On February 18, the wrestling world was dealt a blow when it lost the man known to wrestling fans worldwide as either Mabel, Viscera or Big Daddy V.
Real name Nelson Frazier Jr., the big man competed for World Wrestling Entertainment in two different decades, finding success in both singles and tag team competition.
As Mabel, he partnered with Mo in the tag team, Men on a Mission. Led to the ring by their rapper manager Oscar, the team immediately injected WWE programming with an energy that few others could replicate. Fans would throw their hands in the air and wave them back and forth as the duo made its way to the squared circle.
On March 29, 1994, Mabel and Mo captured the WWE Tag Team Championship from the Quebecers in London. Though they would lose the titles back to the Canadians two days later, it was the peak of their run as partners.
A heel turn and a split from Oscar would be the genesis for one of the most successful periods in Mabel's career.
On June 25, 1995, Mabel entered the King of the Ring tournament. While it was clear that the company had plans to push him, potentially as a top heel, no one expected that the former tag team specialist would escape from a field that also included Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, with the crown.
To the dismay of the fans in Philadelphia and those watching at home, Mabel stunned the world, won the tournament and set himself up for a main event push.
Two months after his unexpected victory, King Mabel challenged WWE champion Diesel in the main event of SummerSlam. He would lose that match, and his run at the top of the card, for all that it was worth, was over.
Mabel would stick around into 1996, but he would soon disappear from WWE television until returning in January of 1999.
At the Royal Rumble, Mabel returned, only to be abducted by The Undertaker and renamed Viscera. A henchman for the Ministry of Darkness, he took on the top stars in the industry, mostly in losing efforts. When the group disbanded in late 1999, Viscera remained a reliable performer in the company's midcard, often teaming with fellow Ministry member Mideon.
In 2005, he would return to WWE programming as the pawn of Trish Stratus in her war with Kane and Lita. The conclusion of that story led to a drastic character change. He dropped the old Ministry look, began sporting oversized pajamas to the ring and referred to himself as the "World's Largest Love Machine."
He engaged in a very entertaining romance with lovely Raw ring announcer Lilian Garcia before settling nicely into the midcard.
Viscera's size and history in the company made it so that, no matter how he was booked, it still meant something to beat him. As over from mid-2005 until early 2006 as he had ever been, the big man enjoyed somewhat of a career renaissance 10 years after his only main event push.
In 2007, he once again underwent a character change, this time as part of the ECW brand. Showing more skin than he had in his career to that point, he became Big Daddy V. A giant mass and destructive force, he wasted little time in becoming a top contender to CM Punk's ECW title. His matches with Punk were as good as they could possibly be, and V went on to serve as the monster of the brand.
Unfortunately, V would be released from his contract on August 8, 2008.
He would continue to compete on the independent circuit and had lost a considerable amount of weight.
Nelson Frazier Jr. was only 43 at the time of his passing.
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