Former WWE star “Iron” Mike Sharpe passed away this past weekend at the age of 64 at his apartment in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, according to Mike Johnson.
Sharpe is most known for his time in WWE in the 1980s, working in the opening matches on TV and house shows, being billed as “Canada’s Greatest Athlete”. Sharpe’s biggest fame in WWE came in 1983, when he unsuccessfully challenged then-champion Bob Backlund for the WWE Title while being managed by WWE Hall of Famer Captain Lou Albano.
Sharpe, who was trained by the late Dewey “Missing Link” Robertson, also had a very successful stint in Japan teaming with his uncle, Ben Sharpe. Sharpe would remain working with WWE as a prelim guy all the way up to 1995, before retiring from the ring.
Prior to his passing, Sharpe had opened a wrestling school in New Jersey in the mid-to-late 1990s that helped break such future stars as Crowbar, Simon Dean, The Wall and Ace Darling. In the last couple of years, Sharpe had been dealing with a number of health issues, but it is unknown at this time what led to his passing.
On behalf of the staff at Wrestleview.com, we send out our condolences to the family and friends of Sharpe during this tough time.