Nathan "The Front Row"
Bodybuilder and Actor
"The Milkman" Jones (born August 21, 1970
in Gold Coast, Queensland) is an Australian professional
wrestler and actor.
Before his career as a wrestler, Nathan Jones was
sentenced to 16 years in prison for eight armed robberies
between 1985-1989, two of them in Tasmania. He ended
up serving seven years in a maximum-security prison
and one year on work release. While in prison, he
was introduced to the sport of powerlifting. Within
a short space of time, Nathan became the National
Powerlifting Champion of Australia.
was considered one of the best young talents in Australia
and mouthed off Anthony Mundine at one stage.
also began competing in strongman contests. On the
strongman circuit, he was dubbed The Megaman for his
imposing 6 ft 10 in, 360 lb physique. As the reigning
Australia's Strongest Man, he entered the World Strength
Championship at Callander, Scotland on July 29-30,
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 Musclepower Championship
held at Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. That contest
was won by Magnus Ver Magnusson, with Nathan finishing
fifth in a field of twelve competitors.
next took part in the 1995 World's Strongest Man contest.
In the arm wrestling event in the qualifying heat,
he was matched against Magnus Samuelsson, who had
been Sweden's arm wrestling champion for several years.
Samuelsson won the first match after a back and forth
battle. Then, as Samuelsson was about to win the second
match, Nathan pulled himself with his opposite arm
in a last ditch effort, and suffered a broken arm
(a spiral fracture of the humerus). Jones returned
to strongman competition in 1996 and placed 3rd in
a Heat behind Magnus ver Magnusson and Jorma Ojanaho.
Later, Nathan worked as a bodyguard for infamous known
money man Rene Rivkin. He also began a career in wrestling
during this time. Jones first gained fame working
in the 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. He also
participated in a MMA match at PRIDE 1 with PRIDE
Fighting Championship in October 1997, submitting
to Japanese sumo wrestler Koji Kitao in his only match.
his time in the WWA, Nathan won the WWA Heavyweight
Championship on April 7, 2002 before losing the belt
to Scott Steiner. Both men joined World Wrestling
Entertainment during the same time period. Vignettes
aired with Nathan Jones standing in a prison saying
"I am Nathan Jones. G'day" to further his
first appearance as a WWE superstar was in a storyline
where he became the Undertaker's protege. He was scheduled
to team with Undertaker to face Big Show and A-Train
at WrestleMania XIX, but was billed as injured, only
appearing during the closing moments of the match
to assist Undertaker.
winning a match on SmackDown by disqualification,
the Full Blooded Italians gave Nathan Jones a post-match
beat down, which included "shattering" his
ankle with the steel steps. Nathan was then sent to
OVW to improve his wrestling ability. When Nathan
was sent there he was down in strength and was only
290 pounds, much smaller than when he competed in
WSM. In the OVW school Nathan got back into shape,
adding over 40 pounds of muscle back onto his huge
frame. It was during this period that Jones appeared
in a bit part for the movie Troy, as Boagrius, a warrior
who fights Achilles.
then was absent from WWE TV for several months, returning
as a heel known by the nickname "The Colossus
of Boggo Road", a title referring to his time
spent in Boggo Road Prison. He formed part of Brock
Lesnar's Survivor Series team, which also included
the Big Show, A-Train and Matt Morgan. They were not
victorious however, and Nathan Jones was then used
to make run-ins along with the other members of Team
Lesnar, and was placed in matches by either Lesnar
or Heyman to do their dirty work for them.
rigour of WWE lifestyle became too much for Nathan,
and he quit the company on December 6, 2003 while
on the WWE Passport to SmackDown! Tour in Perth, Australia.
Since then, Nathan was scheduled to make his pro wrestling
return in 2004 at the Australian Wrestling Supershow
III booked against Mark Mercedes, but did not appear
as advertised at the event and a battle royal was
held following a profanity laced shoot on Jones by
Jones would leave wrestling to once again go into
the movie industry after previously having a role
in Jackie Chan's first Strike as a Russian hit man.
Jones first role after wrestling was in the movie
Troy, he played a Greek Champion who was dispatched
in one blow by Achilles.
appears as bad guy "TK" in the Thai martial
arts movie The Protector and as the wrestler Hercules
O'Brien in the Jet Li wuxia movie Fearless.
an interesting note, Jones once again worked for WWE,
this time under the WWE Films banner, playing 'The
Russian' in WWE Film The Condemned, starring Stone
Cold Steve Austin.
