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WRESTLING COLUMNS

Kevin Nash aka Diesel in the WWF
May 16, 2005 by Louie John Buluran



Disclaimer: "As with Louie John Buluran's previous article, The Phenomonal Rockers, I would like to point out that English is Louie's second language. I have therefore not taken his article to pieces as that would ruin it's tone; I hope that all who read this one appreciate, as I did, the effort he has made to create a long piece such as this in a secondary language to him." - Kirsty Quested
One of my favorite big men in the History of professional wrestling is 7 ft 0 tall and weighs 317 lbs. No, this article it is not Kane but it is Big Sexy Kevin Nash a former WWF Tag-team Champion, WCW tag-team champion, WWF Intercontinental Champion, WWF World champion and WCW World Champion. I will make an article regarding his career and impact that he has done in the WWF, WCW and now the NWA TNA. No other wrestle has better charisma, talent and controls the emotions of the crowd in the palm of their hands than Big Sexy Kevin Nash. He is one hell of a talent even though sometimes, He moves lazily inside the ring. He is still much entertaining to match rather than Big Show, Tyson Tomko, Gene Snitsky and John Heidenreich. He is one of those big men that are not stiff and boring to watch.

Kevin Nash was born on July 9, 1959. At a very young age Kevin Nash grows to be a very tall young man at probably 6 ft 11. His first hobby is playing basketball. He dreams someday to enter the NBA (National Basketball Association). Before he was in the wrestling business he was a basketball player. He played Center at the University of Tennessee for 3 years. Nash helps his team the Tennessee Volts to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. After finishing his collegiate career he played for 4 more years in Germany before a knee injury ended his dreams of making it to the NBA. Nash went to the army to serve his country after being dismissed. Nash work at a local bar to became a bouncer.

Kevin Nash started his career as a professional wrestler in 1990. His first tour of duty is in the OLD WCW he was saddled with gimmicks like Master Blaster Steel -- Nash teamed with Master Blaster Blade (Al Green) as the Master Blasters, Oz -- Based on the "Wizard of Oz", Vinnie Vegas -- A cool gambling con man while playing the part of Vinnie Vegas he was paired for the first time with Diamond Dallas Page. Kevin Nash also has a brief stint in Hollywood where he played the part of Super Shredder in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" the movie.

In late 1993 Kevin Nash enjoyed his first break in professional wrestling when Shawn Michaels phone him and ask him if he could be his bodyguard. During that time Kevin Nash was simply known as Diesel a quiet heel and the Body Guard of HBK Shawn Michaels in helping him to be able to protect the Intercontinental championship that HBK hold at that time. Diesel made his WWF debut when he helped Shawn in regaining the WWF Intercontinental championship against former Rockers member Marty Jennety. He Jackknife Powerbomb Marty Jennety in that incredible match.

Diesel became one of the first agile big men in WWF with his patented move and versatility inside the ring like the Undertaker. He defeated many great WWF superstars including Marty Jennety, 123 Kid, and Curt Hennig etch. . He became an Intercontinental champion when he defeated Razor Ramon with a little helped from Shawn Michaels. He lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to the same man Razor Ramon due to the interference of HBK who "accidentally" Super Kick Diesel that cost him the match. On August 28, 1994, The Two Dudes (HBK and Diesel) defeated the Headshrinkers to win the WWF World tag-team championship. Kevin Nash finishing move is the Jackknife Power bomb that is really a very devastating finishing maneuver for a guy his size as he lifts his opponents above his head and squashes them on the ground.

He set his sight to the WWF World Title and feuded with WWF Legend Bob Backlund who at that time is the WWF World Champion. Diesel defeated Bob Backlund in 8 flat seconds with a kick in the balls and a Jackknife Powerbomb to became the WWF World Heavyweight Champion that he hold for almost a year (a record broken later by JBL) that title win is the fastest championship match in WWE History.

