Saturday, January 30, 2016

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:25 AM

1. The Living Legend

I’m an olde, olde man… but even I’m not old enough to have been a Bruno Sammartino fan. The temptation was strong to relegate the WWWF’s ‘Living Legend’ to second place, and place the Dream first – but I’m engaged in writing The Truth with these articles, and The Truth of the matter is that no one, living or dead, has ever held a wrestling crowd’s heart and soul in their hands like Sammartino.
One of the greatest icons of all time, Sammartino held the World Heavyweight title on two occasions, which may not seem like a lot compared to someone like John Cena… that is, until you realise that the first reign was from May 17th 1963 to January 18th 1971, over seven and a half years. In total, his two reigns cover eleven years (or 4,040 days).
Sammartino was the most popular wrestler in America for twenty years, a man whose personal charisma and character were such that he rivaled, if not exceeded Hogan’s popularity in the 1980s. But while Hogan performed as a superhero type, a huge no-selling babyface superstar, Sammartino was a blue collar favourite, the icon of families across half of America.
His epic feud with former protege Larry Zybysko in 1980 made Zybysko a star and proved that Sammartino’s time wasn’t over. Bruno was, though: still so over, in fact, that heel Zybysko would be regularly assaulted for the unspeakable crimes he’d committed against the people’s favourite. He was stabbed, beaten and once, the taxi he travelled in was attacked and overturned.
Sammartino was to wrestling what Ali was to boxing. He drew crowd exceeding 30,000 at Shea Stadium not once, but three times. New Yorkers were so hot to buy tickets to his shows at the Garden that a closed circuit television was installed next door so that people who couldn’t buy tickets could see him wrestle and so not riot. He brought families of all races and classes together.
There’ll never be another wrestler quite like him, especially these days with the eradication of kayfabe.

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:23 AM

2. I Have Been To The Mountaintop

The Nature Boy may well have been the blood and bone of the NWA, but the American Dream was the heart. Dusty Rhodes turned babyface in 1974, and – aside from an ill-advised flirtation with the nWo – remained so for the rest of his career.
His connection with the crowd was an extraordinary thing. The legendary ‘Hard Times’ promo from his 1985 feud with Ric Flair was delivered with so much fire that, in today’s more cynical times, it’s staggering in its passion. It resonated so much with the fans that Rhodes would have people coming up to him in tears for months afterwards to thank him for understanding the plight of their families.
At his peak, no one could touch the American Dream. His interviews were spellbinding, his ring work crisp and dynamic, his charisma practically limitless in everything he did – and, old school as he was, he made every little thing he did matter, without ever doing too much.
Last summer, when the Dream died, a little dream died in the hearts of a whole hell of a lot of wrestling fans. For many, many people, the son of a plumber was the single greatest babyface champion in wrestling history, and that would still have been true if he’d never held gold in his life. Rest In Power, Dream.

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:18 AM

3. You Can’t Help Someone Recover After What You Did

The greatest recent example of a proper people’s babyface hero was the grumpiest, angriest garden gnome in all of history. If there had been an eighth dwarf called Huffy, he’d have been played by Daniel Bryan.
Bryan’s ridiculous comedy routine, where the crowd would shout YES and he’d get weirdly angry and shout NO back was a massive hit. Bryan was supposed to be a heel, but the WWE fans weren’t having any of it – there was literally nothing he could do to garner any heat. He could have stripped naked in church and eaten a baby and had the congregation loudly encouraging him in the affirmative.
In the end, a turn wasn’t even really necessary, but Bryan turned nonetheless. You all know the rest of the story: Bryan was clearly meant for greater things than the upper midcard role they had planned for him and just wouldn’t lie down and die, and CM Punk’s sudden departure and the unexpectedly negative reaction to Batista winning the Royal Rumble had WWE nervous about WrestleMania XXX.
Bryan was booked to overcome the odds and wrestle two matches on the big day, against what amounted to an Evolution reunion. He triumphed in the most triumphant way possible, and gave us all one of the best WrestleMania moments we’d had in years.
Right now, Bryan is sidelined due to concussion-related issues, and has spent most of the last two years on the bench. It’s looking less and less likely that he’ll ever compete in a WWE ring again but, if he ever recovers sufficiently to do so, you can guarantee that the crowd’s reaction to him will still be gargantuan. He’s not just a goat, he’s their G.O.A.T.

