Kevin Nash was one of the biggest stars of WCW when he created the NWO along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall.
Nash won all three titles in WWF in 1994, which made him a Triple Crown champion, and also picked up the Slammy for Superstar of the Year and Tag Team of the Year along with Shawn Michaels the same year. He was also one of the members of The Kliq, a group that also included Triple H, Michaels, Hall and Sean Waltman.
One of Nash’s biggest accolades from his career in WWE is the fact that he was the first ever superstar to defeat Goldberg in one-on-one competition when he ended his 173-0 undefeated streak at Starrcade in 1998.
Between WWE, WCW and TNA, Nash has won 21 different Championships (these include six World Championships and 12 Tag Team Championships). Nash is also thought to be the longest reigning WWF Heavyweight Champion of the 1990s after he held the Championship for 358 days. Nash officially left WWE in 2004 after his second stint with the company when they decided against renewing his contract, although he has since returned and been a part of many segments on WWE TV along with his Attitude Era counterparts. Here are 10 things that happened to “Big Daddy Cool” after retiring:
10. He Became a Movie Star
Kevin Nash has quietly moved into acting since he left WWE in 2004 and has been a part of many high-budget films.
Nash has been a part of The Longest Yard, DOA, The Punisher, Rock of Ages, Magic Mike and more recently Magic Mike XXL, where he is one of the main characters of the movie. He seems to have transitioned into acting quite well and has since become a highly sought after superstar. Even though Nash has been a part of WWE TV more recently, it seems he would prefer switching to acting more permanently.
9. His Royal Rumble Return
Nash made his long awaited WWE return as part of the 2011 Royal Rumble match and was considered one of the shocks of the event. He returned billed as Diesel for the first time since 1996, when he entered at number 32 and was eliminated by Wade Barrett not long after. This was the first and only WWE Royal Rumble in WWE history that included 40 rumble entrants.
He was then on hand to help fellow Kliq numbers Hall and Triple H to celebrate with HBK after his 2011 induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
8. The CM Punk Angle
Nash was no longer billed as Diesel when he returned at SummerSlam in August 2011 and attacked CM Punk after he had won the WWE Championship. This helped Alberto Del Rio cash in his Money in the Bank contract and win the Championship from Punk.
Punk and Nash then entered into a feud where Punk belittled Nash on TV, before Triple H entered himself in the feud. The former friends then fought at TLC in a Ladder Match with a sledgehammer hanging above the ring, but Nash lost this feud after receiving a shot to the face, which ended his on-screen time in the process.
7. TNA Kings of Wrestling
Nash made the switch over to TNA in 2004 and was a part of the first ever Victory Road pay-per-view, along with fellow Kliq member Scott Hall.
The duo helped Jeff Jarrett to win the World Championship at the event, the trio then began identifying themselves as The Kings of Wrestling and went on to attack the likes of Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles. Nash then unsuccessfully challenged for the World Championship at Against The Odds when The Outlaw interfered in the match.
Nash went on to be a part of many storylines with TNA including playing a part in The Main Event Mafia before he signed a new deal with the company in 2011. He asked for his release when he was contacted by WWE.
6. Working The Independent Circuit
Following his release from TNA, Nash made his debut on the Independent roster and was a part of the American and European Circuits for a number of years.
Nash even made his debut with All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2012 in a tag team match where he managed to pick up the win. Nash has also been a part of many of the British promotions as well, including IPW.
Nash left the independent circuit in 2014 when it was made apparent that his body was not able to handle wrestling as well as it once did.
5. Hall of Fame 2015
Kevin Nash finally took his place amongst wrestling’s elite at the 2015 Hall of Fame when he was inducted by good friend and fellow Kliq member Shawn Michaels.
Nash holds many accolades within WWE, one of which being the fact that he was the longest reigning world champion of the 1990s and the first person to defeat Goldberg. Nash was long overdue a place in the Hall of Fame after the likes of Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels were given places ahead of him, so it was a momentous occasion when WWE finally allowed Kevin Nash to be a part of the elite.
4. Family Problems
Back in December 2014, Nash was arrested for battery against his 18-year-old son Tristen after it was made apparent that the two had been embroiled in an argument. Two hours later, his son was then arrested for battery against Nash’s wife Tamara.
It was reported in January that Nash would no longer face charges for the assault after his solicitors maintained that Nash was protecting his wife during the incident. Nash was actually suspended by WWE after the charges were made public, but was quickly reinstated after the charges were dropped.
3. WrestleMania 31 Appearance
Following Nash’s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2015, Nash was already in Santa Clara and was able to be a part of WrestleMania 31.
Triple H vs Sting was billed as WWE vs WCW, and as part of that, WWE allowed former Kliq members and former NWO members to play their parts in the match. Nash was a part of this and came to the ring during the match, even though he was taken down early after the interference. This match was considered one of the highlights of WrestleMania 31.
2. 2014 Royal Rumble
Kevin Nash was a shock return at the 2014 Royal Rumble when he came out as “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel as number 14 in the Rumble match; he even managed to eliminate Jack Swagger before he was eliminated by Roman Reigns, who was en route to his historic elimination record.
The Rumble was won by Batista and was thought to have been a big disappointment given the predictability of the winner and the fact that many of the WWE Universe were hoping for Daniel Bryan to be a part of the match.
1. Brain Organ Charity
It was announced in early March 2016 that Kevin Nash had decided to donate his brain to the CTE Center at Boston University as part of the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death (as a way to help them to study the impact of wrestling on the brain as an organ).
This was done the same day that Women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain stated that she would do the same thing. This will then allow scientists to make invaluable breakthroughs in their studies that link together professional athletes and concussions, and could play a huge part in saving many lives.