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Pro wrestling loses 'Iron' Mike Sharpe

By Alex Butler   |   Jan. 19, 2016 at 7:53 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Wrestling legend Mike Sharpe, 64, died this weekend in Hamilton, Ontario.

'Iron' Mike was known as "Canada's Greatest Athlete" as he wrestled in the 1980's.

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"Long before "Iron" Mike Tyson entered a boxing ring, self-proclaimed "Canada's Greatest Athlete" "Iron" Mike Sharpe was battering opponents in a wrestling ring," The WWE said in a release. "A second-generation Superstar whose father and uncle both competed in sports-entertainment, Hamilton, Ontario's Sharpe was a champion in his native country as well as several regional American territories in the United States."

Sharpe was managed by Captain Lou Albano, a WWE Hall of Famer. While in the ring, Sharpe used a black brace on his forearm against opponents.

Sharpe's last WWE match was in 1995 against Billy & Bart, The Smoking Gunns.

"Following his retirement, Sharpe had a school in Brick, N.J., where he trained many aspiring competitors," The WWE said. "His students included former WWE Superstars Charlie Haas and Simon Dean (also known as ECW's Nova), as well as WCW Superstar Crowbar."

"WWE extends its condolences to Sharpe's family, friends and fans."

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