"I'd hate to end your career tonight— well, not really."
"WHAT DOES EVERYBODY WANT? WHAT DOES EVERYBODY NEED?"
(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 Ninja Shinobi
. 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 Champion Shane 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
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"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.
- Amazon Chaser: Chaser not so much, but he was admitted to being attracted to fighting female athletes.
- Arch-Enemy: (in SMW): The Rock N Roll Express; (in Midwest indies): Sabu; (in WWE): Jerry Lawler, the Brood (Gangrel, Edge, Christian), Hardcore Holly, the Big Bossman
- Ascended Extra or Demoted to Extra: Repeatedly in WWE.
- Badass Beard/Badass Mustache: Handlebar style
- 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.
- Bash Brothers: Unabomb (Kane), Mick Foley, Steve Blackman, Bob Holly, 2 Cold Scorpio, (in CHIKARA): Glacier, D'Lo Brown.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With Steve Blackman.
- Braids of Action: One big braid as Shinobi
- 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!
- Butt Monkey: As a Face in general, to Mick Foley personally.
- 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).
- Consulting Head: When he brought his mannequin head on a stick close.
- Finishing Move:
- Snow Plow (Northern Lights Bomb)
- Rydeen Bomb
- Gang Bangers: A self proclaimed example on Sunday Night Heat. Coach just went along with it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar/Double Entendre/Biting-the-Hand Humor: The message behind the Head gimmick was that Al was implying that it is necessary to "give a little Head" to succeed in wrestling. Cactus Jack had suggested as much about bookers before hand but Al Snow had misinterpreted him.
- 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.
- Groin Attack: With a bowling ball.
- Hired Guns: Shinobi was brought in by Jim Cornette to take out Shawn Michaels. Kurt Angle brought him into TNA to handle Mick Foley.
- I Ate WHAT?: His feud with the Big Bossman centered around Bossman having "killed" Al's dog Pepper and then "serving" it to Al as "Pepper Steak."
- I Have Many Names: Leif Cassidy, Steve Moore, Shinobi, Avatar, Texas Chain Gang #1 (May 19, 1982 only)
- Improbable Weapon User: Head, of course.
- Joke Character: Head in one of the video games.
- Heck, Al himself in the eyes of some fans.
- 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.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Mick Foley managed to do this to him twice.
- Ninja: As Shinobi
- Papa Wolf: Toward Nidia and Maven.
- 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.
- Power Stable:
- Precision F-Strike: At ECW Hardcore Heaven 97, before his match with Rob Van Dam, he said he wasn't Leif Cassidy, he was Al "Motherfucking" Snow.
- After the Sabu vs. Rhyno match at ECW One Night Stand 2005, there was a bit with Al talking to Head and blaming it for the WWE SmackDown! guys being there.
"What were you thinking? This is the [points to sign on the wall] ECW Pay-Per-View, for me, for you, for the fans and for the wrestlers who made ECW what it was, not a bunch of SmackDown! assholes!"
- Pungeon Master: Especially on Twitter.
- Real Song Theme Tune
- Red Baron: "The Snowman," "Simply Sensational," "The Crown Prince of Hardcore."
- Replacement Goldfish: Al Snow's dog, Pepper, was meant to fill the void while Head was 'recovering' from impaled with a spike by Prince Albert.
- Replacement Scrappy: Originally teamed with Marty Jannetty as the New Rockers. Fans didn't take to it.
- Ring Oldies: He's 50 now and still competes on independent shows.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Coach's sensitive guy. Ironically, Al had a lot more empathy and basic human decency than Coach by the time their WWE careers were over.
- Start My Own: Bodyslammers Gym and the Global Wrestling Alliance (later renamed the World Wide Wrestling Alliance) in Lima, Ohio during the 1990s.
- Tag Team:
- The Sensationals with Mickey Doyle
- The Original Fantastics with Rick Sampson and with Rick Ciassio
- (in SMW): The Wild Bunch which also included Billy Black, "Machine Gun" Mike Kelly and Joel Deaton
- The Dynamic Duo, with Unabomb (Kane)
- The New Fabulous Kangaroos with Denny Kass
- The New Rockers
- Head Cheese
- Take That: At ECW November to Remember 97, November 30th, a mere three weeks after the Kayfabe Montreal Screwjob, Al cut this promo:
"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!"
- Tuckerization: Leif Cassidy's name was a combination of Leif Garrett and David Cassidy.
- 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 rather than any premeditated malicious intent on his part.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mick Foley
- Witch with a Capital B: Upon seeing Ivory back on Sunday Night Heat, he asked if she flew first class or used her broom. (despite this comment, the two were actually friends)
- 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.
- WTH, 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.