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Monday, September 14, 2009

Who is Nelson Frazier, Jr?

Who is Nelson Frazier, Jr.? [2] He is an American professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring names Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V, and King V. He is best known for his work with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[1] He is currently signed with the National Wrestling Alliance.

Throughout his career he has held championships in a number of promotions, including the top titles of the United States Wrestling Association off-shoots Memphis Wrestling[3] and Memphis Championship Wrestling,[4] and the World Wrestling Council promotion of Puerto Rico.[5] He has also held the Hardcore[6] and World Tag Team[7] titles of WWE, the company where he has spent the majority of his career.[2] Also in WWE, Frazier was the 1995 King of the Ring.Frazier was born February 14, 1972. Began his professional wrestling career under the ring name "Nelson Knight", comprising the team The Harlem Knights with his partner and on-screen brother Bobby.[2] The team wrestled in the United States Wrestling Association and the Pro Wrestling Federation (PWF), winning the PWF Tag Team Championship on two occasions,[8] before being signed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in July 1993.

Upon coming to the WWF, the Harlem Knights were given a new gimmick: Nelson (Frazier) became "Mabel", Bobby became Mo and they were given a rapping manager named Oscar.[9] Together the new team, dubbed "Men on a Mission", was introduced to the WWF audience through vignettes that attempted to get the team across as three African American men trying to make a positive change in inner city neighborhoods—hence the team name. The group, constantly clad in purple, debuted as solid fan favorites,[10] in the tag team division and held the Tag Team Championship once, but only for two days.[7]

In 1995, Mabel and Mo betrayed and attacked Oscar, becoming villains.[10] As a villain, Mabel received a push as a singles wrestler, culminating with his winning the King of the Ring tournament in May,[11] with Mo acting as a manager. During his tenure as King of the Ring, Mabel was addressed as "King Mabel", with Mo similarly having his name changed to "Sir Mo",[10] and wore a championship belt which he had personally designed and created by belt maker Reggie Parks. The belt, proclaiming the wearer to be "King of the Ring", is a one of a kind, as the World Wrestling Federation has never created a belt for the King of the Ring.[12] Immediately after becoming King, Mabel challenged WWF Champion Diesel at August's SummerSlam, but lost.[13] Following that loss he became involved in the ongoing Yokozuna versus The Undertaker feud, helping Yokozuna attack a downed Undertaker and taking turns dropping legs across the Undertaker's face with Yokozuna until they fractured his orbital bone following a match, putting him out of action for two months.[14][15] A month after his return, the Undertaker defeated King Mabel in a Casket match at In Your House: Season's Beatings pay-per-view.[16] Mabel's last appearance with the company came at the Royal Rumble the next month, when he participated in the Royal Rumble match.

He then received bookings with the World Wrestling Federation and the Puerto Rico based World Wrestling Council (WWC). In WWC, he engaged in a rivalry with Carlos Colón, during which the Universal Heavyweight Championship was "held up" following a match between the two of them before Mabel won the championship and held it for a month.[5]

He was released from the WWF in early 1996 and spent much the next two years in Tennessee wrestling for the United States Wrestling Association, which went through a number of changes during his stay to become Memphis Championship Wrestling and Memphis Wrestling. While there, he captured the top title twice.[3][4]

On November 1, 1998 Mabel made a one time, surprise appearance at Extreme Championship Wrestling's November to Remember as a FBI member with Ulf Herman attacked Tommy Rogers and Chris Chetti until Spike Dudley made the save.On July 6, 1998 Mabel made a one time, surprise return to the World Wrestling Federation to challenge, and lose to, the new King of the Ring: Ken Shamrock.[17]

He made an official return in 1999, first appearing at the pre-show for the Royal Rumble, before appearing on the show itself, on which he was "kidnapped" by The Undertaker, his Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) and Mideon.[18] The next night, he was re-christened Viscera,[2] and he began acting as the Ministry of Darkness' enforcer, adopting a more gothic look in the process, including white-out contact lenses, a bleached mohawk, and a black bodysuit.[19]

After the July 1999 break up of the Ministry, the Viscera character floated around the mid-card, frequently teaming with fellow former Ministry member Mideon and becoming part of the burgeoning hardcore division, winning the WWF Hardcore Championship once[6] before he was released from his WWF contract again in August 2000.

In March 2003, Frazier, using his Nelson Knight name, made a surprise appearance at a weekly NWA: Total Nonstop Action pay-per-view at the side of Ron Killings.[20] He appeared again the next week,[21] but did not stay with the company beyond that.

