December 17, 2004
Sabu

HOMETOWN: Bombay, India.
HEIGHT: 6'0".
WEIGHT: 220 lbs.
TURNED PRO: 1985.
CATCH PHRASE: "Homicidal! Suicidal! Genocidal!"
SIGNATURE MOVE: Triple Jump Moonsault
CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD: ECW World Heavyweight championship, ECW World Television Championship, ECW World Tag Team Championship (with Taz), ECW World Tag Team Championship (with Rob Van Dam), Unrecognised FTW World championship.

The nephew of the original Sheik, Sabu is a walking testimony to his catch phrase of "Homicidal! Suicidal! Genocidal!" Covered in scars from his numerous barbed wire matches - including perhaps the most extreme barbed wire match in the history of ECW with the legendary Terry Funk - Sabu will stop at nothing in the ring or outside the ring.

Known for both his relentless savagery and his awe-inspiring display of aerial moves and moonsaults, Sabu and long been regarded his the human highlight reel of pro-wrestling. Another one of the few wrestlers who has been in ECW since its inception, Sabu has feuded with hardcore Icons like Terry Funk, Cactus Jack and the Sandman and has had his most memorable matches with on again, off again tag-partner Rob Van Dam and Taz.

Managed by Bill Alphonso, Sabu never speaks but instead only points cryptically to the sky. Nevertheless, he is one of the most reckless high-flyers in ECW. Never hesitating to lay someone on a table and splash them through it or Moonsault onto an opponent in the third row, Sabu's death defying array of moves has helped establish both himself and ECW, although the cost to his health has been grave. Suffering a broken neck at the hands of Chris Benoit, Sabu continued to wrestle with the injury against doctor's orders, one wrong landing and Sabu would have been paralysed, yet this madman never slowed. His most impressive move is perhaps the triple-jump-moonsault, where with the help of a chair, Sabu springs onto the top rope and moonsaults onto an opponent.

Following the demise of the original incarnation of ECW, Sabu would wrestle for independent promotions around the world before latching on with the then NWA-TNA in July, 2002. While still wrestling the indies, Sabu would wrestle alongside and feud with NWA-TNA's Raven and also take on Abyss.

An injury in 2004, though, would sideline Sabu for several months. (Wrestlers would rally for Sabu at a tribute show).

Sabu would make a big splash in his comeback in June 2005, defeating Funk and Sandman in a three-way barbed wire match at Hardcore Homecoming, and beating Rhino at ECWs One Night Stand.

Returning to TNA about a month later, Sabu began a long, bloody feud with Abyss that even spilled over into other indy promotions. His last TNA match came at Lockdown, and shortly thereafter, he announced he inked a deal with the WWE.

Debuting in June, Sabu would feud with John Cena and Rey Mysterio before he landed in trouble following an ECW house show. He and RVD were pulled over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and arrested on drug-related charges. Sabu pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined. WWE chose to only fine Sabu $1,000 and didn't suspend him, as they did RVD.


Multiple unsuccessful title shots against Big Show maintained Sabus main-eventer status on ECWs Sci-Fi program. But his value seemed to drop in the eyes of the WWE at some point, as he was removed from the Elimination Chamber match at December To Dismember.

His final major WWE run came as a part of the ECW Originals versus The New Breed program. By May, Sabu was released from WWE. According to his website, he is unable to accept any independent bookings.

-- By "Hardcore" Chris Gramlich and Richard Kamchen

SABU STORIES

  • Aug. 17, 2009: Sabu dishes the dirt in YouShoot DVD
  • May 15, 2007: ECW Original, Sabu, among Tuesday releases
  • July 5, 2006: RVD suspended 30 days
  • July 3, 2006: Sabu & Rob Van Dam busted
  • Dec. 16, 2004: Sabu tribute a star-studded success
  • Dec. 9, 2004: Top talent support Sabu
  • Sep. 8, 2003: Sabu competes through pain
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