Kevin Nash has achieved pretty much everything in pro wrestling, but the near 7-footer continues to step in the ring on occasion.
The WWE legend uses the mentality that he may be called for a movie role or a match as motivation to stay in shape.
“The thing is as you get older you get really beat up,” Nash said. “It takes a lot to get yourself to the gym on a daily basis and to push yourself as hard as you did 10 years ago. The only way you can do that is you have to be seen in public in your gear and have people see you on a monthly or weekly basis judge you and say, ‘He has lost it. He is not in shape anymore.’
“If you continue to put your tights on and go out there and perform, whether it’s in front of a thousand people or 10,000 people, it gives you that extra drive. It’s one of those situations where if I didn’t have something lined up, then it would be a lot easier to take the day off.”
The grappler made an appearance as the iconic Diesel character on WWE television last year in the Royal Rumble. This led to a shocking follow-up at SummerSlam where he attacked WWE champion CM Punk. Nash got to face off with one of his best friends in Triple H at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view to end his latest stint with the company, but never got a chance to square off with Punk.
Nash says Plavix, the medication he is on to prevent harmful blood clots that may cause heart attacks or strokes, clashed with the WWE wellness policy. He takes it as a precaution because his father died of a heart attack at 36. However, he doesn’t rule out a match with himself and Punk.
“All I would have to do is go off the Plavix, which I think takes 30 days to get out of your system,” Nash said.
“It would depend. I really enjoyed coming back. I would have really liked to wrestle [CM] Punk and had a match. Being back six months at my age, physically, people don’t understand. You leave the house on Sunday, you’re there all day Monday and you travel again on Tuesday. Then if you are on a pay-per-view, it still is 13 days a month that you are on the move and away from sitting with your wife watching ‘Brian Williams and the Nightly News’ at 6:30 with a glass of wine.
“That, at 53 years old is where I plan on being. Is it still exciting? Absolutely. Was it a thrill to be back? Did I enjoy my time and get a chance to meet the new crew? Yes. When I had left [before the last time] John Cena was coming into prominence. So it was a nice to spend some time with John and get to know him. For me, Paul Levesque, Triple H, is like a brother to me. Any time I get a chance to get even two or three hours with him at TV, because he is so busy, is a good day. At the same time, if they need me and you never know, it’s another reason to stay in shape. They can call me tomorrow. That is what happened. When they called me for SummerSlam, and if I was at home weighing 350, I wouldn’t have looked very impressive.”
Nash tweeted that he would not be able to do the Raw 1,000th episode on July 23 because it was during a family vacation.
“They asked me what my thoughts on it,” Nash said (this interview was conducted before he sent out the tweet).
“They asked me if I was interested, and I told them I would be honored. I think the first one I was on was maybe three or four. I was there for the inception of Raw when they were from the Manhattan Center. When you sit there and realize I watched ‘Gunsmoke’. There wasn’t a whole lot of television, but my father watched ‘Gunsmoke’. Raw has done 400 or so episodes more than ‘Gunsmoke’. When you have the longest running weekly episodic television show in the history of television, it’s an unbelievable achievement for any company or program.”