If there's was ever a wrestler who does what he wants when he wants, it's Kevin Nash. The 7' grappler made his
pro debut in 1990 in the NWA and has kept on going.
He broke into the business first as a bodyguard for a female wrestler, Woman, but when the situation didn't work
out for him outside the ring he took up the federation on an offer to work inside the ropes.
Nash joined the NWA as one half of a tag team called The Master Blasters as a personality called Steele. Although
the duo patterned themselves after The Road warriors, their partnership was soon broken up. He would try 2 other
personalities, Oz and Vinnie Vegas, in his stint with the NWA (which later became the WCW), but his characters
just weren't going over with the crowd.
Not one to give up, the young wrestler turned to the WWF and Vince McMahon for help with his career. He would start
out in the WWF just like he had in the WCW, as a bodyguard for a wrestler. But this time the results were different. Nash
watched the back of one of the federation's all-time greats, Shawn "The Heartbreak Kid" Michaels.
The giant-sized wrestler's association with this great grappler would lead to bigger and better things for Nash. The
new WWFer, now known as Diesel, was given a vote of confidence by McMahon when the federation owner pitted him against
some of the organization's top talent and the 370-pound wrestler would not disappoint his new boss.
Diesel would win the Triple Crown of wrestling before his first year was completed in the WWF. He would hold the
Intercontinental belt (beating Razor Ramon), the Tag-Team belt (with Shawn Michaels), and the World title (against Bob
Backlund) all within months of each other. Of the 3, the wrestler still holds his first WWF World Title, nearest and dearest
to his heart.
On November 26, 1994, Diesel would beat the legendary Backlund in front of a jam-packed audience in the world's most famous
arena, Madison Square Garden. The fact that he won this match an all-time great was impressive. The fact that he won the world
tilte after beeing in the WWF for just under a year was also incredible, but the most amazing thing about this match was .
the way he won it. The Michagan native defeated his Hall-Of-Fame opponent on that memorable November night in just 8 seconds! If
you were there and you blinked, you unfortunately would have missed it!
Then after several up and down years in the federation that saw him clash with both the WWf officials and some of the
organization's talent, the tall, powerful entertainer decided it was time for a change and jumped ship after his contract
expired. He, along with his partner in crime, Scott Hall, landed in the WCW in 1996.
Never one to pay any attention to authority, Nash decided to immediately rock the boat in his new federation. Although with Hall,
the duo, known as The Outsiders, decided they wanted to overthrow the entire wrestling organization and formed a rebel faction
known as NWO, which not only became succesful, but also carried the federation to heights and popularity way beyond imagination. Nash
showed how much his stock had risen in the wrestling ranks when he convinced all-time good guy Hulk Hogan to turn his red-and-yellow
trunks in for the bad black-and-white colors of the nWo.
One of his memorable rebel acts came on June 16, 1996, when he attacked his new boss, Eric Bischoff, at the Great American Bash at
the Beach. Nash would show no mercy on this night as he powerbombed Bischoff through an interview table, proving that he would take
on anyone to get control of the organization.
Over the years, this talented grappler has found success both on the tag circuit and in the singles ranks. While with the WCW, the
former college basketball star at the university of Tennessee has won 5 world chamionships and 4 tag-team titles. One of his high
points in his WCW career came in December 1998, when he stopped Goldberg's unbeaten streak. The WCW rookie had come into the federation
and piled up 173 wins until Nash got ahold of him on December 27, in Washington,DC. , and brought him back down to earth.
Another reason Nash's success is an amazing story is that he never planned to be a pro grappler. he fell into the business when his
professional basketball career went south because of a serious knee injury. He had parlayed a succesful college hoops career, where he
once had led the Vol's to a sweet 16 appearance in the Division I NCAA basketball tornament, into a chance to play pro basketball
Germany. Nash took advantage of the opportunity and played in Europe for 4 years ontil his injury forced him to return to the states
Although he has played both face and heel in his career, Nash seems better suited for the bad guy role. His size, brutality, and and
charisma always make him a force to be reckoned with. In 1997 Paul Wight, then known as The Giant ( today know as The Big Show in the WWF),
found this out the hard way when the 2 gargantua met in the ring and Big Sexy powerbombed his 500-pound foe into the mat and into the
hospital. This awesome display of power caused the WCW to ban Nash from using this maneuver, citing that it was too dangerous to be used in the ring.