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:12 AM

4. The Rock And A Hard Place

Clearly there’s no article on ‘people’s champions’ that can go without including The Rock, the only man on this list who specifically called himself The People’s Champion as part of his gimmick.
In point of fact, though: The Rock was doing so long before it was actually true. As a charismatic, ruthless heel in the Nation Of Domination, The Rock would call himself The People’s Champion as a mark of his superiority, to accrue heat with the crowd. Of course, just as Austin had the year before, The Rock would get so over in his heel persona that the crowd demanded he turn babyface: the People’s Champion became so for real.
People tend to forget that the People’s Champion turned on the People almost immediately, too: the swerve at Survivor Series 1998 with The Rock becoming the Corporate Champion occurred only weeks after he’d become the People’s Champion.
Was that a swerve, or had he always been a corporate heel and simply faked being a babyface people’s hero? It doesn’t really matter, since the second run as People’s Champion is the one everyone remembers. The Rock was always at one remove from the People, but this wasn’t some jet-flying, kiss-stealing playboy and as People’s Champion, The Rock was like your far cooler older brother, who plays college football and comes back every Thanksgiving to sneak cigarettes to you while he mocks your haircut.

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:07 AM

5. The Working Class Hero

By rights, ‘Stone Cold’ shouldn’t have been as hugely popular as he was. The biggest draw in professional wrestling history was, by every conceivable metric except one, a heel. All he did when he turned babyface was tone down the psychotic evil simmering under the surface of his skin and stop specifically targeting babyfaces. That’s it. He was still the same guy, only the fans cheered him even louder.
Some people call Classic Austin a tweener rather than a babyface, but I’ve never agreed with that definition. The people were 100% behind him at all times, and every single reaction to the character was the reaction of a delighted crowd welcoming their hero. It just so happened that, in this case, the crowd’s favourite wrestler was a grouchy redneck with no friends and a hair trigger temper.
Perhaps they could relate to that, who knows?
A lot of people talking about wrestling in 2016 come from the position of people who’ve watched a lot of old matches on YouTube or the Network and read about old feuds and eras they were too young for in magazines and blog posts. If that’s you, then let me clear something up for you right now. The pop every time – every single time – the WWF crowd hears glass breaking is epic. There are bigger individual pops, but Austin’s regular, ordinary it’s-just-RAW-guys pop is consistently insane.
The blue collar angry guy thing only ever worked as well as it did because his perennial antagonist was a gulping cartoon monster in the shape of his boss. Mr. McMahon couldn’t fire Austin because he was money, but he couldn’t mould him either, so he blindsided, coldcocked and sideswiped him as often as possible, and got a fiery Texas Rattlesnake all up in his grille as a consequence.
WWF fans ate it up with a spoon, identifying with Austin. Who wouldn’t want to flip off their boss and drop them with a Stunner before cracking open a beer or six? Austin did it and the fans loved him for it. 

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:04 AM

6. The (Other) People’s Champion

I’m not 100% positive, because it was a long time ago, but I don’t think Diamond Dallas Page ever called himself the People’s Champion. Everything I remember says that this was something that the announcers (probably Tony Schiavone) called him. If you remember differently, tell me how wrong I am in the comments and I’ll buy you a pony.
Unlike that other People’s Champion, Page didn’t get over in 1997 and 1998 because he was cool, handsome and funny. He didn’t get over because he had catchphrases and a wiggly eyebrow. No, this was what 2013 fans would recognise as a ‘Daniel Bryan’ moment.
DDP got over because he was a little gnarled around the edges, a little too old. He had to work harder than everyone else, but he kicked ass doing it. He was intense, but enjoying himself and, of course, he had the Diamond Cutter as a finish (essentially the RKO before the RKO was the RKO), a move which was as over in WCW as the Stunner was for Austin in the WWF.
This babyface version was his own man, refusing to join the nWo despite storyline-acknowledged former friendships with both of the Outsiders, delivering a beautiful Diamond Cutter to Scott Hall in the ring and leaving through the crowd. Defiant, possessed of a uniquely grizzled charisma, Diamond Dallas Page was the real deal and a man of the people.

