Pearl River Powerhouse; Has a Mouth Full of Marbles
Ahmed Johnson is the 1996 example of a green wrestler who was pushed too fast by Vince McMahon. He was big, and full of muscles…and pushed to the moon.
Ahmed was not the first man pushed too quickly and he wasn’t the last. Wrestlers from Brakus in 1999 to Ryback today have all suffered from being given too much attention and too much responsibility for being…something they are not.
This is not to say that Ahmed could have had potential. There were positives in him. His look was strong and the fans seemed to support him in 1996. Within only a few months of his debut, Johnson won the IC title.
In 96, the IC belt was still held in high regard and Ahmed was put in a key position, for a short period of time. This is due to firstly, 1996 was a transitional year. . WWE was languishing under the competition from WCW, backlash from the early 90s steroid trials and disinterest in the goofy product. Ahmed, due to his potential(ie big big muscle man) could have been successful IF he was given time to grow. He could have been the first African American WWE Champion.
Without the time to grow, Ahmed could never have been successful with what he was bringing to the table. Not only was he green. He was also dangerous, both to others and himself.
Johnson’s only IC title reign ended in injury. The injury took Johnson off the table when it came to dependability. Vince & Co.is notorious for punishing and de-pushing superstars who get injured (Dolph Ziggler today)….Unless you name is Shawn Michaels…then its fine.
Shawn Michaels hate aside, there is a difference between “Oh Protected One” and Ahmed Johnson. Johnson lacked some basic skills necessary to be a great superstar. Those skills missing include promo cutting, wrestling ability and safety.
Good question. Ahmed was dangerous. He hurt people. Repeatedly. And himself as well. Once you build a reputation for injuring your fellow wrestlers, your time in one of the main organizations is limited. Mr. Kennedy injured himself and others- Gone. D’Lo Brown injured Droz, depushed and gone. And Ahmed did this as well.
Yet Ahmed’s lack of success is due more to what he didn’t have more than what he did. Vader injured many wrestlers (including Foley’s infamous ear loss) yet he is not considered in the same boat. Why? Easy, Vader was stiff, not dangerous. Vader had the skill and knowledge to put on a great match in Japan, where it is impossible to be a sloppy wrestler.
Johnson was a worse version of the Ultimate Warrior. He wrestled that very obvious “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM DOING” way.
And yet, Warrior could talk. His promos while ridiculous were mesmerizing. Ahmed was even missing this puzzle; he couldn’t talk. His mouth; full of marbles.
It would great if the video above was an exception. Take a look at the youtube channel attached to this video. Fun with Ahmed is basically a series of Ahmed’s worst promos.
Ahmed’s time can be summarized easily by looking at his 1997. He feuded with Faarooq, joined Faarooq, and then feuded with him again…all to no conclusion. Ahmed was in the 98 Royal Rumble and then disappeared from the WWF during the beginning of the Attitude Era.
Shortly after Ahmed appeared in WCW, where he somehow repeated the exact same process. (I know WCW wasn’t good with ideas…but this is crazy)
Ahmed was named Big T, he feuded with Stevie Ray…
And then disappeared. With his WCW departure, it was the end of Ahmed Johnson’s career.
Today, Ahmed Johnson can be found impersonating Viscera/Big Daddy V at local conventions.
Only Way it Happens
WWE is known for trying to keep their Hall of Fame classes diverse. This has led to the inductions of Koko B. Ware and Tony Atlas. If WWE never employs anyone ethnic and they induct all the other African American stars, Ahmed has a chance…. in 2056.
Is WWE Stupid enough to actually do it?
No. He was barely a blip on the radar of wrestling. Ahmed…. who?
Chances of induction
2 out of 10