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YMMV / Muhammad Hassan

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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Went undefeated for months in WWE, only to get squashed in two minutes by none other than John Cena.
    • But then, (see Replacement Scrappy below), that's still better than what happened to Rodney Mack and his "Five-Minute White Boy Challenge," which was Goldberg squashing him in 26 seconds!
  • Base-Breaking Character: BIG TIME. Either this was a really brave and creative way to get a heel over, or it was a ridiculously offensive gimmick that got "over" because it played off of racism, Islamophobia, and stoked post-9/11 paranoia for a cheap pop.
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  • Designated Villain: Many of his complaints about prejudice were completely valid ones (see Strawman Has a Point below), but he was still portrayed as the most evil villain in WWE (his infamous Royal Rumble appearance had both faces and heels working together to eliminate him, much like the typical scenario where good and evil join together to fight a common enemy). In addition, the commentators would always speak of his actions as heelish even if he had a valid reason for whatever it was that he was doing. An example of this would be the time Chris Benoit challenged him to a match, and he agreed to a match at a later date due to not being properly prepared for one. Benoit responded by attacking Hassan, but he was overpowered by the combined efforts of Hassan and his manager. The commentators painted Hassan and Daivari as being cowardly and underhanded by saying "Benoit came out here to make a man-to-man challenge, and this is what he gets," though Hassan and Daivari only ganged up on Benoit because Benoit had attacked Hassan first.
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  • Ear Worm: His theme.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: An interesting case. The segment that would later end up ending his career was filmed several days before a similar incident coincidentally occurred in real life, but it aired on the same day just a few hours after said real-life incident.
  • Memetic Mutation: For a time, a popular fad on YTMND was to insert Hassan's music over various video clips to create the illusion that the people in the clip were being interrupted by Hassan's entra-'''ALLEYAHLEEYLALAYAHELLIYEAH'''
  • Mis-blamed: He took a lot of crap in the locker room from other wrestlers for doing and saying things he was ordered to by Vince McMahon, such as refusing to sell for Sergeant Slaughter or telling Eddie Guerrero he couldn't use the Camel Clutch to honor his father, the man who invented the move.
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  • Replacement Scrappy: An odd case, as no one actually wanted what was replaced back. Theodore Long and Rodney Mack were part of a reviled storyline where Long would complain about white people and society in general holding down black people. Finally that storyline finished and not three months later two more guys are in a race baiting angle, just replace "black" with "Arab". Worse, Davari and Hassan combined didn't have half of Rodney Mack's wrestling ability or Teddy Long's charisma. Then Hassan's angle was given more screen time than Rodney Mack's ever had. People were ready to see Rodney Mack and Teddy Long in more tasteful roles but Mack was left on Heat with Jazz, Long with Mark Jindrak on Velocity while Hassan, little more than a basic brawler with an "Arab" manager really speaking Persian, got to be on Pay Per View with Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels! All the same, even Hassan's harshest critics still did not like the circumstances that screwed him.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Just look at the comments section on any YouTube video featuring him. There are a lot more people who agree with the things he says than those who disagree. The week after the infamous segment with the Undertaker, Hassan responded to a New York Post article criticizing the segment. Among other things, he points out that the article refers to him and Daivari as terrorists despite not having met them before, and refers to the masked men as "Arabs in ski masks," even though the ski masks would prevent the writer from knowing whether they were Arabs or not. Even beloved wrestling figures like Mick Foley and Jim Ross are heavily criticized and attacked in them for using simplistic jingoist arguments like "America, love it or leave it!" in response to a lot of the criticisms Hassan had towards America for its treatment of Arab Americans, making Hassan come off as being more sympathetic as a side effect especially considering both Foley and JR didn't constructively respond to Hassan with rational arguments but instead, chose to stoke the jingoistic sentiments of the audience.
  • The Scrappy: He wasn't very popular in WWC and it wasn't in "please punch his face" way or even "Arab" race baiting. It was simply because he wasn't very good in the ring but kept getting on shows anyway, the tricks used to obscure the short comings of other OVW trainees not working in his case unfortunately.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This thought is pretty much unanimous among wrestling fans. The general consensus was that, while he was still a little green in the ring, he was excellent on the mic and played the character really well. He had the makings of a big star, and could have gone down in history as one of the greatest and most unique characters in recent memory had WWE not axed the storyline abruptly. Even when he was active, people had this opinion, as they felt that he could have (and should have) been a babyface with his gimmick of not wanting to be Mistaken for Terrorist as a result of 9/11, but that the fan reactions messed that all up.
    • This last point is backed upover 10 years later by Sami Zayn and Mustafa Ali from 205 Live getting over as faces by being the least stereotypical "Arab" wrestlers ever.note 

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