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Men on a Mission
Tag Team
Members Mabel
Mo
Oscar
Name(s) Men on a Mission
Harlem Knights
Heights 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) – Mabel
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) - Mo
Combined
weight
770lb (349.27kg)
Debut 1993
Disbanded 1995
Promotions USWA
WWF
PWF

Men on a Mission was the World Wrestling Federation name for the pairing of wrestlers Nelson Frazier, Jr. and Robert Horne, who wrestled as Mabel and Mo respectively. Frazier and Horne wrestled together as a tag team for nearly a decade in various promotions under various names.

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Career

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Harlem Knights

The team that would later be known as “Men on a Mission” started out by competing as a team in the Pro Wrestling Federation and the United States Wrestling Association where they wrestled as The Harlem Knights with Frazier being known as Nelson Knight and Horne as Bobby Knight, with the two being billed as brothers. In the PWF the team was managed by George South. The duo would return to the PWF in 1996 and win the PWF Tag Team Title.[1]

While in the USWA the team feuded with Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett and other faces being pushed as the “Monster threat” due to their size.[2] Their work in the PWF and the USWA got them noticed by the WWF and they were signed to a contract in 1993.

Men on a Mission

When Men on a Mission[3] began appearing on WWF television the vicious heel duo had been repackaged as faces in bright clothes, positive attitudes and teamed with a rapping manager called “Oscar” and they were now known as “Mabel” and “Mo”, collectively “M.O.M.” or “Men On a Mission”. They had the image of three people who could be loved by the crowd but who were also attempting to make positive changes in their neighborhood. This was accomplished through use of several (usual for the time for the WWF) vignettes showing them walking down streets in the ghetto but saying positive things and talking about how things could be made better.[4]

The team met with moderate success in the ring but due to Mabel’s unusual size, their fun loving personas and Oscar’s crowd pleasing raps they did get over with the crowd. Their fun loving personalities were prominently displayed when they, along with The Bushwhackers, dressed up as Doink the Clown and wrestled as "The Four Doinks" in a comedy match against Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, and The Headshrinkers. The team even won the match in comedic fashion, with all four team members garnering the pin on Bigelow.[5] Their next feud was against the WWF Tag-Team Champions The Quebecers. The feud resulted in an unscheduled title change as the near-500 pound Mabel fell on Pierre accidentally during a house show, causing the Quebecers to lose the match and their championships.[1] Two days later the Quebecers regained the titles in a rematch.[1] The title change was also reported on WWF television.

Men on a Mission took a small break from teaming in the summer of 1994 as Mabel, who was seen as the big star of the group, began wrestling more singles matches in an attempt to get over as a solo wrestler. He was also used to help get rising stars over, due to his size.

Men on a Mission returned to regular teaming in late 1994, and moved almost immediately back into the Tag Team Championship picture. The team was entered in an eight-team tournament for the WWF Tag Team Championship, which was vacant at the time due to champions Shawn Michaels and Diesel breaking up. The team was eliminated in the first round on December 17, 1994 by Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow (who went on to lose in the tournament final to Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly and The 1-2-3 Kid). After that they continued to climb the ranks in the tag division, culminating in a match against the then champion Smoking Gunns on an episode of Action Zone which aired in March of 1995. The Gunns defeated Mabel and Mo, who responded by attacking them postmatch.[6] The next week on Action Zone Oscar offered an apology to The Gunns, and on the show after that Mabel and Mo decided to bring out the Gunns to shake their hands. The move turned out to be a swerve, as Mabel and Mo once again attacked the Gunns and turned heel. During the attack Oscar pleaded with his charges to stop but was shoved down and held by Mo while Mabel hit him with a running legdrop, completing the turn.[7] (Oscar, who was never seen in professional wrestling again after this and was not heard from for over a decade, later explained that the reason why Mabel and Mo attacked him in addition to their attack on the Gunns was because he did not want any part of the heel turn as he was more of a positive person, which would have been in contrast with the new characteristics the team was to show. Oscar said that he didn't want to be portrayed in such a negative light.)[8]

