The following is an excerpt from a new interview with wrestling legend Kevin Nash:
Tell me about the party you’re throwing at Sutra to kick off WrestleMania weekend.
Yeah, it’s real chill. It’s not run by the federation or anything. We had a chance to get a pretty cool place in Midtown, and I wanted to kick off WrestleMania with fans and get a chance to have a little one-on-one time with them. Throughout the night there will be several different wrestlers that stop by.
This event is right around the corner from the Cheetah, where you once worked as a bouncer.
The last two months that I worked at the Cheetah, I had a red Mohawk because I was breaking into wrestling at that time. Of all the jobs I’ve ever had, I never once woke up and said, “Boy, I don’t want to go to work today” at the Cheetah.
I broke into wrestling at the old Center Stage when WCW was smaller. Then [Eric] Bischoff came along and made WCW bigger with “Nitro” and all that. I was fortunate enough to be part of that run. I actually still have a loft in Buckhead that a cardiologist friend of mine rents.
Before the Royal Rumble, you worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for a few years. What is your role with WWE now?
For me, right now at almost 52 years old, I really don’t want to be bouncing around too much. I’m blessed that I can get around as well as I can after being beat up for so many years. But I’d still like to do anything I can do to help the young guys and help the federation move forward. So we’re going to sit down over ‘Mania weekend and the weeks after that, look at some options, and see what works for them and what works for myself and move forward.
Will you be involved in WrestleMania at all?
I haven’t been told anything, but like any good pro wrestler, I’ll definitely pack my gear because you never know when somebody’s going to go down and they need a body. So I’ll make sure I have my gear on me in case I am needed. But I will be signing at the fan Axxess for them under my Legends contract. It’ll be nice to get back down there, and WrestleMania’s always special. It’s the Super Bowl of wrestling, and it’s nice to be part of the whole weekend. And to do our own little thing to kick it off is something that’s special to me because I’ve never tried to do anything like this before and it’s gotten a good response.
Atlanta’s a sweet town. Great food, great nightlife, good people, so it will be good to spend a couple of days in Atlanta going to my old gyms and hanging out in my old stomping grounds.
Check out the complete interview online at CLATL.com.