Who Was The Fake Diesel?

Richard Bognar (January 16, 1970 – September 20, 2019) was a Canadian professional wrestler, actor, and motivational speaker who made his debut in the World Wrestling Federation alongside the “fake” Diesel in a storyline following the departures of Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) and Kevin Nash (Diesel) from the WWF to WCW. He also competed in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling as Big Titan.

Who was Diesel in the 1997 Royal Rumble?

Only The Undertaker was able to make his Saturday morning cartoon persona work in the new WWF by adding subtlety to it. It didn’t always work — the Corporate Ministry was perplexing, and some of the Paul Bearer stuff was unusual for the sake of weirdness — but he stayed mostly committed to his persona’s concept. Indeed, the one time he let go of it — an ill-advised turn as a Harley-driving Kid Rock fan, presumably in line with his own personality — was the clearest illustration of the Austin “crank your usual personality up to 11” template failing.

It would have been poetic justice for Undertaker to win the 1997 Rumble, given his uncommon ability to bridge the gap between the dying old WWF and the hard-charging era that was in its infancy. Unfortunately, the Dead Man was eliminated at the same time as Vader, by Austin, and therefore lost the February four-way match.

You have to wonder how Undertaker didn’t realize he was punching his brother while he was trading punches with “Diesel” in the 1997 Royal Rumble.

Kevin Nash, who had become a great celebrity as a founding member of The Outsiders in WCW, was a scarcely believable facsimilie of The Diesel in the 1997 Rumble. The WWF’s attempt to reignite the character’s popularity by repackaging the insane dentist in the same ring gear reeked of desperation at a time when desperation was all too real. The Rumble match marked Fake Diesel’s final appearance, a semi-conscious choice by WWE to put an end to the stale gimmick once and for all. He debuted as Kane nine months later and has been working as that character in some capacity since since. Given that both have showed the capacity to respond to the shifting tone of the promotion surrounding them, it’s fairly coincidental that Kane was originally billed as Undertaker’s half-brother. Kane hasn’t had to be as nimble in the past because he came fully formed into the Attitude Era and has remained essentially unhinged ever since, but his latest appearances on Team Hell No and as a corporate hack demonstrate that he still has the versatility.

Of course, Hart is vital to the Attitude Era’s first pivotal incident, the Montreal Screwjob, which destroyed his career with the WWF, gave birth to the Mr. McMahon character, which was pivotal to all that followed, and ironically saved the WWF from extinction. McMahon has now admitted that he overreached in 1996 when he offered Hart a large contract to keep him on board. He advised Hart look for a deal with WCW when he couldn’t pay the contract. From there, we know what transpired.

Raw scored its greatest rating in 18 months the night after the Screwjob (except for one week where Nitro did not air). The show’s rating had only gone below 3.0 twice in the six months preceding to the Screwjob; after the Screwjob, Raw dipped below 3.0 once, then began steadily beating Nitro just five months later. The circumstances surrounding Hart’s departure helped WWF win the wars.

To begin with, Hart never made much sense in the Attitude Era. He was never brilliant at making a promo or carrying a feud with anything other than his better in-ring talent, which was about 17th on the list of qualities that made a wrestler a star in the late 1990s WWE. He struggled to fit in at WCW, though — I mean, Bret Hart in the nWo? — and his ten-year battle with McMahon over Montreal polarized fans before the two reconciled with a squash fight at WrestleMania.

Austin was knocked out in the 26th round by Hart, but the refs were too preoccupied with Funk and Foley to notice. So he returned to the ring, tossed Undertaker and Vader, let Hart deal with Diesel, and then dumped Hart over the top rope for the victory. The controversial victory set up a four-way title fight for the February PPV.

That, in and of itself, is why this Rumble was so significant: it was Austin’s first appearance in the title picture. He had been The Ringmaster for less than a year, with DiBiase as his mouthpiece. Now he was the main event at WrestleMania, and what he did on that platform — losing a submission battle by passing out with blood streaming from his forehead instead of tapping out — demonstrated what was going to happen from then on. Austin became the biggest celebrity of the era at that time, when referee Ken Shamrock lifted Hart’s hand. He never let go of it.

The Postscript

Austin had won and lost the Intercontinental Championship by the next year’s Royal Rumble. Rocky Maivia had transformed into The Rock, joined the Nation of Domination, and was swiftly displacing Farooq as the group’s commander. In the 1998 Royal Rumble, he lasted more than 51 minutes, possibly the best performance by anyone who has ever drawn No. 4. Helmsley renamed himself Triple H and formed Degeneration X with Shawn Michaels and Chyna. After losing to Shawn Michaels in the 1998 Royal Rumble, the Undertaker was still wrestling in a casket set on fire by 1997’s Fake Diesel. Mankind was popular enough to keep the audience interested with the aforementioned steel-chair-head-shot-a-thon with Funk, and he subsequently came close to winning the Rumble as Dude Love.

