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Shaffee & Sabu

Other than a few appearances here and there, I haven’t regularly been near a wrestling ring since 2007, when I was defeated in a dark match by a chick, Traci Brooks at TNA’s Bound For Glory pay-per-view event in Atlanta, GA. I know, I know, I lost to a girl, but I promise she cheated! I’ll tell that story another time.

I started working in pro wrestling in 1999, but in 2001 I started working exclusively with Sabu. I managed the “Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Arabian Human Highlight Reel” in over 100 matches. He taught me everything I know about the business.

On April 28th of this year, Sabu was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Philadelphia, after failing to show up for his scheduled match at the Extreme Reunion show. He was rushed to the hospital and his fans and friends feared the worst. TMZ covered the story.

As always, Sabu has fought back and will make his return to the ring on June 29th and 30th in New York and Philly.

Unfortunately, Sabu and I have not spoken much in the last few years. I’m grateful for everything he taught me and honored that he allowed me to be his corner man for around 5 years.

The so-called WWE Universe may be ignorant to the fact, but Sabu has been the most important figure in wrestling over the last 20 years. All the broken tables, attitude and hardcore style that became so popular in the United States in the 1990’s can be directly attributed to Sabu. He built ECW. WWE and WCW blatantly copied ECW. Therefore, if not for Sabu, the WWE Attitude Era probably would have never happened. That means no Stone Cold, no DX, no NWO and most importantly, no element of believability in wrestling. Sabu was and is legit. He’s wrestled with a broken neck, scarred his body with barbed wire and easily suffered more concussions than any player in NFL history. All to entertain the fans. That’s passion.

I’d like to wish him luck on his return. Here is a video that includes disturbing never before seen footage of the hotel incident.
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