Nelson Frazier, Jr.
|Nelson Frazier, Jr.|
Frazier as Big Daddy V at the WWE Royal Rumble in 2008.
|Ring name(s)||Big Daddy
Big Daddy V
Big Daddy Voodoo
|Billed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Billed weight||487 lb (221 kg)|
February 14, 1972 |
|Billed from||Harlem, New York|
Nelson Frazier, Jr. (born February 14, 1972) is an American professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring names Mabel, Viscera and Big Daddy V. He is best known for his work with (the) World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/WWE) and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
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 and Memphis Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Council promotion of Puerto Rico. He held the Hardcore and World Tag Team titles in the WWF, and was the 1995 King of the Ring.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Federation (1993–1996)
Frazier began his professional wrestling career under the ring name Nelson Knight, one half of the team "The Harlem Knights" with his partner and storyline brother, Bobby. They wrestled in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) and the Pro Wrestling Federation (PWF), twice winning the PWF Tag Team Championship before signing with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in July 1993.
Upon coming to the WWF, The Harlem Knights were given a new gimmick: Nelson became Mabel, Bobby became Mo, and they were given a rapping manager named Oscar. The new team, dubbed Men on a Mission, was introduced to the WWF audience through vignettes portraying them as three African American men trying to make a positive change in inner city neighborhoods. Clad in purple and yellow, they debuted as solid faces,.
At WrestleMania X, Men on a Mission defeated the WWF Tag Team champions, The Quebecers, by countout, but did not win the belts. On April 29, 1994, they won the title at a house show in London, England. The Quebecers regained the title two days later in Sheffield, England.
In 1995, Mabel and Mo betrayed and attacked Oscar, becoming heels. Mabel then received a push as a singles wrestler, and won the King of the Ring tournament in June, with Mo as his manager. Afterward, he was billed as King Mabel and Mo became Sir Mo. Mabel was awarded a championship belt, designed and created by belt maker Reggie Parks. The belt, engraved with "King of the Ring", is one of a kind, as the World Wrestling Federation had not before or since created a belt for the King of the Ring. This belt was never seen on WWF TV.
King Mabel unsuccessfully challenged WWF Champion Diesel at August's SummerSlam. Following the loss, he became involved in the ongoing feud between Yokozuna and The Undertaker, helping Yokozuna attack a downed Undertaker after a match with leg drops to the face, fracturing his orbital bone and putting him out of action for two months. The Undertaker returned wearing a Phantom of the Opera-style mask and, a month later, defeated King Mabel in a Casket match at In Your House 5: Seasons Beatings. Mabel's last televised appearance of his first WWF run came at the Royal Rumble in January 1996, where he participated in the Royal Rumble match.
Independent circuit (1996–1998)
Frazier then wrestled for the Puerto Rico-based World Wrestling Council (WWC). There, he feuded with Carlos Colón. The Universal Heavyweight Championship was held up after a match between the two. Mabel soon after won the championship and held it for a month.
He also returned to Tennessee to wrestle for the United States Wrestling Association, which went through a number of administration changes during his stay, and was rebranded Memphis Championship Wrestling and Memphis Wrestling. He captured the USWA Heavweight Championship in March 1996 and the North American Heavyweight Championship in February 1998. These were each the top title in the promotion at the time.
On November 1, 1998, Mabel made a one-night-only surprise appearance at Extreme Championship Wrestling's November to Remember, as a Full Blooded Italians member with Ulf Herman, attacking Tommy Rogers and Chris Chetti until Spike Dudley made the save.
Return to WWF (1998–2000)
He made his full-time return in 1999, first appearing at the pre-show for the Royal Rumble, then on the show itself, where he was kidnapped by The Undertaker, his Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) and Mideon. The next night on RAW, he was reintroduced as Viscera, and began acting as the Ministry of Darkness' enforcer, adopting a gothic look in the process, including white-out contact lenses, a bleached mohawk and a black bodysuit.
After the July 1999 break up of the Ministry, Viscera 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 on April 2, 2000, and losing it minutes later, in the same Battle Royal-style match. He also feuded with Mark Henry after body splashing Henry's girlfriend, Mae Young, before he was released from his WWF contract in August 2000.
