July 4, 1977 |
|Professional wrestling career|
Abraham Obama Washington
Abraham Saddam Washington
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||Washington, DC|
Brian Bary Jossie (born July 4, 1977) is an American recording artist, former professional wrestler and wrestling manager, known by his ring name Abraham Washington. He is best known for his time in the WWE, where he performed on its SmackDown brand and its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling as A.W..
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Developmental territory (2009–2012)
Jossie signed a WWE developmental contract, and began working in their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). In February 2009, he made his FCW debut working under real name, Brian Jossie with no real personality or character. However, he was soon repackaged with a presidential gimmick, and he had acted as the FCW General Manager, first under the name Abraham Saddam Washington, before switching to the name Abraham Obama Washington. In March 2010, Washington returned to FCW, with his show, The Abraham Washington Show, and also became an occasional color commentator. On the November 14, 2010, edition of FCW TV Jossie made his in–ring return, wrestling his first match in one and a half years and continued to compete regularly, with FCW.
Jossie made his ECW debut on June 30, 2009, using the ring name Abraham Washington, with an in-ring interview segment called The Abraham Washington Show. He interviewed The Bella Twins, causing a fight between the two after they argued over the questions. He went on to interview the likes of Christian, Matt Hardy, Tommy Dreamer, Sheamus, Gregory Helms, John Morrison, Zack Ryder, Goldust, Trent Barreta, Caylen Croft, and Maria. Hall of Famer Tony Atlas acted as his sidekick and announcer, with the segment taking place from the stage. After the ECW program was cancelled, Jossie became a free agent along with all the other ECW talents, though he never signed with Raw or SmackDown, but returned exclusively to FCW, where he soon became a regular in-ring competitor.
AW Promotions and Departure (2012)
Jossie returned to WWE television in April 2012. On the April 2 episode of Raw, he offered to manage Mark Henry and gave him a business card for his talent agency "All World Promotions". He was also seen on the April 16 edition of Raw, scouting Primo and Epico from the stage. On May 3, 2012, it was announced on WWE.com that A. W. had signed Primo & Epico, as well as their valet Rosa Mendes as his first clients. However, a month later at No Way Out, Washington turned on his original clients and joined the team of Darren Young and Titus O'Neil. On August 10, 2012, Jossie announced via Twitter that he had been released, 11 days after making a highly controversial on-air remark. Jossie claims his release was not due to this comment, but because he posted a tweet in support of Linda McMahon's senate campaign. According to Jossie, Linda wishes to distance herself from the WWE, and so wrestlers are not allowed to reference her.
Kobe Bryant joke controversy
During the live broadcast of Monday Night Raw on July 30, 2012, Jossie made a joke referencing NBA player Kobe Bryant's sexual assault back in 2003. As client Titus O'Neil tangled with Kofi Kingston in a singles match, Jossie, who was wearing a headset microphone yelled from ringside, "Titus O'Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel (room) in Colorado. He's unstoppable!". When Raw returned from commercial break following the match, the WWE apologized on-air through announcer Michael Cole and Jossie later issued an apology that evening via Twitter and noted that "there was no malicious intent behind the joke." After Raw, WWE issued an official apology via TMZ.com reading, "A. W. made an inappropriate comment and WWE immediately apologized. WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter." The representative, however, did not specify what "action" was taken against Jossie. The incident would later be a subject for discussion on the August 1, 2012 broadcast of ESPN's Around the Horn with ESPN analyst and Miami Herald columnist Israel Gutierrez using his "facetime" (for winning the day's show) to criticize the WWE for the incident, despite Jossie's joke being an off-the-cuff moment. Jossie was released by WWE on August 10. After his release from WWE, he would go on to rant on his WWE verified Twitter account, @AWPromotions, about his former employer. Eventually, WWE suspended his account.
- Wrestlers managed
Championships and accomplishments
- "A.W.". Florida Championship Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "Profile". Online World of Wrestling. 2009-07-04. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- Martin, Adam (2009-06-30). "Details on new names in ECW tonight". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "Profile". CageMatch. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-05.[unreliable source]
- Keller, Wade (2010-12-15). "Free sample day: Step on in for a taste of the new PWTorch newsletter". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
- "Florida Championship Wrestling, I mean ECW, TV report". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "A. W. offers Mark Henry". WWE. 2.4.2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- "Big Show and the Great Khali vs Primo and Epico". WWE. 2012-04-16. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Primo, Epico & Rosa Mendes sign with A.W.'s "All World" talent agency". WWE. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
- Announcement of firing on Twitter.
- Revealing why he was fired
- "NoDQ.com". NoDQ.com. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "WrestleZone.com". WrestleZone.com. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "A.W.'s Twitter Account Suspended, The Miz & Former Diva Appear in Will Ferrell Movie". Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- ""PWI 500": 401–500". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03.