Jim Ross recalled the backstage conflict between The Kliq and Chris Candido, saying the group “got real personal” with the star.
Chris Candido worked for the WWF from May 1995 to late 1996. Candido had previously competed in Eastern Championship Wrestling, later renamed ECW, as well as Smoky Mountain Wrestling. When he joined the WWF, he was renamed ‘Skip,’ and his girlfriend was given the name Sunny.
The Bodydonnas won the World Tag Team Championships after teaming up with Tom Prichard (Zip) and being managed by Sunny.
During this time, however, it was widely reported that Sunny, despite being in a relationship with Candido, became romantically involved with Shawn Michaels.
This naturally caused friction between Candido and Michaels, as well as other members of The Kiliq. HBK, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman comprised the powerful backstage group of friends.
Jim Ross discussed the issues between the two parties in a recent episode of his podcast, Grilling JR. Candido was “bullied around,” according to Ross, and things “got real personal:”
“I don’t know how much to believe, not to believe, about his issues with The Kliq. I don’t know how deep those wounds were or whatever, but they were bullying him around and I felt bad for him because they got real personal, and that’s not cool.”
The AEW announcer also explained why he thought Candido didn’t stay with the company for a longer period of time. Candido’s height, according to Jim Ross, worked against him, as was often the case during that era:
“He looked great, physique, big barrel chest, all that stuff, and he could work with anybody. But he was gonna be limited in how far he can go, especially as a single in a major company working main events. [It] probably wasn’t gonna happen that often. He needed to be in a tag, I think…. His work was excellent. His size was a detriment.”
Candido returned to ECW after leaving the WWF before joining WCW for a brief stint in 2000. In 2005, he made an appearance for TNA. Candido contracted pneumonia after suffering a number of serious leg injuries at Lockdown in April.
Chris Candido sadly died on April 28th, 2005, at the age of 33.
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