Dutch Mantell has recalled an incident where Shawn Michaels ended up in a backstage altercation after bad mouthing one particular WWE tag team.
During the 1990’s Shawn Michaels developed a reputation for being someone who was more than a little bit difficult to deal with. Along with The Kliq, Michaels held tremendous power backstage, often using this influence to get away with things that others wouldn’t have.
Speaking during an appearance on Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Dutch Mantell recalled one particular incident where Michaels’ attitude got him into trouble. Mantell said that the Heartbreak Kid had been bad-mouthing The Harris Brothers, who also performed as The Blu Twins.
The team’s former manager revealed that word got back to Ron and Don Harris and they confronted Michaels backstage at Madison Square Garden. During the incident they pinned him against the wall before slapping 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 altercation 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.”
During the conversation, Dutch Mantell also commented on former World Champion Lex Luger, who he and the Harris Brothers worked with at WrestleMania 11. Mantell slammed Luger’s wrestling ability, claiming that he was “horrible” and “couldn’t work.”
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.