It is unimaginable to think that five friends could come together and ultimately dominate multi-million dollar wrestling corporations. 'The Kliq', did just that. These five men controlled the wrestling industry with backstabbing and politicking like no others have ever witnessed.
The Kliq manipulated their way into the top positions of the biggest wrestling companies of the 90's, WCW and WWE. Backstage lobbying was a skill every member used to their advantage. When together these men ruled by power in numbers, and when separated they protected themselves by staying in top positions in their companies. In the WWE, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were either the champions or contending to become champions. Furthermore, over in the WCW Scott Hall and Kevin Nash would be protected by negotiating their way into fully guaranteed contracts, with Nash also receiving creative control. In addition, The Kliq were also the wave makers for two of the most controversial stables in wrestling history: The New World Order and D-Generation X. Forming these stables in their respective companies added supremacy over other talents in the industry. These two stables dominated the industry during a prosperous era in wrestling.
However, because of all the control The Kliq garnered, they developed many enemies backstage. From upper executives to lower level talents, a trail of irritated individuals were left from The Kliq’s rise to the top. This might have been the hottest time in wrestling, but for several others in the industry it was considered one of the darkest periods. Here are 15 things the WWE doesn't want you to know about The Kliq.
15 15.The Kliq's Dominance Made Talent Leave
14 Heavy Drug Users
13 Truth Behind The Hand Gesture
12 Guaranteed Contracts
11 Nash Took Over WCW Internally
10 Triple H The Designated Driver
9 Who Came Up With The Name?
8 The Kliq Controlled Wrestling
7 Darkest Time in Wrestling
6 X-Pac Fired Because of Nash and Hall
5 HBK Story
4 Kevin Nash Saved X-Pac's Life
Sean Waltman’s life had spun out of control and if it wasn’t for his good friend Kevin Nash, he most likely would not be alive today. Pac was a heavy user of crystal meth. His addiction was so out of control that he injected meth in the bathroom minutes before his high profile X-Division Championship match against AJ Styles, in 2002. Waltman was so incoherent that he forgot the finish to the match, and TNA fired him shortly after the incident. From there, his drug addiction would continue and he would develop an alcohol problem as well. The lowest point in Waltman’s life happened when he woke up in a hospital bed after taking 40 Valium pills with a bottle of rum, wrote a suicide note and hanged himself with a hose before blacking out. Kevin Nash would come to the aid of his friend and pay for a high end psychiatric rehabilitation facility. The WWE would also aid in the finances to help X-Pac.
3 Bret Was Originally Asked To Be Part Of The Kliq
2 MSG Incident Changed Landscape Of Wrestling
During the mid-90s the WWE cared about protecting kayfabe situations, while making fans believe the legitimacy of superstars who were faces and heels. The superstars were expected to always be in character when in front of fans. However, this wrestling ideology would be forever changed during an incident at Madison Square Garden, in 1996.
Hall and Nash were headed to the WCW, this night being their final event for the WWE. Hall took on Triple H earlier in the show, and the main event of the night saw Michaels and Nash inside a steel cage. At the end of the show, Hall and Hunter ran to the ring and all four members embraced each other. This would go down in history as the “curtain call”.
1 Burying Wrestlers
It has been widely speculated that The Kliq often buried wrestlers beneath them they did not agree with. One major incident occurred during a live event. Carl Ouellet was booked to beat then WWE Champion Diesel (Kevin Nash), in a house show in Montreal, his hometown. However, shortly before the match, the ending was change by Michaels to have Ouellet lose to Nash. An argument broke out between Ouellet and Michaels backstage which led to the two having to be separated by other wrestlers. The match didn’t go as planned and ended in a double disqualification because Ouellet refused to be pinned by Nash. Ouellet was fired shortly after the incident. In his book, Michaels states: “we buried him because he did not want to put Nash over”. This is a key example of the power The Kliq had in the WWE at that time. If any wrestlers rubbed the group the wrong way they would find a way to bury them in the company.
Sources: wwe.com, bleacherreport.com, thesun.co.uk
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