The Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh) and Kevin Nash celebrate with Masahiro Chono in a nWo Japan reunion: September 23, 2012
Nash and Mutoh defeated Taiyo Kea and Seiya Sanada after Big Daddy Cool Jackknife power bombed Sanada. Really cool shot of the two with Chono.
WCW never did anything of substance with the Japanese chapter of the New World Order. I really wish the company would have given Mutoh a main event push during his initial run (I loved his feud with Sting). His ’90s run also deserved more love.
Triple H defeats CM Punk in a no-disqualification match, keeps his job as WWE COO: September 18, 2011
Kevin Nash interfered, jackknifing Punk and leaving him easy pickings for Triple H, who Pedigreed him for the win. It’s frustrating that Punk never got his win over Nash. Then again, Big Daddy Cool would have likely made a mockery of it. So maybe Punk lucked out.
Had to wrap up this recap quick since Night of Champions is on live now.
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash — the Outsiders — in WCW
Hard not to miss this time in wrestling history. The fact that Nash still wrestles blows my mind. And Hall still being alive is a miracle.Too bad his demons keep coming back because he’s one of the industry’s great minds.
Kevin Nash debuts as the second outsider on WCW Monday Nitro: June 10, 1996
Nash’s surprise debut signaled that anything could happen on Monday Nitro. WCW handled the outsider gimmick better than any U.S. promotion that I can recall. WWE has had numerous opportunities (signing Ric Flair, buying WCW, introducing Nexus, exiting CM Punk, and rehiring Brock Lesnar) but never capitalized on them in the same way that World Championship Wrestling did. It’s a shame, too.
Walter Payton watches Razor Ramon’s back at SummerSlam ‘94: August 29, 1994
The Bad Guy (Scott Hall) was set to challenge his future Outsiders tag team partner, Diesel (Kevin Nash), for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam ‘94. But he needed an equalizer to Big Daddy Cool’s tag partner, Shawn Michaels. Enter Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (SummerSlam originated from the United Center in the Windy City).
Sweetness tried to keep Michaels in check, although the Heartbreak Kid broke free long enough to attempt a super kick on Ramon, who was being held by Diesel. Ramon moved and Michaels gave his bodyguard Sweet Chin Music. Ramon pinned Diesel to capture the gold and celebrate with the Hall of Famer.
CM Punk unifies the WWE Championship, defeating John Cena at SummerSlam ‘11: August 14, 2011
But the Straight Edge Superstar wouldn’t leave Los Angeles with the championship. Kevin Nash ambushed Punk, delivering a devastating Jackknife power bomb. The cunning Alberto Del Rio capitalized, cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Del Rio hit an enziguri kick to the back of the head, ensuring Punk was down for the count.
Kurt Angle retains the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam: August 24, 2003
Not even Mr. McMahon, a steel chair and an F-5 could help Brock Lesnar defeat Kurt Angle. The battle of former amateur wrestlers saw the two toss each other around … a lot. But in the end, Angle managed to get the ankle lock on Lesnar, who tapped out.
In the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, the unexpected occurred: really good technical wrestling. But really, what would you expect from Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. The two exchanged several near falls until Randy Orton and Kevin Nash entered the fray. Sweet Chin Music led to Big Daddy Cool’s demise (Y2J stole the pin). Who was next? Goldberg joined the match, buzz sawing through Orton, Jericho and Michaels. And the man appeared on his way to victory, but Triple H and his sledgehammer ended Goldberg’s run in brutal and bloody fashion. The night belonged to the leader of Legacy.
Shawn Michaels won the Intercontinental Championship from Razor Ramon in a ladder match at SummerSlam ‘95: August 27, 1995
The rematch of Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon’s WrestleMania ladder match lived up to expectations (ranked No. 9 by WWE.com). The Heartbreak Kid proved too resilient for the Bad Guy. The two stole the show from their Kliq buddy Diesel. The WWF Champion was left to defend — successfully — against King Mable (Viscera).
The only other match to get recognized for its greatness — Hakushi’s win over the 1-2-3 Kid — received an honorable mention.
Bret “Hitman” Hart defeats Owen Hart inside a steel cage at SummerSlam ‘94: August 29, 1994
The Hitman made a career of excellent matches at the WWF’s summer classic. His matches with the British Bulldog and Mr. Perfect top the list of the greatest in the event’s history. His ‘94 match with brother Owen came close (WWE.com ranked it the fourth best). Three of the SummerSlam’s top four matches ever held? The Hitman is looking like Mr. SummerSlam (or the SummerSlam, as the Excellence of Execution would say).
Inside the WWF’s 15-foot-high blue steel cage, the Harts worked a fast-paced match, ending with the Hitman making the King of Harts tap to the Sharpshooter. No shame there.
A second top 25 match (21 overall) featured WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze defeat Bull Nakano. A little surprised Blayze (aka Medusa) made the list. During the Monday Night Wars, Blayze showed up on WCW Monday Nitro and threw the WWF Women’s Championship in a garbage can. Guess the greatness of the match with Nakano was undeniable.
The main event featured the Undertaker defeated the Undertaker. You read that right. “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase hired a fake ‘Taker (Brian Lee, who would later be DOA member Chainz in the Attitude Era). Actor Leslie Nielsen performed ridiculous skits searching for the deadman.
Hulk Hogan reveals himself as the third man, the New World Order assembles at Bash at the Beach: July 7, 1996
Hulk Hogan’s heel turn launched a new boom period in pro wrestling. Hogan turned his back on WCW and joined what would come to be known as the New World Order.
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash played the invading force from up north (then-WWF). Macho Man Randy Savage had joined forces with Lex Luger and Sting to take on Hall and Nash, who had come to be known as The Outsiders. Hall and Nash promised a third man was coming to join them. Throughout the match, announcers Bobby the Brain Heenan, Dusty Rhodes and Tony Schiavone speculated on the identity of the third man.
Luger was taken out of the match with an injury early on. Then, with Savage and Sting knocked out, it appeared Hogan was coming to save the day for WCW. Hall and Nash bailed from the ring. Hogan then flattened Savage with two leg drops, chucked the referee out of the ring and dropped a third leg on Savage. Hall then made a three count.
This was a huge moment. When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat, they were compared to the nWo. The move breathed new life into Hogan’s stale character. He was already getting booed for his red-and-yellow good-guy schtick, and a change was needed.