Maxx Payne, known in WWE as Man Mountain Rock, believes Kevin NashBehind-the-scenes influence may have played a part in his departure from the company.
Payne worked for WCW from January 1993 to May 1994 before joining WWE. After debuting on WWE television in February 1995, he was released in October 1995 following a European tour.
Speaking on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Payne said German fans responded positively to him playing guitar at his last live event. However, backstage, Nash made a comment that he said summed up the strength of the former WWE Champion’s Kliq team backstage.
“Kevin Nash stood here, and he said, ‘Yeah, that doesn’t really work, Maxx.’ I was like, ‘What? I didn’t hear that… or? What do you mean?’ ‘It doesn’t look right.’ ‘Wow, f***, Kevin, I guess I’m deaf because everything I’m hearing, they’re nuts.’ And at that moment I knew that The Kliq had won. I know I’m done,” Payne said. [59:30-1:00:05]
Kliq, a group of friends backstage at WWE, including Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H. It is often said that the five men “have the ears of Vince McMahon,” meaning that the WWE President was trust their opinion. relative to other superstars.
Maxx Payne takes Kevin Nash’s comment as a sign
Maxx Payne’s last WWE event took place during the Full Metal tour in Koln, Germany on October 10, 1995. He beat Rad Radford and played to the crowd.
The former WCW star reaffirmed that he couldn’t believe how Nash reacted backstage:
“When Kevin said that to me last night and the crowd was still chanting for me, it was hard to say, ‘Really?’ I take that as a sign of it, and that’s it. ” [1:00:06-1:00:22]
Payne also said in the interview that another two-time Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan, tried to prevent him from joining WWE in the first place. He claim Hogan warned Vince McMahon not to do business with him, but the WWE President decided to go against that advice and hire him.
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