Wrestling Great Akbar dies at 75


The wrestling world this week paid tribute to legendary manager General Skandor Akbar, who died at the age of 75.

The star, real name Jim Wehba, spent 40 years playing an evil Arabian who took grapplers including Ted DiBiase, Abdullah the Butcher, Kamala and King Kong Bundy under his wing.

He is also credited with helping Stone Cold Steve Austin during the WWE Hall of Famer’s early years as a grappler.

Akbar was still working at independent shows right up until his death, which is suspected to have been caused by prostate cancer.

TNA star Mick Foley led the tributes, Tweeting: “I just heard about the passing of Skandor Akbar. Ak was a huge influence on me and will be greatly missed.”

The WWE’s Jim Ross also wrote a recent blog about his friend and mentor.

Ross said: “The General was one of my first mentors in the business in the mid-70s and he taught me respect for the business, how to save money, ring psychology and professionalism.”