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First-hand account of Nailz choking Vince McMahon backstage at a WWE show in 1992

Former WCW wrestler Charlie Norris was recently on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast. Most fans would know Norris from his matches on WCW television but he also did some dark matches in WWE at various times in the 1990s. Norris talked about the infamous incident that led to Nailz (Kevin Wacholz) getting fired, or quitting depending on who you talk to, in late 92.

As the story goes, Nailz choked out Vince McMahon after a financial dispute. Norris said he was there that night in Green Bay and he knew what Nailz was going to do because it was talked about earlier that day.

“Nailz, he was working a program with Big Bossman,” Norris said. “They did Boston Garden. They did Madison Square Garden where you’re supposed to get a nice little chunk of money there from that, not just the money you’re getting. We were going over there, me, John Nord (The Berzerker), and Nailz that day. I didn’t believe him, but he (Nailz) said, ‘I’m going to choke out, I’m going to get Vince tonight and you guys pretend that you’re pulling me off of him, but not really. Just make an effort because I don’t want you guys to get in trouble. So me and Nord were in there. I don’t see how we could have pulled him off anyway. I don’t think 50 people could have pulled him off. He was one bad dude. Nice guy, great guy, and I loved his gimmick, but he asked Vince, ‘How come my payoff is so low?’ It was ridiculous, like $600. I saw it. He showed me. For Madison Square Garden, are you kidding me? So he asked Vince and Vince got snotty with him. Some people you don’t do that with, and he’s one of them. He did grab Vince and he was really choking him. He let him go, but yea, that was in Green Bay, WI. We were watching the door so nobody else could get in there, John Nord, me, and I don’t remember who else was there. He got fired after that.”

Nord told a similar version of this story earlier this year during an interview with Hannibal TV. Nailz had a very brief stint as The Convict in WCW and in the American Wrestling Federation but his full-time wrestling career was done after the incident with McMahon.

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Grilling JR with a h/t to for the transcription

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