Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
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My last post got me to thinking, boy, Arab-Americans have surely gotten fleeced in the world of pro wrestling, in terms of authenticity of portrayal. But I did some research, and you know what? It’s not that bad. Let’s take a look:

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “Mohammad Hassan”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? You betcha. Anti-Arab bias is his whole gimmick.
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? Halfway. He’s the Italian/Jordanian Mark Copani at home.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Sorta. He was born in Jordan, but raised in Syracuse, NY.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Nope. He’s Christian, and in fact caught some heat from Arab groups for praising Allah in his early matches, which they found slightly off, him not being a Muslim and all.

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “Khosrow Daivari”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? Yep. He’s “Mohammad Hassan”’s manager, and ululates in a foreign tongue that’s supposed to be Arabic but is actually Farsi.
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? Nope. He’s 100% Persian, though people don’t seem to be able to tell the difference between the two. His very un-Middle Eastern given name is Shawn; “Khosrow” is a shout-out to the legendary Iron Sheik.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Kinda. Born in Tehran, raised in Minneapolis.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Unknown, but he does wear flashy jackets.

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “Sheik Adnan al-Kaissie”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? Absolutely. He played an Arab heel almost his entire career.
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? Yes! Adna al-Kaissie was an Iraqi. He is not, however, an American Indian, which means his early “Billy White Wolf” gimmick should be on a list like this by a native American.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Mostly. He was born and raised in Iraq, but lived in the US for decades.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Unknown, but he’s slightly less likely to be Muslim than Shawn Daivari.

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “Skandor Akbar”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? Definitely. “The General” spent most of his career as an Arab heel before inexplicably going face to manage the doomed Kerry von Erich (who belongs on a list of wrestlers who pretended to be, but were actually not, German).
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? Yes! The man known to his mom as Jimmy Wehba was of Lebanese parentage.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Yep; U.S. of A. born and bred – Wichita Falls, TX, to be precise.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Nope. Like the majority of Arab-Americans, the General is a Christian.

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “The Iron Sheik”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? Yes; taking advantage of the fact that most Americans don’t know that Persians (Iranians) aren’t Arabs, his managers stuck him in a kaffiyeh and called him “sheik” (an Arab word, not a Farsi one) even as he waved around the Iranian flag.
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? Nope! Persians are not Arabs, as a Persian will be all to happy to tell you.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Nope! Tehran born-and-raised Hossein Khosrow Vaziri won his first title for the Iranian National Team. He is, however, a real wrestler – he won medals in the ’68 and ’72 Olympic games without the benefit of kayfabe.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Yes! He prays to Allah every night that his daughter’s live-in lover, who murdered her in 2003, spends the rest of eternity in Gehenna, wrapped in a sheet of burning flame.

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “The Sheik”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? You bet; he’s also portrayed as one of the most feared wrestlers in the history of the sport, a hardcore champion before there was hardcore.
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? Uh-huh! He’s of Lebanese parentage.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Yessir! Like 99% of Arab-Americans, he’s from Michigan.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Nope. Christian; there are now more Lebanese Christians in the US than in Lebanon, which was once a majority-Christian nation (it’s now about 40% Christian).

FAMOUS ALLEGEDLY ARAB/ARAB-AMERICAN PRO WRESTLER: “Abdullah Farouk”.
IS HE PORTRAYED AS AN ARAB? Sort of. He mostly used the “Grand Wizard of Wrestling” gimmick, but while managing the Sheik, he bearded as wrestling’s most famous towelhead manager.
IS HE ACTUALLY ARAB? No way! In fact, he’s a Jew! I bet he really pissed off the B’Nai Brith.
IS HE ACTUALLY AMERICAN? Absolutely. His neighbors in Florida knew him as good ol’ Ernie Roth.
IS HE ACTUALLY A MUSLIM? Jew!

So it turns out that , other than all the black guys from Memphis who put on a daishiki and fronted like five percent as “Farooq” or “Abdullah the Butcher” or “Mustapha Saeed” or what have you, most of the Arabs of pro wrestling haven’t been fakin’ jacks. Now, when you get into the world of fake Frenchmen, Germans, Mongolians, Samoans, and Italians, it’s a different story…would you believe there’s a lot of people who have pretended to be Canadian?

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