7 Greatest People’s Champions In Wrestling History

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  9:01 AM

7. The Voice Of The Voiceless

everyone knew he was that damn good, and we needed something new, fresh and that damn good to come along.
He turned heel in June 2009, playing the holier than thou straight edge a**hole. It made him step up his game and he was like hot fire in the ring and on the mic for the next two years. Then, on 27th June 2011, at the conclusion of a run-of-the-mill episode of Raw in Las Vegas, he cut that worked shoot promo, and everything changed.
The fans – the real fans, not the casual fans who didn’t follow the product – were narked with WWE, fed up with the same old same old and desperate for a change. The real-life Phil Brooks was also narked with WWE, and he let it show in spades. For a while, CM Punk, mouth like a runaway train, said what we were all thinking, what we were all saying. Except he said it louder, funnier, and straight to Vincent Kennedy McMahon and Triple H’s faces.
It lasted a year, probably half that actually, given how badly he was booked after the second Summer Of Punk turned into autumn. Punk turned heel again at Raw 1000, and he was bloody brilliant, but it wasn’t the same and it didn’t come back when he turned babyface yet again the year after that.
Still, for a few months, CM Punk was the voice of the voiceless. That’s why you still hear ‘CM PUNK’ chants here and there from smark-aleck crowds on boring-ass episodes of WWE TV, two years after he left the company. It’s an echo of a time in 2011 when one p***ed off guy said what so many of us were thinking, then when they shut off his mic came back two weeks later with a goddamn loudhailer so that they couldn’t do it again.

Friday, January 29, 2016

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:05 PM

1. Steve Austin

Awful Gimmick: Steve Austin was brought into WWE to be a ‘good hand’ or a ‘mechanic’. That is, someone who can work with anyone and produce a decent match but who is not in line for a major push. Austin worked mainly undercard matches as The Ringmaster (literally the master of the ring) and didn’t make any waves in the company.
Austin knew the gimmick sucked. The fans clearly thought the gimmick sucked. The WWE were apparently indifferent. It was up to Austin to change his fortunes…
How He Survived It: He went to WWE management and basically told them how lame the Ringmaster was. He didn’t want or need the Million Dollar Man as a mouthpiece or the Million Dollar Championship belt, either. He wanted to portray a character similar to ruthless contract killer Richard Kuklinski, a man nicknamed ‘The Ice Man’, whom Austin had watched a documentary on.
He told WWE about his idea and they returned with a list of names so bad (Otto Von Ruthless? Fang McFrost? Ice Dagger?) that he and Brian Pillman could not contain their laughter. Still, Austin persisted with the idea and when his then-wife told him to drink his tea before it went ‘stone cold’, the pieces finally fell into place.
Over the next two years, Austin would grow into the biggest star in the business. As the hell-raising, middle finger-giving Stone Cold Steve Austin, he had a gimmick which really connected with the WWE’s burgeoning 18-30 male demographic. If he hadn’t have demanded a change from The Ringmaster, his fortunes (and those of the entire business) would have been a lot different.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:04 PM

2. Batista

Awful Gimmick: When Batista showed up in OVW, it was clear that he wasn’t going to be the type of guy that was going to be doing hour-long broadways or having scientific classics with Kurt Angle. No, he was going to have to be a gimmick. This was a guy that was a ‘WrestleMania main event waiting to happen’, according to then-OVW booker Jim Cornette.
So big Dave was treated as such. He debuted in the development territory as Leviathan, a kind of supernatural, monster, vampire thing. It wasn’t a winner but, with his imposing look (including fangs and a huge chain around his neck) he certainly looked the part and could always work a spooky feud with The Undertaker.
Batista’s best asset was his herculean physique, so guess what WWE did when they promoted him to the main roster? Stuck him in a suit and covered it up. Genius. Batista debuted in the WWE as ‘Deacon’ Batista, bodyguard/donation box carried for the unspeakably lame Reverend D-Von.
How He Survived It: Triple H saved him, essentially. The two became pals after bonding over bench presses and bicep curls in the weight room and so Batista was moved to Raw and was managed by Ric Flair, before becoming a member of the modern day Four Horseman, Evolution.
From there, Dave went all the way to the top, becoming

