When it comes to wrestling, alliances and rivalries are difficult to follow. Not only are there constant in-ring teams and feuds involving babyfaces and heels (with both the relationships and statuses subject to change at any time), but there’s also everything going on backstage. And even then, there’s the kayfabe backstage and the real backstage.
So when fans in the mid and late ’90s learned of The Kliq - a WWE backstage group consisting of Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Triple H and Sean Waltman - it was a bit confusing, as the members were friends in real life but often enemies when the cameras were rolling. Even more befuddling was the mysterious Bone Street Krew, a backstage group that included The Undertaker, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Savio Vega, Henry O. Godwinn, Phineas I. Godwinn (a.k.a. Mideon), The Godfather, Paul Bearer, Brian Adams, and Mr. Fuji.
Although contrary to popular belief, there was no animosity between the groups, and they actually got along amicably. The only things the BSK and the Kliq really did was help out the members within each groups and provide some extra camaraderie. As for the fans, they received a hell of a lot of wacky stories, especially from the BSK.
15 The Founder
14 A Crushing Defeat
It’s interesting that Henry O. Godwinn mentioned Brian Adams (a.k.a. Crush) as a member of the Bone Street Krew, considering the timing of his stints with the WWE. After appearing from 1990-91, he returned in 1992, but left again in 1995. It’s possible he could have been an original member, however, his tenure probably ended following the events of his return in 2001. WWE Unforgiven 2001 was the perfect opportunity for KroniK (Adams and Bryan Clark) to put their new team on the map, as they were set to face Kane and fellow B.S.K member The Undertaker in the fifth match of the evening.
13 The Tattoo
12 Hillbilly Love
11 Savio’s Cut
10 Beware of the Duke
You probably don’t need any convincing about the BSK and the Kliq getting along, but just in case, here’s a story. As told by Mideon, a bunch of the guys (including Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin) were hanging out after a match in Germany one night when another wrestler they were working with got into a fight with a local bar patron. “They tumble back through the bar into this doorway, and into a cement wall by a set of stairs,” Mideon said. “I’m trying to pull them apart, and I swear to God, it was like a John Wayne movie: The doorway lit up and The Undertaker came walking through it. He grabbed both of them by the throat with one hand and posted them against the cement wall. He took the wrestler out of the bar and gave him a talking to.”
9 The Legendary Stink Face
All things considered, Rikishi was a pretty good wrestler. He’s been paired up with and pinned against some of the biggest names in the industry, been an intercontinental and tag team champion numerous times, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. However, most people will remember him best for his signature move, The Stink Face. As disgusting as it is to have one’s face rubbed into the crack of a giant sweaty Samoan man, a lot of people fell victim to it, which goes to show that the move was even bigger than most people realized. The poor souls included The Rock, John Cena, Booker T, Stephanie McMahon, and even Vince! However, the craziest part was that some people actually wanted to receive it. Mike Foxx apparently asked for it outside of the ring, and Trish Stratus said that getting it was on her bucket list. (Rikishi, for his part, reported that she took it like a champ.)
8 The Undertaker’s Arch Nemesis
7 Paul Bearer’s Pee Predicament
6 Mr. Prankster
5 Mr. Fuji’s Doggone Shameful Act
Although it doesn’t involve any of the other BSK members, I feel like we can’t write an article that involves both crazy stories and Mr. Fuji without mentioning one of the biggest urban legends about the guy. According to Roddy Piper, Fuji had a bit of a real life feud with fellow “Japanese” wrestler Tanaka. Although the two were apparently friends, Fuji found out that Tanaka going behind his back to the promotion in order to gain position. In response, Fuji invited Tanaka and his family over for dinner, and after they all (save for Fuji himself) feasted, the host said he had a surprise for his guests. Mr. Fuji brought out a silver platter and “he put it on the table, lifted it up, and it was their dog’s head,” Piper said. “They just ate their dog.”
4 The Unbearable Braid
Want an example of an adorable bond between two BSK wrestlers? How about the fact that Mr. Fuji was the person responsible for braiding Yokozuna’s hair prior to every match. Of course, with these two, this is where the cuteness stops. One time, Fuji claimed to have a shoot to do, and asked newcomer Sunny to fill in. “Of course I wasn’t going to say no to Mr. Fuji, so I walked behind Yoko and started combing and braiding,” Sunny recalled. “The seamstresses, who were right next to me, started laughing, but I didn’t know why. Then Mr. Fuji walked by us, and laughed. Again, I had no idea why. Then I smelled something foul, but I didn’t know what it was. [Then] I realized what it was: Yoko’s hair!”
That’s right, the big guy was so large that he couldn’t lift his arms high enough to wash his hair, and, as expected, it “reeked like s*** and sewage,” Sunny said. “When I was done, I ran to my locker room to wash my hands, but I couldn’t get the stink off of them. It took three days for my hands to finally be Yoko-free.”
3 Fuji’s Royal Treatment
The Bone Street Krew could do their share of drinking, like most wrestlers, and the biggest drunk of them all was probably Mr. Fuji. Being a prankster himself, Fuji should have known better than to get completely wasted on Crown Royal before a match (even though he was only “managing” at the time, and didn’t actually have to appear in the ring) and pass out immediately afterward. Seeing a golden opportunity, Dutch Savage and Lonnie Mayne stopped their car on the way to dropping Fuji off at home, and came up with a plan.
2 Yoko’s Toilet Trouble - Part 1
According to Bret Hart, the funniest time he ever had with The Undertaker also included Bone Street Krew member Yokozuna. According to Hart, he and ‘Taker were in a locker room in Washington after a match one day when they heard a loud, fireworks-like bang in the other room, followed by the sound of rushing water. When the two stuck their head around the corner, they saw that that Yokozuna and his 600-pound frame had accidentally demolished a toilet while midway through his business. And not only was the poor wrestler covered in toilet water and excrement, but the broken porcelain had cut open his leg pretty badly.
1 Yoko’s Toilet Trouble - Part 2
This story is a bit hard to stomach (no pun intended), but it’s also unbelievably hilarious. As a 600-pound man, Yokozuna had quite the sweet tooth, so of course he wouldn’t turn down a chocolate bar from a fellow wrestler. Unfortunately, that wrestler was mischievous prankster Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, and the chocolate bar contained laxatives. “Three quarters of the way through the flight, Yoko practically offset the balance of the plane when he leapt up and frantically pleaded for emergency assistance from the petite Japanese stewardesses,” Bret Hart recalled.
As you might expect, the airplane bathrooms were too small for the enormous wrestler. Instead, after some panic, newspapers were laid down on the floor at the back of the plane and Yokozuna was allowed to relieve himself while the team of traumatized flight attendants used blankets to shield the sight from the other passengers. The smell of his hair was probably nothing compared to this.
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