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The Ministry Of Darkness kidnaps Mabel [1999]

At the 1999 Royal Rumble, former WWE superstar Mabel made his presence known as he took out Mosh of the Headbangers and made himself an entrant in the Rumble match. However, earlier in the evening on Sunday Night Heat, The Undertaker claimed that there would be a sacrifice made at the Rumble, and he made good on his promise.

Meeting Viscera [2005]
At a Louisville house show in the Summer of 2005, my friends and I waited around outside the venue to attempt to meet wrestlers. By the end of the day, we’d met a good chunk of the roster, and one of those men was the monstrous Viscera. Despite his obvious intimidating appearance, Viscera was one of the nicest guys that I’ve met. I told him I still have one of his action figures in my collection and he smiled wide, then said “That was another plate on my kids’ table. Thank you, man.” He signed a bunch of stuff for us, too. Super nice guy, and sad that he’s gone.

Meeting Viscera [2005]

At a Louisville house show in the Summer of 2005, my friends and I waited around outside the venue to attempt to meet wrestlers. By the end of the day, we’d met a good chunk of the roster, and one of those men was the monstrous Viscera. Despite his obvious intimidating appearance, Viscera was one of the nicest guys that I’ve met. I told him I still have one of his action figures in my collection and he smiled wide, then said “That was another plate on my kids’ table. Thank you, man.” He signed a bunch of stuff for us, too. Super nice guy, and sad that he’s gone.

+ Men On A Mission [1993]
The team of Mabel and Mo were known as a monster team on the independents, but once they came up to the WWE, they were used more or less as role models. They were shown in vignettes talking about bringing up the ghetto, rather than embracing the tough lifestyle. Their manager was a rapper named Oscar, and collectively, they were known as Men On A Mission (or M.O.M., which could be the initials of the three men or the group’s name).
The team spent a year being babyfaces, keeping the crowd on their side with their signature “raise the roof” hand gestures and general good attitudes. However, when the team were entered in a tournament for the Tag Team Championships, they were eliminated in the first round. Despite this, they continued to try to climb the ranks the right way to achieve Federation gold, at least before being defeated by The Smokin’ Gunns. After the match, the team attacked Billy and Bart, and a week later, they called their opponents out to apologize only to attack them again. This time, they kicked Oscar out of the group (which was a shoot, because Oscar didn’t want them to be bad guys).
In 1994, Mabel won the WWE King Of The Ring tournament by defeating Savio Vega. Afterward, he adapted the moniker King Mabel, dubbing his partner as Sir Mo. During this era, Mabel started gunning for the WWE Championship, while Mo was essentially his sidekick. This run lasted through SummerSlam, where Mabel was defeated by Diesel. In early 1996, both Mabel and Mo were released by the WWE, and Viscera wouldn’t re-appear until two years later.

Men On A Mission [1993]

The team of Mabel and Mo were known as a monster team on the independents, but once they came up to the WWE, they were used more or less as role models. They were shown in vignettes talking about bringing up the ghetto, rather than embracing the tough lifestyle. Their manager was a rapper named Oscar, and collectively, they were known as Men On A Mission (or M.O.M., which could be the initials of the three men or the group’s name).

The team spent a year being babyfaces, keeping the crowd on their side with their signature “raise the roof” hand gestures and general good attitudes. However, when the team were entered in a tournament for the Tag Team Championships, they were eliminated in the first round. Despite this, they continued to try to climb the ranks the right way to achieve Federation gold, at least before being defeated by The Smokin’ Gunns. After the match, the team attacked Billy and Bart, and a week later, they called their opponents out to apologize only to attack them again. This time, they kicked Oscar out of the group (which was a shoot, because Oscar didn’t want them to be bad guys).

In 1994, Mabel won the WWE King Of The Ring tournament by defeating Savio Vega. Afterward, he adapted the moniker King Mabel, dubbing his partner as Sir Mo. During this era, Mabel started gunning for the WWE Championship, while Mo was essentially his sidekick. This run lasted through SummerSlam, where Mabel was defeated by Diesel. In early 1996, both Mabel and Mo were released by the WWE, and Viscera wouldn’t re-appear until two years later.

