Allen Sarven (b. 1963) is a semi-retired American Professional Wrestler, promoter and trainer from Lima, Ohio as Al Snow. He debuted in 1982 in the Ohio independent scene and would spend the next decade working in a variety of territories, independents and in Japan either under the Snow name or as the masked NinjaShinobi. He first caught on in SMW in 1994-1995 as a Heel. He also competed for ECW. As Steve Moore in 1993, he started a long tradition of being a TV Jobber for WWE. In 1995, WWE turned him into Avatar, where the gimmick was that he would walk to the ring holding a mask, put the mask on to wrestle, and took the mask off after the match. In 1996, he was repackaged as Leif Cassidy of the Tag Team the New Rockers with Marty Jannetty, and more jobbing. In 1997, WWE sent him down to ECW, which was where he started the "Head" gimmick. It was during this run that he received his one-and-only shot at a World Title on PPV, losing to ECW World Heavyweight ChampionShane Douglas at ECW WrestlePalooza 98. He returned to WWE later that year and was thrown into a feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler with the angle being that Al was trying to get a meeting with Vince McMahon. This led to a match at the King of the Ring PPV where Al and Head faced Too Much (Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor), which Too Much won when Christopher (Lawler's son) attached a bottle of Head and Shoulders Shampoo to Head so he could pin it. Al later formed the J.O.B. Squad and, after The Blue Meanie and 2 Cold Scorpio were fired, Al went on to compete in the Hardcore Division, becoming a 6x WWE Hardcore Champion. He and Mankind (Mick Foley) were 1x WWE World Tag Team Champions. He also worked as one of the main trainers for WWE Tough Enough and for WWE's developmental program OVW. He currently works in a similar role in TNA. He has also competed for CHIKARA, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, TNA and many independent promotions.He is in no way connected to Avatar.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
"The T.R.O.P.E. Squad":
Affably Evil: He was the "face" commentator on Sunday Night Heat after Coach let becoming Eric Bischoff's "employee of the month" go to his head. Even after he and Coach forced Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross off of Raw, cementing them both as heels, Al Snow remained the face commentator, Al's only mean spirited statements being his mocking of King's love for puppies.
Badass Teacher: To the WWE Tough Enough kids on seasons 1-4. He's been a trainer for a long time for promotions such as OVW through its affiliation with both WWE and TNA. Among the wrestlers he worked with are Kane, D-Lo Brown, the Blue Meanie and Dan "The Beast" Severn.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: His team with Steve Blackman was named "Head Cheese" because Al carried around Head and Blackman initially wore a block of cheese on his head. Amazingly, it actually got over!
Face-Heel Turn: Attempted when he turned on Mick Foley after getting sick of being made fun of, but it did not work since the fans still cheered for him, putting them back together fairly quickly.
Cloudcuckoolander: Not all the time but when he was doing the Head gimmick, since he was treating a mannequin as a living thing. Al also tended to get really out there when he was a commentator on Sunday Heat. He would call all of the jobbers by different names than what they were announced as and insisted they all hailed from the same clan, for example.
Companion Cube: Head, a decapitated mannequin head. Temporarily replaced with Pierre, a stuffed deer head, when Head had a Face-Heel Turn (in Al's mind, anyway).
Green-Eyed Monster: Him and Jonathan Coachman, stuck on Heat, were envious of Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler's positions on Raw, or were after Eric Bischoff helped build up their egos by giving Coach a match of the year award and booking Lawler to wrestle Al. They would even temporarily get to switch shows for a time.
Mask of Power: The entire point of the Avatar character was he would wear a mask that gave him his athletic abilities.
He'd wear it to and from the ring, but take it off to wrestle.
Merchandise-Driven: Mocked when Al Snow went into depression for Wallmart pulling his and Head's action figures after receiving complaints that Al's use of head promoted violence against women. Al Snow even asked his mother why the store would sell shotguns and ammo but not his toys.
Nidia acknowledged this during her segment on the WWE Divas Undressed DVD, saying how, since Al had referred to her and Maven as his "kids," it was awkward for him to be there while she was posing in lingerie.
"I didn't screw the Head. THE HEAD SCREWED THE HEAD!"
Talent Contest: Besides Tough Enough, he was a judge for TNA's gut check.
This Means War!: His promo marking the debut of the J.O.B. Squad (Snow, Scorpio and Holly) on the August 23 (taped August 11) Sunday Night Heat:
"Time for fun and games is over! This business operates on two principals, the carrot and the stick, there's those of us who are tired of getting the stick! That's why there is a secret organization within the WWF, and we are fighting the evil organization PUSH, because none of us are getting one!"
Tweener: He was technically on the side of Raw's corrupt general manager Eric Bischoff, was on good terms with Jonathan Coachman and was even involved in attacks on Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler but he was really less approving of the various dirty tactics and unneeded brutality displayed by many more than Coach was. When not fighting Lawler or Ross he could easily be seen as a good guy, and even then that was mainly just because he was given a chance to have their jobs if he beat them.
Unnecessary Roughness: After Bossman "abducted" Al's dog Pepper, Al went on Raw with a sign with a phone number fans could call if they knew what had "happened" to Pepper. The number was actually for Val Venis' cell phone.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Not for moral reasons. Witnessing a match where Jazz threw Victoria off the top rope, Al explains he never wants to fight women, since they are tough enough to have kids.
What The Hell, Costuming Department?: Invoked by Al during his issue with Lawler on the June 15, 1998 Raw, as he had shown up dressed as Avatar, complete with Head wearing an Avatar mask.
"The last time I wore this outfit you could have stuck a magnet up my ass and dragged me through Fort Knox and I still wouldn't have drawn any money."
Wrestling Family: He's married to valet/wrestler Cynthia "Bobcat" Lynch, who had a few seconds of WWE fame as the "Hardcore Ho", after she defeated Crash Holly for the WWE Hardcore Title on the May 15, 2000 Raw, and lost it back to Crash immediately after. His brother wrestled for the Heartland Wrestling Association in Ohio as Logan Caine.
Yandere: Toward Mick Foley during the Rock 'n' Sock Connection angle.