Well, it looks like that WWE not only plan on having Kevin Nash as a regular character from here on out but they expect him to compete as well. PWInsider (via WrestleScoop) are reporting that Nash has cancelled all his booked dates for Independent events in Canada because WWE are expecting him to take a medical to clear his fitness to wrestle.
It will be interesting to see if Nash still has what it takes to hang with the best, if a conflict with former WWE Champion, CM Punk, is on the cards. While Nash made a special appearance at the Royal Rumble of this year his last major run with WWE was not kind to him.
He was brought back in 2002 as part of the nWo faction (with Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan) only to injure his bicep keeping him from participating in a match at WrestleMania X8 where both Hall and Hogan had matches. After recovering from that injury, his first match back would see him tear his quadriceps when running across the ring to knock opponents off the apron.
It would not be until April 2003 where he would come back to face Triple H in a lackluster feud over the World Heavyweight Championship (he lost every encounter with The Game) and his final feud was with Chris Jericho who he would lose to in a hair vs. hair match on RAW.
His last match for the company before the Rumble was at SummerSlam 2003 in the Elimination Chamber. He was the first man eliminated. Due to a shoulder injury he was once again off TV and WWE decided to let his contract expire.
Should Kevin Nash Wrestle CM Punk?
In essence, Nash has a lot to prove if he make a full return to WWE.
It is believed that WWE need to explain to the current generation of WWE fans who Kevin Nash is. Last Monday saw little reaction from the crowd when he made his return. It is possible that due to the pop he received at the Rumble, WWE felt it would not be needed. Then again they should have anticipated that the Rumble, along with WrestleMania, is still followed by a reasonable amount of older fans.
Last Monday's verbal confrontation with CM Punk had been criticised on Nash's behalf because it was felt his insider references were too out-dated for today's fans to understand. Hopefully, next Monday will see Nash take on these problems and solve them by putting out a top-notch performance.
On the other hand I feel Nash is one of the guys you just wish would retire. He's had his moment on top throughout the '90s and the last decade proved that he just hasn't got what it takes to be a main event start anymore. This is no fault of his own as bigger wrestler have a harder time staying in a ring-worthy state as the years pass on.
As a one-off deal I am willing to accept this if it helps CM Punk maintain the momentum he gained over the last couple of months. Unfortunately, WWE have little talent that represent the corporate image he needs to fight in order to keep his character going. Nash will work for the time being, but WWE need to put some thought into who he will fight down the line.