Iron Mike Sharpe
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Iron Mike Sharpe
Best known as the WWF's loudest jobber, but was a champion wrestler in several territories. Took Gene Kiniski's "Canada's Greatest Athlete" gimmick, complete with the "Canada" jacket that Kiniski wore. Son and nephew of tag greats Mike & Ben Sharpe.
Wore a leather band on his right arm -- allegedly to help heal an injury -- and used a forearm smash either as his finisher or to set up a backbreaker submission hold. Commentators in the WWF later joked that he had the slowest healing injury in sports history, as he wore the band for more than 10 years.
When he was a pushed wrestler in the WWF in the mid 80s, fans would yell "WIMP" at Sharpe.
Tall, although not as tall as his father -- somewhere around 6'4". Known for his conditioning and stamina.
Sharpe grew up in Northern California where his father was a star tag team wrestler. Trained by Dewey Robertson. Made his Maple Leaf Gardens debut in 1976. Held the Vancouver tag title twice in 1977-78 and then wrestled in the Mid-South territory, holding the Louisiana and Mississippi titles between 1979-82. Won the tag title in Calgary in 1981.
Trained wrestlers in New Jersey in the 1990s.
"Many times over it has been alleged that what makes Sharpe's "hammer"
the most lethal in wrestling is that in this band of his he has secreted
some kind of foreign object. That's what they say. But, because no one has
ever succeeded in removing it from his arm, these allegations remain
(From WRESTLING REVIEW, August 1984)
- Canadian tag champion (Vancouver), with Black Avenger (Moose Morowski), 1977
- Canadian tag champion (Vancouver), with Salvatore Martino (Bellomo), 1978
- 2-time Mid-South Louisiana champion, 1979-80, 82
- 2-time Mid-South Mississippi champion, 1979-80
- Mid-South Brass Knucks champion, 1979
- Stampede International tag champion, with Duke Myers, 1981
- Memphis Mid-America champion, 1985