The Story of Muhammad Hassan in WWE

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The story of Muhammad Hassan in the WWE is quite peculiar. The gimmick portrayed by Marc Copani in World Wrestling Entertainment was seen as provoking yet smart, a heel character whose main gripe was the social climate in the United States. Along with Shawn Daivari, Muhammad Hassan would become one of the most intriguing characters of the WWE’s “Ruthless Aggression” era that ended up getting canned due to mounting pressure from the UPN Network.
Marc Copani had received his wrestling training from Nick Dinsmore and Danny Davis at OVW. After spending around 2 years working as Mark Magnus, the WWE called Marc up to the big leagues. The character Marc would portray was Muhammad Hassan, a gimmick that many say was “too smart” for casual wrestling fans and a gimmick that garnered a lot of media attention. In the end, due to a Smackdown segment with The Undertaker, the WWE maybe went too far and the company was forced to release Muhammad Hassan from his WWE contract.
Topics and matches included in this video:
00:00 - Mark Magnus in OVW
04:09 - The Muhammad Hassan debut vignettes
06:40 - Hassan’s WWE debut & Jerry Lawler Match
11:25 - Hassan begins moving up the WWE ladder
13:26 - Hogan / Michaels vs Hassan / Daivari
15:51 - The Undertaker segment on Smackdown
18:09 - Fan feedback after Hassan’s departure
- Much More!
#WWE #Documentary #Wrestling


  1. Vincent Gigante
    Vincent Gigante
    11 ditë më parë

    You also can’t search beaver cleavage

  2. Blood Eagle
    Blood Eagle
    22 ditë më parë

    The funny thing is he was just telling the truth about árabe americans beaing profiled an looked down upon why boo an american whose telling you the truth?

  3. Jon Malbrough
    Jon Malbrough
    27 ditë më parë

    This poor guy...

  4. David Toress
    David Toress
    29 ditë më parë

    This channel is quickly becoming my favorite Wrestling channel on ALfirst. 💪

  5. cristian velasquez
    cristian velasquez
    Muaj më parë

    Hes proof that american tv caters to white americans

  6. AltimaMantoid
    Muaj më parë

    You really made me appreciate this character and angle. There was so much potential here and it's a shame to see it cut short

  7. Mark Gabrich
    Mark Gabrich
    Muaj më parë

    Vince leaves controversial gimmicks on television: “Vince is out of his mind and doesn’t care who he hurts.” Vince takes controversial gimmicks off television: “Vince cracked under the pressure because he has no backbone and only cares about money.” Not every gimmick is going to be a home run and not every great talent is going to get the “career he deserves.” Thats called “LIFE.” Mark got over it, I think we can too.

  8. daoust26
    Muaj më parë

    I liked Hassan his finisher needed a upgrade and when wwe ruined him and his life I lost all respect for wwe

  9. Mi Sm
    Mi Sm
    2 muaj më parë

    Real wrestling fans watched this video.

  10. Good Dude Mad World
    Good Dude Mad World
    2 muaj më parë

    They should've stuck with Mark dude could knock it out

  11. Habslayer
    2 muaj më parë

    The hate was like the second coming of the Iron Sheik

  12. Bobby Farmer
    Bobby Farmer
    2 muaj më parë

    Muhammad hassan was a great heel foreign character and was set to win the world heavyweight Championship from Dave Bautista,it didn't happen dues to the london bombing at the train station,so the character written off television by upn.

  13. Jomen Jovi
    Jomen Jovi
    2 muaj më parë

    He was a diamond who didn't get a chance to fully shine. Talented

  14. Leo Conchola
    Leo Conchola
    3 muaj më parë

    This guy to me was great at what he did he made me want to hate him and said a lot stuff just sad that WWE let him go

  15. Rick does shotokan and paranormal
    Rick does shotokan and paranormal
    3 muaj më parë

    Wish he'll come back to wrestling,he'll be good in AEW

  16. 49ers Fan 4 Life
    49ers Fan 4 Life
    3 muaj më parë

    I wish The Rock would've had a Segment with Muhammad Hassan!

