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Originally posted by CEOIIIThe first of two managers I saw that legit scared me. (The other being Gary Hart.) Godspeed, General.
I was kinda the same way. I loved to hate him when I was a kid watching him on World Class Championship Wrestling. While the WWE managers were mostly cartoony and got their butts kicked all the time, Akbar seemed like a legit threat who didn't really get beat up quite as much.
RIP to a great man(ager).
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I was trying to think back of what I remembered, and then it hit me I was thinking of the wrong Arabian gimmick. (General Adnan Al-Kaissie from the AWA is the guy I was thinking of.) But I definitely caught some of Skandor's work, likely on ESPN, or from Joe Pedicino's Saturday Night show when I was living down south for awhile.
In case you didn't click through to it via AWA's link, you probably want to read JR's remembrance of the General.
Akbar was the meanest, dirtiest, most underhanded manager I ever saw in the old Mid South days. He was unquestionable the best heel manager I ever saw. To think that he was only in his 40s back then, when he looked old and ragged back in the day surprises me. He was a great man on the mic, and a terrific salesman. He is part of the reason Kamala was so scary to me as a kid, because he sold it like Kamala could bring down the world.
RIP Mr Akbar. They don't make them like you anymore.
He connects with the audience and that's probably the most important part of wrestling. If you can connect with the fans, they're willing to overlook your short comings. Rob Van Dam's strongest point is that he's unique.