The entire tone of the show had shifted, and it would stay that way for nearly a decade as WWF overtook, choked, and eventually bought out WCW. Those in the final eight (along with a few others) were the ones that pulled it off, whether they realized it at the time or not. The 1997 Rumble marked the end of the WWF as it had always been and the start of a strange new era.

Did Kane play Diesel?

Diesel (Kevin Nash) and Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) left WWE for World Wrestling Entertainment in 1996. Because WWE still owns the rights to the characters Diesel and Razor Ramon, the business decided to fill the vacancy with Kane (Diesel) and Rick Bognar (Ramon). The idea broke apart after a few months because the phony copies of popular characters didn’t work. Kane, on the other hand, saw value in the role.

Who played Diesel after Kevin Nash?

Nash, who was also known as Diesel, first worked for the WWE (then known as the WWF) from 1993 to 1996, before returning to the WCW.

After the Curtain Call incident, in which Kevin Nash, Ramon, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels violated kayfabe and hugged each other — babyfaces and heels – as it was Nash’s final match in the business, Razor Ramon left WWE to join WCW in 1996.

The story

Meanwhile, WWE utilized Kane, whose true name is Glenn Jacobs, to mock Nash’s departure, and Rick Bognar as Razor Ramon to do the same. As a result, Kane was introduced to the public as Diesel in September 1996, while Rick Bognar was cast as Ramon.

The team battled as a Tag Team and had a shot at the Tag Team Titles against then-holders Owen Hart and The British Bulldog in the event In Your House 12: It’s Time, but lost the match.

Is Razor Ramon Spanish?

Later that month, Hall signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as Razor Ramon, a sneaky and stylish Cuban American bully from Miami. Tony Montana and Manny Ribera from the 1983 film Scarface were used to create the character. Montana’s comments “Say hello to my little friend” and “Say goodnight to the bad guy” inspired Ramon’s moniker (The Bad Guy) and catchphrase (“Say hello to The Bad Guy”). On May 18, 1992, he made his debut in a dark match against Chris Hahn on a Wrestling Challenge taping. Hall later stated that he offered the notion of a Scarface-like character to Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson as a joke during a meeting. Hall suggested suggestions for vignettes that would duplicate several of the film’s sequences, such as driving around South Florida in a convertible with a leopard-skin interior, and repeated lines from the film with a Cuban accent. Despite the fact that the ideas were lifted directly from the film, Hall believes McMahon and Patterson were astonished by them and referred to him as a “genius.” Hall later discovered that McMahon and Patterson had never watched or heard of the film, and that they had assumed Hall had come up with the concepts himself. Patterson and McMahon came up with the term “Razor,” but agreed with Hall that it should be a nickname and that the character should be given a legitimate name. Later, Hall approached Tito Santana for a Latino-sounding name that began with the letter “R.” “Ramon” was offered by Santana, Hall passed it on to McMahon, and the name stuck. Tom Fleming created the Razor Ramon logo and suit.

Razor Ramon made his ring debut on the August 8, 1992 broadcast of Superstars, defeating local jobber Paul Van Dale with his finishing move, The Razor’s Edge, after weeks of introductory vignettes (previously called “The Diamond Death Drop” in WCW). Ramon used to come to the ring wearing enormous gold chain necklaces. He’d say “Something happens to these, something happens to you” as he handed them to a ringside attendant, then flick his toothpick at the helpless attendant.

On the September 14 episode of Prime Time Wrestling, Razor interjected himself into a WWF Championship bout between champion Randy Savage and Ric Flair, attacking Savage on the floor and allowing Flair to win the title. As a result, Razor and Savage began a feud, which was subsequently joined by The Ultimate Warrior after Warrior protected Savage from a Razor post-match assault. At Survivor Series, Razor and Flair were set to battle The Ultimate Maniacs (Savage and Warrior). Prior to the event, however, Warrior was sacked from the WWF and replaced by Mr. Perfect, Flair’s “executive consultant.” Razor and Flair were disqualified from the match after repeatedly double-teaming Savage and Perfect.

