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Insane. Completely, utterly and wonderfully insane. That's the only way we can describe the Iron Sheik, who in recent years has gone from forgotten Cold War wrestling villain to the nutty Iranian grandpa we all wish we had.
— RD Reynolds, The WrestleCrap Book Of Lists!, "The 6 Wrestlers Who Must Have a Reality Show"
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In May of 1987, Sheik was riding with Arch-Enemy"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan when the two were pulled over by New Jersey police, who found that both of them were doped and coked out of their minds. Duggan was given a conditional release and Sheik was put on probation. The hilarity of the two "bitter enemies" sharing a ride home ensured the story made the major news outlets, putting the WWF in a major stink. The WWF would begin drug testing after this incident, and both men were fired (Duggan returned in six months; Sheik returned four years later).
In his now legendary tirade on The Howard Stern Show, he ran through every profane thing you could think of to B. Brian Blair...and paused to apologize to Robin Quivers about his abrasive language.
With Bruno Sammartino IRL, the two once beat the crap out of five pro football players who made the mistake of calling the then 51-year old Sammartino a "washed up old man" and tried to push him around. Sammartino was holding his own until the Sheik, who was in the showers, heard the commotion, and the two proceeded to curbstomp the morons.
On the other side of the spectrum, fans in the 80s hated his heel character so much that there were several instances of Sheik's car being keyed or him getting attacked after shows. That's why he refused to bring his wife and kids with him on tour, because he feared someone would hurt them.
Hidden Depths: One of Sheik's workout routines involves the use of a pair of instruments called "Persian Clubs." (aka Indian Clubs or meels.) Apparently, nobody in the entire professional wrestling industry is able to pull off how to work these clubs properly except Iron Sheik himself... and Mark Henry.
Also falls into World's Strongest Man - its so difficult he's legendary in strongman circles. 75lbs. may not sound much, but swinging that much weight on what is essentially a lever is extremely difficult.
I Have Many Names: Great Hossein Arab, Ali Vaziri, the Iron Sheik, Shasta Mustafa, Col. Mustafa
Kayfabe: How much he actually hates the wrestlers he's famous for running down in shoot interviews and on twitter may fall under this. While he apparently really doesn't like B. Brian Blair (for still mostly unknown reasons), other wrestlers that he's run down, when face to face with, he often blubbers, breaks down and cries and calls them "my brother." Roddy Piper and even Hulk Hogan have both implied it's an act, and say they get along with him just fine in real life.
Sheikie Baby gave touching tributes to both Warrior and Randy Savage upon their deaths on twitter and in videos, despite years of talking trash about them.
Legacy Character: Crossed with One Steve Limit. While Shawn Daivari was in WWE's developmental program, he was renamed "Khosrow", although the first name never made it to WWE TV, as both a tribute to the Iron Sheik and to avoid the possibility that anyone might somehow confuse Daivari with Shawn Michaels.
During John Cena's feud with Kurt Angle in late 2005, when Angle had Daivari as his ally, Cena referred to Daivari on the December 12th episode of Raw as a "bootleg Iron Sheik."
@the_ironsheik: "Randy Savage, i find out you die, i cry. you are one of best and my brother. you be happy with the elizabeth. god bless you. macho man best worker. better than all. he make the wrestlemania match with ricky best ever in pontiac. I love you forever. randy savage my best brother, i love him and i am sad"
Never Gets Drunk: Sheikie Baby is known in pro wrestling circles for his high tolerance to alcohol. In his own words, he "knows the moderation A to the Z".
No Indoor Voice: He's developed a reputation for yelling at people across the room rather than approaching and could make himself heard without the aid of a microphone in many arenas.
Odd Friendship: With Prime Time Amy Lee, whom he served as a manager to, going so far as to pop up behind her in WEW, an all women's garbage wrestling promotion. This also made it easy for him to show up in WSU, another all woman not quite garbage wrestling promotion when she was its commissioner.
Randy Savage, you're a no-good son of a bitch... but still I like you.
He does this a lot with his fans as well. From his Twitter:
Goodbye Toronto. I love you forever and go fuck yourself
Viewers Are Morons: This was often his attitude to the fans who booed him, insisting to "Mean" Gene that the intelligent wrestling fans agreed with whatever he was saying or doing to get boos. The exception being his Anti-America/Pro-Iran statements, where he didn't care.
Worthy Opponent: When asked on YouShoot why he could never defeat Jerry "The King" Lawler, Sheik answered that it was for the sake of diplomacy: because Jerry Lawler was "the King" and he was wrestling him in his home "country" of Memphis, Tennessee, he thought it only proper that he should put "the king of the Memphis, Tennessee" over, but he could beat Lawler in a real fight.