Kevin Nash’s Return During SummerSlam Was A Nice Little Surprise If You Watched Pro Wrestling In The ’90s
Dan Fogarty 09:20 am, August 15th, 2011
Last night on WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view, Kevin Nash made his return by sneaking up on world champion CM Punk (totally against the rules. Where were the officials?). If you were a fan of wrestling in the '90s and know Nash, aka "Diesel," but no longer follow the constantly evolving WWE universe and have no idea who CM Punk is, fear not. Everything you see and hear in the clip below will seem unfamiliar, but in a totally familiar way.
After becoming the undisputed champion by defeating babyface hero John Cena, Punk celebrated in the middle of the ring. The camera pans out to reveal the 52-year-old Nash, who, despite being very tall and having a multiyear career with the WWE, is initially unrecognizable to the announcers. He attacks Punk, then powerbombs him, as special guest referee (and former Nash nemesis) Triple H looks on helplessly.
That leads to someone named Alberto Del Rio using something called "Money in the Bank," which essentially means you can jump in and fight the champion at any time. Or, as our resident pro wrestling expert Ben Axelrod puts it:
"'Money in the Bank' is ladder match at the last pay-per-view, and the winner gets a title shot that he can cash in whenever he wants. Since the WWE started it, everyone who's won MitB has successfully cashed it in."
God I love pro wrestling.
Anyway, Del Rio runs in, dropkicks Punk, pins him, and we have a new champion. The announcers: shocked. The audience: excited. And we have a suitably absurd ending to a WWE pay-per-view, whether its 1993, or 2011.