  17. Charlie from Starkville, Mississippi
    Charlie from Starkville, Mississippi
    3 muaj më parë

    He’s Italian.

  18. joel Chamberlain
    joel Chamberlain
    3 muaj më parë

    It's definitely a sad story Hassan was a good wrestler and clearly WWE/Vince thought so due to the push he was getting and the opponents he was put against. I understand that as a publicly traded company as big as WWE you have to pay attention to what outside sources are saying about you, but it's sad when that outside pressure leads to the loss of a clear talent who most likely had a bright future infront of them.

  19. Dyl O'Rourke
    Dyl O'Rourke
    3 muaj më parë

    Good on him for doing OK post WWE release. It could have been so easy to spiral downwards emotionally and mentally as no doubt being on the cusp of a potential World Championship run to being released through no fault of his own really would have been a real bitter pill to swallow.

  20. AlphaProto
    3 muaj më parë

    Since the episode was pre-recorded. All the WWE had to do was cut out the attack like they did for the UK airing, and he would still have his job. WWE does something stupid and the talent gets punished for it.

  21. Justin Scott
    Justin Scott
    3 muaj më parë

    Definitely one of my favorite characters of all time! And I mean... he wasn't wrong...

  22. Vinny Tesla
    Vinny Tesla
    3 muaj më parë

    Copani should have gotten an Oscar for his performance in the Hassan role ..... absolutely brilliant in every way, and dude is not even from the culture, nor was he a veteran in the business .... young and inexperienced, but massively talented ..... not a single other pro-wrestler in the world (in any wrestling company) could match his intensity, charisma, and mic-work during his short-lived era as Hassan .... Vince McMahon himself is the only other character who is as genuinely intense and believable (and possibly Bret Hart at times, although he could never garner as much intense passion and heat as Hassan) .... Savage and Warrior were intense and charismatic, but in a cartoonish comic-book character type way ...... Hassan was the real deal, reflecting significance of the real world, which made him far more meaningful and significant, even beyond pro-wrestling .... which ultimately led to ending the character .... and Daivari was the perfect side-kick, playing that role phenomenally as well .... as soon as dude opened his mouth, the whole place lost its mind

  23. EbonAvatar
    4 muaj më parë

    I had so much fun booing MuHan back in the day. I didn't appreciate how good he was back then but I do now. You were too good for us, man

  24. Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    4 muaj më parë

    Gimmick aside, Marc Copani has to be in the top 10 most handsome wrestlers in history. With his classical good looks, Copani could have been a movie star.

  25. James Aitchison
    James Aitchison
    4 muaj më parë

    Could've become a great heel....

  26. Salvador Cruz
    Salvador Cruz
    4 muaj më parë

    So he got disposed of for being a good worker and doing his job. The fact that they let him get severely injured in his last match is just disgusting. Truly shameful of WWE.

  27. Johnathan Barnes
    Johnathan Barnes
    4 muaj më parë

    We gonna acknowledge that he had minor fame on YTMND as an interruption-based meme, ala the Spanish Inquisition.

  28. D
    4 muaj më parë

    UPN was the one complaining. never understood why they just didn't get some sort of clearance, and move him to raw. Spike wouldn't have cared.

  29. D
    4 muaj më parë

    this was how good he and davari were: Hassan had extreme heat from the second he walked out, and of course during his promo. but soon as he handed the mic to davari and davari started spitting them bars in a foreign language, it went nuclear. and it was so entertaining and hilarious. not to mention they stayed interrupting ppl lol. just awesome booking, and hassan and davari made it pay dividends by being awesome on the mic and in the ring. had he gotten the chance to be the champion, any champion, but esp the world title, that would have had long term legs. Hassan could have held the title easily until mania or rumble.

  30. Bryan TellAVision
    Bryan TellAVision
    4 muaj më parë

    One of the greats heels ever,, pisses me off every time I think about it

  31. George Munro
    George Munro
    4 muaj më parë

    How often do you hear of a heel that drew so much heat it resulted in the character being completely wiped out from the WWE with heat he got made a furnace seem cold

  32. Robert Prince
    Robert Prince
    4 muaj më parë

    This heel gimmick was spectacular. Such a solid worker.

