Muhammad Hassan: A Man Who Was Screwed By a Choice Not His Own
I was reading all the articles about the recent release of MVP, when everybody kept saying how much of a push he deserved and how much he was screwed.
While I do believe that he was screwed, I'm not going to say he didn't have it coming.
I have to put MVP in the same boat as Matt Hardy; mo, MVP didn't do it as much as Hardy and it may be unnoticed compared to him, but MVP still had his complaints.
That's OK and all, I mean who doesn't have a complaint about WWE, but keep it to yourself.
Anyway, on to the point. It appears as if we have all forgot about a man who played his part to perfection, without complaining about it and lost his job because of it.
We all can remember that Hassan played a Middle Eastern-American gimmick, complaining constantly about the racism toward Middle Easterners in America due to the 9/11 attacks. Now, while his mother was Jordanian-Palestinian, he himself was born and raised in America.
I don't know the guy and don't know if he actually did or not but he never complained publicly about the role he was playing.
This was a horrible situation of "wrong place, wrong time."
I don't want to start a fight of any kind on here saying that what he said was true or not true, but he played this role so efficiently that he was constantly hated for it.
Was Hassan royaly screwed?
Now, the big part of this controversy was really nobody's fault. I think we all remember what started this horrible downfall, but for those that don't. I'll refresh your memory.
On the episode of Smackdown taped on July 4, General Manager Theodore Long put Muhammad Hassan in a match against The Undertaker at The Great American Bash and placed Daivari in a match that night against the Undertaker.
Daivari was defeated easily, but Hassan began to "pray" on the ramp, summoning five masked men, dressed in black shirts, ski-masks and camo pants. Armed with clubs and a piano wire, they beat and choked the Undertaker out before Hassan put him in the Camel Clutch. Afterward, the masked men lifted Daivari above their heads and carried him away.
Three days later, hours before the episode was scheduled to air, the London bombings took place. Without sufficient time to properly edit the segment out of the show, UPN showed the footage unedited in the United States and on The Score in Canada, with an advisory warning shown several times during the broadcast.
This started the downward spiral of Hassan. After this, UPN decided that they did not want Hassan on their network—NOT THE WWE, just Hassan.
His mic skills were (in my opinion) out of this world. He was a fantastic wrestler, and above all, had to be the most hated heel in history. Yet, the real fault of the demise of Hassan was WWE. Why would the WWE create a character like this from a great wrestler?
Even more, WWE made it so much worse for Hassan by making him get owned by the greats that the WWE universe love, such as Austin, Foley and Hulk Hogan.
The least they could have done was kept him on wwe.com's alumni page but sadly, he is not there only because of what they made him.
So what do you guys think? Was Hassan the most screwed wrestler in history?
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