WWE’s lengthy history is packed with some truly strange and quirky backstage incidents and stories that only wrestling fans can relate to. The tale of the former wrestler, Nailz, legitimately attacking Vince McMahon is among the lesser-spoken about backstage incidents of all time. That doesn’t make the story any less crazy

‘Mr. Magnificent’ Kevin Kelly made his official WWF debut in 1992, under the ring name Nailz. His peculiar gimmick was that of an ex-convict, who accused the Big Boss Man of torturing him during his prison time, with Boss Man’s gimmick being an ex-prison warden.

Nailz emerged victorious in his inaugural feud with Boss Man, culminating in a Nightstick on a Pole match at Survivor Series, following a long-drawn rivalry. Coming out of that feud, Nailz teased going after The Undertaker and had a brief feud with The Ultimate Warrior. Then things took a turn for Nailz in Vince McMahon’s company.

One day, Nailz started arguing with Vince McMahon over a financial dispute, because the wrestler believed he deserved more pay from his match against Virgil at SummerSlam 1992. The tension between Vince and Nailz eventually resulted in the wrestler assaulting Mr. McMahon backstage. This caused Nailz’s release from the company, but he had a very wild accusation as well.


While speaking on a 2016 episode of Something to Wrestle, Conrad Thompson asked Bruce Prichard about the story that Nailz accused Vince McMahon of sexual assault after the wrestler knocked The Chairman off his chair in an attempt to strangle him during that backstage brawl.

What followed was a rather interesting conversation where Conrad Thompson re-told Nailz’s story, and Bruce Prichard simply said he was not present to witness things. That being said, Earl Hebner was around, and Bruce Prichard did not deny the incident took place.

Conrad: There’s rumor and innuendo out there that Nailz accused McMahon of sexual assault, or whatever the case might be. Give me some.

Bruce: Well, they had a big argument. Earl Hebner witnessed the thing through the door because it was heated, and it was loud.

Conrad: Wait, wait, wait. There was no wait, wait, stop. Stop. Earl Hebner witnessed it through the door. It was heated and loud. Yeah, I asked if there was a sex incident and you said Earl watch.

Bruce: You liked what you liked the way that you liked the way that I phrased all that? See, I saved that for the payoff that no, there was no sexual harassment or touching of any way, shape or form. It was a heated argument with Nailz doing a lot of yelling and screaming and and and then lunged. It vents. Choking him, kind of tumbling over. Tumbling his ass over the kettle in his chair.

Conrad: Allegedly, doesn’t Nailz start screaming when people start to come in the room? He touched my dick or something like that.

Bruce: I have no idea. I wasn’t there for it, so I don’t know. But I don’t know.

Conrad: The way I hear it, when people start coming in the room, he starts screaming ‘He touched my dick, he touched my dick!’ Which is just only in wrestling.

Bruce: Only in wrestling folks, but Goddamn, only in the WWF. Who knows what we’ll talk about Nailz again.

The bitter rivalry between Nailz and Vince McMahon later made it to court, where all charges against The Chairman were dropped. Nailz even attempted an attack on McMahon during the infamous steroid trial in court. The Chairman of WWE was eventually acquitted.

Transcription by Ringside News

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