  33. M.J. Abbott
    M.J. Abbott
    4 muaj më parë

    Enjoy watching your videos, keep up the great work brother

  34. Michael Babbish
    Michael Babbish
    4 muaj më parë

    Well done video!

  35. Dee Gravelrama
    Dee Gravelrama
    4 muaj më parë

    Wow, this was so good. Intelligent, reality based, & well informed videos like this one are why I still enjoy wrestling (at least the older days that is). Thank you @WrestlingBios, I'm glad we found your channel.

  36. gian carlo
    gian carlo
    4 muaj më parë

    Lol so wait he wasn't Arab but Italian man he was super talented

  37. Sean Ashmead
    Sean Ashmead
    4 muaj më parë

    Terrorists ruin everything good, even Marc's career.

  38. Timothy Torres
    Timothy Torres
    4 muaj më parë

    9:55 That would actually be funny.

  39. nadeem aslam
    nadeem aslam
    4 muaj më parë

    Was my fav wrestler back then , tuned in every week just too see him . I was in attendance at the GAB , & knew this was the last time I’d see him . Coulda been one of the best heels as world champ .

  40. DaveyLeeRiot
    4 muaj më parë

    Wwe should play with fire again.

  41. italianostar74
    4 muaj më parë

    He got screwed plain and simple he couldve been one of the greats if Vince wouldve handled him better and not given up on him he showed in his little run what a genius he was and how to get over in wrestling which some like Austin Theory of today struggles such a shame

  42. AJ Dynamo
    AJ Dynamo
    4 muaj më parë

    I was in 8th grade during his run. I used to record Raw and Smackdown on VHS back then. I'm pretty sure I still have some tapes with him on them.

    1. Vintage Wrestling Zone
      Vintage Wrestling Zone
      3 muaj më parë

      We have entire collections from 1979-2014 of multiple shows ppvs and organizations

  43. John Doe
    John Doe
    4 muaj më parë

    Last real heel in WWE?

  44. von2300
    4 muaj më parë

    Muhammad Hassan was trained by Eugene eh? Interesting.

  45. Oneßlood
    4 muaj më parë

    I was watching in 2005 and he legit blew me away. For a rookie he was insanely talented and could have been a huge star in WWE. He would have been an excellent WWE champion. I still get bummed out when I think of how they did him dirty

  46. Heath Michaels
    Heath Michaels
    5 muaj më parë

    you said the michaels/hassan match took place on 20th March 2002. he wasn't in wwe in 2002. hate to nitpick.

  47. Mr TØNiTe
    Mr TØNiTe
    5 muaj më parë

    I like hassan. He was pretty good

  48. Weaponx100
    5 muaj më parë

    In ‘woke’ 2020, he’d be an SJWs wet dream

  49. Hailey Shannon
    Hailey Shannon
    5 muaj më parë

    Character in a nutshell: “Me no like America” Audience: Booooooo!

  50. Stuart Sutton
    Stuart Sutton
    5 muaj më parë

    Great wrestler, great gimmick. Such a shame Vince bottled it.

  51. Matt Springer
    Matt Springer
    5 muaj më parë

    i realize its just for show but in my book this character was WAY TOO SOON due to 9/11

  52. shaggnastic69
    5 muaj më parë

    None of those masked men are under 6’0.

    1. Naif Gobory
      Naif Gobory
      5 muaj më parë

      Tigre101 Dear , he meant the masked men in camouflage trousers that attacked Undertaker

