Vince McMahon’s First Reaction to Shawn Michaels Wanting to Be a Tag Team With Kevin Nash

Published 05/03/2021, 9:15 AM EDT


Everybody knows WWE produces epic shows on a weekly basis along with brilliant PPVs. However, the company also produces episodes where veteran Superstars give the Universe an insight into various aspects. One such sneak peek released by the company was on how Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash met.

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Michaels and Nash spoke about how they met each other and formed the infamous tag team – Two Dude with Attitude. It was Shawn Michaels who pitched the idea of bringing in Nash from WCW. However, initially, McMahon declined bringing in Nash because of restrictions.

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“I would make guys looking really good, but we were really having a lot of disqualification finishes. You can only do that for so long. And I started thinking, ‘Well, gosh, if I could have somebody help me to win, that might help and get me heat.

“Vince was asking, ‘Well, of the existing roster, who would you see doing that?’ I was like, ‘I can’t see anybody that we have right now.’ I just happened to mention, ‘Hey, there’s this dude in WCW’ and he said, ‘Oh, we can’t touch those guys.’”

Kevin Nash wanted to join WWE

However, Michaels later spoke to Rick Steiner about Kevin Nash, and Steiner called Nash, who immediately agreed.

“He called Kevin, and he goes, ‘Oh, dude, I’m in.’ Kevin goes in the next day and tells them, ‘I don’t think this stuff is working out for me, I’m going to go back to bouncing.’ They gave him his release. He went in their office, in CNN Towers, faxed it to Vince.”

Shawn Michaels revealed Kevin Nash’s assurance

WWE flew him in, and McMahon informed him he would partner with Shawn Michaels.

“They brought me around to meet Shawn. Shawn took a step and got up, and was like, ‘Hey, I’m Shawn.’ I’m like, did that come out of that guy’s mouth? That’s his voice?” said Kevin Nash.

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Upon meeting, Shawn Michaels told Kevin Nash about not having a great reputation in the locker room. To his surprise, Nash assured him he has his back.

“That was was the first time he said, ‘I got your back man.’ It’s one of those things that makes me tear up, and he did [have my back]”, said Shawn Michaels.

HBK and Diesel went on to form a tag team that won the tag team championships twice.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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