Kevin Nash Undergoes Knee Surgery After 30 Years of Pain


The WWE Hall of Famer recently underwent surgery to correct an issue in his right knee he says has bothered him for over three decades

Thanks to social media, even our most gruesome and personal moments can be shared with thousand of strangers all over the world. Kevin Nash (AKA “Big Sexy”) recently did so for the enjoyment of his more than 141,000 followers on Instagram. Nash has documented his knee problems for quite awhile so this surgery has been a long time coming. He played three years of basketball for the University of Tennessee and then professionally for various teams in Europe. It was during this time that Nash tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which ended his basketball dreams.

Finally, after more than 30 years of discomfort and pain, Nash has finally received the surgery he needed to repair his knee. For professional athletes, an ACL tear is a season-ending injury that not only requires intrusive surgical repair but almost a year of rehabilitation. In 2015, Seth Rollins also tore his ACL but was back in action within 6 months. This quick return may have played a role in Rollins re-injuring the same knee less than a year later.

Any way you slice it (pun intended), ACL surgery is serious business and the older you get, the longer time it takes for your body to return to normal. This week, Kevin Nash decided he had waited long enough and finally went under the knife. Once he was out of surgery, he posted a picture of the results to his social media accounts. If you haven’t eaten lunch yet, you may want to wait a while before going any further.

Nash uploaded a picture of his knee post-surgery to his Instagram account.

The 6’10, 300+ pound man-made his debut in WCW in 1990 as one half of a tag team known as the Master Blasters. His in-ring name was Steel and his partner was named Iron so it’s no surprise the ridiculously named duo lasted less than a year. He suffered through several more awful gimmicks such as Oz (yes, based on the Wizard of Oz) and Vinnie Vegas, a lighthearted mobster parody who cracked jokes as well as skulls.

When he left WCW in 1993 to join Shawn Michaels in the WWE, he was repackaged as Diesel, one of his most infamous personas. He would keep this moniker until he left WWE in 1996 and returned to WCW. This infamous return/invasion was not only the birth of The Outsiders (with friend and fellow WWE Hall of Fame member Scott Hall) but the New World Order, one of the most popular factions in professional wrestling history.

Nash parted ways with the WCW again in 2001 and would perform with the WWE as well with TNA where he would be reunited with old friends Booker T, Sting, and Scott Steiner. Several years on the independent circuit and even an appearance as the nWo with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall at WrestleMania 31 in 2015 capped off a career spanning more than 30 years in the ring.

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Nash has also spent his fair share of time in Hollywood, first appearing as Super Shredder at the end of 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and starring in several high-profile films including The Longest Yard, John Wick, Magic Mike, and Magic Mike XXL.