Men on a Mission

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Men on a Mission
(Left to right) Mo, Mabel and Oscar as Men on a Mission
Tag team
Members Mabel
Mo
Oscar
Name(s) Men on a Mission
Harlem Knights
Heights 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) – Mabel
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) - Mo
Combined
weight
770lb (349.27kg)
Debut 1993
Disbanded 1996
Years active 1993-1996
Promotions USWA
WWF
PWF

In professional wrestling, Men on a Mission was a tag team composed of Mabel & Mo. The tag team was best known for its appearances in the World Wrestling Federation from 1993 to 1996.

Career[edit]

Harlem Knights[edit]

The team that would later be known as “Men on a Mission” started out by competing as a team in the Pro Wrestling Federation and the United States Wrestling Association where they wrestled as The Harlem Knights with Frazier being known as Nelson Knight and Horne as Bobby Knight, with the two being billed as brothers. In the PWF the team was managed by George South. The duo would return to the PWF in 1996 and won the PWF Tag Team Title.[1]

While in the USWA the team feuded with Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett and other faces being pushed as the “Monster threat” due to their size.[2] Their work in the PWF and the USWA got them noticed by the WWF and they were signed to a contract in 1993.

Men on a Mission[edit]

When Men on a Mission[3] began appearing on WWF television, their vicious heel gimmick had been repackaged as faces. They wore bright clothes, had positive attitudes, and teamed with a rapping manager called “Oscar” (whose real name is Greg Girard) and they were now known as “Mabel” and “Mo”, collectively “M.O.M.” or “Men On a Mission”. They had the image of three people who could be loved by the crowd but who were also attempting to make positive changes in their neighborhood. This was accomplished through use of several vignettes showing them walking down streets in the ghetto but saying positive things and talking about how things could be made better.[4]

Men on a Mission celebrating winning the WWF Tag Team Championship.

The team met with moderate success and got over with the crowd because of Mabel’s unusual size, their in-ring personas, and Oscar’s crowd pleasing raps. Their fun loving personalities were prominently displayed at the 1993 Survivor Series, when they, along with The Bushwhackers, dressed up as Doink the Clown and wrestled as "The Four Doinks" in a comedy match against Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, and The Headshrinkers. The team even won the match in comedic fashion, with all four team members garnering the pin on Bigelow.[5] Their next feud was against the WWF Tag Team Champions The Quebecers. Men on a Mission won the titles on March 29, 1994 at a house show in London, England.[1] Two days later the Quebecers regained the titles in Sheffield, England.[1] The title change was also reported on WWF television.

Men on a Mission took a small break from teaming in the summer of 1994 as Mabel, who was seen as the big star of the group, began wrestling more singles matches in an attempt to get over as a solo wrestler. He was also used to help get rising stars over, due to his size.

Men on a Mission returned to regular teaming in late 1994, and moved almost immediately back into the Tag Team Championship picture. The team was entered in an eight-team tournament for the WWF Tag Team Championship, which was vacant at the time due to champions Shawn Michaels and Diesel breaking up. The team was eliminated in the first round on December 17, 1994 by Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow (who went on to lose in the tournament final to Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly and The 1-2-3 Kid). After that they continued to climb the ranks in the tag division, culminating in a match against the then champion Smoking Gunns on an episode of Action Zone which aired in March 1995. The Gunns defeated Mabel and Mo, who responded by attacking them postmatch as a precursor to a villainous turn.[6]

The next week on Action Zone Oscar offered an apology to The Gunns, and on the show after that Mabel and Mo decided to bring out the Gunns to shake their hands. After shaking their hands and raising the arms of the Gunns, Mabel and Mo then responded by clotheslining Billy and Bart Gunn to the mat. As Mabel repeatedly splashed Bart while Mo assaulted Billy, Oscar tried to intervene and pleaded with his charges to stop. Mo shoved Oscar to the mat and held him there while Mabel nailed him with a running leg drop, completing the heel turn as Mabel and Mo mocked the Gunns by parading around the ring wearing their cowboy hats and antagonized the fans.[7] With the turn, Mabel and Mo dropped the rapping and "trying to make a difference" characters and reverted to the ruthless thug characters they portrayed before joining the WWF.

