In the 1990s, there was a group comprised of five men that were known as the Kliq — Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and X-Pac. More often than not, they caused trouble behind the scenes in WWE. Aside from being the most successful in the company, the Kliq aren’t famous, but rather infamous for their actions during the “curtain call” incident at Madison Square Garden.
Since then, the WWE Universe hasn’t witnessed a group that possesses so much equality and closeness. That’s all about to change. MetsFan4Ever, a supposed WWE-insider on Reddit, has the inside scoop on a tight-knit group that’s forming backstage at NXT. He is reporting that Triple H formed a Kliq of his own with the “NXT 5.”
“Triple H has cultivated a new Clique. This time, it involves his hand picked group to lead WWE in the future: Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, and Hideo Itami. These are the four guys that Triple H looks out for.
The entire roster is subjected to daily drills. That is, except for Triple H’s clique. It’s been known at the Performance Center that Balor will throw a bit of a hissy fit about doing them then just back away and Owens will nonchalantly not do them. If Bill DeMott gets on their cases about it, which he doesn’t do often, they say they don’t have to. Or, they call up Triple H and he tells the trainers to lay off.”
MetsFan4Ever also goes into detail about how a NXT house shows, if they are lower on the card and wanted to be moved up, they just go to Triple H and he makes the necessary adjustments. Is this a bad road Triple H is leading his five best guys down? The original Kliq pulled the same actions backstage. It was all about backstage politics during the Kliq’s reign on top.
After last night’s NXT Takeover: Rival, four out of the five men were involved in two of the last three matches. Also, Finn Balor and Adrian Neville, as well as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, each received at least 25 minutes of time to work. Each member of the newly-formed Kliq are centerpieces of the show.
Bleacher Report talked about the winners and losers from last night’s special. All five men did a fantastic job of showing the WWE Universe what they can do. Owens and Balor certainly impressed the WWE fans, and WWE officials as well with their performances last night. As history teaches the WWE fans, the word “Kliq” brings up bad vibes. Hopefully for the NXT locker room, it doesn’t go overboard.