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    WWE to stop using Muhammad Hassan

    It appears that it could be the end of the line for the character Muhammad Hassan.

    The WWE released the following statement about the character on Thursday:

    "Due to the unfortunate terrorist attacks in London on Thursday, July 7, which coincided with our pre-produced WWE SmackDown! program, UPN has asked us to be sensitive to the usage of the Arab-American character, Muhammad Hassan.

    We have agreed with UPN, and have not had the character on SmackDown! since that date. It is uncertain as to whether or not the WWE will continue with this character beyond this Sunday’s Pay-Per-View, The Great American Bash."

    The July 7th episode saw Hassan and five masked men attack the Undertaker



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    overkill if you ask me.
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    I believe his last match will be this Sunday at the Great American Bash PPV vs. the Undertaker.

    That totally sucks though..... this guy was really good on the mic.


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    One guy that has really caught my eye recently is that Latino guy on Raw who holds the Intercontinental Champion Title. The guy's absolutely fantastic with the mike. So hilarious !
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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Bling
    I believe his last match will be this Sunday at the Great American Bash PPV vs. the Undertaker.

    That totally sucks though..... this guy was really good on the mic.


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    But don't worry, Bling, if he's that good, McMann will eventually find him another character to play.
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    The latino guy on Raw is CARLITO CARIBBEAN COOL !!!!!!

    I agree, he's the man.

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    Here's more on the Hassan situation:

    The following is off the AP newswire:

    Amid complaints, WWE agrees to remove Arab-American character

    By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    AP Business Writer

    July 22, 2005, 3:08 PM EDT

    STAMFORD, Conn. -- World Wrestling Entertainment has agreed to remove an Arab-American character from a popular television show after complaints about an episode featuring masked henchmen that aired the day of the London bombings.

    The Stamford-based wrestling company said it would no longer feature Muhammad Hassan on its "SmackDown!" program. UPN, the station that airs he show, had asked WWE to be sensitive about the character, WWE said.

    "It was an interesting character," said Gary Davis, a WWE spokesman. "This was an unfortunate sequence of events. Some people drew the conclusion these people were terrorists even though they were not terrorists."

    During the episode, five Hassan henchmen in ski masks and camouflage ran into the ring to beat up his rival, the Undertaker, who had defeated Hassan's sidekick. The men then carried Hassan's sidekick over their heads, which to some evoked a martyr's funeral.

    The show did not air in London, but it did appear in the U.S. with an advisory to parents because of the bombings, Davis said. The segment sparked 200 to 300 complaints, he said.

    "There really wasn't any time for UPN to edit the program. So they opted to put up an advisory," Davis said.

    While Hassan will not appear again on "SmackDown!," he will be featured Sunday on a pay-per view event. Beyond that, his future is uncertain.

    "SmackDown!" draws more than 5 million viewers per week, Davis said.

    "We asked them to remove it because we thought that was the right thing to do," said Joanna Massey, a UPN spokeswoman.

    Hassan, a character introduced last November and played by Mark Copani, grows up in Detroit as a typical American.

    But after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he believes he is treated differently by his fellow Americans, leading him to embrace his Arab roots and feel alienated from the U.S.

    "The whole point of the story line and this character was to point out the injustices Arab-Americans have suffered since 9-11," Davis said.

    But the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee objected to the character. One of its campaigns resulted in nearly 500 complaints sent to WWE, a spokeswoman said.

    The character could raise doubts about the patriotism of Arab-Americans, said Siwar Bandar, communications coordinator for the committee.

    "The character deals with a very sensitive issue," Bandar said. "However, he does so in a context that is violent, that is turning his back on America."

    The committee welcomed the decision to take the character off "SmackDown!" and hopes WWE will make major changes to the character or not feature the wrestler at all, Bandar said.

    WWE counts on villains to draw fan interest in its plots, said WWE analyst Dennis McAlpine, managing director of McAlpine Associates in Scarsdale, N.Y. With the Cold War long over, Russians are out and it's getting tougher to find a bad guy, he said.

    "You can't find too many more bad guys any more," McAlpine said. "I think the character was probably getting a bit over the top any way."

    The controversy left Hassan angry on a recent episode in which he was greeted with shouts of "USA" as he entered the ring. One fan held up a sign telling him to leave the country.

    "Because of my heritage, because of my background, I'm labeled 'terrorist,' " Hassan told the fans to a chorus of boos. "I have been denied my God-given right to pursue the profession of my choice, to pursue the American dream

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    Too bad , one of the WWF's better characters. I think his finishing move was the Iron Sheik's dreaded "Camel Clutch" ?
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    yeah he had the camel clutch, PLUS a "modified face buster", where he'd slam the other guy's face into the mat....

    They never really came up with a name for that move.



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    Bad timing is a bitch... But Hassan is a decent wrestler with good mic skills. I'm sure they'll find something for him to do...

    It'll probably be on RAW though.

    I can see Taker winning Sunday, and Hassan disappearing for a couple weeks then showing up on RAW with some kind of repackaged character.
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    Wow, the thing that amazes me about this thread is that people are still actually watching this stuff. I hope no one thinks it's real!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    Wow, the thing that amazes me about this thread is that people are still actually watching this stuff. I hope no one thinks it's real!
    The matches are obviously scripted, Tech. But the danger for serious physical injuries is VERY real. Just ask Owen Hart...oh yeah, it's true, you can't. He's dead!
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    Question

    Hey guys, any news on Goldberg?
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    Cool

    Well, obviously, Goldberg created the conspiracy to ban hassan, duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Board Stiff
    Well, obviously, Goldberg created the conspiracy to ban hassan, duh.
    I know Goldberg isn't too fond of Germany, but that's another story. But seriously, i've also noticed that he's been busy of late shooting a movie in Hollywood.
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