Nelson Frazier Jr. was an anomaly in the WWE. Weighing nearly 500-pounds, standing at nearly seven-feet tall and totalling nearly two decades in the company, he stands out as one of the more prominent big men in the industry throughout the 90s and early 2000s. With plenty of names under his belt, any professional wrestling fan who watched the product between 1994 and 2010 will most likely remember one of his aliases. Whether he was the Fresh Prince inspired “Mabel” or the tattooed monster “Big Daddy V,” perhaps no gimmick defined his career quite like “Viscera.”
During the 1999 Royal Rumble, Mabel was kidnapped by Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness. It was only left to the imagination what the Satanic gang did to the big man upon leaving the arena, but what is certain is that Mabel was a changed man after the attack.
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The next night on Raw, Mabel was introduced as Viscera, an enforcer for the Ministry of Darkness. There have been plenty of enforcer characters throughout professional wrestling. Usually, they’re bigger guys accompanying a smaller guy or a group of smaller guys in order to impose the will of their accomplice through violence. Christian had Tyson Tomko, Raven’s Flock had Reese and Brother Devon had Batista. Take all preconceived notions of how an enforcer-client relationship looks and multiply that image by 10. That’s how Viscera looked with the Ministry of Darkness.
Not only were the members of the stable freakishly large, their assassin was a literal giant. You have a guy like Viscera, who's like triple the height and quadruple the width of a child, pulling the trigger for guys of smaller, albeit still massive stature. Viscera was protecting Bradshaw, Farooq and The Undertaker. That’s how big he was.
Alongside a terrifying build, he donned a black bodysuit, a bleached mohawk and whiteout contact lenses. After the disbanding of the Ministry of Darkness, Viscera’s most memorable moment would be splashing all 490-pounds of his onto 76-year old Mae Young during a feud with her kayfabe boyfriend, Mark Henry. In 2000, he was released from the company.
Viscera would return in 2004 as a hired assassin for JBL to take out his former Ministry of Darkness Leader, The Undertaker, which would bring him back into the fold, and remind fans how scary this mammoth of a man could be. For a while, Viscera was subjected to the C-shows and not featured in many prominent storylines, up until his feud with Kane. Somewhere during this feud, Viscera aligned himself with Trish Stratus and became “The World’s Largest Love Machine.” And that he was. For the first time, Viscera was really over with the fans. The audience ate it up. His black bodysuit became purple, his gothic theme song was replaced with porn music and his big body splash was replaced with 490-pounds of dry humping. This was the last time Frazier played a true babyface in the WWE and it was (in my opinion) his most memorable too.
Frazier died of a heart attack in 2014, but his legacy as one of professional wrestling’s most interesting big men still remains. His size alone grants him space in the memories of many professional wrestling fans, and his terrifying disposition only magnifies them. Whether it’s Mabel, Big Daddy V or Viscera, mark my words, Nelson Frazier Jr. will one day be in the WWE Hall of Fame. He sure as hell deserves it.