  53. Steven Cook
    Steven Cook
    5 muaj më parë

    You know say what you want about Muhammid Hassan. This man was one of the best wrestlers in WWE history. Was he controversial? Absolutely. But, this man was a very talented man. That last segment he did though that led to his release from WWE, that was a little too much. But, he was just one of the best wrestlers in WWE history. I will discuss his WWE career a little bit. Hassan made his WWE debut on the December 13, 2004 episode of Raw as a heel in a segment with Mick Foley. Prior to his main roster debut, Hassan wrestled in WWE'S developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) from 2002 until 2004 where he won the OVW Heavyweight Championship. Shortly after debuting, Hassan would engage in a feud with Raw announcers, WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. At Wrestlemania 21, Hassan along with Davari were involved in a angle with 2-time WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. While attacking Eugene, Hogan would come to Eugene's aid and eject both Hassan and Davari from the ring. Hassan and Davari interrupted Shawn Michaels the next night on Raw while HBK was doing a promo. The two then attacked the 2-time WWE Hall of Famer Michaels, leaving the Heartbreak Kid helpless in the ring. This would result in Davari facing Michaels the next week on Raw. Davari defeated Michaels. Angry, Michaels demanded a match against both Hassan and Davari. Raw GM Eric Bischoff refused to give Michaels a handicap match, but instead told Michaels to find a partner. Michaels's partner was none other than Hulk Hogan. Both Hassan and Davari would feud with Michaels and Hogan until they were drafted to Smackdown that June. Hassan then began a brief feud with Undertaker. Hassan faced Undertaker at the Great American Bash. On the July 7, 2005 Smackdown, Davari faced Undertaker. It was on this Smackdown that a controversial segment took place. As it happened, it was three days before the London bombings took place that resulted in 56 deaths, and was the deadliest terrorist incident in the UK since 1988 and England's deadliest terrorist incident since World War II. As part of the segment/match, Hassan began to pray on the ramp, summoning five masked men. Armed with clubs and a piano wire, the five masked men began to beat up and choke out Undertaker. Hassan then put Undertaker in a camel clutch. Afterwards, the five masked men carried Davari away. Three days later, the London bombings took place. After this segment, Hassan refused to appear at The Great American Bash because of how the media and fans treated him. In a segment on the July 14, 2005 Smackdown, Hassan denied that he was a terrorist. Hassan was released from WWE a couple months later. After leaving WWE, Hassan retired from wrestling. However, he would come out of retirement in 2018. While Hassan, whose real name is Marc Julian Copani, played an Arab-American character on WWE television, Hassan is actually of Italian descent in real life. His manager, Shawn Davari, or Davari for short, is of Iranian descent in real life. In 2016, Hassan attempted to sue WWE for wrestlers incurring traumatic head injuries during their tenures and that supposely WWE concealed the risks. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2018. Hassan wrote a graphic novel in 2011 and 2012. His novel won several awards. Hassan has appeared in two WWE video games.

  54. Triceps Of Terror
    Triceps Of Terror
    5 muaj më parë

    Nice to see he has done well after his release

  55. David Gerstein
    David Gerstein
    5 muaj më parë

    Really sad this character didn't last longer; he managed to take an old gimmick and somehow made it feel new.

  56. xfghkhjfsejid
    5 muaj më parë

    I can't imagine how paranoid he became walking the streets after this gimmick. Imagine a company like the WWE ruining your life!

  57. Canada Mike
    Canada Mike
    5 muaj më parë

    God I miss non woke entertainment. Old WWE stuff was so much better than whatever the hell it is we have now.

  58. Mike’s Auto Detailing
    Mike’s Auto Detailing
    5 muaj më parë

    Great video

  59. RNC200711
    5 muaj më parë

    Kind of sucks that Mark was fired for doing his job, WWE comes across badly in this story

  60. RNC200711
    5 muaj më parë

    Another great story, your narration is top notch

  61. Darren Higham
    Darren Higham
    5 muaj më parë

    I have to say I do prefer the vids about jobbers to mid carders I’d like hear some stuff about Gillberg lol

  62. Gejamugam Latsoomanam
    Gejamugam Latsoomanam
    5 muaj më parë

    And now wwe is in bed with the Prince of Saudi, am actual mass murderer

  63. Coolidge
    5 muaj më parë

    Why are the intros always so loud?

  64. Luis Martinez
    Luis Martinez
    5 muaj më parë

    I remember watching that Smackdown episode where the masked men choked out the Undertaker. I was just about to start middle school at the time and that segment freaked me out like crazy. I also remember my friends and I later that year wondering what had happened to Muhammad Hassan and we legitimately thought he died at the Great American Bash. Good times

  65. michael preller
    michael preller
    5 muaj më parë

    "....It's sad that the money that comes along with it is more important than the talent themselves, at least in terms of the WWE." Nah, that's rugged capitalism in a nut shell, my dude. WWE isn't an outlier, all businesses are run like that here. Real talk.