King Mabel and Sir Mo

After a short feud with the Smokin’ Gunns Mabel returned to singles competition and won the 1995 King of the Ring[9] tournament and became King Mabel with his trusty sidekick being dubbed Sir Mo, wrestling royalty. When Mabel became king, the focus shifted from the team to Mabel once more with Sir Mo acting more as a manager and less like an active competitor as Mabel challenged for the WWF Championship. The last notable appearances for Men on a Mission were at In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks where they beat Razor Ramon and Savio Vega.[10] They were also the opponents in the match where the British Bulldog turned on partner Diesel.[11] The feud between Diesel and Mabel fizzled out almost immediately thereafter, with Mabel losing his WWF Championship match against Diesel at Summerslam and losing the top heel assignment to the Bulldog. For the remainder of the year Mabel and Mo wrestled sporadically, and both were fired in early 1996 with Mabel's last match coming against his former rival Diesel (which he lost).[12 ]

Post WWF

Shortly after quitting WWF (Team was never fired), Frazier and Horne (still wrestling as Mabel and Mo) moved to the United States Wrestling Association, where they were both entered in a tournament for the Unified Heavyweight Championship. Mabel defeated Mo and went on to lose in the tournament final.[12 ]

Frazier eventually returned to the WWF as Mabel in 1998, but by the next year was repackaged as Viscera, a member of the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness. While in the Ministry he teamed with Mideon on a regular basis until the Ministry disbanded toward the end of 1999. Frazier was fired again in 2000 after briefly feuding for the Hardcore championship. He moved to TNA as Nelson Knight and became Ron Killings' bodyguard, but he disappeared shortly thereafter. After a brief stint in the independent companies (where he wrestled under both Viscera and Mabel), he returned to WWE (as it was now known) as Viscera in 2004 and wrestled as both Viscera and Big Daddy V until his release from the company in August 2008. He had not wrestled on a regular basis since March due to weight issues.

Horne stayed in the independent promotions after his WWF departure and wrestled as both Mo and Rob Harlem. He and Frazier both resurfaced in Memphis Wrestling for a one-night only deal in 2003, during which Horne (as Mo) turned on Frazier (as Mabel), which led to a one-off match which Frazier won.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Federation
  • PWF Tag Team Championship (2 times)

References

  1. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  
  2. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "Memphis Wrestling 1993". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/memphis/jarrett/1993.html#031593. Retrieved April 18 2007.  
  3. ^ Men on a Mission: Rappin' fool trio that made life a living hell for anyone who had ears within a ten mile radius of WWF events.
  4. ^ R.D. Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.  
  5. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF Survivor Series Results (1993)". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#93. Retrieved April 18 2007.  
  6. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved April 18 2007. "(February 22, 1995) WWF Tag Team Champions the Smoking Gunns defeated Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar); after the match, the challengers brutally attacked the Gunns"  
  7. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved April 18 2007. "(February 22, 1995) after the match, MOM apologized for their earlier attack on the Smoking Gunns and invited the tag team champions out to shake their hands; instead, MOM once again attacked the Gunns as well as their own manager Oscar, with Mabel hitting a legdrop on Oscar"  
  8. ^ http://pwinsider.com/article/41503/oscar-reveals-why-he-was-kicked-out-of-men-on-a-mission-why-pn-news-failed-details-on-the-mom-reunion-and-more-in-his-first-ever-shoot-interview.html?p=1
  9. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF King of the Ring Results (1995)". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/kingring.html#95. Retrieved April 18 2007.  
  10. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF In Your House Results (2)". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/iyh.html#2. Retrieved April 18 2007.  
  11. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved April 18 2007. "(August 14, 1995) Diesel & Davey Boy Smith fought Men on a Mission to a no contest when Smith attacked Diesel from behind and helped in triple teaming him"  
  12. ^ a b http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/big-daddy-v.html

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