Scott Hall Reveals How Shawn Michaels ‘Threw Triple H Under the Bus’ for the Infamous Curtain Call

Published 06/16/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 08: WWE personalities Triple H (L) and Shawn Michaels throw glow sticks into the crowd at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The network will launch on February 24, 2014 as the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, offering both scheduled programs and video on demand. The USD 9.99 per month subscription will include access to all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events each year. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


In May 1996, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall wrestled their last matches for WWE. They headed to WCW, and they headlined Madison Square Garden against two of their closest friends, Shawn Michaels and Triple H. However, Hall revealed some strange details about the aftermath of the Curtain Call incident.

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Shawn Michaels got his best friend in trouble

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At Madison Square Garden, Scott Hall faced Triple H while HBK faced Kevin Nash [Diesel] in a steel cage match. After HBK beat Nash, Hall and Triple H joined them in the ring. The four superstars hugged while the fans looked on in confusion. The Kliq disbanded, but so did the lines between kayfabe and reality, since Hall and HBK were good guys and Triple H and Nash were heels.

Speaking on the 83 Weeks podcast, Hall revealed how Shawn Michaels basically ruined Triple H’s big push, that would’ve made him the face of WWE for the Attitude Era.

“He kind of threw Triple H under the bus that night at the Garden. Triple H was supposed to get the big push. He was supposed to get the Stone Cold spot. They were grooming him for that, but then Vince had to punish somebody. (H/T Wrestling Inc)

“The guys who were staying were really mad. I’m glad we did it. I didn’t plan it, it was all Shawn’s idea and he was the one staying. There’s a famous picture of Shawn wearing one of the early Outsiders shirts. I think he was doing that just to give him some kind of ammunition with Vince. Now he’s thrown his last buddy, Triple H, under the ring so he’s there solo now with no friends. It’s lonely at the top, that’s when [Michaels] may have started his pill use and alcohol use may have increased at the time.”

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Did HBK derail Triple H’s career?

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 03: (L-R) Triple H and Hall of Fame inductee Shawn Michaels attend the 2011 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Philips Arena on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Although he became one of the greatest superstars of all time eventually, many will view Shawn Michaels’ actions as incendiary. Vince McMahon could not fire or discipline the WWE Champion, but had to set an example. As a result, the brunt of the punishment landed on Vince’s future son-in-law.

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WWE pitched Triple H as the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring, propelling him up the card. However, Vince’s punishment led to Triple H losing the spot, and it went to none other than Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin won the King of the Ring and the rest is history.

While Triple H headlined WrestleMania, won fourteen World Championships and had a great relationship with Vince, HBK throwing him under the bus must’ve derailed his career temporarily. One must wonder if HBK and the Game are still friends only because once HBK’s demons took over him, Triple H became the face of the company.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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