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:02 PM

3. Triple H

Awful Gimmick: No, Triple H wasn’t always the ass-kicker we have seen on WWE television over the past fifteen or so years. No, before he was a ripped-to-shreds, sledgehammer-wielding tough guy, he was portraying characters which were decidedly more lightweight.
During his cup of coffee in WCW, The Game worked as Jean-Paul Lévesque, a French aristocrat before making the switch to the WWE and playing a character that was very similar: Hunter Hearst Helmsley, the Connecticut Blueblood. He was, basically, a snob.
The gimmick was going nowhere fast and Helmsley was left to languish in the midcard.
How He Survived It: His first real break came as a member of D-Generation X, alongside best pal Shawn Michaels and girlfriend Chyna. He fully dropped the blueblood gimmick in favour of envelop-pushing, kayfabe-breaking humour. Triple H was riding Michaels coattails until HBK suffered a back injury and Trips stepped up as DX leader.
With new recruits X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws by his side, Triple H was the star of the show and began to rapidly climb the leader. He reached the summit of the business in 1999 when he became WWE Champion and he’s been on top ever since.
Even when The Cerebral Assassin comes back for one of his rare in-ring appearances, it’s almost always in a main event match. That wouldn’t be possible if he didn’t shed his anachronistic, heatless snob gimmick and develop some ‘Attitude’.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:01 PM

4. The Rock

Awful Gimmick: Rocky Maivia was baaaaaaaaad. A clean-cut babyface on the plainest variety, Maivia was actually given the nickname ‘The Blue Chipper’. How original. His whole schtick consisted of coming out, smiling, shaking hands and trying his damnedest to beat the baddies.
He was like 2002 John Cena in 1996. Even back then, fans knew that he was a loser and didn’t deserve their adulation.
How He Survived It: For all his athletic pedigree, fans resented him because of his cheesy gimmick. Soon, signs of ‘DIE ROCKY DIE’ and chants of ‘Rocky sucks’. WWE had no choice but to turn him heel, which they did as he was reborn as the leader of black power group The Nation of Domination.
Although it was an improvement, things only really picked up for Rocky, now named The Rock, when he became catchphrase-spouting ‘People’s Champion’. He was so charismatic, the crowd turned him back babyface. He flip-flopped back to being a heel before finally finding his footing as a face.
Thanks to his too cool for school attitude and unbelievable charisma, The Rock became one of the biggest stars in the industry. That would not have been possible, had he and WWE persisted with clean-cut Rocky Maivia.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  11:58 AM

5. Kevin Nash

Awful Gimmick: Before he was ‘Big Daddy Cool’ Kevin Nash was anything but. The 55-year-old had a plethora of rotten gimmicks before hit it big in the mid-90s. He would have to wait until coming to the WWE to become a star, as WCW seemed intent on sabotaging his career with dud after dud.
He came into WCW as ‘Steel’, one half of go-nowhere tag team The Master Blasters. After that bombed, he was repackaged as Oz. As in, the Wizard of Oz. As in a man with a great big silver beard and bright green clothing. Surprisingly, Oz received something a big push in WCW in 1991. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t get over and was dropped a year later.
Nash was then repackaged as Vinnie Vegas, a psuedo-mobster who cracked jokes and wrestled badly (although that wasn’t part of the gimmick, it was just Nash’s way). Nash worked the Vinnie Vegas gimmick for a while, teaming with The Diamond Studd, Scotty Flamingo and DDP, before leaving for the WWE in late 1993.
How He Survived It: It was under Vince’s creative direction that Nash finally broke away from the hopeless comedy characters he had been playing. Now ‘Diesel’, he was the ass-kicking bodyguard of Shawn Michaels. Nash became so popular (and was such a good backstage politician) that the company put the WWE Title on him for a year.
Nash continued to play a cocky ass-kicker in WCW, where he became a founding member of the highly successful nWo. Had he not managed to escape the bad gimmicks, he wouldn’t have gotten there. It’s hard to see Vinnie Vegas rubbing shoulders with Hulk Hogan in the main event, isn’t it?

