One half of The Headbangers, Mosh, has claimed that the battle between hip-hop and heavy metal became very real when a WWE agent ordered the pair to “beat the s***” out of the Insane Clown Posse.
The Headbangers, Mosh and Thrasher, were a mainstay of WWE during the Attitude Era known for their metalhead/punk gimmick. the duo reached their peak in 1997 when they captured the vacant WWE Tag Team Championships at ‘In Your House: Ground Zero’ by defeating The Godwinns, Owen Hart and the British Bulldog, The Godwinns, and the Legion of Doom in a Fourway Elimination Match.
In 1998, hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse – Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J – began making appearances in WWE, accompanying The Oddities group to the ring and rapping their entrance music. The two got eventually got involved in a feud with The Headbangers, which led to a match between the two teams.
During the bout, The Headbangers legitimately laid into Insane Clown Posse, beating them down in the ring. Headbanger Mosh opened up about the incident while speaking to WSI’s James Romero.
According to Mosh, a WWE Agent told he and Thrasher to “beat the s***” out of ICP after the two had demanded more money for their appearances.
“The story we were told was that the next day ICP went into Vince and basically said, ‘Hey, did you hear that? The reaction we got, such a big buzz. We need more money.’ Vince said, ‘Let me think about it, I’ll get back to you tomorrow.’ We had an agent come to us and say, ‘You guys go out there and beat the s*** out of them.’”
10 years later, The Headbangers made an appearance for Insane Clown Posse’s ‘Gathering of the Juggalos’ festival and found out that there were no hard feelings about the match.
“They came up to us and they were like, ‘It’s so great to see you guys. That match we had where you guys beat the s*** out of us, you really beat the s*** out of us, but that was so much fun. We loved it. We’re so happy to have you here.’”
The Headbangers continued to team in WWE until 2000 when they split up, with Mosh forming ‘Lo-Down’ with D’Lo Brown to mixed success and Thrasher becoming a singles wrestler. Both were released by the company by the end of 2001.
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.