“Shawn Had An Attitude” – Vince McMahon Recalls a Huge Bar Fight Involving WWE Legend Shawn Michaels

Published 05/16/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


Back in their heyday, WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash aka Diesel, 1-2-3 kid aka X-Pac, and Scott Hall formed an exclusive group called ‘The Kliq.’ Recently, they reminisced about an interesting incident in Michaels’ life.

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The latest episode in the A&E Biography Series focused on the illustrious life of the ‘Heartbreak Kid.’ Back in the day, the wrestlers were not just an on-stage faction but great friends in real life.

“They had some really good ideas, really smart, individually,” Vince McMahon said in a recent clip. “Shawn (was) very smart, when he’s sober. Shawn had an attitude when he drank he would be more so, on top of pills. He would say the wrong thing at the wrong time.”

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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 02: Kevin Nash, Hall of Fame inductee Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and X-Pac attend the WWE 2011 Hall Of Fame Induction at Philips Arena on April 2, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic)

His peers protected him inside the company, but outside, it was a different story. Triple H narrated a similar real-life incident that affected Michaels’ career.

Back then, Shawn Michaels was in his third reign as Intercontinental Champion. He, The British Bulldog, and Sean Waltman got involved in a bar brawl. Triple H, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall were in Europe at that time.

“A bunch of marines in a tough bar… Every eye in that place turns to the three wrestlers that just walked in the door, of which Shawn is the mega-star,” he recalled. “Every girl in that place turns to look at Shawn. Shawn is very enamored with that. At this point in life. he’s like, ‘the f***, you looking at? You got a problem jarhead?”

Shawn Michaels got beat up in a bar

At that point in life, Shawn was really aggressive, and this did not sit well with the marines. Six marines walked out of the bar, beat Shawn up, and left him by his car. The incident outside a bar in Syracuse, New York, made headlines back in the day.

After the incident, Michales just remembers waking up at a hospital. As he was not physically fit to compete, Michaels had to forfeit his IC Title to Dean Douglas.

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However, fellow Kliq member, Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon, won the title from Douglas soon after. Later, many insiders cited this incident as one of the prime examples of the group’s “power play.”

Fans will get more insights into the flamboyant life of Michaels with the new episode of the series.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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