Kevin Nash has wrestled under several ring names, but is best known for his work under his real name in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Nash also found success in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he was originally billed as Diesel.
In 1994, Nash (as Diesel) won all three titles comprising the WWF Triple Crown, and at that year’s Slammy Awards won the MVP (now Superstar of the Year) and (with Shawn Michaels) Best Tag Team (now Tag Team of the Year) awards. Between WWE, WCW, and TNA, Nash has won a total of 21 championships, including being a six-time world champion (five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion), and a 12-time world tag team champion between the three promotions.
Although he held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship only once, Nash’s 358-day reign is the longest of the 1990s. During his time in WCW, Nash became the first wrestler to defeat Goldberg and in the process ended his undefeated streak of 173–0 at Starrcade in 1998.
Nash was a member of The Kliq, an influential backstage group that included Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman.
He is also one of the three founding members of the New World Order (nWo), along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall. Nash was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.
In 1991, Nash made his acting debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as the genetically enhanced version of the villain, Shredder, called the Super Shredder. He also had a very minor role as a jackhammer worker in the 1998 movie Family Plan.
In 1999, Nash created and co-wrote a comic book titled Nash, set in a dystopian future and featuring himself as the primary character. Image Comics published an ashcan preview edition and two regular issues.
He was the first choice for the role of Sabretooth in X-Men, but the role ultimately went to his former tag team partner Tyler Mane. Nash appeared in a fight scene as The Russian in the 2004 film The Punisher.
He made guest appearances in three different TV shows. He appeared on one episode each of The Love Boat: The Next Wave (episode “Captains Courageous”) and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (episode “The Crucible”), and in two episodes of Nikki as The Big Easy (episodes “Gimme Shelter” and “Stealing Nikki”). In 2009, he appeared on Fox’s show Brothers, in which he came to get his stolen championship belt back.
In 2012, he played a male stripper in Magic Mike and reprised the role in the 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL.