Monday, July 25, 2005
I just had to post to say that I'm disappointed with World Wrestling Entertainment. Last night, they probably 'killed off' a great character of supposed Arab-American genetics all because, after trading him, Muhammed Hassan(whom my girlfriend thinks is the hottest man ever), off to their "B-Class" show, SmackDown!, the network the show is on decided they would not allow his character back on the air after an event that aired on 7/7/05 depicted him dropping to his knees in apparent prayer and having masked men rush out behind him to beat down his opponent in the ring, The Undertaker after the Undertaker beat up Hassan's manager, Divari whom Hassan pushed into The Undertaker. So after they all beat up on him and all, the masked men raised Davari into a laying position and carried him out high in the air apparently as a martyr.
7/7/05 was also the date of the first attacks on London but the WWE show was taped three days before and WWE didn't have time to edit out all of the events and all mentions of it throughout the taping so they aired it as it was but overlayed a large warning to sensitive viewers before the events in question took place.
So anyway, he's been off of TV since then because of UPN's 'demands'. Instead of just transfering him back to the show that made him a top heel in the company in the eyes of many, they have apparently decided to shelf his angle and many speculate that he will be sent to WWE's developmental division, OVW.
Of course, nothing is known with certainty as of now. He could be transfered back to Raw after some time. Or maybe he will take on another persona of a 'reformed anti-American'... I don't know. It is more likely, however, he will be sent to OVW to work on a new character to be on SmackDown! sometime in the coming months or even years.
Now I'm sure none of you give a damn about this, but it kind of gets to me. I like the rebelious Vince McMahon of old that didn't care who he'd offend, knowing that it'd bring in the fans, harden the base, and stuff his pockets just a little more. But it seems that he's going through the cycle again. In the 80's and early 90's he did the same sort of PC crap, then in the mid 90's he "Tore open the creative envelope" and got raw and edgy. People tuned in. People bought what he was sellin'. Then he bought out his competetors and now he and his company are content to chill in the 'safe zone', creating a low calibre product that is worse now than their worse competitors from years past.
So why was he 'killed off'? To prevent people from being angry with the company... Tails are tucked between legs and Vince's legendary 'grapefruits' are mere raisins in the hands of sponsers.
So how did they do away with the character? He was powerbombed through the stage and shown laying below after 'suffering' from nothing more than a reportedly horrible match that WWE had set up for him, bleeding badly and was soon transported to the hospital. Even his page on WWE.com says for his recent news that he was hurt badly by The Undertaker.
So now that I've bored you all to death, I'll just sum things up quickly. An Arab-American character was exploiting the terrorist label most Americans placed upon them all after 9/11 and because a few people got offended, a company that was once rebellious crumpled and removed a successful character and a great wrestler and entertainer to keep from making a few people uncomfortable...
Fuckin' Jesus, man. The world is going to hell.
Posted by The Prynce at 2:52 AM