His relationship with Shawn Michaels soars at that time when HBK became jealous of Diesel's success of winning the World title. They vacated the World tag-team belts when HBK has enough and turned on Diesel and throws the tag-team belts to the thrash can. Shawn Michaels hired a new bodyguard as big and talented like Diesel. The returning Psycho Sid became the new Bodyguard of HBK and he terrorized Diesel. IN Royal Rumble 1995 Diesel faces Bret Hart in a memorable match with many people involve when both competitors save each other's A$$ when both guys has been attack by their respective enemies HBK, Psycho Sid, Owen Hart, Jeff Jarret and many more. Diesel won the match and shakes hands with Bret Hart and raises his hand. During that night also Shawn Michaels drew number one at the Royal Rumble and earn the rights to face Diesel at the biggest stage of them all Wrestlemania 11. IN WrestleMania 11, Diesel defeated Shawn Michaels in a great match after the match Psycho Sid attack HBK and powerbomb him inside the ring and Diesel rescues HBK. Shawn Michaels eventually turned 'good' and became best friends with Diesel. The two DUDES allegiance has been formed as Shawn Michaels won the Intercontinental championship from Jeff Jarrett and defended it at Summerslam 1995 where HBK defeated Razor Ramon on their 2nd ladder match. Diesel meanwhile feuded with the Million Dollar Corporation defeating 123 Kid, IRS, Bambam Bigelow and Million Dollar Monster Psycho Sid. In 1995 Mabel won the King of the Ring Tournament. The 6 ft 9, 500 lbs. set his sights on Diesel's World title. The two behemoths Collided at Summerslam where Diesel did the impossible as he defeated the 500 lbs. Monster and powerbomb him. . Diesel will have a rematch against Bret Hart in which Bret Hart will defeat Diesel to regain the World Heavyweight title. Meanwhile Diesel formed an organization, which is called Klique in which the guys have power over creative control of the things happening in WWF they are composed of Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman and Paul Levasque. These groups of guys help each other to have a good career and bury the ones that they hated like Owen Hart and Bret Hart who left the WWF in the summer of 1996. Diesel last's match in the WWF was against the Undertaker who continue his winning streak at Wrestlemania by Tombstoning Pile Driver Diesel that ends Diesel 1st run in the company.

IN 1996 Kevin Nash and Scott Hall under their real name invade WCW as the Outsiders and they said that night " They are taking over". The New World Order has been born as Kevin Nash and Scott Hall recruited Hulk Hogan who turned Heel and called himself Hollywood Hogan, Syxxpac, Ted Di Biase, Lex Luger, and Eric Bischoff. The Outsiders won the tag-team gold from Harlem Heat and hold the belt for almost a year. There is a controversy going as each time they lose Bischoff stripped their opponent so that the belt could stay with them. Kevin Nash develop a feud with the Dungeon of Doom monster The Giant (Paul Wight) whom he almost ended the career with a botched power bomb. The NW0 was divided into 2 separate camps the other one is the NW0 Wolf Pac, which is headed by Kevin Nash, which are composed of Macho Man, Lex Luger, Sting & Konnan and The NW0 Hollywood under the leadership of Holywood Hogan and Scott Hall.

In 1998 Kevin Nash became the first wrestler to end the winning streak of Bill Goldberg due to the help of Scott Hall by using a cattle rod to shock Bill Goldberg to win the WCW World Heavyweight title. When Vince McMahon purchased WCW, Kevin Nash decided to sit out his contract, which expired on January 2002.

On January 2002. Kevin Nash together with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall signed a lucrative contract on WWF as they will returned to terrorize and be the poison that will end the WWE by becoming the NW0 once again. Nash's WWF Salary (before bonus') is said to be around $692,307.84 per year. In NO Way Out 2002, Nash returns into the WWF helping Y2J defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin. On an Episode of Raw on March 18, 2002, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall put a great match against the face turned Hulk Hogan and the Rock. Here the great one put an incredible Rock Bottom against Kevin Nash. Kevin Nash was injured in match at RAW and has been sideline for a few months after a successful knee surgery. He returns in WWE TV acting as a pacifier between HBK and HHH. Kevin Nash feuded with HHH as he set his mind in again winning the World title. On Backlash 2003 Nash, HBK and Booker T loses to HHH. Flair and Chris Jericho when HHH hit Kevin Nash with a sledge hammer and win by pinning him. Kevin Nash ask GM Bischoff for a title shot against HHH that will be held at Badblood in the return of the Hell in a Cell with Mick Foley as special guest referee. In Badblood 2004 HHH retains the World title after pinning Nash with a little help from HHH long time tag-team partner the Sledge Hammer. After his feud with HHH, Y2J challenge the big guy into a match, which ended as the bloody Jericho run's away from Diesel. The following week before Summerslam in which Nash is booked together with Orton, Goldberg, Randy, Y2J, and Shawn Michaels in the 2nd edition of the Elimination Chamber match that will be happen in Summerslam. Chris Jericho defeated Kevin Nash in a " Hair vs Hair" match, which is ordered by GM Steve Austin. Kevin Nash was the first one to be eliminated in the Elimination Chamber match when Shawn Michaels super kick him out of nowhere and Jericho pin him with a roll up, After he left the ring he powerbomb everyone on his path including Orton, HBK, Y2J. WWE and Nash parted ways when he has a dispute whether he will have a creative control in WWE story lines, which means he has more time spending in his job. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall reformed the Outsiders in Japan. They made their NWA TNA debut in helping their long time friend Jeff Jarrett against his feud with Jeff Hardy for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. In TNA's PPV Victory Road, Kevin Nash purposively side in with Jeff Hardy's corner and Scott Hall with Jeff Jarrett's corner but at the end of a night. It was all a set-up as Hall and Nash hit Jeff Hardy with a double guitar and Jarrett hit Hardy again as JJ retains the World title by climbing the ladder. ON TNA Impact Nash explains why he did that to Hardy in an unscripted promo. He tells to everyone his history in this business from being a member of the Klique and invading WCW with the NWO gimmick later that night the 3 Kings of Wrestling was form and they will take over NWA TNA. The following week they attacked Hector Garza and Sonjay Dutt to prove their point. Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and guest mystery partner Macho Man Randy Savage defeated the Kings of Wrestling at Turning Point.

