Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (born September 13, 1942) is a retired Iranian professional wrestler better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik. He is known for ending the near six year World Wrestling Federation Championship reign of Bob Backlund and for being the man Hulk Hogan defeated for his first WWF Championship, setting off the "Golden Age" of professional wrestling. He was also a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran and his family for several years while they still lived in Iran. He has gained popularity on The Howard Stern Show due to his infamous outbursts on the wrestling industry and his hatred for various wrestlers. He is responsible for bringing the word "Jabroni" to its popularity, frequently used by The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). The character Ayatollah in the 2008 film The Wrestler is based on him, in terms of appearance. Championships and accomplishments Georgia Championship Wrestling NWA National Television Championship (1 time) International Association of Wrestling IAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) IAW Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Brian Costello Maple Leaf Wrestling NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version) (2 times) Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time) NWA All-Star Wrestling NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) - with the Texas Outlaw NWA New Zealand New Zealand British Commonwealth Championship (1 time) NWA Hall of fame(class of 2009) NWA 2000 NWA 2000 American Heritage Championship (1 time) Pacific Northwest Wrestling NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bull Ramos World Wrestling Entertainment WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005) WWF Championship (1 time) WWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Nikolai Volkoff Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI ranked him # 134 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003. PWI ranked him # 96 of the 100 best tag teams of the "PWI Years" with the Nikolai Volkoff in 2003. Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards Most Underrated Wrestler (1980) vs Richard Henry Blood (born February 28, 1953 in West Point, New York), better known by his ring name Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, is a former American professional wrestler who became one of the most well-known professional wrestlers of the late 1980s and early '90s. He's currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working as a road agent. He was well-known among wrestling fans as being one of the few wrestlers who stayed a babyface throughout his lengthy career. He is best known for his work with American Wrestling Association (AWA), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In the WWF, Steamboat was a 1 time Intercontinental Champion.. In NWA/WCW, he was a 1 time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 4 time United States Heavyweight Champion, 4 time Television Champion, 8 time WCW World Tag Team Champion, 1 time (unofficial) NWA World Tag Team Champion, 2 time Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, and a 3 time Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion. Championships and accomplishments Maple Leaf Wrestling NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time)1 Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI Match of the Year (1987) vs. Macho Man Randy Savage at WrestleMania III Match of the Year (1989) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleWar PWI Rookie of the Year (1977) PWI Stanley Weston Award (1995) PWI Tag Team of the Year (1978) with Paul Jones PWI ranked him # 7 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 1991. Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (Class of 2002) Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling | World Championship Wrestling NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (2 times) NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Paul Jones (3) and Jay Youngblood (1) NWA Television Championship (2 times) NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time) NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time) NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)² NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (6 times) - with Paul Jones (1) and Jay Youngblood (5) WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time) WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Dustin Rhodes (1) and Shane Douglas (1) WCW World Television Championship (2 times) World Wrestling Federation WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time) WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards Tag Team of the Year (1983) with Jay Youngblood Match of the Year (1987) vs. Randy Savage at WrestleMania III Match of the Year (1989) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleWar 5 Star Match: (February 20, 1989) vs. Ric Flair at Chi-Town Rumble 5 Star Match: (April 2, 1989) vs. Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin' Cagjun 5 Star Match: (May 7, 1989) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleWar 5 Star Match: (May 17, 1992) with Sting, Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham, & Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, & Larry Zbyszko at WrestleWar 1992 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996) 1During this time, the title was almost exclusively defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. However, on occasion, the title was defended in other promotions through arrangements made with Mid-Atlantic. ²Steamboat wins the title after Ted Turner purchases Mid-Atlantic Championship wrestling from Jim Crockett and renames it World Championship Wrestling.