  66. Thomas Chaplin
    Thomas Chaplin
    5 muaj më parë

    He drew like Memphis heat, like Mid-South heat. Where he was getting chased out of the arena and people waiting outside to kill him. He got kicked off airlines and out of hotels. Probably will never be another heel like him in the business ever.

  67. David Jackson
    David Jackson
    5 muaj më parë

    Basically the guy was screwed by the very People who created him,why weren't they fired and or let go too. I mean with the Wwe failing like it is why don't the stock holders get together and fire Vince and call it a creative decision.

  68. Art Minus Me
    Art Minus Me
    5 muaj më parë

    Can't fine Eugine either, I'm pretty sure I can't anyways

  69. J Monkey
    J Monkey
    5 muaj më parë

    Listen sir.. you are an absolutely once in a generation speaker.. I randomly started watching you one night and somehow made it a tradition to watch a video while i shower.. the wwe network needs a “wrestling bios” show.. any wrestling company would be smart to grab you up for some kind if show!

  70. Stab-X
    5 muaj më parë

    The best character. The best heel. The best music theme. Th best! The best! The best!

  71. Teash Drinks
    Teash Drinks
    5 muaj më parë

    Lol he was around the same time the movie Harold and kumar came out and he always reminds me of those days I was a stoner teenager at the time haa

  72. Dudewitdaplan22
    5 muaj më parë

    He was one of the greatest heels of all time and I loved his character cuz I loved to hate him.

  73. Brian Delgado
    Brian Delgado
    5 muaj më parë

    The modern day Iron Sheik! Should have been world champ! At least beginning with the US title imagine building him up like that! He would have been the most popular heel and would of had a long run!

  74. youtubered/activate code LTYGHBCT
    youtubered/activate code LTYGHBCT
    5 muaj më parë

    He was better then jinder

    1. Kool Kumasi
      Kool Kumasi
      4 muaj më parë

      Jinder was Indian and a Punjab character.

  75. Khan the video game hunter
    Khan the video game hunter
    5 muaj më parë

    Wish he still was in the wwe super fantastic worker

  76. Hunter Makoy
    Hunter Makoy
    5 muaj më parë

    It’s amazing how spot on and poignant this gimmick started, only to end up where it did.

  77. DankFit TV
    DankFit TV
    5 muaj më parë

    Muhammad was the face, american crowd was the heel

    1. Alonso Arana
      Alonso Arana
      26 ditë më parë

      Top 10 Anime Betrayals

  78. springer 90
    springer 90
    5 muaj më parë

    WWE Network isn't worth it!

    5 muaj më parë

    He should've played something like Italian beast and yeah he was topnotch heel

  80. Freddie Johnson
    Freddie Johnson
    5 muaj më parë

    It's really ironic in a way that he was simply a victim of circumstance just like people who in real life who are judged simply by the colour of their skin or for their religion. It is always a true thing from the time and before that many American wrestling audiences boo things more when there is some truth behind what the heels are saying or how the crowd would automatically make the non American the heel by chanting USA, made even funnier when they would chant it when not non Americans were wrestling.

  81. Mykal Wagner
    Mykal Wagner
    5 muaj më parë

    Too sensitive back then, think about how this would be taken today!

  82. Just a Fan of Nerd Culture
    Just a Fan of Nerd Culture
    5 muaj më parë

    Getting punished for being too awesome at your job... Amazing!! Muhammad Hassan was awesome!! Another excellent video, Sir. By the way, the woman to the left of the screen at 15:22 is absolutely gorgeous!!

  83. TheGodOfGravy
    5 muaj më parë

    I love the sympathetic villain in all media. Hassan is no exception. A middle eastern Mr Freeze; a man who has suffered, seen his loved ones suffer and lost much of what he had in life and now wants to take out his anger on a world he sees responsible by destroying all that they love and enjoy. Brilliant stuff.

  84. GutturalReef
    5 muaj më parë

    Inshallah we one day see the return of Muhammad Hassan!!!!

