Earlier this month, the wrestling world mourned the passing of WWE Hall of Famer, The Iron Sheik. A formidable force in the industry, Sheik's career spanned several decades, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of fans. Rising to prominence in the 1980s, he became a captivating villain and a prominent adversary of the legendary Hulk Hogan.
Reflecting on Sheik's profound impact, the current WWE talent MVP recently shared his admiration for the late wrestler. During an appearance on the "Cheap Heat" podcast, MVP paid tribute to Sheik's influential career. "In honor of Sheiky baby, I took a trip down the YouTube rabbit hole," MVP revealed.
"I watched some of his old matches when he was known as Khosrow Ali, still sporting a head full of hair. Despite weighing around 215 to 220 pounds, he was shredded. In one match, he was a babyface, and the crowd cheered for his incredible athleticism.
He showcased his agility with cartwheels and executed impressive suplexes. Watching wrestling from that era and seeing Sheik wrestle with such authenticity reminded me of why I used to believe wrestling was real because he made it feel real."
Sheik's Paradoxical Success and Iconic Legacy
MVP discussed the paradoxical nature of Sheik's character, reminiscent of The Bushwhackers in their early days.
"They weren't intimidating or dangerous individuals, yet they found tremendous success portraying caricatures of villains," MVP explained. He then delved into the personal connection he felt towards Sheik's portrayal of an Iranian villain during the Iran hostage crisis and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini.
"Being born in '73, those events were part of my childhood. It became iconic when Iron Sheik emerged on the scene and eventually clashed with Hulk Hogan before allying with Nikolai Volkoff. It became legendary. These are moments that remain etched in our memories." As the wrestling community continues to remember and celebrate the legacy of The Iron Sheik, his contributions to the industry as a captivating heel and larger-than-life character will forever be cherished.
The indomitable spirit and iconic presence of Sheik will continue to inspire future generations of wrestlers and fans alike, leaving an everlasting imprint on the landscape of professional wrestling.