Friday, August 18, 2017

Foreign Object Friday: Al Snow's head

Al Snow & Head
Courtesy: WWE

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Al Snow has come a long way in the wrestling business. My first memories of him came from the Apter magazines and his time with Smoky Mountain Wrestling. I was in college at the time and didn't have access to SMW on TV. In 1995 he came to the WWF under a mask and competed as Avatar before joining the New Rockers as Leif Cassidy. 

After a brief run in ECW, the Al Snow character was born and with it a sidekick. It was simply a mannequin head that was affectionately referred to as Head. When Snow went back to WWE, he brought the gimmick with him as well as the J.O.B. Squad faction. Both he and Head had the words Help Me written backward on their foreheads. It was an entertaining gimmick that included a tag team run with Steve Blackman as Head Cheese. Also at one point, Walmart pulled the Snow & Head action figure from the shelf because it depicted "violence." 

Courtesy: WWE
Snow used Head from time to time in matches, including when he beat Hardcore Holly for the Hardcore Championship. But as Snow fell forward he found himself not on top of Holly for the pin, it was just Head laying across the prone champ's chest. WWF officials awarded the belt to Snow of course, but he believed Head was the real winner. Then Holly swiped Head and attacked Snow with it, prompting the champ to befriend a deer head.

Hanging at the show
Courtesy: WWE
This all led to a title match between Snow and Head. Holly stood by as special guest referee as Snow beat up Head with various objects. Snow eventually whacked Head with the one-eyed deer head and "pinned" his former partner and regained the gold. Eventually, the two reconciled, but Head was victimized by Prince Albert and was never seen again. Then, Pepper, the chihuahua came around and we all remember how that went... Pepper steak anyone?

Snow now has a new project underway, the CollarxElbow brand. You can check it out here. Very soon I will have a big announcement about my involvement with that project. 


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