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  • Awesome Ego: Nash is so brazenly egomaniacal that you kind of just have to marvel at him. Then again, he did pack 50,000 people in the Garden when he won the title, which gives him some license.
  • Badass Decay: Diesel. Big Daddy Cool. That guy was cool. Seven feet tall and would cut amazing promos...when he was a heel. Face Diesel was godawful, Vince was trying to turn him into Next Hogan (which seems to be all Vince ever really tries to do when he actively manages wrestlers). Face Diesel was such a blatant carbon copy of Hulk Hogan that he even incorporated his own version of the "Hulking Up!"…well, the announcers claimed that he was "Revving the Engine.note 
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Kevin Nash is up there with Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett and Triple H in terms of unpopularity with the internet fans e.g. smarks. Nash slightly moreso since, during his tenure as head booker for WCW, he single-handedly prevented people such as Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit from getting their deserved pushes and robbed that place blind, helping to kill it from the inside. Of course, he's still wildly popular. Mainly because Nash is, at the very least, charming and entertaining.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • In the final years of WCW, Nash was earning a whopping $1.6 million per year (2/3 of what Hogan made) on a sinking ship that continued to hand out money it could no longer afford. If you think the average wrestling fan doesn't covet or admire (even secretly) that kind of swagger, you're mistaken.
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    • The crazy testament to how over Nash and the Wolfpac were at the time is that the crowd went nuts for him beating Goldberg even with interference from a freaking tazer. Then he had the balls to book himself as a face, standing up for the "boys" against the "office" which kept them down.
  • Growing the Beard: His run as WWF Champion in 1995 is remembered for being... pretty poor. It's been noted he was the lowest paid WWF Champion because he was the lowest drawing. The highlight of which has to be Bret Hart taking it from him at the Survivor Series (well, that and his PWI Match of the Year with Shawn Michaels, credit for which mostly lays on Michaels.) However, after that, he started becoming a more interesting heel. He then jumped ship to WCW and with the nWo became the Magnificent Bastard we know and love.
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  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Literally. When Diesel made his triumphant return at the Rumble, Matt Striker let out a very audible "holy sh-" before cutting himself off.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Loser: Once again, for the quad tear. Many memes have been made of it.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Booked himself to squash Goldberg and lose to a fingerpoke! ...Except he only got the book after he beat Goldberg and lost to a fingerpoke. Such is the hazard of booking by committee. He elaborated on this on Legends of Wrestling. The idea was to kill the win streak and make Goldberg look vulnerable. Goldberg was then supposed to spend the better part of the next year chasing down the nWo member-by-member until he finally got a rematch with Hogan at Starrcade '99. However, Goldberg injured himself by punching a limo window instead of using a baseball bat to break it like he was supposed to and he missed the next nine months. So bulding a powerful heel machine for Goldberg to bounce back against became pointless, because he had to have surgery and missed the next year.
    • His WWF Championship reign was a flop largely because they took this cool bad guy and neutered him into a smiling do-gooder babyface. Even Nash questioned the logic behind it in hindsight.
    • The infamous nWo Four Horsemen parody skit. Not that it wasn't his fault, no, it was mostly Nash and Waltman's idea. But Nash claims that the Horsemen actually didn't mind it and even thought it had some high points. That is until Arn Anderson's wife called and didn't like the unflattering way it had portrayed him as an alcoholic. Years later on his podcast Ric Flair said that his only problem with it was how it portrayed Arn. In rebuttal to Anderson, Nash often points out that they got the cooler for the skit from Arn's car. Read into that what you will.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Play (adj.)
    • Ending Goldberg's winning streak; then eight days later there was the Fingerpoke of Doom.
    • His quad tear on Raw. This after he'd already suffered a bicep tear that left him on the shelf for months.
    • And his coining of the term "vanilla midgets" on stars such as Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio Jr., Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero — all of whom ended up becoming wildly popular world champions. Big Kev was unrepentant, stating that Benoit and Guerrero sharing a ring at WrestleMania is what killed pro wrestling for him.
  • Protection from Editors: Nash, even more so than Hogan, refused to put any wrestler over (except as a joke). He used his "no cut" contract and position as "head booker" to squash and bury every WCW wrestler he could find, made a mockery out of the whole company (Television Championship in the trash can), and laughed all the way to the bank. Just looking at the numbers, it's hard to argue that he wasn't a key reason for WCW's failure.
    DDT: Hey, guess what's for sale on eBay? The dartboard that Kevin Nash uses to do the booking.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Big men are becoming passe in professional wrestling. And yeah, people are in a Broken Base over Nash now. But back in the day, when he was actually booked well, he was an ice-cool who just came in and jackknifed your ass.
  • Snark Bait: Just mentioning the guy's name online will probably get you a dozen or so comments mentioning his quad tear, politicking, lack of wrestling talent, his use of "play" as an adjective or all four.

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