Wrestling: Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash, also known as Diesel, was once one of the most well-known names in wrestling. Nowadays he tends to fade in and out of the spotlight. Not a particularly technical performer, he was more known for his squash matches and later his backstage power. The Other Wiki has a more detailed account of his career, as usual.

"Look at the adjective: Trope:"

  • Affably Evil: Usually when he was a heel. Sting was turned on four times by Nash in 1999-2000 alone, and each time they went back to being buddies again. Oh, you.
  • Badass: Oh yes.
    • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: It is arguable how successful Diesel's own run as WWF champion was but he did have a memorable beard during that run and during the initial runaway success of the NWO and Wolf Pack.
  • Bash Brothers: With all members of The Kliq at different times, but especially with Scott Hall. His turn on Jeff Jarrett came after Jarrett accidentally struck Hall.
  • The Big Guy/The Brute: He sees himself as one. When asked about the The Nexus, specifically after they attacked The Undertaker to help Kane bury him alive, Nash described Wade Barret performing wasteland looking like a boy trying to hold up a man and boasted that he'd beat the piss out of him and take his girlfriend.
    • Scott Hall explained that he would usually start the match when they would team together because he firmly believed you had to "showcase the big man" and make Nash's tag in a big deal.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: To Shawn Michaels in 1994, as part of a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Deadpan Snarker. Almost always, in and out of character.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He Jackknifed CM Punk at SummerSlam 2011.
  • Dumb Muscle: While his partnership with Samoa Joe was supposed to be about Kevin Nash curing Joe of his affliction with this trope, Kevin Nash more often than proved himself to be the dumb muscle.
  • Epic Fail: While working as a booker in WCW, Nash believed that actual wrestling was passe, and decided to prove it by having the first hour of Nitro contain all pretaped segments and absolutely no matches. The end result was a 2.9 hourly rating - the only time ratings would dip below 3 during the Monday Night Wars. note 
  • Fingerless Gloves: During his WWF run as Diesel.
  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: The recipient of said poke, and will Never Live It Down.
  • Finishing Move: The Jackknife Powerbomb.
    • As Oz, he used the Emerald City Slam (a sidewalk slam) and the Emerald City Twister (a spinning crucifix toss)
    • As Vinnie Vegas, he used Snake Eyes (throwing your opponent face first into a turnbuckle.)
  • The Giant: His wrestling style, he is one of the best examples of it actually, when directly compared to frequent partner Scott Hall or temporary replacement Kane.
  • Glass Cannon: Big, deals out lots of punishment, extremely injury prone.
    Nash would tear a hamstring just picking up the phone.
    Chris Jericho, WWE Raw, 25 June 2005
    • How injury prone? After suffering a bicep injury that took nearly ten weeks to recover, he made his return in a tag team match and within thirty seconds of ring action, managed to tear his quad and was put on the shelf for the next nine months.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Scott Hall, for something approaching eighteen years.
    • Say whatever you like about Hall and Nash as wrestlers, but as this blog post shows, they mean a hell of a lot to each other.
  • Jerkass: He's a member of the Kliq, it comes with the territory.
  • Justified Trope: He's tried to justify the Fingerpoke of Doom several times by saying that any match between the two of them would have been terrible. Since Hogan and Nash had two of the biggest egos in wrestling (and receive a hearty dose of the blame for the collapse of WCW), there's a chance he might be right.
    • Oddly, Nash & Hogan would feud later that year.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In WCW, he was well-liked as a person despite his awful booking. In the ring, despite his poor skills, he was a very safe worker, and almost never hurt anyone despite having a typically dangerous finisher, the powerbomb.note 
    • Even wrestlers who hated the kliq will usually agree that Nash was generally the most reasonable member of the group, and was a much nicer guy without his buddies egging him on.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: See Small Name, Big Ego and Spotlight-Stealing Squad below. While there is a lot of blame to go around for The Death of WCW, Nash was one of the people who helped to create the kind of atmosphere where guys such as Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Benoit felt frustrated at being held back so that people like Nash and Hulk Hogan could have more television time and championships. This finally led to those guys, and others, leaving WCW and heading for WWE. That was bad for WCW. It didn't end up too badly for Chris Jericho; he made a name for himself in WCW and ECW, but it was in WWE that he really became a star.
