AEW’s legendary announcer Jim Ross was there when the infamous Vader and Shawn Michaels incident took place at Summerslam in 1996. JR said HBK was lucky the wrestling legend didn’t beat him up.
Shawn Michaels and Vader were embroiled in a feud towards Summerslam for the WWE Championship. The latter missed his cue to get out of the way during an elbow drop spot during the game.
HBK yelled at Vader during the game before getting upset about it backstage.
Jim Ross about his Grilling JR Podcast recalled the incident and said HBK was lucky: “Vader didn’t hit him.”
“Well, nothing good,” said Ross. “You don’t have to use your cool like that, Shawn was licensed to lose his cool due to his influence in the office and Shawn knew that Vince would support him no matter what he did. Shawn outplayed his hand in my opinion, it was very unprofessional and he’s just lucky Vader didn’t hit him because Leon could have done it. Leon was hungry, Leon wanted the opportunity, he needed an American base and now he’s in the main event of a big pay-per-view wrestling for the biggest title we have. Leon had traveled many miles, lost weight, and showed greater commitment to what he was doing, “said Jim Ross. (H / T: Wrestling Inc.)
Jim Ross commented on Shawn Michaels’ stance in WWE
Jim Ross called Shawn Michaels’ post-match actions inappropriate and said he had “Vince in his pocket”.
JR said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon saw many similarities between him and Shawn Michaels in terms of his attitudes and behavior.
“I just thought it was totally inappropriate, Shawn had the deck piled up because he had Vince in his back pocket. Vince used to say to me, ‘You know goddamn Shawn Michaels reminded me of me when I was younger.’ Did you do a lot of super kicks when you were younger Vince? But he was talking about Shawn’s attitude, behavior, that kind of thing. It wasn’t good and the damn match got four stars and could have got five stars if it weren’t for some of those childish cops ***, ”said Jim Ross.
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