TNA and return to independent circuit (2003–2004)
World Wrestling Entertainment (2004–2008)
Frazier, as Viscera, returned to the WWF – by then renamed World Wrestling Entertainment – in September 2004, surprise attacking former Ministry of Darkness leader, The Undertaker, with fellow former Ministry member Gangrel, at the command of former Ministry Acolyte, John "Bradshaw" Layfield. After two weeks on SmackDown!, he was moved to the Raw brand.
In his first three months on the Raw brand, Viscera mainly wrestled on Raw's sister show Heat, only making sporadic appearances on Raw. His first major storyline there started in April 2005, when he aligned with Trish Stratus as part of her feud with Lita and Lita's husband, Kane . While working together, Viscera and Stratus appeared in a segment in which he attempted to seduce her, only to be rebuffed. Stratus implied he would first need to "take care" of Kane. That segment began a gimmick change for Viscera, who transformed into "The World's Largest Love Machine". After losing to Kane at Backlash 2005, he injured Stratus with his Big Splash finishing move, angry about her constant belittling of him, causing him to turn face.
Viscera began wrestling in pajamas and making overtly sexual gestures in the ring. He became smitten with Raw ring announcer Lilian Garcia and tried different tactics to seduce her every week. At Vengeance in June, Garcia finally reciprocated, proposing to him in the center of the ring, only to be turned down and left crying in the ring when The Godfather arrived with many of of his prostitutes to show Viscera what he would be leaving behind if he got married.
Viscera then teamed with the like-minded "ladies man", Val Venis, to form V–Squared. They teamed together for nearly nine months, mainly on Heat. They challenged for the World Tag Team Championship on a few occasions, but never held the title. When Venis was sidelined with a legitimate injury in April 2006, Viscera returned to singles wrestling. He attempted to reconcile with Garcia, but was interrupted and attacked by Umaga during his proposal. Two weeks later, when Garcia was legitimately and accidentally knocked from the ring apron by Charlie Haas and sprained her wrist, the incident was worked into a storyline of Haas and Viscera fighting over Garcia. Both men eventually lost interest in her and formed a tag team when she declared she only wanted to be friends with both, leading Viscera to turn heel. The team split up when Haas reunited with Shelton Benjamin to reform The World's Greatest Tag Team.
On June 17, 2007, Viscera was sent from the Raw brand to ECW in the supplemental section of WWE's draft. Three weeks later, he debuted on ECW on SyFy, repackaged as Big Daddy V, a "hired muscle" character in the employ of Matt Striker, arriving just in time to help Striker in his rivalry with The Boogeyman. After disposing of The Boogeyman, Big Daddy V defeated Tommy Dreamer in the ECW brand's Elimination Chase to become the number one contender for the ECW Championship at No Mercy. There, he lost to CM Punk by disqualification, when Striker interfered in the match. He then feuded with SmackDown's Kane. He participated in the No Way Out Elimination Chamber match, but was eliminated early.
He wrestled his last WWE match on March 11, 2008, for an episode of ECW on SyFy, losing to CM Punk in a Money in the Bank qualifier. In the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, he was drafted to the SmackDown brand. Frazier was released from his WWE contract on August 8, 2008, before ever wrestling for SmackDown.
Return to independent circuit (2008–present)
On August 8, 2009, at Juggalo Championship Wrestling's 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, Viscera defeated 2 Tuff Tony in a "Loser Leaves JCW" match, with WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk as special guest referee. After the match, Frazier, Funk, and Balls Mahoney (who had interfered earlier in the match) all attacked Tony.
Frazier continued to compete elsewhere on the independent circuit, including National Wrestling Superstars and Pro Wrestling Xtreme. as both Viscera and Big Daddy V.
On July 15, 2011, Big Daddy V defeated "Prime Time" Ryan Miller in SCW. On September 13, he defeated Baron Von Kane in NPW. He then defeated Sal Sincere for the GCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Mabel reunited with Mo at Pro Wrestling All Stars on January 5, 2013.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2010-2011)
Frazier wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling, as Big Daddy Voodoo (later just Big Daddy), and held the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion with TARU from April 29 to August 29, 2011. He was part of the Voodoo Murders stable. He left AJPW in late 2011, after competing in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League with Joe Doering.
