Damien Sandow

  • Born: 08/03/1982 in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Birthname: Damien Sandow
  • Height & Weight: 6'4", 247 Ib
Titles Won:

  • Money in the Bank (2013 – World Heavyweight Championship contract)
  • WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Miz
  • OVW Heavyweight
    Championship (2 times)
  • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with
  • OVW Television Championship (1 time)
  • Third OVW Triple Crown Champion

Aaron Haddad was trained from the age of 16 by Killer Kowalski. He debuted in 2001 for Chaotic Wrestling, and in 2002-2003, began wrestling for the World Wrestling Alliance. WWE signed him to a developmental contract in 2002. He was assigned to OVW from 2002-2006. In 2006, he debuted on Smackdown (alongside KC James and Michelle McCool) as Idol Stevens. After a short-lived run which saw the stable challenge for the WWE Tag Team Champonships, only to fall short, the team was disbanded and sent back to OVW as Michelle McCool was hospitalized.

After a short time in OVW, he was released from his contract. He returned to OVW in late 2008, but was released again a few months later. He made his debut for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, and continued to wrestle there until mid 2010, until he was signed to another developmental contract with the WWE. After a couple of years wrestling in FCW under the name Damien Sandow, he adopted the new gimmick of the Intellectual Savior to the Masses. He was soon called up to the main roster under the new gimmick. Playing the pompous intellectual, Sandow refused to wrestle against opponents he deemed unworthy. After a decent undefeated run, he lost to Sheamus, and soon aligned himself with Cody Rhodes as the Rhodes Scholars. The team won a tournament to become #1 contenders, however they won their title match by disqualification against Team Hell No and could not claim the titles. They lost subsequent rematches, and Cody Rhodes picked up several injuries, putting the tag team on hold.

After Cody Rhodes returned, the team reunited and won matches to once again be the #1 contenders. They lost again to the champions Team Hell No. They lost further title matches which eventually forced the team to mutually part ways. At Money in the Bank, Sandow stopped Cody Rhodes winning the match after pushing him off the ladder. Sandow won the match which guaranteed him a World Heavyweight Championship match. This led to a feud with Cody Rhodes, and a terrible win-loss record of 1 Win, 12 losses on Raw & Smackdown. Sandow challenged Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship after he noticed an arm injury. Sandow assaulted Cena and cashed in his briefcase, only to lose the match. Sandow became the second wrestler to ever fail a money in the bank cash-in (after Cena), and the first wrestler to lose a cash-in outright. Sandow started wearing generic black ring attire, and gradually moved away from doing cartwheels after matches.

After being lost in the shuffle, and losing a lot of matches, Damien Sandow became a comedic impersonator. This gimmick continued on for several months until Sandow aligned himself with The Miz, becoming his "stunt double", and adopting the new ring name, Damien Mizdow. At Survivor Series, Mizdow and Miz won the WWE Tag Team Championship after defeating defending champions Gold and Stardust, The Usos and Los Matadores in Fatal 4-Way tag team match. This was Mizdow's first championship in WWE. On the December 29 episode of Raw, they lost the titles to The Usos. On the same night, they were defeated by the debuting Ascension. Miz and Mizdow then began to show dissension, with Miz becoming angry
at Mizdow's positive crowd reactions and accusing Mizdow of trying to
'upstage' him. 

On the February 2 episode of Raw, The Miz relegated Mizdow from being a stunt double to a personal assistant. He turned face for the first time in his WWE career, when he finally split away from The Miz at WrestleMania 31 in the Battle Royal, only to be eliminated last by the winner, Big Show. He reverted back to the Damien Sandow name after losing a match to The Miz over the rights to "The Miz" brand.

Notable Matches

vs Seth Rollins on FCW, September 22nd 2011

vs Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro at Money in the Bank 2013

vs John Cena on Raw, October 28th 2013

Notable Feuds

w/ KC James vs Paul London & Brian Kendrick

w/ Cody Rhodes vs Team Hell No

vs Cody Rhodes

Other Notable Achivements

FCW 15 Championship (1 time)

FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Titus O'Neil

WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

WWC World Tag Team Championship (4 time) – with Shawn Spears (1), Chicano (1), King Tonga Jr. (1) and Abbad (1)

IWA Hardcore Championship (1 time)

Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Edward G. Xtasy