Azrieal was able to win the match, thus ending their lengthy feud. On January 29, , at Wild Card, Lethal pinned Maff in a title match, but the decision was overturned by crooked referee Sean Hanson. Lethal was awarded the Heavyweight Championship on March 26 at Caged Fury 2 held in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he refused to accept it, claiming that he wanted to "earn" the title. Lethal and his father were outnumbered, but managed to pull off a win at the last minute after Lethal's mother introduced their partner, the returning Charlie Haas.
Olympic squads in the s. Professional wrestling career[ edit ] Early career — [ edit ] In , Khosrow was invited to become a professional wrestler by promoter Verne Gagne. Khosrow first wrestled as a face in preliminary matches before a promoter suggested that he adopt a heel gimmick similar to that of the notorious Sheik. He also introduced the Persian clubs , a sport in his native Iran, and challenged wrestlers to do as many swings as him. This earned him a title shot at then-champion Bob Backlund , who pinned him later that night in a minute battle. Playing on real-life political matters notably the Iran hostage crisis and the animosity Americans had for the country of Iran, he moved on to the Mid-South and Mid-Atlantic territories, capturing the Mid-Atlantic title from Jim Brunzell before moving to Georgia Championship Wrestling. Backlund accepted, and on the December 24 episode of All- American Wrestling, also accepted Sheik's weekly Persian club challenge.