Wrestling in mourning as former WWE star 'Iron' Mike Sharpe, 64, dies Former 1980s professional wrestler 'Iron' Mike Sharpe has died at the age of 64 according to World Wrestling Entertainment. The 64-year-old, who described himself as Canada's Greatest Athlete died at home in Ontario. The wrestler followed his father an uncle into the ring, having wrestled in Canada and across the United States. Scroll down for video +2 'Iron' Mike Sharpe, who described himself as Canada's Greatest Athlete, pictured, has passed away +2 Sharpe, pictured, left, was involved in WWE between 1983 and 1995 when he eventually retired from the ring According to a statement released by WWE, Sharpe had the moniker 'Iron' Mike long before professional boxer Mike Tyson entered the ring. Sharpe was born in Hamilton, Ontario and performed on several wrestling tours before joining the WWE in January 1983. According to WWE, Sharpe was known for using a black brace on his forearm which was often 'loaded' with a foreign object to help defeat his opponent. One of his much-loved tactics was also to shout at an opponent during a bout. 'Sharpe’s winning ways were enough to earn him a WWE Championship Match against Champion Bob Backlund in Philadelphia in April 1983, a mere four months after his WWE debut. Like so many others, Sharpe was unsuccessful in defeating Backlund. 'Sharpe then regularly competed on and off for both WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Sharpe’s final WWE match occurred in 1995 against Billy & Bart, The Smoking Gunns. 'Following his retirement, Sharpe had a school in Brick, New Jersey where he trained many aspiring competitors. His students included former WWE Superstars Charlie Haas and Simon Dean (also known as ECW’s Nova), as well as WCW Superstar Crowbar. 'WWE extends its condolences to Sharpe’s family, friends and fans.'