Former WWE superstar 'Iron' Mike Sharpe dead at 64

By Wade Sheridan  |  Jan. 19, 2016 at 6:58 AM
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HAMILTON, Ontario, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Former WWE superstar "Iron" Mike Sharpe, self-proclaimed "Canada's greatest athlete," has died at the age of 64.

"WWE is saddened to learn that Michael Sharpe, known to WWE fans as "Iron" Mike Sharpe, has passed away at age 64," the company said in a press release Monday.

Rising to prominence in the '80s, Sharpe was known for using an infamous leather band he wore around his forearm to attack opponents with or to hide foreign objects he would use to gain an advantage in the ring. Sharpe's biggest bout came in 1983 after he faced off against then WWE champion Bob Backlund in a losing effort.

Sharpe then was primarily used as an enhancement talent, losing to bigger stars to make them look good in the ring. Sharpe wrestled for WWE for 12 years spanning 1983 to 1995 often appearing on the company's flagship shows, Superstars and Monday Night Raw.

"RIP Iron Mike Sharpe who passes at 64. Underrated wrestler. Loved to collect toilet paper. His arm never 'healed,'" former WWE announcer and Hall of Famer Jim Ross wrote on Twitter Monday praising his ability.

Following his retirement, Sharpe operated a wrestling school in New Jersey where he trained future WWE superstars Charlie Haas, Simon Dean and WCW star Crowbar.

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