Dutch Mantell has recalled Shawn Michaels getting into a backstage altercation after he bad-mouthed one particular WWE tag team.
Back in the 1990s, Shawn Michaels had gained a reputation for being a difficult star to deal with. Being part of The Kliq, Michaels held a lot of sway backstage and wasn’t afraid to use it to get away with things that others wouldn’t have.
In a recent appearance on Wrestling Shoot Interviews, legendary manager Dutch Mantell recounted one particular incident where Michaels’ attitude got him into trouble. Mantell said that Michaels was bad-mouthing The Harris Brothers, who also performed as The Blu Twins.
The team’s former manager revealed that Ron and Don Harris found out about it and they confronted Michaels backstage at Madison Square Garden. During the altercation, they pinned him against the wall and slapped him.
“Shawn went in there and they confronted him, and they jacked him up on that wall and told him if he keeps running his mouth it’s gonna be worse than this. I think they didn’t punch him, they slapped him. That’s when it stopped. They’re about 6’9″ and they wore lifts to make themselves even taller.”
Mantell went on to compare the incident to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
“They were huge, so when they slapped Shawn up against that locker, he got the message and everybody else did too. It’s like Will Smith telling Chris Rock, ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.’ But they [Will Smith] used the F word. He [Shawn Michaels] never said anything more about them and it was over.”
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.