|Ring name(s)||The Convict
Kevin The Magnificent
|Billed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Billed weight||297 lb (135 kg; 21.2 st)|
|Born||April 17, 1958|
|Trained by||Brad Rheingans|
Kevin Wacholz (born April 17, 1958) is a former professional wrestler who 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 (AWA) in the 1980s.
Professional wrestling career
American Wrestling Association
Kevin Wacholz started wrestling in 1982 in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) as Kevin Kelly, a babyface midcarder. By 1986, he was a top heel and challenged for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. He used the moniker, "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly.
In 1987, he was managed by Sherri Martel and regularly issued arm wrestling challenges. This led to a feud with Tommy Rich, who answered one of his challenges on an edition of AWA Championship Wrestling on ESPN. Rich appeared to have the contest won, when Martel interfered on Kelly's behalf. In retaliation, Rich tore off her dress.
He left the AWA before it folded in 1991, and wrestled for independent promotions.
World Wrestling Federation
In 1992, Wacholz debuted in the WWF as Nailz, an ex-convict who, in a series of promos, alleged he was abused by former prison guard Big Boss Man during his incarceration. He also claimed to be innocent of his (unspecified) crimes. Following Big Boss Man's squash of Dave Roulette on the May 30 episode of WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Nailz (dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit) attacked Boss Man, handcuffing him to the top rope and repeatedly hitting and choking him with his own nightstick.
Nailz easily defeated numerous jobbers en route to defeating Boss Man's ally Virgil at SummerSlam. He continued to feud with Boss Man, who had recovered from Nailz's beating. The feud came to its climax when Big Boss Man defeated Nailz in a nightstick match at Survivor Series.
Before Nailz finished the feud with Boss Man, he began another feud, this time with The Undertaker. The two had a stare down on the October 24 episode of Superstars, a photo of which was used as the cover of the January 1993 issue of WWF Magazine.
However, Wacholz was released from his WWF contract in December 1992, after he allegedly attacked Vince McMahon in his office over a financial dispute, while John Nord watched the door. Bret Hart recalled in his autobiography that Wacholz "cornered Vince in his office and screamed at him for fifteen minutes". Hart claims he was just down the hall from the office when he heard a loud crash, which was Wacholz "knocking Vince over in his chair, choking him violently". The incident led to a series of lawsuits between Wacholz and the WWF. Wacholz alleged McMahon had given him steroids on a number of occasions; McMahon denied the claim. Wacholz then filed a wrongful termination lawsuit. The WWF filed a counterclaim against Wacholz, but both suits were later dropped.
In 1994, Wacholz testified against McMahon during his trial on charges of supplying steroids to WWF wrestlers. He claimed McMahon had told him to take steroids. According to the 2003 book WrestleCrap, his testimony included the comment "I hate Vince McMahon's guts."
He has two adult children and resides in Minnesota. He owns and operates his own business, AAA Trailers.
Championships and accomplishments
- WWWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- "Kevin Wacholz profile". OWOW. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- Tommy Rich - Kevin Kelly Arm Wrestling Challenge (AWA)
- Reynolds, R.D. (2003). Wrestlecrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. pp. 74–76. ISBN 978-1-55022-584-6.
- Big Boss Man vs. Dave Roulette + Nailz Debut - YouTube, 8/29/08
- "WWF Magazine January 1993". Complete WWE.
- Santana, Tito (2008). Tito Santana's Tales From the Ring. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-59670-325-4.
- Hart, Bret (2008). Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling. Grand Central Publishing. p. 301. ISBN 978-0-446-53972-2.
- Nailz the Wrestler Testifies He Was Told to Use Steroids The New York Times (July 12, 1994).
- American Wrestling Association (1987). "Kevin Kelly w/ Nick Kiniski & Madusa Miceli vs Rich Winter". AWA.
- American Wrestling Association (1988-02-02). "Kevin Kelly & Nick Kiniski w/ Madusa Miceli vs Olsen & Smith". AWA.
- American Wrestling Association (1988-02-12). "Kevin Kelly w/ Madusa Miceli vs Curt Hennig". AWA.
- American Wrestling Association (1988). "Kevin Kelly & Nick Kiniski w/ Madusa Miceli vs VanHorn & Jake Milliman". AWA.
- American Wrestling Association (1986). "Madusa Miceli vs Sherri Martel w/ Kevin Kelly". AWA.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1992". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2010-09-15.