(1924?-2003) was an American Professional Wrestler
, promoter and trainer from Detroit
, MI as The Sheik
. He started in the late 1940s and was a huge star from the 1950s through the 1970s. While best known for his work in Detroit, he was also a major name in Toronto
and seemingly everywhere else he wrestled for decades, drawing money all over the place. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 16
-time NWA (Detroit) United States Heavyweight Champion
, a 1x NWA United National Champion
and a 2x NWA Americas (Los Angeles) Heavyweight Champion
. In 1972, Pro Wrestling Illustrated
named him "The Most Hated Wrestler," and he was also one of the most attacked
wrestlers of all time, often suffering stabbings and other excessive reactions
. Along with various National Wrestling Alliance
territories, he competed for the WWWF
, All Japan Pro Wrestling
, the WWC in Puerto Rico and many independents. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the WWE
Hall of Fame in 2007.
Not to be confused with The Sheik
, The Iron Sheik
or with Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie.
- Arab Oil Sheikh
- Arch-Enemy: Bobo Brazil, Mark Lewin, Pampero Firpo (who turned face after Sheik burned him with a fireball), Abdullah the Butcher, Terry Funk, George "The Animal" Steele, Bruno Sammartino... He tended not to make too many friends.
- Only semi-Kayfabe: The Sheik's Detroit promotion had a serious feud with Dick The Bruiser's World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis. Bruiser was a close friend of NWA boss Sam Muchnick and had some ownership points in Muchnick's St. Louis Wrestling Club, and never really cared for Sheik. Muchnick actually stopped using DTB in St. Louis after 9/22/72 until 2/15/74. WWA invaded Detroit, which was an NWA member, while the WWA wasn't. Bruiser didn't like the Sheik's wrestling style. Muchnick brought Sheik into St. Louis twice and never used him again. A lot of guys felt that the Sheik shorted them on their payouts and didn't like how Sheik kept himself as the star attraction and would basically squash guys who were getting over.
- Author Avatar: When he was the boss and top star of the NWA promotion in Detroit.
- Ax-Crazy: Always.
- Badass Teacher: To his nephew Sabu and Rob Van Dam, among others.
- Bash Brothers: With Abdullah the Butcher and Sabu
- Beard of Evil
- Boring Invincible Villain: Became this in the eyes of the fans in the late 1970s, since he was so dominant that people started losing interest in going to the shows. This is likely one of the reasons why the Detroit territory closed in 1981.
- The Cameo:
- At ECW The Night the Line was Crossed, February 5, 1994, he teamed with Pat Tanaka in a victory over Kevin Sullivan and the Tazmaniac.
- He seconded Sabu for his successful match against Mr. JL (Jerry Lynn) at WCW Halloween Havoc 95, October 29, 1995, which was held in Detroit. After the match, the Sheik fireballed JL.
- Covered with Scars: His garbage tactics often backfired, leading to him having a scarred up forehead.
- Finishing Move: Camel Clutch.
- Garbage Wrestler: One of the Ur Examples, along with Abdullah the Butcher.
- HEEL: Perhaps one of the greatest examples ever.
- Kayfabe: He was one of the most rigid adherents to it.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Wouldn't respond to being called "Ed" even on the phone.
- The Voiceless: He would not speak while in character, and he by all accounts essentially lived his life in character.
- Man Bites Man
- Money, Dear Boy: Despite his success, he lost money on some bad investments and had to continue competing into the 1980s and 1990s despite being well past his prime.
- One Steve Limit: Sometimes referred to as "The Original Sheik" to distinguish him from The Iron Sheik.
- Power Stable: (In FMW): The Sheik Army, featuring Sabu, the Gladiator (Mike Awesome), Mexican wrestler Damian 666, and the notoriously horrible Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Jeet Singh Jr.note
- Red Baron: "The Arabian Madman."
- Ring Oldies: Out of necessity. See Money, Dear Boy above.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
- Squash Match: Frequently. He was known for short brawls.
- Underwear of Power
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Abdullah the Butcher, since they'd alternate between teaming together and feuding with each other.
- Wrestling Family: His nephew is ECW legend Sabu. His son Ed Farhat Jr. was a 3x NWA (Detroit) World Tag Team Champion as Captain Ed George.
- Yanks with Tanks: Fought in World War II via concealing the fact that he was only 17 at the time.