Return of the Big Man

By Korbid Thompson
Updated: February 13, 2007


NEW JERSEY— I know that in this crazy world of pro wrestling, anything can – and usually does happen. However, there are still a few things that you simply can’t predict or anticipate. What happened this week on Smackdown would qualify as one of them. No, it’s not the fact that Theodore Long is still the general manager of Smackdown. It’s the fact that we witnessed the return of Viscera, the nearly 500-pound behemoth that simply started out as someone named Mabel.

That’s right. Remember Men on a Mission? They were a dynamic tag team that actually acheived the pinnacle of tag team wrestling in the’90′s. They were the WWF Tag Team Champions, guided by the aspiring rapper known as Oscar. Well, they weren’t Run DMC, to be sure, but they somehow reached crossover status in the WWF, and made their way to the top. Mo was the almost midget-like member of the group, in comparison to the giant Mabel. For such a big guy, Mabel was very agile, and actually, still is. Even as an older Viscera, he still seems to be quite agile, but we’ll see how long that lasts.

Anyway, big Vis was the chief member of the Undertaker’s famed Ministry of Darkness back in the day, and now may be forming a new clique with the current WWE Champion, John Bradshaw Layfield. Who knows? Maybe it’s just a short-term appearance for the big man, but maybe we’ll see one more glimpse of a good African-American talent, who can inspire those after him. We’ll see.

It looks like the “Alpha Male” Monty Brown is gaining a little more popularity within NWA-TNA. As begrudging as it may be, the WWE is the standard in the business, and it is only when Brown arrives in that part of town, he will gain the measure of success that he’s striving for. Believe me, Vince McMahon has very questionable tactics, in terms of African-Americans, but NWA-TNA cannot give Brown the platform to acheive semi-greatness, even if they wanted to.

That’s my time for now. You are now “In The Black”. Peace…