Kevin Nash was one of my favorite wrestlers of all time although in my own view. He has a lot of success as Diesel in the old WWF because he became a quiet heel to a spoken fan favorite. His matches with Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Sid Vicious, Mabel, IRS and Bret Hart are classic and memorable. His almost 1 year reign are one of the best years in WWF before the ATTITUDE Era. The one thing which will I remember is his match with HBK when Pamela Anderson escorted him inside the ring. IN WCW he became popular by becoming one of the leaders of the NWO but I am not happy by his ways of winning the title, I guess he became a 5-time WCW champion also like Booker T. He became a belt hug in WCW like what HHH is doing in WWE today because he has creative control in WCW back then. Hi sexiness is that it is very rare for a guy his size to move faster inside the ring and even out wrestling smaller athletics guys and strong finesse big men like Bret Hart and the Undertaker. If I am only Vince McMahon make him a part of the Alliance vs. WWF. It might have let the feud got longer and interesting each week. IN the NWA TNA, Kevin Nash simply became a boring wrestler and he only wrestle for quite sometimes and the push he gets delayed the exposure of other wrestlers in TNA. I think Big Sexy Kevin Nash must retire in wrestling or return to the WWE either as a manager or the one who will train young big wrestlers. I think Kevin Nash could be elected as a Future Hall of Famer in WWE, because he has shown the fans the real meaning of sports entertainment. His legacy almost matches Andrei the Giant, Big John Studd, Giant Baba, Gorilla Monsoon and Big Cat Ernie Ladd. Kevin Nash your simply one of the greatest Big Men in Professional Wrestling.

by Louie John "Legend Stopper" Buluran..


Roger O'Connell wrote:
Louie, like you, I speak two languages and I know how hard it was for you to put up a huge article which was totally in a foreign language. I learned Thai and English at the same time, and an fluent in both languages. I sometimes make mistakes on written pieces due to being confused by one language.

Kevin Nash has always been one of my favorite wrestlers. To me, he has imprinted himself in many places in the history or Wrestling. While I find some mistakes in your article (JBL did not break Nash's record), I would have to say that it is absolutely supurb. I would say that if Nash comes back to WWE, he could do well as a General Manager. If he choses to wrestle, I think that he should be on Smackdown to help boost up ratings. In his prime, Nash was excellent. He even admitted saying that he wasnt the best wrestler in the world, which is something most wrestlers wont want to admit. Nash is one of the best big man in pro wrestling, whether Internet fans chose to agree with it or not. Nash is also very strong, being able to powerbomb Mabel and the Giant. Nash sucessfully Powerbombed the Giant the first time, but the infamous botched jacknife wont be forgotten for long. Kevin Nash is also charismatic. His promos are also hilarious and godly.

When Kevin Nash choses to retire, he will undoubtedly be inducted into the hall of fame (Since he is also HHH's friend).
Erkka Järvinen wrote:
Now after this nice column (it was nice though i dont agree Kevin Nash being good) i noticed a mistake. Now yes, Diesel did hold the WWF championship for a year but the record wasnt broken by JBL, JBL held the title only for 9 months. Also, Diesel winning Bob Backlund in 8 seconds only makes the belt look stupid.
Louie John Buluran wrote:
Thank to all the fans who have read my article about Mr. Kevin Nash. I apologize for the mistakes that i have done about JBL breaking the record of Diesel. I agree with Erka it took only JBL 9 months to be WWE Champion. Mr. Roger thanks also for posting your thoughts and I hope that every avid visitor of this great website would add there comments here.. You can email me at Legend_killer92@hotmail.cm and Legend_Stopper@yahoo.com
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