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Al Snow

      
    

Real Name - Allan Sarven

Birthdate - 7/18/63

6'1" 232 lbs. - Lima, OH


Athletic Background - Martial Arts

Teacher(s) - Jim Lancaster

Professional Background - Indies(`82-`95), ECW(`94-`95), SMW(`95), WWF/WWE(`95-`08), ECW(`97-`98), Indies(`03-), OVW(`07-`08), TNA(`08,`10-), OVW(`11-)

AliasesShinobi, Avatar, Leif Cassidy

Groups - J.O.B. Squad

Peak Years - `96-`01



Finisher(s) - 

- Snow Plow (Northern Lights Bomb)

- Snowplex (Wheelbarrel Suplex)

- Snowsault (Moonsault)


Favorites -

- Superkick

- Asai Moonsault

- Arm-Entangled Headbutts

- DDT

- Lariat

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Al Snow is a modern day jack-of-all-trades in the pro-wrestling business  and like Les Thatcher, William Regal and Jim Cornette who has been an invaluable resource to his employers for years.  Although he is best remembered as in-ring talent, he has had greater success as a trainer.  Al Snow learned his trade, starving on the Midwest indies in the post-territorial era.  He eventually created some buzz working some physical matches and was brought in by the WWF.  The company tried him out in a few roles before lending him out to ECW.  It was in this environment that Al Snow was able to develop a character that on the level of his work.  The backstory was basic, his time in WWF, playing goofy characters made him nutty and he began talking to himself and turned a vulgar play on words into a career-altering move.  A mannequin head, simply called “Head,” became his signature prop and his trance inspired entrance with Prodigy’s “Breathe” blaring, strobelights flashing and a sea of styrofoam heads bobbing was an unlikely hit in ECW.  Within four months, Al Snow was pushed into a top spot before being brought back to the WWF.  During the Attitude Era, the WWF built an impressive midcard of characters and workers and Al Snow was the best of both worlds.  His ECW character was stripped down and he became a goofy midcard talent who mainly worked hardcore matches and later did a lot of comedy. In 2001, Snow had an opportunity to transform himself as the head trainer on WWF's reality show Tough Enough.  However, the company failed again in capitalizing on his hard work and he and his trainees gained little.  Al Snow spent some time doing color, but was ultimately installed in OVW to develop talent.  His disciples include Tough Enough graduates like John Morrison and Matt Morgan and also promising talent like Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback.  After the WWE severed ties with OVW, Al Snow needed to move on and he eventually landed in TNA.  He continued to develop talent and work as an agent, allowing him to stay a key person in pro-wrestling’s future.

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