At the Royal Rumble, WWF Champion Bret Hart was set to defend his title against The Ultimate Warrior, but Warrior departed the business and was replaced by Razor Ramon. Throughout the feud, Razor made disparaging remarks about Hart and the Hart family of wrestlers. At the Royal Rumble, Razor was defeated by Hart and had to submit to the Sharpshooter. At WrestleMania IX, Razor made his WrestleMania debut, pinning former WWF Champion Bob Backlund with a roll-up. Despite the fact that Razor is a heel, fans could plainly be heard cheering for him after the match.

He lost an upset loss to jobber “The Kid” (who later became known as “The 1–2–3 Kid”) on the May 17 episode of Monday Night Raw, kicking up a feud between the two. It continued over to the King of the Ring competition, where Razor gradually became a fan favorite as he acquired respect for The 1–2–3 Kid and crowd backing. Ted DiBiase, on the other hand, showed no regard for Razor, mocking him for losing to such a minor jobber. Ramon’s face turn was solidified when he assisted The 1–2–3 Kid in defeating DiBiase. Ramon defeated DiBiase in DiBiase’s final WWF encounter at SummerSlam, bringing the feud to a close.

Who won 1998 Royal Rumble?

By eliminating The Rock last, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin won his second consecutive Royal Rumble Match, a sign of things to come. Shawn Michaels also defended his WWE Championship against The Undertaker in a memorable Casket Match.

Is Kevin Nash a Native American?

Kevin Nash, a native Detroiter, is an actor and equal rights campaigner who acquired his love of comedy as the class clown in elementary school and can find humor in nearly any scenario to this day. On April 4th, 1968, he couldn’t find any comedy because his father died of a heart attack at work at the age of 36. After spending the day at the funeral home, he returned home to watch his portable TV in the back bedroom of their 800 square foot home. The news of Martin Luther King’s assassination flashed over the television. This reminded him of sitting on his father’s knee while watching Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This struck a chord with him because the only time he’d ever seen his father cry was when JFK was assassinated. Kevin’s father, a longtime democrat, instilled in his son key beliefs that led to Nash’s promotion of human rights, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, later in life.

After three years as a Division 1 collegiate basketball player for the Tennessee Volunteers, a physical altercation with head coach Don DeVoe (Kevin pie-faced him after DeVoe snatched Nash’s jersey) led to their split. After seeing Bill Murray’s Stripes, he was inspired to join the Army and went on to have top-secret clearance as well as represent the US Armed Forces in the paint. Nash played European basketball after receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, but a career-ending devastating knee injury ended his basketball career and would impede his subsequent professional athletic career from the start. His passion for sports drove him down another path to fame, that of professional wrestling. After a career that saw him win six world titles and 21 championships in total, he is one of just eight people on the earth to have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame TWICE. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the intelligence, talent, and charisma that propelled him to the top of the sports entertainment world in the first place.

While Nash’s athletic journey to stardom, which included not only his wit and Detroit coolness but also his huge 6’10” size and physical strength, is what he is best known for, it is his skill as a predominantly humorous actor that brings him the greatest personal gratification. The role of Officer Englehart in The Longest Yard (2005) was originally scripted for a single line, “Who drank all the damn Gatorade?!!” but when both Adam Sandler and director Peter Segal saw how thoroughly and artfully Nash embraced the part, Englehart became a much, much bigger part of the film due to Nash’s ability to improvise scenes, Englehart became a much, much bigger part of the film. Perhaps Kevin’s most memorable character to date is this manly jail guard turned estrogen-laden cheerleader.

Is Kane brother of Undertaker?

The Brothers of Destruction were a WWE tag team made up of The Undertaker and Kane, who were storyline half-brothers.

Their relationship/brotherhood was embellished with an extremely dark and dysfunctional domestic past, with more deep-seated drama and dysfunction than other WWE tag team combinations.

The Undertaker and Kane alternately feuded and teamed together as The Brothers of Destruction from 1997 to 2020 (The Undertaker’s retirement), in what became a fickle WWE brother connection with Paul Bearer (later found to be Kane’s father) further adding to the swing and complexity.

They won three tag team championships as The Brothers of Destruction (two WWF Tag Team Championships and one WCW Tag Team Championship). Their on-again, off-again hatred was often rooted in the harboring of unresolved, bitter feelings from a childhood arson episode.

Is Kane a nice guy?

Kane. Glen Jacobs’ character does not fit the definitions of “pleasant,” “charitable,” or even “humane.” As Kane, the Devil’s Favorite Demon, he is downright diabolical, and he plays it wonderfully.

Who won the 97 Royal Rumble?

In his home state, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin won the first of his three Royal Rumble Match triumphs. Shawn Michaels, a hometown hero, defeated Sycho Sid to win his second WWE Championship.