Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rest In Peace Big Daddy V

Big Daddy V in action
Photo courtesy: WWE 
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I woke up this morning to the news that Nelson Frazier, Jr. had died.  For those who aren't wrestling fans and are reading this, Frazier was a wrestler known as Mabel, King Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V through the years.  He was only 43 years old, just two years older than me.

Mabel as Doink
Photo courtesy: WWE
I first discovered Frazier when he entered the WWF in 1993 as Mabel.  It was his rookie year in the business.  He and his partner Mo were paired with a manager named Oscar and the trio was known as Men On a Mission.  They wore purple and gold and rapped their way to the ring.  I'll admit I wasn't huge fans of the team, but I did enjoy when they showed up at Survivor Series 93 dressed as Doink the Clown.

King Mabel
Photo courtesy: WWE
Even when they turned heel I was still luke warm to the team. Mabel went on to become the King of the Ring and challenge guys like then WWF champion Diesel and The Undertaker, but he never really excelled with the gimmick.  He eventually became a demonic character and joined Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness, teaming with Mideon.  

Squeal like a pig...
Photo courtesy: WWE
It wasn't until he evolved into another character a few years later that I really began enjoying him.  The silk-pajama wearing love machine Big Daddy V provided some entertainment in the mid 2000's.  He found himself teaming with another ladies man in Val Venis.  Big Daddy V had a brief fling with Lilian Garcia.  Eventually he would turn on her after she told him they could only be friends.

Big Daddy V & Matt Striker
Photo courtesy: WWE
Matt Striker soon stepped in and managed repackaged and less fun loving version of Big Daddy V.  He participated in the Monsters Ball on ECW and feuded with Kane.  I feel like that gimmick and the PJ wearing ladies man were his two best.  I know he did a lot of indy work in between his stints with the WWE.  Frazier entertained crowds for more than 20 years and he will be missed. Our condolences to his family, friends, and fans.  Rest in peace Big Daddy V.

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