Mission Aborted: The Fall of Men On A Mission

Brian Damage

They were once considered a great up and coming tag team in professional wrestling. A tag team that basically began their careers together and made it all the way to the World Wrestling Federation. While the team found success, it was individual accomplishments that ultimately ended the team and for the most part…their friendship. This is the story of Mo and Mable aka Men on a Mission.

Both Bobby Horne and Nelson Frazier started their careers by being trained by Gene Anderson in 1991. They debuted in the Carolina independents as being brothers and hailing from Harlem, New York. Their original team name was The Harlem Knights with Horne being called ‘Bobby Knight’ and Frazier being named ‘Nelson Knight.’ The duo went on to win tag team gold on the indie circuit.

The team got their first real opportunity when they went to wrestle for the USWA in Memphis, Tennessee in 1993. They were booked as monster heels and feuded with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Jeff Jarrett. While the team did not win the USWA tag team titles, that got something a bit more important…exposure. The WWF which formed a business partnership with the USWA took notice of them and were eventually signed to a deal.

The Harlem Knights were repackaged into aspiring rappers and given a manager/rapper in Oscar. Horne’s name was changed to Mo and Frazier’s name changed to Mabel. The new name for the tag team was Men on a Mission and instead of being monster heels, they were presented as babyfaces. Men on a Mission debuted in June of 1993 and rapped they way to the ring and danced inside of it.

In March of 1994, Men on a Mission won the WWF tag team titles on a house show in London, England. Apparently, it was all by accident. Mabel accidentally knocked out Pierre of the Quebecers and covered him. The referee made the three count…even though Pierre was supposed to kick out. Men on a Mission were recognized as the champions. Two days later, at another show in England, the tag titles were awarded back to the Quebecers when they defeated M.O.M.

The next big angle that Men on a Mission had was when the team turned heel against the Smoking Gunns. The heel turn led M.O.M’s manager Oscar to leave the company after he refused to turn with them…citing that he wanted to stay a positive role model for kids. After a while as a heel team, WWF management really saw superstardom with the team’s largest member…Mabel. Standing 6ft 9in and weighing close to 500 pounds….the WWF saw a future singles star in him.

Mabel would get that rub, when he won the 1995 King of the Ring. He was renamed King Mabel and Mo was rechristened Sir Mo. King Mabel went on to challenge the likes of the Undertaker and also then WWF word champion Diesel. Sir Mo was used more as a sidekick or manager to King Mabel. This is when things began to unravel for the duo.

In an interview years later, Nelson Frazier recalled how Bobby Horne began to become jealous of his Frazier’s push and success as a singles wrestler. Frazier said that all Sir Mo had to do was accompany him to the ring and just stand in the corner and was paid $5,000. Sir Mo basically didn’t have to lift a finger and get paid that much each night. Frazier claimed that the money wasn’t good enough for Horne who started asking how much Frazier was getting paid. Frazier said that he never revealed to Horne how much he was making, even though it was considerably more. Frazier didn’t want to hurt Horne’s feelings, but all it did apparently was make Horne jealous of Frazier.

A real life rift developed between the two men and soon….Sir Mo wasn’t even at ringside with his partner. In 1996, both Mo and Mabel were released from the WWF. It marked the end of Men on a Mission up to that point. Nelson Frazier continued to pursue a singles career in Puerto Rico and other promotions, while Bobby Horne wrestled for various indie groups and even starting his own promotion. At the time, Frazier said that he not only lost a tag team partner, but a friend and a brother in Bobby Horne. The two wrestlers would eventually reconcile briefly and reform their team on the independents, but Frazier would eventually be rehired by the WWF/WWE as a singles wrestler.

Horne, Frazier and Greg Girard aka Oscar would later reunite for appearances at conventions and autograph signings…but it was never the same as it once was. After Nelson Frazier passed away from a heart attack in 2014, Frazier’s wife joined a lawsuit against WWE over medical issues. Bobby Horne spoke out against the wife and her lawsuit saying Vince McMahon was not liable. There was some heated words exchanged on social media between Horne and Frazier’s widow for a time after that. Was it really jealousy that broke them up? Was it money? Did they truly reconcile before Nelson Frazier’s death? Was Nelson Frazier bitter when he did that interview? Regardless, the Mission has ended.

5 thoughts on “Mission Aborted: The Fall of Men On A Mission

      • Somebody had to I guess, haha.
        I was never into them myself admittedly, but that’s just me. Same with seeing Mabel as main-eventer. I didn’t despite his size, and we all see how that all all ended up. It’s just that Vince was so desperate for big guys to throw at Nash is all. That’s pretty the only reason Mabel got the push he did. Otherwise, he’d have been strictly mid-card 4 life.

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