Originally posted by RYDER FAKINNormally this would go in Politics, but I think it applies, albeit in a "sign of the times / angle" way, but in retrospect maybe McMahon *is* a genius. If they are serious about this angle, this story should be splashed across the TitanTron ASAP
Nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, according to a nationwide poll.
Thanks Ryder, I have posted the story over in politics as well, for anyone (like me, for example) who wishes to discuss it in more general terms, so we can keep this discussion about Hassan. I hope the mods don't mind.
What something like this story hitting the news will mean for Hassan's character can only be guessed at. I'm curious to see if it's mentioned on the next live RAW.
(edited by Stilton on 18.12.04 0130) The Goal: SLACK The Method: The Casting Out of False Prophets The Weapon: Time Control The Motto: "Fuck Them All of they Can't Take a Joke"
Well, I admit, this is something I don't really have any optimism on. It's a damn shame too, because Hassan has a great look, he can talk really well, and he seems to have a good personality. But there's no way I can trust Vince McMahon with something this sensitive, because he never handles sensitive subjects sensitively, as far as I can remember. Maybe I forgot a couple of things, but I'm pretty sure they're few and far between.
One thing that especially irked me seeing his promo with Foley on tape wasn't the 9-11 references, but his entrance music. It irked me in a good way, because once you get past the arabic (I think) singing (at least the instant booing of that), I have to say it's a very nice theme. I dare say, it's the kind of music I would say that is perfect for making out or something. Very seductive, but with an edge, you see. It's just a nice sound to it. Hassan and Daivari I'm sure are cool people and true professionals for handling this subject, but this is Vince McMahon, and I hope they can get through it.
Originally posted by RingmistressHassan and Daivari I'm sure are cool people and true professionals for handling this subject, but this is Vince McMahon, and I hope they can get through it.
Agreed, they've been given a HOT plate and have to handle it carefully. I'm not disgusted by it, yet, but the subject matter involved is totally something that shouldn't have been touched now or probably not ever. I agree with you Ringmistress, I hope they can GET through it.
The next WWE Creative person that says, "We don't have anything for you", gets a free rectal exam!
J.J. Dillon: "I'd rather flip burgers at McDonald's than work for Vince McMahon again." July 3, 2004 New Era Of Wrestling
"There was the story of Wrestlemania VII being moved because of threats of a sniper getting to Sgt Slaughter during the height of his Iraqi sympathiser angle."
That was just a smokescreen for moving the event to a smaller venue after poor ticket sales, IIRC.
Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
remember when out of no where a man would throw a fireball into someone else's face? That should happen again!
Hassan would be perfect to bring it back! Go through the Raw faces with the flame, hit Foley and then a returning HBK! Instant heel heat more than the racism stuff and more into wrestling. Explore an old stand-bye gimmick with a new star!
Kane could be the perfect foil, or allie for him.
(edited by TopTenPro on 23.12.04 0825) PAM ANDERSON on being named E!'s best blonde: "The carpet don't match the drapes!" "... Just kidding, there is no carpet."
Here's my view of the Hassan/Daivari angle: I'm usually one of the last people to find something offensive. And if I did, I would figure that no one else cares to hear why I think something might be offensive to me. But it just strikes me as hideous that the WWE debuts a character that "doesn't respect the troops" the same week that they go over to Iraq to entertain the troops. Now, I know that Mohammad Hassan is just a TV character, but the way they've pushed this character and the way that they pimped their trip to Iraq for the PR, it kind of makes me sick. There's no doubt that they are trying to capatalize on the War in Iraq and on 9/11, and I find that shameful.
This character is far less offensive then "Iraqi-Slaughter"
Sgt Slaughter praised Saddam Hussein then insulted the troops who were watching the live Survivor Series! This is far worse than anything this new character will attempt, I do not think the WWE has the balls to go that far again.
PAM ANDERSON on being named E!'s best blonde: "The carpet don't match the drapes!" "... Just kidding, there is no carpet."
I don't think that Rey Mysterio was a bigger star outside of WWE than Chris Benoit or Eddie Guerrero (or Chris Jericho, or RVD) when they were first coming in. Kaval and Daniel Bryan have been (kind of) stars outside of WWE for many years as well.