The Iron Sheik

1942 - 2023

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Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (Persian: حسین خسرو علی وزیری, romanized: Hossein Xosrô 'Ali Vaziri; March 15, 1942 – June 7, 2023), better known by his ring name the Iron Sheik, was an Iranian professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, and actor. He was the first, and so far only, Iranian champion in WWE history, having won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983. This villainous character peaked during the 1980s WWF wrestling boom and his rivalry with Hulk Hogan turned Hogan into one of the greatest television heroes of the decade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of The Iron Sheik has received more than 4,553,727 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). The Iron Sheik is the 37th most popular wrestler (up from 59th in 2019), the 292nd most popular biography from Iran (up from 312th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Iranian Wrestler.

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.6M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 52.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.50

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.89

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of The Iron Sheiks by language

Over the past year The Iron Sheik has had the most page views in the with 1,235,126 views, followed by Persian (82,402), and Spanish (24,047). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are German (2,383.92%), Persian (422.52%), and Simple English (341.14%)


Among wrestlers, The Iron Sheik ranks 37 out of 1,027Before him are Wim Ruska, Ferenc Seres, The Great Khali, Jimmy Snuka, Randy Savage, and Dusty Rhodes. After him are Bret Hart, Ivar Johansson, Eddie Guerrero, Ibrahim Moustafa, Mustafa Dağıstanlı, and Chris Benoit.

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Among people born in 1942, The Iron Sheik ranks 264Before him are Peter Habeler, Michael Jackson, Anatoly Berezovoy, Emília Vášáryová, Radu Vasile, and Roberto Perfumo. After him are Jean-Luc Ponty, Pyotr Klimuk, Aritatsu Ogi, Johnny Servoz-Gavin, Ademir da Guia, and Lev Leshchenko. Among people deceased in 2023, The Iron Sheik ranks 267Before him are Klas Lestander, Alexei Starobinsky, Robert Blake, Aracy Balabanian, Bernard Morel, and Mariya Pisareva. After him are Edgar Schein, Jerónimo Saavedra, Heinrich Messner, Gennady Zhidko, Michel Deville, and George Pell.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, The Iron Sheik ranks 292 out of 631Before him are Imad al-Dawla (892), Shirin Neshat (1957), Mastoureh Ardalan (1805), Sadeq Khan Zand (1800), Sohrab Sepehri (1928), and Mardavij (890). After him are Mehdi Karroubi (1937), Arash (1977), Abbas (1944), Mohammad Ali Foroughi (1877), Mithridates V of Parthia (100), and Hossein Salami (1960).

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Among wrestlers born in Iran, The Iron Sheik ranks 2Before him are Gholamreza Takhti (1930). After him are Emam-Ali Habibi (1931), Matt Ghaffari (1961), Hassan Yazdani (1994), Rasoul Khadem (1972), Alireza Dabir (1977), Hamid Sourian (1985), Saeid Mollaei (1992), Ghasem Rezaei (1985), Komeil Ghasemi (1988), and Ehsan Lashgari (1985).