‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe, former WWE star of the 1980s and 1990s, has passed away. He was 64.
Sharpe was a second generation wrestler, best known for his run in the 1980s in the WWF. Billed as “Canada’s Greatest Athlete”, he was mostly used on house shows and TV as an enhancement talent.
After breaking into the wrestling business, Sharpe found success in Stampede Wrestling and Mid-South Wrestling where he held several championship titles.
He moved to the WWF in 1983, and managed by Captain Lou Albano, Sharpe would defeat several lower-card talent on his way to an eventual clash with Bob Backlund. After his feud with Backlund ended, Sharpe would remain in the mid-card, beating lower-tier talent but losing to up-and-coming talent to build them up.
When WWF expanded, Sharpe remained and would be used regularly against the top stars in order to make them look great. He remained there until 1995, with his last match being a loss in tag competition to The Smoking Gunns.
After a brief return to the independent scene, Sharpe quietly retired and returned home to Hamilton, Ontario.
In recent years, several health issues confined him to a wheelchair, and just recently, circulatory issues and hospital admissions caused him to lose one of his legs. After being released from hospital a few days ago, Sharpe passed away at his home.
Plans for a funeral have not yet been finalised as of this writing.