It’s the wee hours of Thursday morning, and while Jason Moltov, Liam Stryker and Bill Neville are all California bound, this writer is quite excited to live vicariously through our New Age Insiders as they take part in all the craziness that is Wrestlemania weekend!
That includes, for those of you living under a rock or something, NXT on Friday, Axxess all weekend long, Wrestlemania itself and that little thing known as the 2015 induction ceremony for the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s class, as most of us have mentioned at multiple points in the last few weeks, is not the strongest on record, but it does feature some top candidates, including the most recently announced inductee, Kevin Nash.
Ahhh, Kevin Nash, he of the near 7 foot height, the vulnerable quads and the infamous cattle prod. (Sorry, Jason, but I had to) Mr. Nash might be most famous for his participation in the Monday Night Wars, but here on Throwback Thursday, you know we’re not going to be talking about that – Oh, nay nay.
We’re going to focus on the bad. . . The very, VERY bad. . . gimmicks of Kevin Nash’s career.
The year was 2009, and Wrestlemania was celebrating its Silver Anniversary. 25 Manias had fallen by this point, and being 3 years out of college and 6 months away from getting engaged, I had fallen out of love with WWE.
So, for what might just be the very first time last week, I sat down to watch Wrestlemania 25.
In 1993, Vince McMahon expanded by adding King of the Ring, the 5th “major”, as it were. In the years that followed, whether it was in response to the growing popularity of the competition in WCW or just as an experiment to try to earn more money, Vince added “In Your House”. Originally designed as a shorter, cheaper PPV, the In Your House series would be the ‘minor’ spectacles to fill the monthly gaps between larger events.
For our next Lessons from the Network, we take a trip to the IYH event from December of 1997. WCW has taken over the lead in the Monday Night Wars, and at this point, WWE is on the ropes. This is also the first PPV after Survivor Series ‘97, also known as the Montreal Screwjob. On the cusp of the Attitude Era, we now sit under the learning tree known as Degeneration X: In Your House.