The world of professional wrestling has had various characters that have come and gone. But there is one group of individuals that, thus far, have stood the test of time.
Kevin Nash. Scott Hall. Shawn Michaels. Triple H. X-Pac. The Kliq.
What started as a band of friends that logged thousands of miles together ended up being one of the most influential things to ever happen to the industry. When all five were positioned in WWE, they had Vince McMahon’s ear as they believed they knew how to take the business to the next level.
Even though the band split up, their thoughts remained the same. Nash and Hall took their talents to WCW and became top players for the duration of their stint in the company. With Michaels and Triple H staying with the WWE, their power became even more apparent as the 90s went on.
They weren’t liked by many wrestlers but their impact remains significant. They opened up different avenues for wrestlers to go down. They gave some coworkers opportunities, no matter how they felt about them personally. They even have a new generation of talents that have shown their love for The Kliq.
Everyone knows about The Curtain Call and Michaels and Bret Hart’s animosity — but that’s only the beginning. Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about The Kliq.
15 Turkish Mafia in Disguise?
When you think of The Kliq, one of the first things that comes to mind is their infamous wolf hand sign. Whether it was Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and X-Pac on WCW television, Shawn Michaels and Triple H on RAW, or when they were all together in the WWE, each member was always seen throwing it up. How they got that hand signal, however, is a story in and of itself.
14 Triple H Was Beloved From Afar
When The Kliq first formed, it was made up of Nash, Hall, X-Pac, and Michaels. Triple H, of course, had yet to join the WWE as he was working for WCW in the early 90s. What’s funny is, both Nash and Hall have admitted that they admired Triple H from afar.
13 They Paved the Way for Guaranteed Contracts
In various interviews, both Kevin Nash and Scott Hall have admitted that they didn’t want to leave the WWE. What they wanted, however, was guaranteed money — and back in the mid-90s, Vince McMahon was famous for saying, “I don’t give guarantees, I give opportunities.” When speaking with Eric Bischoff, first Hall and later Nash expressed their desire for a guarantee of a certain amount of money on their contracts.
12 They Weren’t Fond of ECW Stars
The Kliq didn’t have to like you personally; but if you negatively affected their work inside of the squared circle, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and X-Pac would make it known that they had an issue with you. Unfortunately for guys like Shane Douglas and Chris Candido, they both ran into problems with The Kliq.
When it came to Douglas, an apparent exchange of words with Michaels during an overseas tour labeled him in a negative way. That was only furthered when Shawn Michaels refused to drop the Intercontinental Championship to him, but to add salt to the wound, Vince McMahon put the title on Scott Hall just minutes after Douglas won by forfeit.
11 They Didn’t Like Bam Bam Bigelow — But Respected Him
The Kliq may not have liked a number of guys who eventually turned into stars in ECW, but not all of them. Bam Bam Bigelow, of course, was a star all across the world. And with his old school attitude in mind, the behemoth of a man didn’t think it was right that talent had the ear of the boss. You would never confuse The Kliq as friends with Bigelow — but they did, however, respect the in-ring talent that Bam Bam was.
10 The Infamous Meeting with Vince McMahon In Indianapolis
Speaking to Chris Jericho on his Talk of Jericho podcast, Triple H noted a time when Vince McMahon asked The Kliq to meet with him in Indianapolis. "I remember (Vince) saying, 'Clearly the company needs a change of direction and momentum and I want opinions. If it were your team—all of you individually make your own, I don't want anybody looking at anyone else's paper…what would your team be and what do you think is wrong with the product? Not saying that we're going to do it; I just want to know what everybody thinks.’”
9 Vince Loved Them Off Screen But Wanted None Of It On Television
Triple H wasn’t the only Kliq member to reveal some old stories to Chris Jericho on his Talk is Jericho podcast. When X-Pac appeared on the show, Jericho asked him why Vince McMahon never decided to make the fivesome an on-screen unit. Said X-Pac, “We wanted to do a group together [in WWE]. We all wanted to do it together, like The Kliq thing, but Vince hated groups. Vince didn’t want to do groups at all.”