(The original plan was for Oscar to remain as the team's manager but Oscar objected to the entire idea of the turn and decided to leave the company. In an interview for Pro Wrestling Insider, Oscar explained that the reason why he signed on to be part of Men on a Mission was that he was a positive person and believed in the nature of the characters, and turning them into thugs was something he did not want to be part of. He never returned to wrestling after that.)[8]

King Mabel and Sir Mo[edit]

After a short feud with the Smokin’ Gunns, Mabel returned to singles competition and was immediately given the spot as the top villain in the company. He won the 1995 King of the Ring[9] and began referring to himself as King Mabel, with Mo becoming Sir Mo and taking on more of a managerial role. Mabel was put into a feud with Diesel, the reigning WWF Champion, with the two scheduled to wrestle at Summerslam. However, the WWF's plans changed on the August 14, 1995 broadcast of Monday Night Raw. That night, Men on a Mission were to face the Allied Powers in the main event. However, Lex Luger did not show and The British Bulldog asked Diesel to team with him. Bulldog then turned heel by attacking Diesel and assisting Men on a Mission in beating him down. [10] The feud between Diesel and Mabel fizzled out almost immediately thereafter, as the Bulldog took over Mabel's top villain spot, and Mabel began a feud with The Undertaker.[11] The feud ended just as quickly. This time, it was due to Mabel's reckless ring work as he legitimately broke Undertaker's eye socket with a leg drop. This was on top of him nearly breaking Diesel's back during their feud and both incidents helped lead to the release of both Mabel and Mo in January 1996, weeks after Mabel lost a casket match to Undertaker.

Post WWF[edit]

Shortly after leaving the WWF, Frazier and Horne (still wrestling as Mabel and Mo) moved to the United States Wrestling Association, where they were both entered in a tournament for the Unified Heavyweight Championship. Mabel defeated Mo and went on to lose in the tournament final.[11]

Frazier eventually returned to the WWF as Mabel in 1998 doing a run in on 1998 King Of The Ring Ken Shamrock and gets beaten by Shamrock later that night. Frazier made an appearance in ECW as a part of the Full Blooded Italians after a match between Tracy Smothers and Tommy Rogers until Spike Dudley took him down with an acid drop. Frazier made his return at the 1999 Royal Rumble, taking on Mankind and later that night jumped one of The Headbangers to enter the Royal Rumble match. Undertaker and his Ministry of Darkness pulled him out of the match and threw him in the back of a hearse. This led to him being repackaged as Viscera, a member of the Ministry of Darkness. Frazier was released from his WWF contract in August 2000. In March 2003, Frazier, as "Nelson Knight", made a surprise appearance at a weekly NWA: Total Nonstop Action pay-per-view at the side of Ron Killings.[12] A second appearance followed the next week,[13] but Frazier soon returned to the independent circuit. In late 2004, Frazier returned again to the WWE as Viscera. In 2007, he was repackaged as "Big Daddy V" and began appearing on the ECW brand. Frazier was released from his WWE contract on August 8, 2008.[14] After wrestling for promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance and the Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo Championship Wrestling, Frazier began wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling, as Big Daddy Voodoo, where he is a former All Asia Tag Team Champion with TARU and is part of the Voodoo Murders stable

Horne stayed in the independent promotions and wrestled as both Mo and Rob Harlem. He and Frazier both resurfaced in Memphis Wrestling for a show in 2003, during which Horne (as Mo) turned on Frazier (as Mabel), which led to a one-off match which Frazier won. Horne retired from wrestling in 2006, and Frazier died of a heart attack on February 18, 2014.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Pro Wrestling Federation
  • PWF Tag Team Championship (2 times)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "Memphis Wrestling 1993". Retrieved April 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ Men on a Mission: Rappin' fool trio that made life a living hell for anyone who had ears within a ten mile radius of WWF events.
  4. ^ R.D. Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-584-7. 
  5. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF Survivor Series Results (1993)". Retrieved April 18, 2007. 
  6. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". Retrieved April 18, 2007. "(February 22, 1995) WWF Tag Team Champions the Smoking Gunns defeated Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar); after the match, the challengers brutally attacked the Gunns" 
  7. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". Retrieved April 18, 2007. "(February 22, 1995) after the match, MOM apologized for their earlier attack on the Smoking Gunns and invited the tag team champions out to shake their hands; instead, MOM once again attacked the Gunns as well as their own manager Oscar, with Mabel hitting a legdrop on Oscar" 
  8. ^ http://pwinsider.com/article/41503/oscar-reveals-why-he-was-kicked-out-of-men-on-a-mission-why-pn-news-failed-details-on-the-mom-reunion-and-more-in-his-first-ever-shoot-interview.html?p=1
  9. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF King of the Ring Results (1995)". Retrieved April 18, 2007. 
  10. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". Retrieved April 18, 2007. "(August 14, 1995) Diesel & Davey Boy Smith fought Men on a Mission to a no contest when Smith attacked Diesel from behind and helped in triple teaming him" 
  11. ^ a b http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/big-daddy-v.html
  12. ^ "NWA: Total Nonstop Action PPV results - March 26, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  13. ^ "NWA: Total Nonstop Action PPV results - April 2, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  14. ^ "WWE releases six Superstars, referee Nick Patrick". WWE. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
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