WrestleCrap Remembers Nelson Frazier, Best Known as Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V

12 Submitted by on Wed, 19 February 2014, 01:15
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It’s been reported, most notably by his former Men on a Mission tag team partner Mo, that Nelson Frazier has passed away, days after his 43rd birthday. Early reports are that Frazier succumbed to a massive heart attack.

Frazier, of course, had a few memorable runs through WWE in the nineties and 2000s, with his pinnacle being a victory in the 1995 King of the Ring tournament. That led to a World Title shot at Summerslam that year against Diesel which, while not well-received, still counts as a feather in the cap of Frazier’s career.

One rarely-known fact about Frazier that most may not realize: he’s the first wrestler born in the 1970s to ever compete at a WrestleMania, doing so at age 23 at WrestleMania X. It was in that year that Men on a Mission briefly reigned as WWE Tag Team Champions, trading the gold with The Quebecers on a European tour.

Of course, WrestleCrappers most fondly remember Frazier for his parts in some of WWE’s more absurd moments, most notably his turn as “The World’s Largest Love Machine” in 2005 (which, creepily enough, was just inducted to the site last week as a Valentine’s Day tie-in).

While I can’t personally speak for my fellow scribes at this site, this is how I most fondly remember Viscera: for a silly gimmick that he played with an appropriate grin. The best midcard gimmicks (even the ‘Crap’ ones) are the ones in which the performer clearly has fun playing. There’s little doubt that Frazier had a blast as an oversexed leviathan with Barry White-inspired music. The gimmick led to one of my favorite Scott Keith lines, when Viscera put the moves on Shelton Benjamin’s “Mama” at New Year’s Revolution 2006 in the catering area, as Keith deadpanned, “(Mama Benjamin)¬†meets Viscera, who even gets entrance music when he walks into a cafeteria.”

Frazier’s career was distinct, memorable in its own way. For as many faceless giants as wrestling’s produced, “Big Vis” made a mark both comedicly, and as a heel roadblock. He will be missed certainly, and we here send our condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

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12 Responses to "WrestleCrap Remembers Nelson Frazier, Best Known as Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V"
  1. Andrew says:

    Just saw him a while back at show in Memphis, and he was getting ready to do another Indy show in Memphis this month. Very sad. I remember him and Mo debut in the USWA as Harlem Knights.

  2. Scrooge McSuck says:

    An excellent little tribute to Big Daddy V, the World’s Largest Love Machine. I didn’t agree with his main event run of the mid 90′s, but for the most part, especially during his 2005 return, he looked like someone having a great time, even saddled with a goofy gimmick/storyline like wearing snazzy pajamas and humping other men into the canvas. RIP.

  3. Chris says:

    I don’t know why, but I absolutely loved his initial run as Viscera with the Ministry. Well, OK, it might just be that I absolutely loved the Ministry of Darkness during its day.
    I thought he looked cool with his leather trench coat and vest. He looked like a guy you did not want to mess with, plus he could do that cartwheel kick at his size, ‘Nuff said.
    Whatever works to get you interested in a guy, right? He certainly stood out.

  4. TerrierChad says:

    Damn, not heard about this until now. R.I.P. Big Vis

  5. Down With OPC says:

    Now he will finally get to meet his ancestor, Lebam.

  6. RD Reynolds says:

    Very saddened to hear the news. He will be missed.

  7. Raven7309 says:

    Rest in peace, “Big Daddy V”, my favourite gimmick. I loved his entrance music for Big Daddy V.

  8. John C says:

    Now I want to use him on the video game so I can keep doing the humpy hump on Cena as a tribute.

  9. Thomas Moffatt says:

    Time to dust off a few classic inductions methinks

  10. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    I thought Nelson was hilarious doing his “big, sexy guy” gimmick. I’ll always remember how much he made me laugh doing that. Rest In Peace, Nelson.

  11. Mister Forth says:

    I actually enjoyed his feud with Undertaker in 1995. Sad to hear.

  12. D-Unit says:

    One of my favorites as a kid. My brothers and I were big fans of “King Mabel” in 1995. Just watched that movie he was in with RVD and Batista over the weekend. RIP Big Vis

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