By Brian Phelps
You know, I don't know if I'm the only guy that has put this together about Kevin Nash, but it seems like Nash is only entertaining to watch when he is in a group or stable. When he is by himself, he is just boring... but for some reason in a faction or group he comes off more cool. Let's be real, how many great Kevin Nash matches do we remember? We remember Kevin Nash more for infamous bad matches like the "Finger Poke of Doom" in WCW. What about when he botched a Jack Knife Powerbomb and broke The Giant's (aka WWE's Big Show) neck? Or, who can forget when he beat Goldberg's streak at Starrcade in a horrible finish where Goldberg lost because he got stunned with a taser gun? I mean honestly and no disrespect to Nash, but I can't think of one great Kevin Nash match. We remember Kevin Nash for the factions he was in more than anything.
In closing, I mean no disrespect towards Kevin Nash. Nash is a certified wrestling legend. It's been said by Ric Flair that Kevin Nash is not a talented wrestler, but was just a good looking big man who just happened to be in the right place at the right time when he showed up in the WWE in 1994. I would agree that Nash did come along at a time when the WWE was in a state of rebuilding and needed big men as the days of Andre the Giant and One Man Gang were gone. Kevin Nash was cool as Diesel, but we remember him less as a great wrestler and more as Shawn Michaels bodyguard. We remember him as Hogan's back up in the NWO. We remember him in TNA as the number 4 guy in the Main Event Mafia after Kurt Angle, Sting, and Booker T... but ahead of Scott Steiner. Don't get me wrong because I'm a big Kevin Nash fan. However, I just am able to realize that without the factions... without being a bodyguard or an outsider... that Kevin Nash probably would not have been a household name. Without Shawn Michaels giving him "the rub", Diesel probably would have just been another decent big man that never hit the next level like Crush or Wrath (aka Adam Bomb), or a flash in the pan... fly by night big man like Kurgan or Nathan Jones. Nevertheless, I can't take anything away from Kevin Nash because even at his most boring... is still fairly entertaining.
Here's a run down of Kevin Nash's multitude of teams and stables throughout the years
Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels (WWF 1994?)
Kevin Nash and the Kliq (WWF circa 1995?)
Kevin Nash in original nWo (WCW 1996)
Kevin Nash in nWo Wolfpack (WCW 1998)
Kevin Nash in nWo 2000 (WCW 2000)
Kevin Nash in The Insiders (WCW 2000-2001)
Kevin Nash in WWE's nWo (WWE 2002)
Kevin Nash in Kings of Wrestling (TNA 2004)
Kevin Nash in Paparazzi Productions (TNA 2006)
Kevin Nash in Main Event Mafia (TNA 2008)
Kevin Nash in The Band aka TNA's nWo (TNA 2010)
Kevin Nash in TNA's Wolfpack (TNA 2010)