The Kliq, one of professional wrestling’s most influential and controversial factions have never been known to mince their words. Therefore, when the trio of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman (X-Pac) spoke to Sports Illustrated, they didn’t deviate from their personalities and revealed some never before heard news.
The Inquisitr recently reported that the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels was close to jumping ship in the 1990s and join the rival promotion WCW. But being under contract and ultimately loyal to WWE prevented that from transpiring. However, Kevin Nash claims that 25-year veteran of WWE, The Undertaker was close to joining the now defunct promotion in 2000.
“We had ‘Taker close. All of a sudden he wasn’t the Deadman. He became the American Badass for a reason. That Deadman wasn’t going to f—in’ come to WCW. He would have been the biker character and gone by Mark Calaway.
That is a surprising claim from the 55-year-old Nash as The Undertaker, alongside Shawn Michaels are long considered to be the two most loyal WWE superstars of all-time. Additionally, there have never been any substantial rumors with any merit of Undertaker ever looking to leave WWE. But according to Nash, all he did was try and help people make a lot of money, until Vince McMahon began locking up his top names.
All along, I was trying to get guys money, I was trying to get guys paid. And what happened was Vince started giving huge guarantees to the Shawns and Undertakers and those guys and said, ‘I can’t lose my core guys.’
One name who did jump ship during the Monday Night Wars was Chris Jericho. The “Ayatollah of Rock N’Rolla” made a name for himself in WWE, proving that WCW’s misuse of his talents. On numerous occasions however, Jericho has been critical of the role that Nash, Hall and Hogan played in downfall of WCW.
Something that doesn’t sit well with Hall.
“Jericho’s just a whining puss. If you have any talent, you can’t be held back and you can’t be held down. Jericho just whines and whines. He’s gone on to be tremendously successful, and he’s still got a hard on for us. I don’t get it, but nobody makes headlines for saying, ‘Those guys are great guys. You talk about what d—s we are, and then some guy sits down and interviews you.”
Waltman, who was assigned to help Jericho with his in-ring work when he first came to WWE, as Jericho stated in his book Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps says that the Fozzy frontman knew a lot less than he thought.
“Jericho realized, once he got to WWE, ‘Holy s—, I don’t know what the f— I’m doing here. That’s why Vince made him come to me and run his matches by me, even he was working with Boss Man or something. You think you know, until you finally know.”
Recently, the trio of Nash, Hall and Waltman made an appearance at Wrestlemania 31 during the Sting vs. Triple H match. Nash and Hall represented the nWo faction from WCW and Waltman sided with D-Generation-X. Many fans questioned the entire segment. Why did the bitter rivals nWo and Sting team up? Why didn’t X-Pac represent both factions? But most importantly, why did Sting lose?
Nash summed it with a quick history lesson.
“There wasn’t a star from WCW that didn’t lose when he came into WWE. I mean, Christian destroyed Golberg in a cage match with a chair. That is one of the things that’s always been done. If Sting thought otherwise, he was wrong. The fact is it was a WCW-WWE moment and, once again, WWE prevailed.”
No matter where these longtime friends go, they’ve had fun all over the world and as Nash puts it, the three friends have kept a promise that they made when their journey together began.
“We made a pact that the five of us were going to watch each other’s back and we would never get separated. But to do that is a completely different thing. And we’ve done it.”
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