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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Muhammad Hassan

If it wasn't for the unfortunate terrorist attack in London that took place, and led to Hassan's ban from network TV.. Do you think he could have become a main event heel? Or do you think his gimmick was doomed to fail in this day and age?

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Re: Muhammad Hassan

Supposedly, Hassan was going to win the World Heavyweight Title from Batista at SummerSlam 2005 if it wasn't for UPN.

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Re: Muhammad Hassan

Hassan was excellent. It's such a shame. Even now he's still just 28 years old. What an amazing career he could have had.

If idiocy and bureaucracy hadn't derailed his push several years ago, he'd have beaten Taker at GAB and won the World Title at SummerSlam. Who knows how huge he'd be by now. He had all the tools and intangibles you would want from a main event star.

As far as the gimmick goes, I thought it was outstanding and Hassan did an excellent job in his delivery. What made it great is that the character had depth. A lot of people narrow mindedly look back on Hassan and remark that he was just getting cheap heat because he was playing a Muslim Arab. That couldn't be farther from the truth.

Hassan's character was brilliant: he was an Arab-American who loved America and just wanted to find social acceptance in post-9/11 society. But he still got booed anyway, which led him to basically go on a crusade to right the wrongs of what he considered social injustice.

The craziest thing of all is that if you really think about it logically, Hassan was the face and the fans were the heels.

A wasted opportunity.

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Re: Muhammad Hassan

Not to offend anyone remotely involved in the London Bombings, but...The terrorists bombed his career. Seriously. The guy would be a top heel right now easily. Good in-ring skills, great on the mic, a controversial gimmick, etc. He had it all. Had that attack never happened, he would probably have been World Champion within a year tops.
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Re: Muhammad Hassan

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Hassan's character was brilliant: he was an Arab-American who loved America and just wanted to find social acceptance in post-9/11 society. But he still got booed anyway, which led him to basically go on a crusade to right the wrongs of what he considered social injustice.

The craziest thing of all is that if you really think about it logically, Hassan was the face and the fans were the heels.
I think that's really well said. The only thing that really made him a heel was the fact that he won all his matches because of interference from Davari. And then the whole thing on Smackdown with the Undertaker and the masked men 'Daniel Bryan'ing' Undertaker.

I heard after he was released from WWE he went into acting. Does anyone know, or has anyone seen anything he's been in?



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Re: Muhammad Hassan

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Hassan was excellent. It's such a shame. Even now he's still just 28 years old. What an amazing career he could have had.

If idiocy and bureaucracy hadn't derailed his push several years ago, he'd have beaten Taker at GAB and won the World Title at SummerSlam. Who knows how huge he'd be by now. He had all the tools and intangibles you would want from a main event star.

As far as the gimmick goes, I thought it was outstanding and Hassan did an excellent job in his delivery. What made it great is that the character had depth. A lot of people narrow mindedly look back on Hassan and remark that he was just getting cheap heat because he was playing a Muslim Arab. That couldn't be farther from the truth.

Hassan's character was brilliant: he was an Arab-American who loved America and just wanted to find social acceptance in post-9/11 society. But he still got booed anyway, which led him to basically go on a crusade to right the wrongs of what he considered social injustice.

The craziest thing of all is that if you really think about it logically, Hassan was the face and the fans were the heels.

A wasted opportunity.
Great post. Kind of similar to the CM Punk and Jeff Hardy feud but to a lesser degree in terms of the who was the face and who was the heel.
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Re: Muhammad Hassan

I don't know; that sort of character often loses steam quickly. Even though we're still fighting two wars in the Middle East, passion amongst the average person regarding Arabs/Arab-Americans isn't what it was in 2005. That's not to say that Hassan wouldn't have had great success; it just means that he probably would have changed his schtick years ago.


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Re: Muhammad Hassan

He definitely had the charisma and mic skills to make it. His in ring performance needed a bit of work but he wasn't horribly bad so he definitely could have done.

I liked him and thought his character was well written and performed. I basically agree with what Cynic said. But then they went really stupid places with it and the Undertaker angle wasn't neccasary. I would have just kept him as the Muslim trying to fit into American society as opposed to making him a full blown terrorist sympathiser.

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