Nathan's weight varies. At his heaviest he weighed
in at 360 lbs, yet has admitted that a lot of it was
bodyfat. According to Nathan the weight was for leverage
in powerlifting. Today normally his weight is about
322 lbs lean, with visible abs and vascularity. During
his first few months with WWE, Nathan had dropped
down to between 290 and 305 lbs. Also according to
Jones, the heaviest he has ever been lean was 340
lbs for his role in the movie Troy. He wears size
18 shoes (US). (Credit:
(Network Nine, 60 Minutes - 15th June 2003
HAYES: The last place I expected to find myself was
ringside at the wrestling, but duty called. And I
can now report that yes, it is brawny, it is butch,
and its appeal is still a mystery to me. But you can't
dismiss professional wrestling as simply a bunch of
boofheads throwing each other around a stadium. It's
seriously big time, as bold and as brassy as any Broadway
extravaganza, raking in more than $500 million a year
in America alone and, as you already know if you have
cable TV, attracting a legion of young fans here in
is no business but show business. It's all just a
great big act, and its heroes certainly great big
actors. Bruisers like Hulk Hogan, a veteran of 23
years in the ring and still the one they come to see.
HAYES: [There's] Big Show, who, at 500 pounds, walks
a bit slow. Playboy centrefold Tori, who gives as
good as she gets. And then there's the new kid on
the canvas, a former Australian bank robber called
give me a thumbnail sketch of your size.
JONES: Six foot 10 and 300 pounds. That's about it
LIZ HAYES: And growing?
JONES: And still growing. Six foot 10 on the slack,
350 pounds of bone-crushing terror.
HAYES: They call him the Colossus of Boggo Road, named
after the Brisbane prison where he served time.
long did you spend in jail?
JONES: Me, oh, I think about seven years all up.
JONES: Armed robbery, eight of them.
HAYES: Eight armed robberies?
HAYES: In any other new career, that's probably a
past you would prefer to forget, but in this business,
if it hadn't been a fact, his boss, wrestling promoter
Vince McMahon, would have probably made it up.
MCMAHON: It's so cool because in some situations you
create these stories and storylines. Nathan comes
with his own, you know.
HAYES: The Colossus was only 19 years old when he
went to Boggo Road and while he was inside, he testified
to a Senate committee inquiry on drug abuse, telling
how he had committed his crimes under the influence
of a massive cocktail of steroids and amphetamines.
JONES: The way I felt, it made me feel like I was
invincible, you know. I don't think I could put it
[down] to any one thing. It's like a whole lot of
things, incidents through my life, my childhood, that
eventually I got frustrated and so angry I snapped
and I did something very stupid. It was sort of like
self ... like suicide in a way. I knew I was going
to prison, I just ... it was very self-destructive
behaviour, you know. It took a few years for me to
sort myself out. But anyway, I'm alright now. A lot
of people think these days, "Oh, he's got muscles,
he's taking steroids". But it's not always the
case. It's hard training. I think people think steroids
are magical and they're not. It really requires hard
training. You have to get in there and grit your teeth
and work hard. That's the key.
HAYES: It's a bit like a rock show.
MCMAHON: It's a lot like a rock show. It's also like
a Broadway drama, combined with a Superbowl or the
rugby championship or whatever it may be. It's all
those things. It's all the greatest aspects of sports
and the greatest aspects of entertainment all entwined
HAYES: Wrestling as entertainment has been around
for more than 50 years and like every other show,
every move, every line ...
1: The people got a need to know!
2: I tell you one thing, you talk too much. HULK
Well, you know, they said it was my last ride, man!
HAYES: Every facial expression is a work of art.
JONES: What they're doing is having me a little bit
crazy and I could just snap at any time and sitting
there quiet and polite and next thing, bam! I've got
someone by the throat.
MCMAHON: He's a charming individual, as most Australians
are. You know, they're just charming people and you
get to know them and he's, again, he's, you know,
a common man kind of mentality. I can relate to that
and sure he got in some trouble I did too.
We get in trouble, we make mistakes. You pay for the
mistakes, so why not use it as part of his legitimate
past. "The Colossus of Boggo Road" is great.
JONES: It's so bloody huge.
