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    Posted: 21/March/2014 at 19:33
Men on a Mission got over moderately well with the WWF audience when they debuted in 1993. This was during WWF’s Next Generation period when they were rebuilding the company following a series of major scandals. WWF was looking for younger talent to carry the company as they had to release many of the established stars due to their struggling finances. 


In 1992, WWF entered into a talent exchange program with Memphis-based USWA. While not an official developmental program, WWF still sent some developmental talents to USWA to pick-up experience. Originally billed as the brother tag team, Harlem Knights, the super-heavyweight combo was pushed as a pair of monsters. But when they joined the main WWF roster in 1993 they were repackaged. 


As Men on a Mission they were babyfaces that were trying to bring positive change to the ghetto. (Think MC Hammer, but 3 years too late.) The tag team added aspiring rapper Greg Girard under the name of Oscar when they joined WWF in 1993. Oscar played the hype-man role and would rap as the team came down to the ring. There had already been some rap characters in wrestling, but those had been wrestlers pretending to be rappers. Oscar wasn’t a wrestler and, unlike P.N.News, Oscar would write new rhymes specific to the city and event. 

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In 1994, Men on a Mission held the WWF World Tag Team Championship for just 2 days. The title switch occurred at house show in London, when MOM defeated The Quebecers. Then 2 nights later at a house show in Sheffield, the Quebecers regained the titles. In a strange twist, the WWF acknowledged the title change on-the-air. The team disappeared from TV for a short period, except for a few odd singles outings by Mabel. By late 1994, MOM had lost the buzz and in spring of 1995 the team turned heel. Oscar did not want to give up the positive-action character and asked for his release; he left both the company and pro wrestling.

Given Mabel’s massive size, he was quickly pushed as the singles star. The team was largely dissolved once Mabel won the 1995 King of the Ring. Mo was downgraded to sidekick and de facto manager to King Mabel. Mabel became the top heel in the company and earned a title shot at SummerSlam ’95. But Mabel quickly earned a bad backstage reputation for being reckless in the ring and legitimately injured top stars Undertaker and Diesel. Following Royal Rumble 96, both Mabel and Mo were quietly released.

Mabel had already been working in Puerto Rico when he was released by WWF (owning to a talent exchange agreement with Carlos Colon’s WWC.) Mabel finished his feud with Colon before rejoining Mo in USWA. Mo continued to work as a heel in USWA and changed his name to Sir Mohammad when he joined the original Nation of Domination. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tj4nr0Kurg

When Mabel arrived he was now a babyface. Men on a Mission formally broke up in the USWA after both Mabel and Mo faced off in the finals of a tournament for a USWA title shot. In 2003, Mo and Mabel both returned to Memphis Wrestling for a bit feud. 

After the dissolution of Men on a Mission: 


Mabel would return to the WWF multiple times and was repackaged as Viscera, Viscera “The world’s largest love machine” and finally as Big Daddy V. He also wrestled in Japan, and in US independents adding the names King V, Big Daddy Voodoo, and Big Daddy to his list of ring aliases. 

Mo remained active in the Memphis area and briefly operated his own indie promotion. He left wrestling a couple of times and reportedly became a truck driver. 

Oscar left wrestling and became a community activist through his church. Oscar it turns out really did want to bring about positive change in his community.

In 2010 “Mo” Bobby Horne revealed that he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Presumably owing to medical expenses, Horne began making fan-convention and non-wrestling appearance with Tennessee area promotions.  In spring 2013, Horne revealed that he was suffering kidney failure and needed a transplant.

In late 2013, “Oscar” Greg Girard also began to make fan convention appearance following his wife suffering an aneurism. The 3 members of Men on a Mission would appear together again on the fanfest circuit. 

On February 18th of 2014, just 4 days after celebrating his 43rd birthday, “Mabel” Nelson Frazier suffered a fatal heart attack. 

On March 19th, Greg Girard was hospitalized after suffering stroke-like symptoms. He has since revealed on his Facebook account that he had actually had a heart attack and also was having problems with his thyroid.

Bobby Horne's health struggles continue but has still been a major part in organizing a Nelson Fraizer tribute show that will take place the end of March 2014.

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Gutted they never got the Hasbro treatment. 
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I just read through this; good job as usual, Thun. Thumbs Up The only thing I would add is that the reason why Mabel began a solo career (loosely) starting in 1994 was because Mo was injured in Owen Hart's Sharpshooter around the time of Owen's big push during his feud with Bret. When Mabel fought Jeff Jarrett at the 1994 SummerSlam in a "rap vs country" battle, I found it weird that the fans actually cheered for Jarrett. So maybe in retrospect a turn made sense. 

At the time of the 1995 King Of The Ring, I thought Mabel was a horrendous person to be the winner with so much other talent in the tournament. Overall, I thought Mabel was a weak King Of The Ring and weak challenger for Diesel at that year's SummerSlam. Probably his best moment from that run was when him and Yokozuna ganged together to squash Undertaker, which became the reason why Undertaker wore that silver mask for a couple of months in late '95 until Bret took it off in their 1996 Royal Rumble Title match. But years later when he had his ECW run as Big Daddy V and was managed by Matt Stryker, he seemed kick ass. That was my favorite run of his. 

I always did love Men On A Mission's theme music. I still consider it among the best ever.      


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/March/2020 at 14:15
I loved this team, almost a New Generation Era version of New Day. 

You had Mo the smaller workhorse and then Mabel the superheavyweight powerhouse, great chemistry and a good contrast of styles in the ring. Loved the street rapper gimmick that they used as well, as a team they were really over. Oscar the manager who would rap them to the ring was a good part of the act too. 

Moving Mabel to a heel singles role just felt unnatural and didn't connect with the audience even close to the way the team did, this was during a time when Vince had a boner for 400lb+ wrestlers which is surely why Mabel got this push. 

Men on a Mission were too short lived as a team, I wish they put them back together after Mabel's singles run tanked.
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