At WrestleMania 31, there was a Kliq reunion of sorts in the WWE. While they were on separate sides of the ring, the original Kliq of Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman were all part of the Sting vs. Triple H match. However, it was advertised as The nWo vs. Degeneration X.
On Sean Waltman’s new podcast, Scott Hall said that WrestleMania 33 might actually have a Kliq reunion and Shawn Michaels is the person who has the plan for it. According to Hall, this WWE reunion will just include members of the original Kliq and not the subsets that splintered off from it.
Scott Hall said that originally, it was an idea from Shawn Michaels that would bring in Nash, Hall, and Eric Bischoff for the WWE at WrestleMania 33. Hall then pointed out that Waltman was going to do something at Hard Rock Cafe and City Walk in Orlando that weekend for the WWE, and then he heard that Hulk Hogan would be involved. However, those plans changed.
“The last time I talked to Kevin, he said ‘No I heard from somebody, who won’t be named, let’s make it a Kliq thing’. So then the whole Kliq would be involved, and if one dude can’t make it they’re gonna drop a giant screen down and they’re gonna beam it in, him doing stuff.”
— Brandon (@KimJongBro) August 12, 2016
The Kliq formed in the WWE back in the 90s when Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash developed a quick friendship. Soon, Sean Waltman and Triple H joined the Kliq, and one of the most controversial eras in WWE history started, with Shawn Michaels leading the way.
Many claimed that the Kliq dominated the political scene behind the curtains, with Shawn Michaels and Scott Hall trading the IC title and then Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash trading the world title. The Kliq bounced between face and heel and feuded with each other while remaining on the top of the WWE hierarchy. They were front and center during the Montreal Screw Job when Shawn Michaels beat Bret “The Hitman” Hart for the world title.
— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) September 2, 2016
Of course, the most infamous moment for the Kliq came when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall signed new deals to join rival company WCW. On the final show that Hall and Nash appeared in for the WWE, all the members of the Kliq, including Shawn Michaels, joined together in the center of the ring for one last group hug.
It was unprecedented at the time for faces and heels to break character in public, much less than in a wrestling ring in Madison Square Garden. The Kliq disbanded after this with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash leaving for WCW to form the nWo, Shawn Michaels remaining a main event star in the WWE, and rumor has it that Triple H was punished for the event. The WWE killed the planned Triple H push and gave it to Stone Cold Steve Austin instead at the WWE King of the Ring tournament that made Austin a star.
The WWE killed the planned Triple H push and gave it to Stone Cold Steve Austin instead at the WWE King of the Ring tournament that made Austin a star. It ended up being Austin who beat Shawn Michaels to become the face of the company when injuries forced Michaels to retire.
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While there have been different stories about what happened that night with the Kliq, 411mania reported that Hall said Vince McMahon knew what was going to happen before it ever went down, and Shawn Michaels spoke to McMahon before heading out for his match.
“Vince knew it was going to happen. I was talking to Vince when Shawn came in and said, hey blah blah blah and he went, is it important to you, and he said yes. And he said, OK make it happen. He said, I want Razor to come out, and I’m sitting right there.”
If the Kliq reunion happens, it will be at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. There is no word on what a Kliq WWE appearance could mean, but in-ring competition is not likely in the plans as Shawn Michaels has said he will not wrestle again and Scott Hall is in no condition to ever step into a WWE ring competitively again.
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