One of the downsides of being a wrestling fan is undoubtedly seeing a number of stars pass away at an early age and sadly former WWE talent Nelson Frazier Jr. can now be added to that list.
The performer, who shot to fame in the WWE as Mabel, one half of the ‘Men on a Mission’ tag team passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack. He was aged just 42.
By Craig Wilson – @CraigW4584
Frazier debuted with the WWF in 1993, alongside Mo, as two African American men trying to make a positive change in inner city neighborhoods. Clad in purple and yellow and rapped to the ring by their manager Oscar the team were a big hit with the fans at the time.
Although the duo did have a short stint with the tag team titles – two days – Frazier’s greatest success came in 1995 when he won the then prestigious King of the Ring tournament. The WWE hoped to use that win to push, the now titled, King Mabel into the main event. However, his spell at the top was a short one, including a loss to WWF Champion Diesel at SummerSlam 1995, before he would depart the company for the first time after the Royal Rumble in January 1996.
He made a surprise return at the 1998 King of the Ring before being repackaged as Viscera – a commanding presence in The Undertaker’s Corporate Ministry stable. After the group split he would find himself in the mid-card, mostly teaming with former Ministry cohort Mideon, although he did have a 2 minute reign as Hardcore Champion in April 2000 before leaving again four months later.
Frazier would make a surprise return in late 2004 attacking The Undertaker on the orders of John Bradshaw Layfield and would stay with the company for four years. His last televised WWE match came when he lost out to CM Punk in a Money in the Bank qualifying match and he would quietly depart the promotion for the last time.
Since then Frazier had been a mainstay on the independent scene even reuniting with his former Men on a Mission parter Mo. Sadly, however, just days after turning 42 Nelson Frazier passed away after suffering a heart attack.