Kevin Nash is like the annoying cousin you see at family functions that just won’t go away. Nash did a recent interview with Grantland.com and made comments about Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero in particular that have grabbed the attention of the entire pro wrestling world.
Kevin Nash was never a big fan of pushing Chris Benoit or Eddie Guerrero as top guys in pro wrestling. Long before both men reached the main-event in the WWE, Nash had called them “vanilla midgets” in regards to their size and his taste in their abilities. Of course I think it is fair to say that most pro wrestling fans and wrestlers would sample any of that vanilla as opposed to the rotten milk Nash forced on us every time he stepped into the ring. Nash now claims the comment was a “work” but continued to criticize their placement on the cards in the Grantland.com interview.
“When Benoit and Guerrero hugged [at the end of WrestleMania XX], that was the end of the business,” he says. “Has business been the same since that WrestleMania? Has it come close to the Austin era? Has it come close to the nWo or the Hogan era? You put two f#$@ing guys that were great workers that were the same height as the f$%ing referees, and I’m sorry, man. Are you going to watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch d#@k? Even if you’re not gay, you will not watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch d#$k. That’s not the standard in porno films. So you put a 5-foot-7 guy as your world champion.”
For the record, the size of a man’s genitals (or anything on a man) has never influenced my interest in watching a porno. But hey, that’s just me.
As you can imagine these comments have riled up the pro wrestling world on the Internet. Chris Jericho is one former Nash colleague that was quick to mock the irony of such a comment coming from Kevin Nash.
“Funny how @realkevinnash says wrestling “died” when Benoit and Guerrero were champs-Yet the worst year for WWE biz was 95 when he was on top” – @IamJericho
I thought and tweeted the same thing before reading Jericho’s tweets. The biggest irony here is that Nash is more responsible than just about any other pro wrestler for hurting the business. Where do I begin? Should I begin with his MSG Curtain Call during a time of kayfabe? Should I begin with his infamous finger poke of doom finish with Hulk Hogan that killed WCW? Should I begin with his booking and brilliance to end Goldberg’s streak with himself? Let’s be honest here. The business has not been the same since that finger poke of doom because it hurt WCW, thus hurt the Monday Night Wars, and there began the domino effect. Blaming the decline of the wrestling business on Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit’s pushes is just asinine.
As Jericho pointed out, Nash was the worst drawing WWE champion of all-time. Eddie, Benoit, and even The Miz did better business was world champions than Nash is. For Nash to criticize anyone’s WWE title run as a business-killer is about as pot calling the kettle black as it gets. If there was any subject I’d want to avoid if I were Nash, it’d be WWE champions that hurt the business.
It is a tough predicament that Nash put pro wrestling fans this week. Defending Chris Benoit is not something anyone feels comfortable with. The man was a murderer who murdered his own child and wife with his bare hands. Why Nash would even bring his name up at this stage of the game is beyond me. I guess it is pretty easy to insult and criticize the dead when they can’t reply.
Sadly, we all played right into his hands.
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