Review of Timeline: History of the WWE 1995 with Kevin Nash
by Alan Wojcik
1995 was an interesting year to be a wrestling fan. Vince Russo was a part of wrestling, just not that big. Paul Heyman and ECW were beginning to grow after defecting from the NWA. Eric Bischoff and World Championship Wrestling was building an army of superstars heading towards the famous “Monday Night Wars” that started September 4th by signing Hulk Hogan & Randy “Macho Man” Savage in 1994. Meanwhile in the World Wrestling Federation, the Attitude Era was still far in the distance. The champion since November 1994 was the seven foot “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel and by the end of 1995 the man known as Kevin Nash would be looking for an exit door towards his destiny in the New World Order with his fellow WWF staffer Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall. Also in that year new word would become part of the wrestling language: The Kliq, which was comprised of Nash, Hall, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, Hunter Hearst Helmsley & Shawn Michaels.
Mr. Nash joins Sean Oliver for a 2 disc edition of the acclaimed TIMELINE: HISTORY OF THE WWE series released by Kayfabe Commentaries in association with the excellent www.TheHistoryofWWE.com site. Being two discs, Nash has time to tell some great stories that might not have been told on previous “shoot” style interviews. Nash hides nothing about his run as WWF World Heavyweight champion, including how long he was supposed to have been the title holder, the duties the champion has as the public face of the company, the insane travel schedule the WWF ran in that era, the office staff like Lisa Wolf (great story) and his feelings on how creative booked him. His debut into WCW in the 1990’s, the initial meetings with Vince McMahon and how the Steiner’s got him in WWF are good stories. Yes the famous Kilq’s “strike” meeting with Vince McMahon & Pat Patterson is addressed in intimate detail plus the Shawn Michaels of 1995 who was out of control and would nearly pay for it in Syracuse, NY. Also mentioned is what led to Hall & Nash’s exit in 1996, you will not believe what the last straw was.
During his title run Nash had to deal with former NY Giant legend Lawrence Taylor & Bam Bam Bigelow being the main event of WrestleMania XI where Nash defended against Michaels. Plus having to work with Bob Backlund, King Mabel (Summerslam’95 opponent), “Psycho” Sid Vicious (who returned to WWF again) and Bret Hart (whom Nash would drop the championship to at Survivor Series.) Nash was around for the arrivals of Michael “Dok Hendrix” Hayes, Mantaur, Kama (eventually Godfather), HHH, Shane “Dean” Douglas, the Body Donnas (the late Chris “Skip” Candido & Tammy “Sunny” Sytch), Goldust, Ahmed Johnson, Matt & Jeff Hardy (who worked as enhancement talent), the return of Marty Jannetty, the Lex Express of 1993 & his shocking defection back to WCW on Nitro followed by Alundra Blayze dropping the Women’s championship in a trash can, the arrival of the In Your House PPV’s, his exclusion from the WrestleMania video game, the passing of “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert which brings a haunting story about a photo taken after a softball game plus what would make him to say yes to induction into the Hall of Fame. A story that Shane Douglas brought up on YouShoot about Nash and Pierre LaFite (sic) is brought up here and it’s a different story on this disc. A final surprise is Nash addressing the ending of Bill Goldberg’s winning streak at Starrcade 1998 & the “Finger Poke of Doom”.
This is a must grab for your collection even if you are not a fan of Nash. He is an excellent storyteller and has an amazing recall for the smallest detail. I hope the 2006 edition with Fit Finlay that is coming August 7th is good but it has huge steps to follow.
If you have questions or comments about this review, write firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to covering wrestling since 2001, Alan Wojcik helps host Kayfabe Wrestling Radio which airs Tuesdays 9pm on www.wildtalkradio.com with Spug, Mase & Kevin Scott as Jamal.