Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #38 - Sabu
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990., factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
Hailing From: Bombay, MI
Finisher: Triple Jump Moonsault & Arabian Facebuster (Both with chairs)
If anyone was a keystone in helping to define the ECW extreme brand, look no further than The “Homicidal, Genocidal, Suicidal” maniac from Michigan (or Saudi Arabia, close enough), the man we know as Sabu. With his innovative move-set and unique look, the sky was the limit for “The Human Highlight Reel”. His extreme antics weren’t just a benefit of making him stand out, but they established his persona. All those tables you see people get put through nowadays? You can thank Sabu for that.
Because of his bloodthirst and tangibility with the crowd, Sabu feuded with everyone and anyone in ECW. From Terry Funk, to Taz, to RVD, Sabu enhanced and elevated his colleagues to their own level of notoriety and legacy. Heyman knew he had a star on his hands with Sabu so you’d see him with memorable title runs that including him winning the ECW Title from Terry Funk in 1995 and lest we forget his unforgettable tag team title spell with RVD.
He also had a solid stint with NJPW in which he won the Junior Heavyweight Title, but it created a rift with him and Heyman in 1995 due to no-showing a match, and it got him fired (and publicly lambasted by Mr. Dangerously).
Sabu, however, had one flaw from the start. Being trained by The Sheik (not the Iron, but the regular one), Sabu wasn’t the keenest on taking losses, nor was he the warmest of personalities, so that had a great deal of him making much more money in the business, and when it came down to it, Sabu really didn’t need the tables or the unprotected chair shots. His talent alone could have coasted him to stardom, but for better or for worse, Sabu was undoubtedly ECW.