The WWE Hall of Fame Just Got Too Sweet
Kevin Nash will be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame on March 28th, 2015.
While performing in the WWF as Diesel, Nash would find success winning the Intercontinental, Tag Team, and World Heavyweight Championships. During this time, he would also develop a close friendship behind the scenes with Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, and Triple H. The group would become known as “The Kliq”.
Even though he won WWF Championships, the thing that has become most memorable about his run in the WWF as Diesel is “The Curtain Call“. On May 19th, 1996, in Madison Square Garden it happened. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall had both decided to jump ship to WCW and both performed at MSG that night (as it was their last contractual obligation to WWF). At the event Kevin Nash fought Shawn Michaels in a steel cage match for the main event. Immediately after the match, Scott Hall and Triple H entered the ring joining Nash and Michaels in a group hug and then proceeded to face the crowd raise each others arms together. Although this may not seem like a big deal now it was a really big deal then. In kayfabe all events within the ring are real especially feuds between wrestlers. Many veterans and fans were furious to see bitter enemies breaking kayfabe in that fashion.
Although Diesel had a memorable WWF career, his most memorable moments would come later in WCW as Kevin Nash. After Scott Hall and Kevin Nash left the WWF, the two would invade WCW eventually forming one of the most infamous stables in the history of professional wrestling. At the 1996 Bash at the Beach, Hulk Hogan shocked the world by turning heel and joining the Outsiders. This group would become known as the nWo, and together they would revolutionize the industry and spark a ratings war between WWF and WCW.
Later on during his time in WCW, Nash would also play a pivotal role in the company and their storylines. He infamously put an end to Goldberg’s undefeated streak (with the help of Scott Hall), and literally laid down for Hulk Hogan in a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match it what would be forever known as “The Fingerpoke of Doom“. By the time WCW was bought by WWF, Kevin Nash had won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship five times and the WCW Tag Team Championships nine times.
The WWF would ultimately end up rehiring Kevin Nash and bringing him in with Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan to reform the nWo. However, as the WWF made the switch to WWE, the nWo just seemed lackluster at best. After the group was disbanded, Nash took part in various feuds until his contract expired in 2004. Nash would work with TNA wrestling until 2011 after being granted a release. He would then appear as a surprise entrant in the 2011 Royal Rumble as Diesel. The run in WWE following this appearance was forgettable. However his time in the WWF initially as Diesel and his time in WCW certainly make him Hall of Fame material in my book.
Nash is the final member of a 2015 class including “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Alundra Blayze, “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko, Tatsumi Fujinami, Rikishi, The Bushwackers, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as the celebrity inductee). The only thing I find disappointing about the induction is that Kevin Nash will be inducted as Diesel. With that being said, WWE did the same thing to Scott Hall by inducting him as Razor Ramon so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise.