'Iron' Mike Sharpe, WWE Superstar, Dies at 64

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

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Former WWE wrestler "Iron" Mike Sharpe has died at age 64, the company announced Monday.

Sharpe wrestled all over the world, most notably for the then-World Wrestling Federation, which often used him as an enhancement talent for its bigger stars.

According to the Internet Wrestling Database, Sharpe wrestled 168 documented matches, with numerous more not tracked by the site. His last televised match came in a defeat to Man Mountain Rock on the May 15, 1995, episode of Monday Night Raw. In his career with the company, which spanned 1983 to 1995, he won on eight occasions.

WWE provided highlights from a 1992 bout between Sharpe and the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith:

Former WWE announcer Jim Ross praised Sharpe's ability:

Joey Ryan said Sharpe helped his in-ring style and persona:

Fans of wrestling in the 1980s will also remember Sharpe for the infamous leather band he wore around his forearm. As a heel, he wasn't above hiding a foreign object in the brace, and he could also use it as a weapon to devastating effect:

Few WWE Superstars made as much of an impression as Sharpe during the 1980s, despite his often being on the losing end.

The company could count on him to help make his opponent look great in the ring, which is an undervalued quality that is somewhat lacking in today's product.