This is a series of articles where we shall look back into the history of World Wrestling Entertainment and talk about some of the great forgotten superstars about the company. WWE always produced lots of talents, some succeeded with WWE, and some succeeded elsewhere. The company has a long history of evolution since 1952, the year Capitol Wrestling Corporation was founded by Roderick James McMahon and Joseph Raymond Mondt. We can say that it was first form of WWE. In 1963, McMahon and Mondt formed World Wide Wrestling Federation and Buddy Rogers was awarded the World Wide Wrestling Federation championship. In 1979, the word ‘Wide’ has been removed from WWWF and it became WWF, World Wrestling Federation. The Golden Era of WWF begins in 1980 which continued till 1992 and in 1993 announced the beginning of the new generation era which was followed by the best era of WWE the attitude era in 1997, after the end of the attitude era in 2002, Brand Extension era started and continued till 2007, and finally the PG era started in 2008. In this series of articles we shall look back look back some of the forgotten names from the seventy year history of World Wrestling Entertainment. In this part of this article, we will discuss about former World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental champion Ahmed Johnson.
Anthony Norris started his professional wrestling career in 1989 on the independent circuit. In 1993, He debuted to Global Championship Wrestling where he worked under the ring name of Moadib. His great wrestling skills impressed World Wrestling Federation and he got a contract under the company. On October 23, 1995, he debuted to WWF, in an episode of Monday Night Raw and beat down Yokozuna. He made his pay per view debut at Survivor Series as a member of Shawn Michaels’ team for the Survivor Series classic tag team elimination match against the Yokozuna’s team. He feuded with Jeff Jarrett after that. At King of the Ring ppv event of 1996 he won the WWF intercontinental championship by defeating Goldust. He successfully defended the championship for fifty days was forfeited due to an injury caused by Farooq/Ron Simmons after Johnson’s victory in an eleven man battle royal. This took him out of action for a while. And after he returned he feuded with Farooq and his stable Nation of Domination. He faced Farooq in a match for the first time in Royal Rumble 1997 which he won by disqualification. He faced the Nation of Domination (Farooq, Crush and Savio Vega) and along with the Legion of Doom at WrestleMania 13 in a Chicago street fight. Later, he feuded with the Undertaker for the WWF championship and joined the New Nation to turn heel. He turned face again in August after The Nation turned on him. He made his final appearance at No Way Out of Texas PPV event in February, 1998. Norris appeared in WCW in 2000 as the Big T under a heel gimmick, but was released very soon. He made his final appearance in 2003 at Maximum Pro Wrestling and retired after that. He was a great wrestler. He was the first ever African American to win the intercontinental championship in WWF/E. He stated that Ezekiel Jackson reminded him of his own gimmick and he enjoyed it. We hope he will make some sporadic appearances for WWE in the future.
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