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Nash: “When Benoit and Guerrero hugged, that was the end of the business”



Kevin Nash feels that the professional wrestling business died in 2004 at WrestleMania XX when WWE’s “Super Bowl” concluded with the image of the under six-foot-tall grapplers reigning supreme as champions and emotionally celebrating. Even though the two wrestlers are now deceased, he still believes they never belonged in the main event scene due to their small stature.

“When Benoit and Guerrero hugged [at the end of WrestleMania XX], that was the end of the business,” Nash said in the interview. “Has business been the same since that WrestleMania? Has it come close to the Austin era? Has it come close to the nWo or the Hogan era? You put two fucking guys that were great workers that were the same height as the f***ing referees, and I’m sorry, man. Are you going to watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch dick? Even if you’re not gay, you will not watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch dick. That’s not the standard in porno films. So you put a 5-foot-7 guy as your world champion.”

source: grantland.com

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49 Responses

  1. Hipnosis says:

    Kevin Nash did such a great job putting over The X-Division in 2006… WTF happen?

  2. Saint Savage says:

    This is coming from a guy who steps into a wrestling ring on Raw and gets hurt his first match back.

  3. Adam says:

    Nash was great in the mid 90′s. He was fun to watch and pretty good on the mic. But just like all wrestlers, their time passes. Nash passed into obscurity in the early 2000′s and his last run in WWE was pitiful. He was awful on the mic and he couldn’t move. It seems he’s having trouble coping with the fact that his hey day is over. Size has nothing to do with the biz. Talent matters both in the ring and on the stick no matter your size. If you don’t have both then you don’t survive or get to be remembered. BTW, it’s pretty classless for Nash to pin the decline of the business on two great guys that aren’t here to defend themselves anymore…

  4. bup says:

    Nash’s buddy HBK is no bigger than Eddie and Benoit were…..he dosent seem to have a problem with him being on top. Always liked Nash, but good lord, delusional is the only word that comes to mind.

  5. Zach says:

    @KRKO Nash never said it’s only a big man business, did you read the same interview that I just did?

  6. Bumbolee says:

    He must have lost his mind when Rey Mysterio won the belt. If that’s his opinion, so be it, but I sure don’t agree. Eddie and Benoit were two of the best…IMO.

  7. Ostego says:

    It wasn’t alright for Benoit and Eddie to hug it out at Wrestlemania, but the infamous “Curtain Call” was? Get off your soapbox, Nash, and stop sipping Scott Hall’s wonder tonic. As far as I am concerned, Wrestling, as we knew it, died when you helped kill WCW.

  8. Denis says:

    Amen Ostego!

  9. Frank G says:

    I second that Amen…

  10. Kerry says:

    I guess he’s forgotten the Fingerpoke of Doom.

  11. Esparo says:

    @Zack He basically implied that though. Plus, read the entire article on Grantland which is where the story stems from anyway. He says his famous “vanilla midgets” line again. Typical Nash overrating himself and his friends while burying everyone else.

  12. ironFNmaiden says:

    hey now i’m 5-foot-seven!!!

  13. Big Hoss Daddy says:

    Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Eddie Gurerro, Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan, Cm Punk. This is a list of men under “Giant Standards” that were better world champs than “Big Daddy Fool”.

  14. Bill Marr Superstar says:

    I say no matter what the size is, if you can draw & draw big why not be the champ. It’s working in NJPW, the IWGP champ isn’t a hulking bursier.

  15. Krixus says:

    He’s doing this all to get a rise out of the smarks and internet wrestling community, and you’re all feeding the trolls.

  16. max says:

    If those guys are vanilla midgets? Than Nash is a mental midget!

  17. Wrestlings Future says:

    Eddie Guerrero will come back and haunt Nash for this.

  18. M.J. Wright says:

    He must have forgotten about how he killed WCW just 4 years before with the fingerpoke of doom!

  19. Drew says:

    Nash is just jealous he was never as good of a worker as Benoit and Guerrero.

  20. Fisha695 says:

    What’s funny is that barefoot (meaning actual height) Kevin Nash is only like 6’5″/6’6″.

  21. Boogeyman says:

    The big man may need some WWE assisted rehabs cuz he’s drunk off his ass!

  22. Joe says:

    So that’s why Nash doesn’t do porn…..

  23. james says:

    That’s commin from a guy who really didn’t do that much eddie and benoit had more talent and wrestling skill then the whole nwo combined i’m talking about you 3 hall,nash and definitely hogan.

  24. Scott Keith says:

    Kevin Nash was eight here. The Midget Hug of Doom did great damage to the business. “the end of the business” is a bit over-the-top, but WWE can never again be what it was before 2004.

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