When asked about which role, babyface or heel, he prefers playing, he said that it didn't matter to him, as long as he and the audience are
having a good time.
Surprisingly, when asked who he would like to face in a dream match, he responded by answering with Triple H. I don't know about you, but
I would definitely pay to see that match! Now there's a PPV that could set all kinds of records.
Just recently i read this article from his website at http://KevinBigSexyNash.com
Basicly its a day in the life of Kevin Nash Story, oh the glory of being rich....lol!
Itís Thursday, August 2nd, at about 11 p.m. ET, and Iím driving home to Detroit. Iím just north of Lexington, Ky., with about 300 miles to go. Iím gonna spend about a week back home with my family. My son Tristen is flying up tomorrow, with his mom. Weíre gonna see my family and give Tristen a chance to see all his cousins, aunts, uncles, grandpa and everyone else before "T" starts kindergarten on August 14th.
My father sold the family-house. If anyone knows my family story, heís my step-father, but heís my Dad; my father died when I was 8 in 1968. Anyway, he sold the house I was born in, the house that has been in our family for the 42 years Iíve been alive. Iíve never had anywhere else that I call home but that. Well, now that home is gone, I guess my house in Florida is home. Iím driving up there to get my high school and college scrapbooks, trophies and all of my other personal stuff that always stayed in the house.
Since Iíve been off TV, not a day goes by that some fan doesnít come up to me and say, ĎI miss you; I wish you were still on TV; I canít wait to see you on TV once again.í Well, not to be mellow-dramatic, that means a lot to me; those comments really mean a lot to me. They usually make my day. Itís nice to be appreciated; itís nice to know that my fan-base is so loyal. I donít often have the chance to say, Thanks Ö so Iíll say it here, Thanks!
As far as what Iím gonna do in my career in the future, most people know that Iíve got until January 1, 2002, on my contract with what was once WCW, and is now known as the Universal Wrestling Corporation. So, I will be paid until December 31, 2001. Then, at 12:01 a.m. on New Yearís Day, I become a free agent. Yippee! As of right now, the plan is for Scott and I to work the Tokyo Dome show for New Japan Pro Wrestling on January 4, 2002 Ö and then go from there. There have been some talks about an overseas tour to Australia after that.
Iím gonna see if I can obtain the rights to The Outsiders matches in Japan, so everyone can see Ė through my Website Ė how weíre doing since we wonít be on TV in the U.S. Iím thinking about doing a documentary of the Japan Tour, which will include a few days before the trip, our travels, our adventures and more. Iím so excited to be getting back in the ring with Scott. Thereís never been a time when, right before that curtain opened, that I havenít seen Scott smiling and hear him say, ĎLetís rock it, Big Man.í
Iím really looking forward to being an Outsider again.
Iíve got several movie deals that Iím hoping to finalize. Thatís why I go out to L.A. once every four or five weeks, and spend a week out there. I became good friends with a producer-director named Ken. Heís a young guy with vision and the type of guy I want to do projects with, and heís got a bunch in the making. There are a lot of good things happening for me in Los Angles, the Hollywood industry. My agent Barry Bloom is working hard for me, along with Michael Braverman, to make sure the transition from wrestling to life-after-wrestling is a smooth one.
My body feels great. The stress involved with being a professional wrestler is incredible, and Iím not enduring that right now, which is good. I look at the faces of some of the younger guys that are in New York, working for the WWF Ö then I look at my face, and I think, ĎGosh, these guys look 10 years older than me facially and, in reality, they are 10 years younger than me.í
Iíve got to give kudos to Steve Austin. I havenít watched a whole lot of wrestling since Iíve been off, but I think Austin and Kurt Angle have really carried the show in The Rock and Triple Hís absence. Youíve got to give Steve Austin credit more than anyone in the business right now because Steve has basically re-created himself. Heís taken a character that was one-way and completely turned it around. You could see that he could act during his appearance on Nash Bridges, now definitely too. There are so many brilliant performers who are professional wrestlers, and often we a get bad stereotype from Hollywood executives. But wrestlers are golden. The Rock is golden. Triple-H is golden. They are among the guys who will do things in the entertainment business long after they retire from wrestling. And Kurt Angle probably, too; I think heís a very funny guy.