HAYES: I hope you don't mind me touching them, but
my God, they're big! They're even bigger. Nathan Jones
has always had superhuman strength. In 1995, he was
voted the strongest man in the world. In prison, he
knocked cell doors from their hinges and frightened
the living daylights out of prison officers.
JONES: They used to shake and I don't know, I was
in a pretty distorted frame of mind and he managed
to get his gun, he goes, "Hold it there, hold
it there or I'll shoot." And I said, "If
you're going to shoot me, shoot me right between the
eyes because you won't stop me anywhere else"
and he goes, "Oh, he's crazy!" He drops
the gun. He picks it back up and he stays there outside
like this. They called the tactical response group
and they're all with their machine guns and everything.
I couldn't believe it, all this for me!
HAYES: What are they thinking now when they see you
in a wrestling ring in America?
JONES: I don't know. They probably think, yeah, it's
probably a good place for him.
GREEN: He's probably the number one student I've ever
had and I've taught literally thousands of people.
If you had to take a piece of clay and design it into
a pro wrestler, that's what you'd have, you'd have
Nathan Jones. He comes up, I give him the kick, the
punch, one punch.
HAYES: Instructor Tom Green teaches young wrestlers
the tricks of the trade.
GREEN: That's where I want him to be. From here, I
clean throw him. You obviously got to hit in order
to make it look real. No-one's buying Hollywood punches
and kicks where I just breeze past someone. So I'm
making an impact and stopping. That's where the skill
of pro wrestling comes in.
HAYES: How to hit without hitting. How to fall without
hurting. And most importantly, how to act.
GREEN: You're smiling, you're killing it, you can't
smile. Check it out. Here's what we need to see. We
need to see chins up high and we need to see heads
shaking. Look at me real quick. Look at me. Chins
up high, head shaking "you sonofabitch"-type
thing. You can't see smiles. Smile kills it.
HAYES: The truth is before a match even begins, the
winner has already been decided. Every move in the
ring is choreographed.
JONES: It's entertainment, you know, it's also, it's
when you go out and watch football, people get together
and you can cheer for a good guy or a bad guy or your
favourite team. You can feel the emotion. And also
you can sit there and enjoy it. Just sit there and
enjoy it. It's purely for enjoyment.
MCMAHON: The onus is on us then to be even more entertaining,
to have a better story line than you might find ...
A lot of the athletes, the Olympic athletes, are boring
in real life. We can't have anybody that's boring.
HAYES: And that's the difference?
MCMAHON: Oh yeah, a huge difference, absolutely.
HAYES: If you're boring, you're not going to make
it in wrestling?
MCMAHON: No. If you're boring, no. People want to
be entertained. That's what we do we entertain
HAYES: For Vince McMahon, wrestling is a multimillion-dollar
business, and this year, their biggest pay day will
be here in Seattle. The city is hosting Wrestlemania,
the Superbowl of wrestling, and this weekend, nearly
60,000 fans have come to see the show and meet the
We're not worthy. We're not worthy.
Put your hand up next to Nathan, let's just see the
JONES: How big are your biceps?
BOY: What are biceps?
JONES: Come on. There you go!
HAYES: For Nathan Jones, this is a brand new experience.
You sign me.
JONES: If you haven't wrestled in Wrestlemania, you've
never wrestled at all.
Wrestling against A-Train and Big Show, 350 pounds
of A-Train and 500-pound Big Show, seven foot two.
HAYES: Seven foot two?
JONES: Yeah, it's going to be heavy.
HAYES: You're not going down, are you, Nathan?
JONES: No, I don't know, I'll have to find out.
HAYES: Before doing this story I thought that this
kind of wrestling was more about big boofy blokes
doing a lot of bad acting in a well-padded ring and
frankly I haven't exactly changed my mind about that,
but what I wasn't prepared for was the fact that so
many of these fans know exactly what it's all about,
but are still prepared to fork out millions of dollars
to see a show. In fact, by the end of tonight, Vince
McMahon will have taken about $80 million for four
hours of television. Fans have paid up to $1200 for
a seat here tonight. Another 40 million have paid
to watch it live on television. And it all went according
to the script. Nathan cancelled Big Show and derailed
A-Train. It looks like Nathan Jones has traded his
dark past for a bright future.
think you're a bit of an actor, frankly.
JONES: Me? Yeah, maybe.
HAYES: Have a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger.
JONES: Yes, big Arnie.
HAYES: You've only got to be able to say, "I'll
JONES: I'll be back!
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