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  11:57 AM

6. John Cena

Awful Gimmick: Having no gimmick can be just as bad as having a terrible gimmick. In OVW, Cena played a character called ‘The Protoype’, a half man/half machine that had the ability to cut promos backwards. It was cheesy, yes, but it made Cena stand out and got him noticed.
It’s a gimmick that probably would have made for some entertaining television, but clearly the WWE powers-that-be didn’t see it that way. Instead, they brought Cena in as a white meat babyface, who had no discernible characteristics. He was basically just a guy in spandex shorts who sold and won matches with a rollup.
It was as generic as they come. Cena even referred to himself as ‘Johnny boots and tights’ during this period, since the only distinguishable thing about him was the ever-changing colour of his ring gear (tailored to the home town’s sports teams).
How He Survived It: Cena was caught free-styling by Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman and other members of the  on the tour bus during one of WWE’s international excursions in late 2002. Clearly liking what they heard, they decided to run with it from the Halloween edition of Smackdown onwards.
Cena went from one of the next names on the future endeavoured list to being one of the most talked about performers in the company, having PPV matches with the likes of Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. He’s doing alright these days, might have made some money and headlined a WrestleMania or five.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  11:56 AM

7. William Regal

The Awful Gimmick: Regal’s most successful gimmicks have been variations of the snobbish, well-spoken brit. Much better as a villain than a blue-eye (that’s English talk for babyface), Regal is a master of getting crowds riled up with his snooty, holier-than-thou promos and mannerisms.
He’s not a bad hand in the ring, either, which of course helps. After several years of playing the blueblood in WCW, he signed with the WWE in mid-1998 and after a stint at the training camp to get into ring shape (where he broke his ankle and leg), he was ready to be called up to television with a brand new gimmick.
The gimmick was that Regal was a ‘Real Man’s Man’, a hybrid builder/lumberjack who enjoyed doing MANLY things, like chopping wood, hunting and shaving with a straight razor. His debut was hyped with some unspeakably cheesy vignettes and he came out to music which proudly proclaimed ‘he’s a man, a real man’s man’.
How He Survived It: His stay as the Real Man’s Man would not be a long one, as Regal was suffering from substance abuse issues and was let go after just a few months in the role. After a forgettable spell in WCW, Regal cleaned up his act and was re-signed by the WWE.
This time, the company sensibly brought him in with a gimmick similar to his early-90s WCW one. He was Commissioner Regal, a snivelling (yet undeniably vicious) Englishman who sucked up to authority figures. Regal was soon headlining episodes of Raw and Smackdown against The Rock and Steve Austin.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  11:48 AM

8. Kane

Awful Gimmick: Glen Jacobs has had to endure a lot of nonsense during his time in the grap game. His first WWE gimmick was one of the worst of the mid-90s, an era notorious for its selection of naff gimmicks. The big man was brought in Isaac Yankem, DDS., Jerry Lawler’s private dentist, in June 1995.
Although he got to wrestle the likes of Bret Hart and Ultimate Warrior in headline matches, the gimmick was a dud and everyone knew it. He was reduced to a jobber-to-the-stars before the good folks at WWE decided he needed a repackage.
Fake Dentist might have been bad, but fake Diesel was so, so much worse. Stepping into Kevin Nash’s shoes, the new and certainly not improved Diesel (along with fake Razor Ramon) was a gigantic flop, a clear case of WWE trying something to spit other people, only to shoot themselves in the foot.
How He Overcame It: The fake Diesel period only lasted a few months, such was the fan backlash. WWE had a better idea for Jacobs, although on paper it sounded like one that could have quite easily flopped, too. He was to be brought back to television as Kane, the storyline brother of The Undertaker.
Kane was an almost instant sensation and has been a, to quote Triple H, ‘constant’ in WWE for eighteen years now. That’s doubly impressive, when you consider how many hits the Kane character has taken over the years.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  11:46 AM