8 The Curtain Call Killed Triple H’s Push
In what has become an infamous moment in WWE history, Vince McMahon allowed The Kliq to have their final sendoff before Kevin Nash and Scott Hall left for WCW. The decision, however, was a questionable one, as longtime workers didn’t appreciate the fact that good guys and bad guys were embracing each other on WWE’s home turf.
7 Associates of The Kliq
While many believed The Kliq was very standoffish, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact, there are plenty of well-known wrestlers who were considered associates of The Kliq back in the 90s. Scott Hall took youngster Louie Spicolli under his wing when he was in the WWE. Not only did he throw up the Kliq sign when wrestling in ECW, but Hall also helped land him a job in WCW.
6 The Forgotten Member
While the aforementioned names like Louie Spicolli, Rick Rude, Diamond Dallas Page, and Sid Vicious were all rumored to be associates of The Kliq, Justin Credible has long been mentioned by X-Pac and Scott Hall as a member of the group. When Credible was wrestling as Aldo Montoya, he became friends with the duo and was their travel buddy until both X-Pac and Hall went to WCW.
5 They Were On Top of the Big Three American Companies in 2000
Since we’ve already confirmed that Justin Credible was the sixth member of The Kliq, the group of wrestlers accomplished something cool in the new millennium. Sure, both WCW and ECW were in their dying days, but in the Spring of 2000, Kevin Nash and Justin Credible were the WCW World Heavyweight Champion and ECW World Heavyweight Champion, respectively.
4 If They Had Their Way, The Rock Would’ve Never Been
While the WWE’s New Generation was a slogan on television in the mid-90s, their future stars truly began to rise through the ranks after Kevin Nash and Scott Hall departed in 1996 as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, and The Rock all had star potential. Shawn Michaels, however, believed that Triple H was a bigger star than all three and asked Vince McMahon to have him take The Rock’s spot on the card. That was furthered when Michaels told creative that The Rock wasn’t the right fit for the Intercontinental Championship and instead wanted the belt on Bret Hart, a move that wouldn’t only lower The Rock’s status but would also take Hart out of the main event picture.
3 They Wanted To Be The Focal Point of WWEs WCW Reboot
As all wrestling fans know, Vince McMahon could’ve printed money when he acquired both WCW and ECW in 2001. Instead, however, his short-sighted vision didn’t lead to any long term gains. One of the original plans, however, was to continue to run Nitro in place of RAW while the WWE would run their show during SmackDown’s timeslot. One of McMahon’s biggest reservations was the star power that was going to be on the WCW show, so he started crafting ideas as to which WWE wrestlers he could put on the brand.
2 The Next Generation
If there’s one thing about The Kliq, it’s that all you need to do is love professional wrestling to be considered a friend of the group. And although they made more friends than enemies during their days as active wrestlers, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and X-Pac are more beloved by colleagues than ever before. The Bullet Club was — and in many ways, still is — one of the hottest acts in pro wrestling, and a part of their shtick is acting like The Kliq. Whether it’s their gang mentality like the nWo, their mannerisms like D-Generation X, their inclusion of Hall’s son into the group, or their frequent use of the wolf hand sign, they’ve paid homage to The Kliq in many ways.
1 Bret Hart Recruited to Join The Kliq?
This one isn’t only one of the most wild facts about The Kliq, but it’s something that many may not know about. Everyone knows that Bret Hart absolutely loathed The Kliq and their backstage politicking, and always believed the group was terrible for the wrestling business. What many people don’t know, however, is the fact that Hart was almost a Kliq member himself. In his autobiography “Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling,” Hart said he was offered a spot in the group. “The thing I remember most about that tour was Shawn, Razor, and Nash talking to me in Hamburg about the idea of forming a clique of top guys who strictly took care of their own.”
Hart, of course, turned down the offer because he wanted to help all the wrestlers, not just a select few. Imagine The Hitman walking down to the ring throwing up the wolf? What an odd thing to think of…
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