Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to pro wrestling and pro wrestlers and whether they are true or not.
PRO WRESTLING URBAN LEGEND: The Iron Sheik won a Gold Medal for Wrestling at the 1968 Olympics.
In March of 2008, the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) inducted wrestler The Iron Sheik into its Hall of Fame.
They sent out a press release to honor the wrestler. It said, in part:
Khosrow Vaziri better known as The Iron Sheik has terrorized his opponents while entertaining generations of Pro Wrestling fan’s for close to four decades. Although The Iron Sheik turned Pro in 1972 he has been competing on the grappling scene since the mid 1960s and was a member of his native Iran’s Olympic Wrestling Team during the 1968 Mexico Olympics. In 1971, he won the AAU Greco Roman Gold Metal. Vaziri was also once a bodyguard for the family of the Shah of Iran.
The bit I wish to spotlight is:
was a member of his native Iran’s Olympic Wrestling Team during the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Is that true?
No, it is not.
Vaziri tried out for a spot on the team, but was cut in the Iranian finals.
So he never competed in the Olympics with the Iranian team, and thus never won a Gold Medal with the team.
The legend is…
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