  85. Phil Kendel
    Phil Kendel
    5 muaj më parë

    Some dollar tree heat

  86. William Green
    William Green
    5 muaj më parë

    I saw him in a Dark Match before Raw in '04

    1. William Green
      William Green
      26 ditë më parë

      @CENATIONwweSwagger Another young wrestler.

    2. CENATIONwweSwagger
      27 ditë më parë

      Vs who?

  87. Deussebaaj
    5 muaj më parë

    about the TV networks' importance: might have been so in 2005 but it might be different in 2020

    1. TherealRNO
      4 muaj më parë

      No, it's still important now. If not for the pandemic, Vince has been looking to sell the WWE outright to a major streaming platform.

    5 muaj më parë

    Him, MVP, Mr. Kennedy, and Chris Masters could’ve all been huge

  89. Ackbarize
    5 muaj më parë

    Amongst the last gimmicks to generate true heat in wwe .

  90. Gvt0 Cdc
    Gvt0 Cdc
    5 muaj më parë

    I was still waiting for his comeback until i watched this latest videos. I feel sad. #BringBackHassan

  91. Serial Miller
    Serial Miller
    5 muaj më parë

    The way WWE used Muhammad Hassan as scapegoat for their own booking is sad. He took a gimmick that would be a curse on anyone else and he did a great job. His first promos were on point and things were fine until WWE decided to go full-on terrorist with the Hassan character. bare in mind this is the same company exploited the Iraq War in the 1990s even moths after the war was over.

    1. TherealRNO
      4 muaj më parë

      Yep. In fact, they only turned Sarge heel for 2 reasons: 1. To punish him for being successful outside WWE with _G.I. Joe_ out of pure pettiness AND 2. Hulk Hogan likely complained about 2 main-event patriots (all others at the time were still in the mid-card or largely beneath the shadow of Hulkamania) working a program that bruised his prideful ego, given how he probably felt that Sgt. Slaughter staying face & entering the main event title picture could've/would've cut into his own "Real American" persona's merchandise capabilities, since Sarge has always been accredited with far more legitimacy as an ex marine drill instructor, whereas Hogan's overblown patriotism was forcibly manufactured by both the man himself & the World Wrestling Federation's corporate machine/the so-called "Creative" team.

  92. Heartbreak Shaun
    Heartbreak Shaun
    5 muaj më parë

    Besides Golddust, Hussan is the most scripted controversial wrestler in the WWE

  93. Blind Lazarillo
    Blind Lazarillo
    5 muaj më parë

    This guy could honestly have been a SUPER heel, similar to 1999-2001 Triple H. He could have held the WWE title for at least a year and had all the faces try to challenge for the belt, finally losing at a Wrestlemania. What a waste from the WWE.

  94. Muliawan Wonys
    Muliawan Wonys
    5 muaj më parë

    What killed WWF now WWE and Wrestling in general is case like this. Failed to produce great Heel because stereotype that they created himself , then ignorant of what happens with their wrestlers . Heck WWF change to WWE because Wild Wild Fund acronym lose it popularity to World Wrestling Federation case is the blueprint of what happened in the future, Wrestling lost it against stereotype.

  95. Nazzlover38
    5 muaj më parë

    Hassan had possibly the first character that got 'Go Home Heat'!

    1. TherealRNO
      4 muaj më parë

      No. X-Pac had it first. That's why go-away heat was coined as X-Pac Heat for such a long time.

  96. 4 days awake
    4 days awake
    5 muaj më parë

    I remember following this story with my little brother at the time. I being much older knew this was a work. My little brother however was Still at an age where he was adamant wrestling was 'real'...I remember Mohammed Hassan used to terrify him.

  97. Thomas Crowley
    Thomas Crowley
    5 muaj më parë

    I remember watching the Mask men attack on Taker. Probably the weirdest thing I've ever seen in wrestling

  98. David Quinn
    David Quinn
    5 muaj më parë

    That man has some ears and a nose on him

  99. Deol Saab
    Deol Saab
    5 muaj më parë

    Best heel Ever

  100. Duke Hollyrood
    Duke Hollyrood
    5 muaj më parë