Jim Ross has discussed the infamous Curtain Call incident involving The Kliq at Madison Square Garden in 1996, saying the group was selfish for going ahead with it.
The Kliq was comprised of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman. They wielded their united powers to politic their way into prime positions in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-nineties. However, by the spring of 1996 two members of the group – Scott Hall and Kevin Nash – had found their ceiling in the WWF and were heading to the new world of WCW.
On their way out they had one more show to compete on in the WWF’s spiritual home of Madison Square Garden. Despite being a mixture of villains and babyfaces Nash, Hall, Michaels, and Triple HHH all hugged in the ring in front of the New York crowd.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, the long-time voice of WWF programming Jim Ross gave his take on the event saying Michaels’ relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon gave him the power to do things others wouldn’t dare.
“Vince [McMahon] and Shawn [Michaels] have always had that strong bond and it’s bonded together with the fact Vince saw a little bit of himself, as far as being defiant, being attitudinal, that type of thing in Shawn. So they were connected in that respect, even though they had significant arguments. I just think Vince had a, for whatever reason, he had a special affinity for Shawn Michaels. And it could be this, God forbid it could be that he was arguably the number one or number two worker in the world at that time. They had built so much around Shawn and rightfully so, I mean he was great. I’m glad he’s still there in the company, he could help a lot of people.”
“But I thought that thing in the Garden was kinda selfish. It was ‘We’re gonna defy tradition, we’re gonna turn our back on kayfabe in the world’s most famous arena because we want to and we can.’ And a lot of the other guys that I heard from were not happy about it. Essentially as they would say in Oklahoma, a lot of the talents thought Shawn and those guys got too big for their britches and they flaunted it.”
Jim Ross also discussed his thoughts on Ultimate Warrior saying the one-time WrestleMania headliner was not a skilled enough wrestler to be able to lose without it damaging his career.