow Vaziri!!! We Started Wrestling Together In 1972. Seems Like So Long Ago! We Crossed Paths So Many Times Over The Years & You Were Always So Entertaining.
The Greatest Line You Ever Said To Me In 1972: ‘If I Had Your Hair, I Would Be With Elizabeth Taylor!’
Rest In Peace My Friend. Be As Entertaining To God As You Were To All Of Us! 🙏🏻
Jake Roberts: RIP to my old friend The Iron Sheik. A true icon and someone who left a mark on wrestling that can never be erased. Another great one gone.
Lex Luger: Massive respect for the life and Wrestling career of the one and only Iron Sheik. Thank you. You will be greatly missed.
Stevie Ray: My condolences to The Iron Sheik. The original and one and only. God rest his soul.
Kurt Angle: I was sad to hear @the_ironsheik passed away. He had an amazing impact on many throughout the world. Sheik and I enjoyed blasting each other publicly. All in fun. He was a man with an incredible personality. Gonna miss you Sheiky Baby! #itstrue
Mick Foley: REMEMBERING THE IRON SHEIK
The wrestling world lost a true legend today, with the passing of Khosrow Vaziri, better known to fans across the globe as The Iron Sheik.
Although I never got to know The Sheik well, I was fortunate to have been on hand for two of his most iconic matches – his WWF Title victory over Bob Backlund at Madison Square Garden on December 26, 1983 and his “Boot Camp Match” with Sgt Slaughter at MSG in August, 1984. I also had the honor of wrestling The Iron Sheik for the first and only time – on a tour of Dominica in 1987.
Khosrow Vaziri was truly one of a kind.
I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all those who loved him.
Triple H: The legend. An all-time great performer and WWE Hall of Famer who brought his character to life and transcended our business. My condolences to The Iron Sheik’s family, friends and fans.
Bray Wyatt: We will miss you Bubba #HUMBLE
Lance Storm: RIP The Iron Sheik. Respect the Legend, always.
William Regal: My deepest condolences to the family of The Iron Sheik. The few times we sat and talked it was always a great conversation as you were quite and interesting and we talked about many people we had a connection with. Never talking in our Pro characters. Rest well.
JBL: Love Mr Sheik! So many good times. He thought my name was Brad Shaw, two names. He met my dad and said “ah, Mr Shaw, your boy Brad is such a fine young man”. Love you Mr Sheik. RIP you legend.
Karrion Kross: Iron Sheik played a pivotal role in the development of imagination in my childhood as a kid. I grew up and watched him with educated eyes, he was incredibly fun to watch and at times brilliant with the live audience. And that’s how I’ll always remember him.
Sgt. Slaughter: Our Last Cobra🐍 Clutch Together. Very Saddened To Hear That My Favorite In Ring Opponent Khosrow Vaziri Passed Away This Morning 😔
In 1984 WE Helped Build “Sports Entertainment” Into What It Is TODAY & Paved The Yellow Brick Road For Those Who Have Followed.
R.I.P.🙏🏻 My Dear Friend
Our Last Cobra🐍Clutch TogetherVery Saddened To Hear That My Favorite In Ring Opponent Khosrow Vaziri Passed Away This Morning😔In 1984 WE Helped Build “Sports Entertainment” Into What It Is TODAY & Paved The Yellow Brick Road For Those Who Have Followed🏻R.I.P.🙏🏻My Dear Friend pic.twitter.com/yoyFafHmuu
— SGT SLAUGHTER (@_SgtSlaughter) June 7, 2023
The Rock: Rest in Power, Uncle Sheiky ❤️ Thank you for paving the way 🙏🏾 Love, light and strength to Caryl & the ohana x
Rest in Power, Uncle Sheiky ❤️
Thank you for paving the way 🙏🏾
Love, light and strength to Caryl & the ohana x pic.twitter.com/p9c9wwQz6U
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 7, 2023