9. Dolph Ziggler

Awful Gimmick: Dolph Ziggler has been in the WWE system for over a decade now. The 34-year-old signed with the company in late 2004 and was brought up to the main roster (fairly quickly) in September 2005. The winning gimmick he debuted with?
Nick Nemeth, caddy of the incredibly racist Kerwin White (Chavo Guerrero playing a middle class, white collar white man).
Fortunately for Ziggler, the gimmick was dropped within a couple of months (after the untimely death of Chavo’s uncle, Eddie Guerrero). Unfortunately for Ziggler, that meant he was without a role and after a couple of months working dark matches and house shows, was sent back to developmental territory OVW.
Still, WWE had plans for Ziggler. BIG pla…oh no, wait, no they didn’t. Ziggler came back into the fold as Nicky, a member of the male cheerleading group The Spirit Squad. He was one of five OVW standouts who were called up to act as punching bags for Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
How He Overcame It: Although the Spirit Squad were all over WWE TV in 2006 and the group even won the World Tag Team Titles, the gimmick clearly had a very limited shelf life, which was confirmed when those DX rascals sent them back to ‘OVW, Louisville Kentucky’ on the November 27th 2006 episode of Raw.
Following a lengthy stay in OVW, Ziggler was given another chance as, erm, Dolph Ziggler. Although things got off to a rocky start (he was jobbed out, suspended due to a wellness violation etc.) he persevered and became one of the best workers in the WWE.
Ziggler became a headliner (albeit a temporary one) thanks to good old-fashioned hard work. He cemented his status as a genuine star with his World Heavyweight Title win in 2013.

10 WWE Wrestlers Who Survived Awful Gimmicks To Become Huge Stars

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  11:39 AM

10. JBL

Awful Gimmick: The big Texan was saddled with a couple of rubbish gimmicks in his early years with the company. He made his debut in January 1996 as Justin ‘Hawk’ Bradshaw, a cowboy/mountain man gimmick where he would ‘brand’ his fallen foes (in ink) with the letters JB.
It was decidedly naff and didn’t last the year. Unfortunately for the future World Champion, things would get worse: he became a member of the New Blackjacks, a tag team with a totally past-it Barry Windham. That moustache just looks ridiculous, regardless of what era you’re in.
How He Overcame It: The former ‘Widowmaker’s’ injuries began to pile up in 1997 and the New Blackjacks never really got going as a team. Bradshaw meandered in the midcard for a while before he finally found a role/gimmick that suited him: although the Acolytes got off to a shaky start with all that Ministry of Darkness nonsense, Bradshaw and Farooq finally found their groove.
As a member of the beer-drinking, barroom-brawling APA, Bradshaw was quickly becoming a star in the company. He really established himself, however, when he was re-christened JBL in April 2004, following a failed singles push on Raw and a lukewarm APA reunion.
JBL, the immigrant-hating, suit-wearing, stock market-playing heel was thrust into the main event scene when Brock Lesnar decided he wanted to be an NFL star and Kurt Angle went down with yet another neck injury. Luckily for JBL, he succeeded in the role and became a bona fide main eventer.
He had to bide his time and survive a load of crap gimmicks to make it there, mind.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

He Was Selling Trash To Survive Until A Man Took A Photo Of Him

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:11 AM

1.From trash and pen seller to businessman

Life might seem to be at its worst, but in the end, there will be people out there who will give you a lending hand. Do not give up, hope for the best, and share the love.

He Was Selling Trash To Survive Until A Man Took A Photo Of Him

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:11 AM

2.Abdul Halim Attar is happy to be living in better conditions

With the entrepreneurship, Abdul was able to rent an apartment that has two bedrooms. He currently lives with his adorable daughter Reem and his son Abdullelah.

He Was Selling Trash To Survive Until A Man Took A Photo Of Him

by Saiban Ahmad  |  at  12:06 AM

3.Kindness is still around

Thus, Abdul's life changed along with the lives of other people because of a kind gesture made by Gissur Simonarson.

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