After taking a shot at the late Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero for being "vanilla midgets," whose dual world championship wins at WrestleMania XX killed the wrestling business—according to Nash—wrestling fans and peers of Kevin Nash lashed out.
What's doubly intriguing about Nash's barb was that much of the interview focused on Nash's affinity for making money through a shrewd sense of making himself relevant in multiple avenues.
Ironically enough, comments made from Nash led to the biggest wrestling story of the week 22 years after his pro wrestling debut.
Chavo Guerrero Sr.'s acrimony toward Nash is more understandable than anyone else. It was Chavo's now deceased brother who was the defenseless recipient of Kevin Nash's now controversial statement to Grantland.com about Eddie's finest hour.
Guerrero was clearly so incensed that he bypassed proofreading and posted the following response to Nash's comments:
nash remain a f— moron idiot just because he was a freak and bigger than normal people he stll has no clue wt a wrestler .. entertainer or worker is my grandson that i am training noe cld have abetter match than him, idiot i can take his fat ass down now .. cant do a promo and if u saw his last promo in wwe with punk punk punked him he had no clue wt a waste of body maybe .. maybe his a syncronized wrestler diesel my ass.
Roddy Piper took a rather neutral stance with his particular response to Kevin Nash; however, the comments leaned toward disagreement, as he used himself as an example of a small wrestler drawing money.
While staying positive and taking a tone of admiration to his peers, past and present, Piper said:
I love all the real deal boys in biz. Fact, I’m one of the smallest. Fact I out drew almost everyone. Fact,Without ALL the boys, I’m nothing.
As always, Jim Ross was very careful with his words and made sure not to say anything that anyone could construe as a diss. While Ross made it clear he was in disagreement with Kevin Nash, his commentary on the matter was comfortably dressed in tact and diplomacy.
Ross added his thoughts through his blog, saying:
I'm an old school guy who thinks that wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and that the final, final decree on how well said talents produce is ultimately left up to the consumer aka the fans.
Lots of sub six feet tall athletes have been huge box office draws in the biz over the years. There are too many to mention here.
Several big men who have migrated into the pro wrestling world simply because of their size have failed. Some haven't. Kevin Nash was and still is very successful. He's made a lot of money and he's saved it. Smart guy. Out of the entire Grantland piece the thing that I felt was most compelling for today's wrestlers, rookies, wannabe's, etc, is that Kevin Nash made big money and he took care of it.
Nash is a brilliant guy...love him or hate him. He's a survivor and by any means necessary which at times doesn't sit well with some people.
Ambiguous, yet still-crazy Hart family member Smith Hart weighed in on Nash's stance on smaller wrestlers with a pretty strong point of his own.
Bringing Nash's longtime friends Sean "X-Pac" Waltman and Shawn Michaels in to the equation, Smith Hart tweeted:
I can understand where Kevin Nash is coming from, but I wonder where Shawn Michaels and X-pac fit into his theory.
Despite being one of the bigger guys with a great look for pro wrestling, MVP sided with the little guys, as he took a sarcastic tone in response to Nash's barb.
MVP delved into the boxing world and made mention of boxing's two biggest stars to dispute Nash's claim of smaller guys being unable to draw money:
Kevin Nash is right. Smaller guys don’t draw. I mean who would pay any money to watch itty bitty guys like Mayweather or Pacquiao?
The most notable tweet responding to Nash's controversial comments was that of Chris Jericho's, who went on to engage in a full-fledged Twitter beef with the former WWE and WCW world champion.
As one of the all-time great smaller workers, Jericho took exception to Nash's dismissive stance against workers of Jericho's stature, first by blasting Nash's own drawing ability as a WWE Champion:
Funny how @realkevinnash says wrestling “died” when Benoit and Guerrero were champs-Yet the worst year for WWE biz was 95 when he was on top.
Nash responded to Jericho, making the Twitter beef official:
Once again the puppet master pulls the marks strings .Knew Jericho was a closet mark.First one eliminated on a bulls–t sing show…REALLY!!
Jericho then quipped:
Hope @realkevinnash doesn’t tear his quad tweeting! #typicalbigman #nwothirdwheel.