Nathan Jones (born 21 August 1969) is an Australian actor, powerlifting champion, strongman and retired professional wrestler. He held the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once in World Wrestling All-Stars, and aligned himself with The Undertaker in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Jones was born in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Before his career as a wrestler, Jones was sentenced to 16 years in 1987 at the age of 18 to Boggo Road Gaol for eight armed robberies between 1985-1987, two of which occurred in Tasmania. During the robberies, he became one of Australia's most wanted and ended up serving seven years in a maximum-security prison. In 1994, Jones was given one year work release before being discharged at the age of 25. While in prison, he was introduced to the sport of powerlifting. He is also alleged to have begun taking steroids during this time. Within a short space of time, he became the National Powerlifting Champion of Australia.
Upon his release, Jones also began competing in strongman contests and during this time, he was dubbed "The Megaman". As the reigning Australia's Strongest Man, he entered the World Strength Championship at Callander, Scotland on 29-30 July 1995. He took first place, topping a field that included 1993 World's Strongest Man Gary Taylor. The following weekend, he competed in the World Muscle Power Classic held at Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. That contest was won by Magnús Ver Magnússon, with Nathan finishing fifth in a field of twelve competitors.
Jones next took part in the 1995 World's Strongest Man contest. After quickly defeating Phil Martin twice in the arm wrestling event in the qualifying heat, Jones was then matched against Magnus Samuelsson, who had been Europe's arm wrestling champion for several years and who would become the World's Strongest Man in 1998. Samuelsson won the first round. In the second round Jones refused to go down and pulled with his opposite arm, twisting his body. This resulted in breaking the arm he was using to wrestle (a spiral fracture of the humerus), and he subsequently was out of the competition. Jones returned to Strongman competition in 1996 winning the World Strongman Challenge, and placed third in a World's Strongest Man qualifying heat behind Magnús Ver Magnússon and Jorma Ojanaho.
Mixed martial arts career
He also participated in a mixed martial arts match at KRS-Pride's debut event Pride 1 in October 1997, facing Japanese professional wrestler and former grand sumo champion Koji Kitao. Jones began the match taunting him with a nimble spin kick, and went to catch Kitao in a standing guillotine choke. However, the sumo wrestler caught one of Nathan's knee strikes and took him down, landing in side control position. Kitao then worked an americana and Jones immediately tapped out.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling All-Stars (2001-2002)
After working as a bodyguard for multimillionaire Rene Rivkin, Jones began a career in wrestling during this time. Jones first gained fame working in World Wrestling All-Stars, making a large impression at the first WWA pay-per-view "Inception", where he was accompanied to the ring by Rove McManus. However he was defeated after Rove was smashed with Jeff Jarrett's guitar and Jones was hit with the Stroke.
During his time in the WWA, Nathan won the WWA World Heavyweight Championship on 7 April 2002 before losing the belt to Scott Steiner only 5 days later.
Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max (2002)
After the title loss, Jones began performing for Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max in June. On 20 October, Jones and Jon Heidenreich defeated Masato Tanaka and Shinjiro Otani to win the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship. On 25 October, Jones and Heidenreich successfully retained the title against Jimmy Snuka Jr. and The Predator before losing the title the next day to Naoya Ogawa and Shinya Hashimoto.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2002-2003)
After Jones initially signed his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), he was unable to work in the United States because of visa issues stemming from his criminal history. In late 2002 and early 2003, Jones began performing in dark matches for World Wrestling Entertainment. He was originally promoted as a "Hannibal Lecter" type character. On the April 10, 2003 episode of SmackDown!, Jones made his televised WWE in-ring debut and defeated Bill DeMott.
Upon debuting, Jones' original character was nixed, and he was put into a storyline with The Undertaker as his protégé and helper during Undertaker's feud with A-Train and The Big Show. At WrestleMania XIX, Jones and Undertaker were scheduled to face Big Show and A-Train in a tag team match, but at the last minute, the match was made a handicap match instead. On screen, Jones was attacked pre-match and left injured. Near the closing moments of the match, Jones reappeared and attacked Big Show, enabling Undertaker to pin A-Train for the victory. Jones was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to improve his skills.
Jones was then absent from television for several months until returning in the fall of 2003 as a villain known by the nickname "The Colossus of Boggo Road", a title referring to his time spent in Boggo Road Gaol. He was paired with Paul Heyman on-screen and given the role as Smackdown General Manager. He was also immediately placed into Brock Lesnar's Survivor Series team, which also included A-Train, Big Show, and Matt Morgan in order to compete against Lesnar's rival Kurt Angle and his team. At Survivor Series, Jones was eliminated by Angle after he submitted to the Ankle lock. Team Lesnar was defeated by Team Angle and Jones was then relegated to interfere in Lesnar's matches along with the other members of Team Lesnar. He was also placed in matches by either Lesnar or Heyman to aid them. On 6 December 2003, Jones quit the company due to the rigor of WWE's heavy travel schedules while on tour in Perth, Australia.
Post-WWE and retirement
After leaving WWE, Jones was scheduled to make his pro wrestling return in 2004 at the Australian Wrestling Supershow III, booked against Mark Mercedes. Jones did not appear as advertised and a battle royal was held following an angry shoot promo on Jones by Mercedes and promoter Andy Raymond.
In 2005, he wrestled three matches for World Series Wrestling. On 5 October, he defeated Lee Star and on 7 October and 8 October, he defeated Mark Hilton. After his last match with Hilton, Jones immediately retired from wrestling.
In 2008, Jones signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, but nerve damage caused by a cement truck hitting his left arm kept him sidelined for the first three months. He never wrestled for the promotion.
- Finishing moves
- Backbreaker rack
- Gutwrench suplex
- Signature moves
- Big boot
- Scoop lift dropped into an inverted DDT
- Slingshot lariat
- Spin kick
- Tilt-a-whirl slam
- Rove McManus
- Paul Heyman
- Ashley Henning
- "The Front Row"
- "The Colossus of Boggo Road"
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #137 of the Top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003
- Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX
- NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jon Heidenreich
- World Wrestling All-Stars
- WWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Most Embarrassing Wrestler (2003)
- Worst Wrestler (2003)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0-1||Koji Kitao||Submission (keylock)||PRIDE 1||000000001997-10-11-000011 October 1997||1||2:14||Tokyo, Japan|
- Police Story 4: First Strike (1996) as Hitman
- Doom Runners (1997) as Vike
- Troy (2004) as Boagrius
- Tom-Yum-Goong (2005) as T.K.
- Fearless (2006) as Hercules O'Brien
- The Condemned (2007) as Petr Raudsep
- Somtum (2008) as Barney Emerald
- Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008) as Humungus
- Conan the Barbarian (2011) as Akhun
- Charlie's Farm (2014) as Charlie Wilson
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) as Rictus Erectus
- Bhooloham (2015; Tamil) as Steven George
- Never Back Down: No Surrender (2016) as Caesar Braga
- A Flying Jatt (2016; Hindi (India)) as a Raka
- Dark Ascension (2017)