Kevin Nash stated on Raw Monday night that what Triple H did in bringing him back was shake things up around here. CM Punk confidently responded, “No, no, no, no.. I’m the guy who shook things up around here.”
Nash’s return to WWE programming has sparked some speculation. Is he Alberto Del Rio’s bodyguard? Was he brought in by Triple H? Or were Stephanie McMahon and John Laurinaitis behind Nash sticking it to the winner? So yes, Kevin Nash did shake things up in that respect. But if he for one second believes that his presence will raise attendance records, think again.
“What do you know about main event talent? This is 2011, not 1994,” said CM Punk. That was the year Kevin Nash as Diesel defeated Bob Backlund for the WWE championship in an 8-second squash match at Madison Square Garden. Nash next brought up 1996 when he and his buddy Scott Hall (a.k.a. WWE’s Razor Ramon) changed the business and made sure that “guys like [Punk]” made guaranteed money. Obviously Nash is referencing his run in WCW as The Outsiders before becoming New World Order with Hulk Hogan. But what Nash meant in “guys like [Punk]” was what CM Punk earlier pointed out that Kevin once called the legendary Eddie Guerrero a vanilla midget. Vanilla midget was a term coined by Kevin Nash concerning the small stature, skilled technical wrestlers of WCW’s cruiserweight division.
Basically Nash is calling CM Punk a cruiserweight, primarily because he advised Punk to go hit the weights. And it’s not just CM Punk that Nash has had a problem with, it’s all guys who are not 7-foot, 300-lb entities of the squared circle. When The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to become the new WWE champion on November 22, Kevin attacked WWE’s decision via Twitter, “WWE told the world that there sh*t is a work with the Miz as champ.”
And it’s not just the WWE he’s had a problem with, Kevin Nash has been a problem for every promotion since leaving WWE on the night of the infamous “Curtain Call.” There was a major difference in pay in what Nash and Hall considered guaranteed money. The New World Order made the big paychecks, while making sure that the majority of WCW’s programing was centered around them. The cruiserweight competitors were buried in the lower cards, and didn’t make anywhere near the money that Nash was making. Fast forward to TNA, Nash publicly deemed the X division bouts on Impact to be “basically filler,” and then proceeded to mock the wrestlers at every turn. He even wrestled against midgets and claimed that he had invented an “840-degree splash” to further insult the “vanilla midgets.”
Kevin Nash’s delusion is that he believes he can still draw money. And that because he became WWE champion before Shawn Michaels, and that he was a four-time WCW champion, wrestlers should bend over backwards to respect him. At 52, Kevin can no longer perform to the skill he once did in 1994. His wrestling years are obviously behind him, but he keeps coming back into the limelight, trying to suck every company dry. It’s time that someone humbles Nash once and for all. And that person is CM Punk.
As for the WWE championship, CM Punk holds no ill-will against Del Rio for cashing in on him at SummerSlam. In fact, the two-time MITB winner praised Del Rio for doing exactly what he himself has done twice in the past. John Cena, who was not involved in the cash in, was upset over the nature in how Del Rio won the title.
Cena was so emotionally pist off at what transpired at SummerSlam, with Triple H counting his shoulders even though his foot was on the rope, and Alberto Del Rio subsequently cashing in to win the WWE title, that he verbally bashed Alberto Del Rio for not being a real champion and that someday soon he would have to defend the title. This was said immediately after Del Rio had just successfully retained his WWE title in a clean pinfall victory over former 3-time World champion Rey Mysterio.
Frankly, what Del Rio did at SummerSlam has been an accepted perk, after sacrificing one’s body in a career shortening/career ending Money in the Bank ladder match, for all the MITB winners before him. Cashing in at the time and place of your choosing is part of the rules to the Money in the Bank contract. CM Punk gets it, and so does Triple H. So why doesn’t Cena get it?