Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Joey Finnegan0
THE KLIQ RULES (With an Iron Fist): Tales of Their Stranglehold on the WWE Locker Room
Michaels, Hall, Nash, Waltman and Levesque. These are five men who made up the now infamous backstage group called The Kliq. They came together and ultimately dominated the WWF locker room. According to many within the business, they did so with back-stabbing and politicking. In today’s edition of Pro Wrestling Stories, we delve into The Kliq’s checkered past.
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Bret Hart on The Kliq:
“They were literally a cancer in the dressing room, all of them. I don’t doubt that Shawn Michaels is sorry for a lot of that kind of behavior. Kevin Nash was a great wrestler and a good guy, but I don’t think he could be that proud of that association. It was a cancerous environment in the dressing room with those guys and they certainly did more negative than positive to the business.
“They were literally a cancer in the dressing room, all of them.”
Scott Hall, all you have to do is just look at him. He is a train-wreck with his own life and he was a malcontent or a guy that when you were close to him long enough you start to feel the same way he did; you just felt so self-destructive and unhappy with your life and your job and everything. He was a guy that was infectious with his bad, bad sort of moods and unhappiness in his own life that would spread to all the other wrestlers. And you know, I’m glad I’m not remembered for that kind of stuff. I’m remembered – I think if you talk to different wrestlers from that era, the Savio Vegas and those kinds of wrestlers that were on my cards – they’re all pretty proud of how I conducted myself, how I related to them and how I may have been the top guy but I didn’t act like a superstar; not to my friends and not to my peers.”