Vince McMahon’s Response To Shawn Michaels’ Release Request

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Shawn Michaels has revealed the no-nonsense response he got from Vince McMahon when he asked to leave the company during his first run.

The wrestling war of the nineties between WWE and WCW was a brutal and bruising affair that saw several stars switch allegiances between companies as they sought the best deal for themselves.

The Monday Night Wars kicked off with a bang when on the first episode of WCW Nitro, Lex Luger returned to the company from WWE – unbeknownst to anybody in Vince McMahon’s company. WCW completed the piece of business that turned the tide of the war in 1996 as they captured Kevin Nash and Scott Hall after the pair had become disillusioned with life in WWE.

Debates have raged ever since over whether or not Nash and Hall’s good friend and fellow Kliq member Shawn Michaels had ever made a play to join them as his own behaviour and frustration grew out of control.

In an interview with The New York Post, the man who is now a Senior Vice President in WWE revealed that there were no real plans for him to follow Nash and Hall to WCW and that the one and only time he asked for his WWE release, he was met with a short, sharp response:

“I can’t say that I was ever offered a job by Eric Bischoff. Obviously, Scott and Kevin would say, ‘Hey buddy, you get out of your contract, you could come here.’ There was never any real serious offers or plans for me to go there. I remember asking Vince once to let me go. He said, ‘No,’ and that was the end of it.”