For wrestling fans around the world, this weekend is likely the biggest of the year, since this Sunday is when “WrestleMania 31” will be broadcast live on pay-per-view, as well as on the WWE Network. The night before the big event, though, is the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the organization just announced the final member of its 2015 class.
A while back, we told you about the impending induction of the “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who will take his place alongside the other timeless performers as the star inductee this Saturday night, but the WWE is now on its way to inducting every member of the infamous “Kliq” as it adds none other than Kevin Nash to this year’s class. Nash, who got his start in the business by wrestling for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1990, first came to national prominence for his first run in the then-World Wrestling Federation as the character “Diesel.” As Diesel, Nash served as Shawn Michaels’ bodyguard and tag team partner and champion. Eventually, he branched off into singles competition and became both the Intercontinental Champion, and later the World Wrestling Federation Champion after defeating Bob Backlund in a record eight seconds. This made him what’s known as a “Triple Crown Champion” — only the third in the WWF’s history — and quite a feat and show of confidence in the performer for his rookie year.
Nash’s most prominent part in professional wrestling came in 1996, though, when he left the WWF to return to WCW and form the infamous New World order along with Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan. The popularity of the nWo, with Nash at the center of it, was a major factor in WCW’s “Monday Nitro” defeating WWF’s “Monday Night Raw” in television ratings for 84 consecutive weeks, and would see Nash become even more embedded in that company by serving as a behind the scenes writer, as well as holding every major championship that WCW featured. Nash stayed with the company until its demise in 2001, and returned to the WWF — which would shortly thereafter become the WWE — the following year. Since then, Nash has come back every now and again, and had a brief run with Total Nonstop Action wrestling, but his home has always been the WWE.
Nash has also parlayed his sports entertainment career into a varied film career as well, an easy pick due to his immense size. At 7 feet tall and 320 pounds, Nash has appeared in films like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as Super Shredder, 2004’s The Punisher as the unstoppable Russian, Magic Mike as Tarzan, and in John Wick as the bouncer Francis. He’ll also be returning in Magic Mike XXL.
In addition to Nash and Randy Savage, the 2015 Hall of Fame class also includes former Intercontinental Champion Rikishi, former Tag Team Champions the Bushwhackers, former WWF Women’s Champion and WCW Cruiserweight Champion Alundra Blayze, 2-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and WCW announcer Larry Zbysko, and celebrity inductee Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will be broadcast this Saturday, March 28th, on the WWE Network.
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