Forget WWE's official narrative about WrestleMania It was SummerSlam 1992 in London's Wembley Stadium that drew the largest crowd in company history, with over 80,000 packed in to see Davey Boy Smith defeat Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. One man who was not happy with the event, though, was Kevin Wacholz, who wrestled as the convict Nailz. Feeling that his payoff for the mega-event was too small, he decided to confront Vince McMahon about his misgivings. While Wacholz's friend John "The Berkzerker" Nord watched the door, the soon-to-be-former WWE Superstar yelled at McMahon, then started choking him severely. It took a host of agents to pull Wacholz away, and both he and Nord were fired. The conflict didn't end there, though. Both sides filed lawsuits against one another, with a lot of accusations thrown by Wacholz including that Vince McMahon gave him steroids, that he was wrongfully terminated, and most infamously, that McMahon groped him sexually, precipitating the attack. All lawsuits were eventually dropped. You'd think, after all that, that no wrestling company would touch Wacholz, but you'd be wrong. WCW brought him in as The Prisoner, paying him big money allegedly because Eric Bischoff liked the fact that Wacholz assaulted McMahon.
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013