He made a number of other independent appearances, including returning to the Memphis area where he wrestled for Memphis Championship Wrestling, holding the Southern Heavyweight Championship once, and Southern Wrestling Alliance, holding that company's top title as well.

Frazier, returning to the Viscera name, returned to the World Wrestling Federation – now renamed World Wrestling Entertainment – in September 2004. In his first appearance, he and fellow former Ministry of Darkness member Gangrel surprised and attacked their one–time stable leader, The Undertaker, on behalf of former Ministry Acolyte John "Bradshaw" Layfield.[22] After just two weeks on SmackDown!, however, he was moved to the Raw brand.[23]

In his first three months on the Raw brand, Viscera mainly wrestled on Raw's sister show Heat, only making sporadic appearances on the actual Raw show.[2] He had his first major storyline on the brand in April 2005 when he was aligned with Trish Stratus to take part in a rivalry against Lita and her on-screen husband Kane.[24] While they were working together, Viscera and Stratus were featured in a segment during which he attempted to "seduce" her, only to be rebuffed until he "took care of" Kane.[25] That segment began a gimmick change for Viscera, who transformed in to "The World's Largest Love Machine"; he started wrestling his matches wearing pajamas and making overtly sexual gestures in the ring. He was also put into an angle where he was smitten with Raw ring announcer Lilian Garcia and tried different tactics to seduce her every week.[26][27] At the June Vengeance pay-per-view Garcia reciprocated, proposing to him in the center of the ring, only to get turned down and left in the ring crying when The Godfather arrived with a number of his "hos" to show Viscera what he would "be leaving behind" if he got married.[28]

After the Lilian Garcia storyline ended, Viscera was paired with the like minded "ladies man" Val Venis to form the tag team V–Squared.

They teamed together for nearly nine months, mainly on Heat. They challenged for the World Tag Team Championships on a few occasions, but they never held the title.[29] When Venis was put out of action with a legitimate injury in April 2006, Viscera went back to singles wrestling. His first storyline back on his own was an attempt to reconcile with Lilian Garcia, only to be interrupted and attacked by Umaga during his proposal.[30] Two weeks later, when Garcia was (legitimately, accidentally) knocked from the ring apron by Charlie Haas, spraining her wrist;[31] the incident was worked into a storyline. Haas and Viscera began fighting over Garcia[32] – after Haas apologized[33] – and then both men betrayed her and formed a tag team when she declared she only wanted to be friends.[34] The team was split, however, when Haas was put back together with Shelton Benjamin to reform The World's Greatest Tag Team.

On June 17, 2007, Frazier was sent from the Raw brand to ECW in the supplemental section of WWE's draft.[35] Three weeks later, he debuted on ECW's weekly television program repackaged as "Big Daddy V", a powerhouse "hired gun" character in the employ of Matt Striker, arriving just in time to help Striker in his rivalry with The Boogeyman.[36] After dispatching the Boogeyman, Big Daddy V defeated Tommy Dreamer in the ECW brands Elimination Chase to become the number one contender for the ECW Championship at No Mercy,[37] but lost to CM Punk by disqualification at the pay-per-view when Striker interfered in the match.[38] He then became embroiled in a feud with SmackDown's Kane. He also participated in the No Way Out 2008 Elimination Chamber match but was eliminated early on.

He wrestled his last match in WWE against CM Punk on an edition of ECW in a Money in the Bank qualifying match, which he lost. As part of the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, Big Daddy V was drafted to the SmackDown brand.[39] Frazier, however, was released from his WWE contract on August 8, 2008 and never redebuted for the brand.[40]

The National Wrestling Alliance sent out a press release noting that Frazier would be competing for them under the new ring name King V. [41]

Frazier will make his film debut in 2009's The Legend of Awesomest Maximus co-starring Will Sasso & Rip Torn[42]. He also has a role in the movie Wrong Side of Town with fellow wrestlers Dave Batista and Rob Van Dam.[43]To see more of who is click here

  • Nicknames

    • "The 500 Pound / World's Largest Love Machine" – as Viscera (2005–2007)

    • "Big Vis" – as Viscera (2005)

    • "The Mastodon" – as Big Daddy V

    • "The Most Dominant Force in the WWE" – as Big Daddy V
Championships and accomplishments

  • Music City Wrestling

    • MCW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[4]
Ozarks Mountain Wrestling

    • OMW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[45]

  • Pro Wrestling Federation

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