Kevin Nash returning to WWE?
Several people have asked me if there is any truth to the rumor that Kevin Nash is heading back to WWE after his contract with TNA expires in October. I don’t know how much interest WWE has in him, but Nash has said privately that he is planning to go to WWE and wrestle for another year or two before retiring, according to an industry source.
It is no secret that Nash is close friends with Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and he has always been on good terms with Vince McMahon, regardless of whether he was working for WWE or the competition. Nash reportedly was backstage at WrestleMania XXIV last March in Orlando, Fla., even though WWE had banned its talent from fraternizing with TNA talent that weekend. At the time, Jim Ross wrote on his blog that “Kev is still a part of the WWE family and, in my eyes, always will be.”
If he does return to WWE, the 49-year-old Nash, who has undergone numerous surgeries (including procedures on his knees and neck) over the years, almost certainly would be unable to work anywhere near a full schedule. During his last run in WWE (2002 to 2004), Nash spent more time on the injured list than he did in the ring.
The easier schedule in TNA is one of the main reasons that the company has been a good fit for Nash. When I asked him about his physical condition during a backstage interview before an Impact taping in March, he said: “The schedule is light enough where, even though after three days I feel like hell, I’ve usually got like 13 or 14 days to get my body back. If I was working house shows, I couldn’t do it.”
There has been speculation that Nash could return as Michaels’ bodyguard, which was his original role in WWE in 1993. I don’t see that happening, though, as babyfaces usually don’t have bodyguards, and it’s highly unlikely that Michaels would turn heel. Hey, if the rumors of Sid Vicious coming to WWE are true, perhaps we could revisit the epic Diesel-Psycho Sid feud. Or not.
At this point in Nash’s career, I actually think he would be more valuable to WWE outside the ring than in it. Funny and articulate, Nash would probably make a good color commentator. He also has worked on the creative side in the past, so I could see him eventually transitioning into a job as a writer or producer.