    • He's also gotten called out for it by CM Punk, among other people.
  • The Nicknamer: Nash once referred to Benoit, Guerrero, Perry Saturn, and Dean Malenko as the "Vanilla Midgets", due to their short size (by pro wrestling standards) and their lack of charisma.
    • It Will Never Catch On: As head booker in WCW, Nash felt that WCW's Cruserweights, like Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio Jr., would never be considered credible Main Eventers.
  • Parts Unknown (as Master Blaster Steele): "The Steele Mines"; (as Oz): "Emerald City"
  • Power Stable:
  • Put on a Bus: Following his loss to Triple H at TLC.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot / What Could Have Been: In a recent interview, Nash explains that the reason he and CM Punk never wrestled, and why the "Summer of Punk II" subsequently fell flat, is that WWE's wellness program did a in-depth medical history because of his father's death of a heart attack at age 36. Turns out Nash was taking cardiovascular medication (Plavix, to be exact), couldn't be cleared to compete due to the risk of being off it for an extended period, and Triple H had to be shunted into the feud in Nash's place, which Kevin admits didn't make a whole lot of sense. He also gave an idea of how the storyline should have gone, with a slight jab at the abrupt change in plans, i.e. Sending the text to himself:
    Nash: "It would have been Johnny [Laurinaitis]. It would have been Johnny trying to end around and me trying to say that Paul had changed because he was a blue blood now and he wasn't Clique. He was in the McMahon threshold. We were going to get a Johnny Ace clique of guys to try to take over control of the company, that's when Vince would have gotten fired, and then we would have been after Paul and try to take control of the company. You know, good storyline."
  • Red Baron: After beating The Giant, he dubbed himself "Big Sexy, The Giant Killer". Later shortened to just "Big Sexy".
    • As Diesel, he's "Big Daddy Cool".
    • Was also called "Silver Fox" for a short time in TNA.
  • Ring Oldies: Even with head full of gray hair, Kevin Nash was still out in the ring, squashing No Limit, a tag team who were on their way into the IGWP tag title scene. on TNA Impact.
  • The Rival: Nash played basketball in high school, and was ranked the #2 player in Michigan. The #1 player? Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His departure from TNA in late 2010 was not exactly amicable.
  • Self-Deprecation
    • When Christian Cage was stomping around backstage demanding for people to partner with him against the Angle Alliance, Kevin Nash said he was too busy to help. When Christian inquired what was eating up his time Nash replied it was being paid to do nothing.
    • Surprisingly does this A LOT in shoot interviews. He is very aware of his limited wrestling talent and his reputation and pokes fun of himself quite often.
  • Sex Sells: While he was in charge of TNA Impact, he forced The Beautiful People into a Mud Wrestling match with each other, figuring it would draw a large rating.
  • Silver Fox: TNA ran a competition to give women the chance to be Kevin Nash's valet. This bit him in the ass when Daffney feigned an interest in him.
    Nash: Y'know, Tazz says you're "zombie hot", but I think you're just hot. (Daff giggles, Nash gets sacked by Abyss)
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Nash uses the word "fuck" the way most of us say "uh" or "and".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Nash has historically done just about anything he could to get out of jobbing cleanly whenever possible. This unwillingness to put other wrestlers over has not always been well-received. In fact, during the Outsiders' various WCW World Tag Team Title reigns, they imposed what they called "Wolfpac Rules," which allowed other NWO members (including Randy Savage and Syxx [Sean Waltman]) to sub for one of them, usually Nash, in title defenses.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Oh yes, and as a booker for WCW he made himself look pretty good at the expense of other guys.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: It could be said Kevin Nash has been far more celebrated for the promos he cuts than any of the wrestling matches he's had. People would tune into Impact just to hear him talk.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Had his famously long hair cut off after being knocked out in a match by Chris Jericho. Behind the scenes, he was required to cut his hair for his role in The Punisher. He kept the short hair for a while in TNA, but eventually grew it back. He cut it short again after his program with Triple H ended and has kept it that way.
  • True Companions: The Kliq.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Scott Hall.
    • With Shawn Michaels. Even though they are best of friends, Nash will readily admit that Michaels could be insufferable at times.