King Of The Ring Finals:
Mabel Vs. Savio Vega

WWE King Of The Ring - June 19, 1994

This is part 2 of the finals of the King Of The Ring tournament. In 1994, Vince McMahon had this idea of having the giant Mabel being carted around by servants in the WWE. Because of this, in 1994, Mabel of Men On A Mission became the WWE King Of The Ring. Here’s part 2 of that match.

Today is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Frazier, Jr. A man we knew as Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V throughout his various runs in the WWE. I thought about doing this a while ago but put it off, and now, I regret doing so. I bet he would have loved this. I hope that fans of his will enjoy all of today’s posts, and that his legacy will live on.

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+ Rest In Peace, Nelson Frazier, Jr. (1972-2014)
Nelson Frazier, Jr., the man who we all knew and loved (and often times, feared) as Viscera, Big Daddy V, and Mabel, has tragically passed away at age 42. Rest in peace, big man. Thanks for the memories.

Rest In Peace, Nelson Frazier, Jr. (1972-2014)

Nelson Frazier, Jr., the man who we all knew and loved (and often times, feared) as Viscera, Big Daddy V, and Mabel, has tragically passed away at age 42. Rest in peace, big man. Thanks for the memories.

+ Holly Rocamora [2013]
There are several great female wrestlers making their way to the United States from overseas, but very few have the appeal that Holly Rocamora has. Aside from the obvious aesthetic appeal, Rocamora is also a solid in-ring competitor who can pull out a powerbomb that would stun the toughest in-ring belles. Despite the result of her appearance on TNA’s Gut Check, this wasn’t the end of Rocamora, and I feel confident in saying that we’re going to see more of her in the future.

Holly Rocamora [2013]

There are several great female wrestlers making their way to the United States from overseas, but very few have the appeal that Holly Rocamora has. Aside from the obvious aesthetic appeal, Rocamora is also a solid in-ring competitor who can pull out a powerbomb that would stun the toughest in-ring belles. Despite the result of her appearance on TNA’s Gut Check, this wasn’t the end of Rocamora, and I feel confident in saying that we’re going to see more of her in the future.

+ Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle [2000]
In 2000, Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon became “friends”. Their friendship got more and more in the way of Triple H’s career and started to mess with his mind, so he became jealous until Stephanie demanded that they become friends themselves. Of course, Triple H followed the “happy wife, happy life” route and gave it a shot… at least, until Angle kissed Stephanie backstage during a match where he was supposed to be teaming with Triple H. This led to a match between the two at Unforgiven- a match which Triple H won. This was the alternate ending to the feud. The original being that Stephanie would leave Triple H for Kurt. I always wonder what direction the couple would have taken had it wound up that way.

Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle [2000]

In 2000, Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon became “friends”. Their friendship got more and more in the way of Triple H’s career and started to mess with his mind, so he became jealous until Stephanie demanded that they become friends themselves. Of course, Triple H followed the “happy wife, happy life” route and gave it a shot… at least, until Angle kissed Stephanie backstage during a match where he was supposed to be teaming with Triple H. This led to a match between the two at Unforgiven- a match which Triple H won. This was the alternate ending to the feud. The original being that Stephanie would leave Triple H for Kurt. I always wonder what direction the couple would have taken had it wound up that way.

Six Man Tag Match:
Edge, Christian and Rhyno vs The Dudley Boyz
WWE SmackDown - March 22nd, 2001

In 2001, I can only think of very few matches that weren’t great. From the way matches were conducted to the way the crowd reacted, there was just a momentum that couldn’t be broken and energy would be buzzing throughout the arena. Of the roster, these were some of my favorites. All six men were well known for their fearless wrestling and crowd connection so when you put them all in the same ring, you could expect fast, powerful, and smart wrestling. 

