Jim Ross has recalled the backstage issues between The Kliq and Chris Candido, saying that the group “got real personal” with the star.
Chris Candido appeared for the then WWF from May 1995 until late 1996. Candido had earlier competed in Eastern Championship Wrestling which would become ECW as well as Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Upon arriving in the WWF he was renamed ‘Skip’ while his girlfriend was to be known as Sunny.
Teaming with Tom Prichard (Zip) and managed by Sunny, the Bodydonnas went on to win the World Tag Team Championships.
However, during this period it was widely known that Sunny became involved with Shawn Michaels despite being in a relationship with Candido.
This naturally led to issues between Candido and Michaels and other members of The Kiliq. The powerful backstage group of friends made up of HBK, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross recalled the issues between the two parties. Ross said that Candido was “bullied around” while things “got real personal.”
“I don’t know how much to believe, not to believe, about his issues with The Kliq,” said Jim Ross. “I don’t know how deep those wounds were or whatever, but they were bullying him around and I felt bad for him because they got real personal, and that’s not cool.”
The legendary announcer also explained why he believed that Candido didn’t enjoy a longer run with the company. Jim Ross said that as was often the case during that era, it was Candido’s height that worked against him.
“He looked great, physique, big barrel chest, all that stuff, and he could work with anybody,” said Jim Ross. “But he was gonna be limited in how far he can go, especially as a single in a major company working main events. [It] probably wasn’t gonna happen that often. He needed to be in a tag, I think…. His work was excellent. His size was a detriment.”
After leaving the WWF, Candido returned to ECW before heading for a brief stint in WCW in 2000. He later appeared for TNA in 2005. After suffering a number of serious leg injuries at Lockdown in April, Candido contracted pneumonia.
Chris Candido sadly passed away on April 28th 2005, aged just 33.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.