Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Prisoner


Birthday: April 17, 1958
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight:297 lb (135 kg)
Trained by: Brad Rheingans
Debut: 1982
Previous Gimmicks: Thor, Kevin Kelly, Kevin The Magnificent, Nailz, The Prisoner
Kevin Wacholz (born April 17, 1958 in Bloomington, Minnesota) was a professional wrestler who once worked for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1992 as Nailz. He was also known as "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly in the American Wrestling Association in the 1980s.

Kevin Wacholz (born April 17, 1958 in Bloomington, Minnesota) was a professional wrestler who once worked for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1992 as Nailz. He was also known as "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly in the American Wrestling Association in the 1980s.

Kevin Wacholz started wrestling in 1982 in the American Wrestling Association as Kevin Kelly, a babyface midcarder. By 1986, he was a top heel and challenged for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. He was managed by Madusa Miceli and often teamed with Nick Kiniski as "The Perfect Tag Team" to contend for the AWA World Tag Team title. He was also using the moniker, "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly. In 1987, he was issuing arm wrestling challenges and was managed by Sherri Martel. This caused him to feud with Tommy Rich, who answered one of his challenges on an edition of AWA Championship Wrestling on ESPN. Kelly appeared to have the arm-wrestling match against Rich lost when Martel interfered on Kelly's behalf, for which Martel paid when Rich tore off her dress as payback.

He left the AWA for the independent promotions before it folded in 1991.

Wacholz entered the WWF in 1992 as Nailz, an ex-convict who, in a series of promos alleged that he was abused by former prison guard (and now fellow WWF wrestler) Big Boss Man while in prison and also claimed to be innocent of his crimes. Following Big Boss Man's squash match over Dave Roulette on a WWF syndicated program, Nailz – dressed in orange prison garb and hell-bent on revenge – charged the ring and brutally attacked Big Boss Man, eventually using a nightstick to injure his one-time tormentor.

Nailz squashed Virgil at SummerSlam 1992 and continued to feud with Big Boss Man, who had recovered from Nailz's beating. Eventually, Big Boss Man defeated Nailz in a Night Stick match at the 1992 Survivor Series, putting an end to their feud.

Nailz was set to feud with then recent face wrestler The Undertaker. The two had a stare down that aired on a WWF syndicated program, but the feud never went anywhere. Rumors had been stated that he was supposed to wrestle The Ultimate Warrior in a feud, but this was untrue. The Warrior claims otherwise on his site, however, and he said that this planned program with Nailz was part of the reason he left the WWF in 1992.

Wacholz was fired from the WWF in December 1992, reportedly after he attacked Vince McMahon over a dispute over money. Wacholz apparently started choking Vince McMahon until he was turning blue in the face.

The incident led to a series of lawsuits between Wacholz and McMahon. Wacholz fired the first shot, alleging that McMahon had sexually harassed him on a number of occasions; McMahon denied the claim, but Wacholz proceeded to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. The WWF filed a counterclaim against Wacholz, but later dropped the matter.

Wacholz later went on to testify against McMahon and the WWF when they were being indicted for giving their athletes steroids, saying that McMahon told him to take steroids and that he personally hated McMahon. Wacholz's testimony backfired in a way, as it seems that his inconsistent stories to the court led to McMahon's acquittal in the trial.

He went to World Championship Wrestling in 1993 for a short stay as The Prisoner to feud with Sting.

In 1996, Wacholz used his Nailz gimmick in Tito Santana's American Wrestling Federation.

Wacholz retired in 2000. Word is he wants to set up a car garage in Yoker some time in 2007.

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