Billy Kidman [1997]
WCW had a large group of talented superstars who were used as “enhancement talent”, but few were as talented as Billy Kidman. After spending nearly a year doing absolutely nothing but showing up just to lose, Kidman finally joined Raven’s flock as a heroin addict, frequently scratching at himself and just looking generally screwed up. Once he started to fly, however, audiences took a liking to Kidman, whose signature maneuver “The Seven Year Itch” (the shooting star press) was absolutely perfect, and he hit it every time.

Billy Kidman [1997]

WCW had a large group of talented superstars who were used as “enhancement talent”, but few were as talented as Billy Kidman. After spending nearly a year doing absolutely nothing but showing up just to lose, Kidman finally joined Raven’s flock as a heroin addict, frequently scratching at himself and just looking generally screwed up. Once he started to fly, however, audiences took a liking to Kidman, whose signature maneuver “The Seven Year Itch” (the shooting star press) was absolutely perfect, and he hit it every time.

+ Shawn Michaels Vs. Psycho Sid [1996]
A great, vivid candid shot of the 1996 Survivor Series main event. Michaels defends his WWE Championship against former ally, Psycho Sid. The crowd was lightning hot for this match and was worried about their hero falling to the powerful monster. Throughout the match, Michaels’ mentor, Jose Lothario, was a casualty, leading to the distraction and the possible injury to the Heartbreak Kid.

Shawn Michaels Vs. Psycho Sid [1996]

A great, vivid candid shot of the 1996 Survivor Series main event. Michaels defends his WWE Championship against former ally, Psycho Sid. The crowd was lightning hot for this match and was worried about their hero falling to the powerful monster. Throughout the match, Michaels’ mentor, Jose Lothario, was a casualty, leading to the distraction and the possible injury to the Heartbreak Kid.

Jason Saint distracts Christian Skyfire
EPW Valentines With The Superstar - February 13th, 2014

After a grueling match that literally traveled all over the building, Christian Skyfire defeated Nick Doepp, only to have his parade rained on by director Jason Saint. Puzzled as to why Saint would be confronting him, he soon found out why, as Tripp Cassidy had laid out a challenge for Skyfire’s EPW Openweight Championship earlier in the night.

+ Woman, Debra McMichael, and Miss Elizabeth [1996]
In the mid-90’s, the WWE introduced the world to sex in wrestling by bringing in Divas such as Sable, Sunny, and Marlena, but WCW wasn’t exempt from this practice. Their own crop of ladies were led by the mysterious Woman, the Queen of WCW, Debra McMichael, and the legendary doll, Miss Elizabeth. Woman was known for her team-ups with the feuding Kevin Sullivan and Chris Benoit (both of whom were romantically involved with Woman at different points), and for being quiet yet effective. Debra began as a fan in the audience, but soon became part of the show while teaming with real-life husband Steve “Mongo” McMichael, before turning on him and joining the side of Jeff Jarrett (who she also teamed with in the WWE). Miss Elizabeth, well… that speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Woman, Debra McMichael, and Miss Elizabeth [1996]

In the mid-90’s, the WWE introduced the world to sex in wrestling by bringing in Divas such as Sable, Sunny, and Marlena, but WCW wasn’t exempt from this practice. Their own crop of ladies were led by the mysterious Woman, the Queen of WCW, Debra McMichael, and the legendary doll, Miss Elizabeth. Woman was known for her team-ups with the feuding Kevin Sullivan and Chris Benoit (both of whom were romantically involved with Woman at different points), and for being quiet yet effective. Debra began as a fan in the audience, but soon became part of the show while teaming with real-life husband Steve “Mongo” McMichael, before turning on him and joining the side of Jeff Jarrett (who she also teamed with in the WWE). Miss Elizabeth, well… that speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

LEGO Deathmatch:
Adam Bueller Vs. Josh Crane

PWE Battle Lines - February 15th, 2014

While sitting in the lobby of the arena, a family passed by where I was speaking with Austin and were complaining about the blood being featured in the show. I peeked my head into the show area and saw Josh Crane, a tough-as-nails friend of mine, facing off against the scarred-up bad boy, Adam Bueller. When I saw blood, I looked around and I didn’t see a chair, glass, kendo sticks, tables, barbed wire… what did I see? Legos. You have to see this match to believe it.