I want to thank Vince McMahon. In fact, my son and I both thank you very much for a paid vacation. Thank you very much for buying WCW Ė and letting me have a complete summer with my son, to see him every day. I really appreciate it. Guess I owe you one, Vinnie-Mac.
As far as my personal life, hereís a look at my typical day:
Alarm goes off at 12. Iím still keeping my practice of waking up at the crack of noon.
Dunkiní Donuts coffee, a couple of 16-ounce mugs before taking my Hydroxicut.
I try to ride my stationary bicycle first thing in the morning.
My training partner is Disco Inferno, and we usually workout from 1-3 p.m. If I donít do cardio at home, I do it at the gym with Glenn.
After working out, I drive 23 miles north of city and spend the rest of the day with my son till itís time for him to go to bed. We play video games, go to the arcade, play Army-men, watch TV, or just do whatever. "T" usually spends 2 nights/week at my loft. I donít watch much TV, but the only canít-miss show these days is, Six Feet Under. Thatís my show, the show I watch every week. I also watch ESPN SportsCenter nightly, usually the 2 a.m. edition.
I go to bed at 4 a.m.
Thatís basically what I do Ė day in, day out.
I spent a couple weeks in July in Florida. Actually, most of July was spent in Florida. I bought another rental property down there. Tamara and I went down there and got it ready to be rented. My birthday was July 9. I turned 42 Ė no matter what others say; I am 42. Pro Wrestling Illustrated always says I was born in í58. Well, sorry guys, I was born in í59. I celebrated with X-Pac, Chuck Palumbo and Sean OíHaire. The New York guys were in town on my birthday, for Raw at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Earlier in the day, I went out with my family Ė and had a very nice dinner. It was a real nice birthday. I wish, though, I could have seen Hunter, but he had to get back to Birmingham, Ala., for morning rehab. Of course, I also wish I could have seen Scott, but Scott has been raising his babies and working in Japan and being sober. Heís doing everything he needs to be doing.
One of the summer highlights was the week Tristen spent at soccer camp, for players age 5-to-14. "T" was the only 5 year-old, with the next-youngest being 7 or 8. Well, since heís so big, they thought he was 10 years-old. He had fun, though I donít think he aspires to be a professional soccer player. That was, though, the first time he did anything really athletic. "T" has been growing so much. Shoot, I think he grew two inches while we were in Florida last month. I had to carry him in the parking lot at Busch Gardens Ė and that was a task. I know Iím getting old, but not so old that I canít carry my 5 year-old son across a parking lot. Heís like carrying a 60-pound German Shepherd.
Iíve got to give a Shout Out to Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Iíve met him a couple of times when I lived in Phoenix. Congrats on a great season Ö hope you hit 71. And to Arizona manager Bob Brenly: play my boy David Dellucci every night!
As far as my WCW mates, and who I still keep in touch with, that list includes: The Steiner Brothers, The Thrillers, Double-J, Disco (Weíve become very good friends.) and Lex Luger. I talk to Scott almost every day, sometimes five times a day, like two old broads or something. I talk to Evan Karagias about once-a-week; he hung out with Scott and I a lot. I havenít talked to Rey-Rey because he changed his phone number. So, Rey, give me a call; my number is the same. That goes for you too, Goldberg, who changes his number once-a-week. I also talk to Eric Bischoff a lot, at least once-a-week; and heís doing well.
Thanks again for everything and I hope youíre looking forward to seeing me perform for you again, just as Iím looking forward to performing for youÖbe it in wrestling or the movies.
Oh yeah, one more thing, and this one goes out to the ladies Ö Iím gonna do some pictures with a friend of mine in Atlanta that will be available exclusively on my Website. And letís just say, theyíll be risquť photos. So, that said, everyone will know that I have been training hard. In fact, I look better than I have in 10 years, if I may say so myself. The money from these signed photos will go to The Tristen Nash Scholarship Fund, which means the money will help put my son through college.
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