On May 19, 1996, WWF hosted a live non-televised event at Madison Square Garden. After the main event ended, Scott Hall and Triple H kissed Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash in the ring, although Hall and Michaels were baby faces while Triple H and Nash were heels.
The celebration between the good guys and the bad guys was caught on video, resulting in the breaking of the kayfabe flowing like wildfire. Nash and Hall would leave for WCW shortly thereafter.
Speaking on Broken Skull Sessions with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Kevin Nash explained why the four men, collectively known as The Kliq, decided to kiss for the live crowd.
“People don’t understand that, and it pisses me off so much. I’m leaving, Nash said. “The last home show we did at Madison Square Garden was the biggest non-pay-per-view drawing show. We have rebuilt the garden. We did my first garden show at $ 109,000 with [Hulk] Hogan at the top [Editor’s note: Hogan was not with WWE during Nash’s first run with the company]. $ Are we 360,000 with us? With us guys? Guys in the back of the bus, we’re at $ 360,000.
With Nash and Hall in WCW and Michaels still as the champion, it was only Triple H left to take the penalty for the recall. It was rumored that Hunter Hearst Helmsley won the King of the Ring title later that year, but ended up losing in the first round.
Regardless of the outcome of the incident, Nash insists there was no bad intention.
“I can only say this at my late mother’s grave: it was not done maliciously,” Nash said.
Nash admitted he was caught in the moment at MSG, but never intended for anyone to suffer any consequences. In fact, he and Scott Hall were frustrated with Michaels for letting Triple H take the fall.
“I was pissed off at Shawn for letting this happen,” Nash said.
Before this last live event at MSG, Nash knew he was about to leave WWF. Big Daddy Cool stressed that he was happy to stay if Vince McMahon could match Ted Turner’s offer, which ultimately didn’t happen.
“We had to give 90 days notice. I thought as well as I could write the letter to Vince explaining, “All I’m saying to Vince is I’m not allowing my contract to be renewed.” I didn’t say, ‘I’m gone.’ I wanted to sit down, I said, because if he could have found what they were going to pay me, I was going to stay.
While it remains a mystery as to whether Nash would in fact have stayed had his price been matched, other factors helped him out faster.
The former WWF champion detailed a long history between himself, Bret Hart and the Undertaker. Nash would then go up against WWF Champion Bret Hart at In Your House 6 in a steel cage match. According to Nash, there was a logical way to end it, but egos got in the way.
“I had a game at In Your House, Louisville, Kentucky with Bret, and that’s when Taker pulls me under and Bret slips. I just wanted to stick Bret and get him beat because Taker beat Bret, and I fucked him at the Rumble, ”Nash said. “Knocked him down and walked away. To kick things off, I had to get Bret to beat. Bret would not take the finish.
“Vince gave in by forcing Bret to finish. When he didn’t want to do this for business, because that was what was good for business, that’s when I said, ‘F – k it. I’ll take the money. You are not doing what is right.
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