The WWE Universe was dealt a blow on this February 18th when we lost the wrestler known worldwide as Viscera, Big Daddy V or Mabel.
Viscera’s real name was Nelson Frazier Jr. The giant competed for almost two decades on different circuits and was given different gimmicks over the tenure. He was a big bulky man and intimidated his opponents with his elbow drops and giant splashes.
Viscera joined WWE in 1993 under the name Mabel. He had earlier competed in tag team with Mo before coming to WWE. As Mabel, he again partnered Mo in the tag team, Men on a Mission. They were led to the ring by their rapper manager Oscar, the team immediately injected WWE programming with an energy that few others would ever replicate.
The high point of the tag team come in 1994, Mabel and Mo captured the WWE Tag Team Championship from the Quebecers in London. They had earlier beaten them in WrestleMania X but only through Disqualification. Though they would lose the titles back to the Canadians two days later, it was the peak of their run as partners.
The Men on mission were incredibly over with the fans. Fans would pop up when they made way to the squared circle. They were cheered and loved by the fans.
The run with the tag team was broken due to a heel turn and a break up with the Manager Oscar. Mabel was projected a major heel and got the best run of his career.
On June 25, 1995, Mabel entered the prestigious 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 hall of famer Shawn Michaels and the Phenom The Undertaker, with the crown.
Mabel stunned the world, won the tournament and was crowned as the king of the ring.
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. He was dragged further down the card thereafter.
In 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 became more or less a tag team player in the mid-card of WWE.
In 2005, Viscera returned to partner Trish Stratus against Lita and Kane. This story led to a drastic character change for Viscera. He 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 underwent a character change for the last time. This time he was a part of the ECW brand. Viscera became Big Daddy V. He was projected as a destructive unstoppable 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. H still used to compete on the independent circuits and wrestled in Japan for a year till 2011 as King V.
Nelson Frazier Jr. was only 43 at the time of his passing.