Always controversial, always outspoken, former multi-time WWE & WCW Champion and founder of the nWo, Kevin Nash joined Chad Dukes to promote his upcoming appearance at the Bowie Baysox’s Legends of Wrestling Night. Nash will be appearing to throw out the first pitch, as well as holding a meet and greet autograph session with fans during the Baysox game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 31st, 7:05pm, at Prince George’s County Stadium in Bowie, MD. Get your tickets HERE.
Being one of the founding members of the nWo, Kevin Nash knows a thing or twenty about successful wrestling stables. When it comes to successful modern-day stables you need look no further than the Shield. Nash talked about the advantages for these younger talents working in a stable and his opinions on the success of the Hounds of Justice.
“I was watching a thing the other day on HBO and it was a movie about the Eagles. When you go out there, Don Henley was talking about, when you go out there as a solo artist, you screw up man, you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself. You go out there with a group, with a stable of guys, you got three guys, you might screw something up, but you’ve got another two guys out there that could pick up the slack if you miss something.”
“I think those three guys [the Shield] have done a great job. I think that they’ll all break away and have good individual careers, from that stable. They’ll all go off to be single guys. They’ve done a really good job because they’ve built, Hunter’s got a great developmental program down in Orlando now, and its all under one roof.”
Because of his WWE Legends deal and friendship with the man spearheading the developmental program, Nash has got to experience first hand, what he sees as the benefits of the new developmental program.
“Nobody’s being taught bad habits and have to have those habits broke and be taught the “WWE way.” Everybody’s being taught the “WWE way” coming in the door, and I think that way the transition from NXT to Raw is such an easy transition for the guys because the Full Sail set up, and a lot of people haven’t seen it, is just like a mini Raw. When you come down to the ring it has that same feeling.”
In addition to numerous appearances with independent wrestling promotions and conventions around the world, it’s no secret that Kevin Nash is still plying his other trade of working actor. Nash’s most prominent role to date was as “Tarzan” in last year’s smash Magic Mike. After discussing the perils of dancing in front of rotating crowds of female extras in a chilly strip club wearing a teabag, Nash and Dukes also talked about the successful transition of many former superstars to the world of acting. An increased number of wrestlers have been earning their keep in higher and higher profile acting gigs. Nash alongside names like Dave Bautista, Steve Austin, Adam “Edge” Copeland have helped wrestlers find greater acceptance in Hollywood than in the past. Nash talked about how their wrestling experience factors into that.
“I think one of the big things that probably helped us, was the Marvel comic book movies became such a huge part of the industry as far as blockbusters. All of the sudden that ‘bigger than life’ character became something that they wanted.”
“One thing I don’t think they understand is, when you work live television on a weekly basis for twenty years, you don’t get two takes, you get one take. We’re a lot better than they think we are. Edge has done well. The guys that have gotten a chance, the hardest thing is, even a guy like Edge, who’s probably 6’2″ maybe 210lbs, he’s a big actor. He’s big for that world.”
If you associate Kevin Nash with one wrestler it would have to be his longtime tag team partner, Scott Hall. Everyone’s followed Hall’s road to recovery while staying at DDP’s Accountability Crib. After undergoing hip surgery, Hall has lost weight, regained confidence, and reconnected with his estranged son. Add to it, news came out this week that Hall was moving out of DDP’s care to an apartment with his son in what is a great success story.
While Nash had reservations with the initial indoctrination of Scott Hall into Diamond Dallas Page’s Accountability Crib, and resulting YouTube videos placing Hall in a bad light, Nash talked about how the positivity of DDP was exactly what his friend needed in his life.
“One thing Dallas gives that a lot of people don’t, just don’t have is Dallas has always been the cup half full guy. He’s a real positive human being. I just think that’s what Scott needed more than anything, to be around somebody who’s a positive influence, and to get him pointed in the right direction. Dallas was going to try and get him on the YRG, but once he got down there his hip was so bad they had to get a hip replacement and that’s really held Scott up. He got to a position where he was living clean, there were people around him 24/7 that cared about him, and it just made it easier, that transition to determine on a daily basis not to use.”
“My whole thing was they kinda hijacked him on YouTube. They cut that promo where Scott wasn’t aware that it would even air and he was hammered drunk. That was my whole problem, you don’t do that to somebody. Show him six weeks later in Atlanta and then say this is where he came from and you show that second, but you don’t show that first.”
Dukes wrapped up the interview by revisiting Nash’s controversial comments from his Grantland feature a little over a year ago. Dukes asked Nash in light of the recent Daniel Bryan mega push whether he still felt that way. Nash isn’t backing down from his opinion, but he’s not condemning the smaller athletes like Daniel Bryan either.
“I’ll always feel that way, that people want their…when they made the movie Avengers, Scarlett Johannsen, Hawkeye and Captain America did not fit with Thor and Hulk.”
“People want that. Ryback got pushed to the moon because he had that look. People want to see that. You get over faster if you look like you’re a monster. I don’t take anything away from…I wanna see a 6’5″ guy get on the mound and throw a 110mph fast ball. I really don’t want to see some guy doin the Maddox [former MLB Pitcher Greg Maddox] and cuttin’ the corners and all that. I appreciate it but I wanna see somebody come in there and throw 3 pitches, 110mph, strike the guy out.”
While these comments always stir the pot, like Dukes I understand where Nash is coming from. He clearly respects their in-ring ability, as evidenced by his closing comments regarding Daniel Bryan, “I would love for him to carry me.” But I believe Nash just feels that “monsters” are a bigger draw to the casual fan seeking a spectacle.
Thank you to Kevin Nash for joining Chad for this interview, you can follow Kevin on Twitter @RealKevinNash, check out his website at KevinNash.net and be sure to go see Big Daddy Cool at the Bowie Baysox’s Legends of Wrestling Night on July 31st, 7:05pm, at Prince George’s County Stadium in Bowie, MD.