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The Original Sheik (not to be confused with The Iron Sheik) revolutionized wrestling in its early days on TV.  He introduced a new level of sadistic violence to the sport.  The Professor posits that The Sheik was the originator of Hardcore.

The Sheik was the Uncle and mentor of Sabu, who carries on his legacy to this day.

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

Billed From: The Syrian Desert

Height: 5 ft 11 in

Weight: 253 lb

Born: June 9, 1926

Died: January 18, 2003

Debut: 1949

Retired: 1998

The Sheik. Image: The Wrestling Revolution


The Sheik applies his famous Camel Clutch. Image: Wrestling Arsenal

Sabu’s Pre-Match Ritual. Tribute to His Uncle, The Original Sheik. Image: xbox-scene.com

The Sheik’s NYT Obituary