Former WWE wrestler Bobby Horne - known to the WWE Universe as Mo - has opened up about a dramatic incident involving Shawn Michaels, the fallout of which left him suicidal.
Appearing on 'The Two Man Power Trip' podcast, the former member of the Men On A Mission stable of the '90s spoke of an altercation with Michaels at a hotel in Isreal.
The Tag Team champion claims that Michaels assaulted him during the WWE (then WWF) tour and firmly believes his reaction to the incident cost him his place on WWE TV.
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As relayed by WhatCulture, Horne set the scene by explaining how his tag partner, Nelson, had been taken back to the hotel room after fainting during Passover.
With the illness forcing the organization to switch to singles matches rather than the advertised tag team battle with The Headshrinkers, Horne explained Michaels' extreme reaction, and the psychological issues that were to come:
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"I’m standing there going over the match with Samu. Shawn Michaels comes out of the shower and he hit me in the back harder than I’ve ever been hit on the football field, he just knocked the hell out of me.”
“The operative word from me was excuse-me, and his response was ‘f*ck excuse me, you guys have no work ethic.’"
"He said ‘you young guys come up here with no f*cking work ethic and your f*cking partner fell down in the hall way, all he had to do was get his fat ass up and walk to the ring, and you do all the work and there would be a tag match tonight instead of the bullsh*t singles match.’"
Michael's fury with the last-minute change of plans was matched by Horne's reaction to being manhandled by the high profile star.
“He thought Nelson should have sucked it up, went to the ring and stood on the side and work because the kind of tag match we worked, I take the heat anyway. So that’s what he was pissed off about, and he took it out on me.
"My response was being the man that I am is if you put your hands on me again, I’m gonna beat your f*cking-ass."
It is this response that Horne believes saw him outcast to the WWE doldrums:
“Did I pay for it? Yeah, dearly. What did it get me? It got me pulled off TV for nine months and I had to travel on the road for nine months and not work."
"In that nine months, I got highly depressed, and I attempted suicide.”
The revelation, two decades on from the original incident, just goes to show the mental, as well as physical, strain put on wrestlers.
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