This winter, the Sheik was hospitalized after making several appearances in Toronto at a Wal-Mart, sports bar and independent wrestling show for his friend's sons. The Sheik claims he was to be paid $12,000 for the appearances but was only given $1,000. On his way to the airport, his driver stole his $1,000.
During an interview conducted in 2004 with Dan Mirade of the Boston, Massachusetts based Millennium Wrestling Federation, the Sheik was asked about his appearance at WrestleMania III, where he teamed with Nikolai Volkoff against the Killer Bees, Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell. When offering his recollections about the event, Iron Sheik expressed high praise for Brunzell owing to his athletic and high-jumping prowess, but displayed contempt for Blair, referring to him as a "lowlife" and a "punk". He gave no specific reason for his dislike of Blair, only remarking that he "didn't like his attitude". He would then express his desire to make Blair humble by suplexing him, putting him in his camel clutch submission, breaking his back, and "fuck[ing] his ass".
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On May 5, 2003 Iron Sheik's daughter, Marissa Jeanne Vaziri age 27, was found strangled to death, in her apartment. Marissa's live-in boyfriend, Charles Warren Reynolds, 38, confessed to the crime and was charged with murder.
Although he was billed as having been a 1968 Olympic medalist, Sheik was actually eliminated during his country’s trials. He was the assistant coach of two US Olympic squads in the 1970's.
On the June 18th, 2007 episode of WWE Monday Night RAW, The Iron Sheik approached Jonathan Coachman about having his own interview show (like Piper's Pit) to show on RAW. Coach replied saying, "I like the idea and I will really take some time to consider it."
No idea if any of this is real, by the way.