Frazier made his film debut in 2009, playing "Ginormous" in National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus, with Will Sasso and Rip Torn. He also appears as "Animal" in Wrong Side of Town, with fellow wrestlers Dave Batista and Rob Van Dam.
- Finishing moves
- As Big Daddy Voodoo / King V
- As Big Daddy V
- As Viscera
- As Mabel
- Signature moves
- Managers and valets
- "The Lying King"
- "The 500 Pound / World's Largest Love Machine"
- "Big Vis"
- "The Mastodon"
- "The Most Dominant Force in the WWE"
- Entrance themes
- "Men On A Mission" by Jim Johnston (Mabel) (1993–1995)
- "The Lyin' King" by Jim Johnston (Mabel/King Mabel) (1995–1996)
- "Stayin' Alive" by N-Trance (Mabel, ECW) (1998)
- "Ministry" by Jim Johnston (Viscera) (1999)
- "Big Vis" by Jim Johnston (Viscera) (1999–2000)
- "Advance of the Zombies" by Jim Johnston (Viscera) (2004)
- "Another Way Out" by Jim Johnston (Viscera) (2004–2005)
- "Love Machine" by Jim Johnston (Viscera / Big Daddy Voodoo / Big Daddy V) (WWE / AJPW; 2005–2007; 2009–2012)
- "Hello Ladies" by Jim Johnston (Used while Teaming with Val Venis)
- "Calling All Cars" by Jim Johnston (Big Daddy V / Big Daddy) (2007–2008; 2011–2012)
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Memphis Wrestling
- Music City Wrestling
- MCW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ozarks Mountain Wrestling
- OMW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Federation
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- United States Wrestling Association
- World Wrestling Council
- World Wrestling Federation
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- X Wrestling Federation
- "Big Daddy V's WWE Alumni Bio". WWE. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
- "Big Daddy V Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "USWA Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
- "MCW North American Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
- "WWC Universal Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
- "WWF Hardcore Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
- "WWWF / WWF / WWE World Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Men on a Mission Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- Schrader, Bob. "The Irresistible Force". WWE. Retrieved 2007-07-03. "Viscera used to be known as Mabel. [...] He started as a friendly rapping giant Then Mabel shocks everyone by winning King of the Ring, loses the rapping and becomes KING Mabel."
- "King of the Ring 1995 results". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-07-04.
- "WWF "King of the Ring" belt made for "King" Mable (Viscera)". Reggie Parks' Belts. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
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- "The Undertaker biography". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2007-07-03. "Mabel would further anger 'Taker when he planted a legdrop across the Undertaker's face, forcing "the Phenom" to wear a protective "Phantom of the Opera"-like mask."
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- "WWE RAW Results (1998)". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03. "July 6, 1998 [...] Ken Shamrock b Mabel"
- "WWF Royal Rumble 1999". Online Onslaught. Retrieved 2007-07-03. "The lights come back on and Mideon and the Acolytes have taken Mabel out of the ring. Taker meets Mabel in the aisle and tells him something before the Ministry takes him away."
- "Viscera biography (with images)". Accelerator. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "NWA: Total Nonstop Action PPV results - March 26, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
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- MCW Southern Heavyweight title history, from WrestlingData.com
- "SmackDown! results - September 16, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - November 1, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - April 18, 2005". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - April 25, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - May 9, 2005". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - May 23, 2005". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
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- "Val Venis profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
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- "RAW results - June 5, 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - June 26, 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "RAW results - July 10, 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "WWE Supplemental Draft". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
- "ECW on Sci Fi results - July 10, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- "ECW results - October 2, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- "No Mercy 2007 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- "Official 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft Results". WWE. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "WWE releases six Superstars, referee Nick Patrick". WWE. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
- "10/04/08 NWA SW/ NWA Wrestling Showcase Results". NWA. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
- "NWA Press Release". NWA. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
- "The Legend of Awesomest Maximus". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- "Wrong Side of Town". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- Viscera's profile, from WrestlingData.com
- "Trish Stratus' bio". WWE. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Westcott, Brian. "NWA - National Wrestling Alliance OMW - Ozarks Mountain Wrestling/NAASW - North American All-Star Wrestling North American Heavyweight Title History". Solie. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1995". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "XWF - Xtreme Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title History". Solie. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
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