On Tuesday February 18th, 2014 the wrestling world lost one of the best big men to ever grace the squared circle. At six foot nine inches tall and weighing in at 487 pounds, Nelson Frazier was world renowned for his size, stature and athletic ability. Whether you remember him for his time as King Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V or simply Nelson – he will be sorely missed inside and outside of the ring.
Today’s Throwback Thursday will pay tribute to the entertainer who we all grew to love, whether he was performing with Men on a Mission, being crowned 1995 King of the Ring, challenging Jerry “The King” Lawler or being honored as one of the top 25 big men of all time by WWE.com. He could hold the audience in the palm of his hand and make us cheer or boo at any given moment.
I’ll never forget working with Nelson. He was a true professional and earned the respect of every member of the locker rooms he shared. I’ll always remember Nelson from this clip from September 11, 2007 entitled The Baddest Promo Ever:
Upon hearing of Nelson’s passing, word quickly spread as MemphiSport.com, WWE.com, TMZ.com and Facebook & Twitter feeds all over the world were sharing their favorite memories. WWE even shared Nelson’s biggest moments, which includes his Summer Slam 1995 Championship match against Big Daddy Cool Diesel, performing at WrestleMania X and his time with The Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness during the WWF Attitude Era.
Nelson started his professional wrestling career in Memphis, Tennessee in 1993 with his partner Sir Mo. Later, they signed with WWF and wrestled under the team of Men on a Mission. In 1994, they became WWF Tag Team Champions. Nelson went on to capture many titles in his career, including the WWF Hardcore Championship, XWF World Championship and the coveted Southern Heavyweight Championship.
Nelson passed away four days after his 42nd Birthday, literally in the arms of his loving wife Cassandra.
Memphis Wildfire Wrestling in conjunction with Minglewood Hall are planning The Official Nelson Frazier, Jr. Tribute. The proceeds will benefit the Frazier family with the astounding expenses that occur during this unfortunate time. For more information regarding The Official Nelson Frazier, Jr. Tribute – go to Wildfire Wrestling’s Official Facebook page.
“Throwback Thursday” is a weekly Memphis Wrestling post at MemphiSport.com.
Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.