The Kliq embraced in a huge heard round the world. Photo Courtesy of personalgrowthtravel.com
The Kliq was a group of some of the biggest names in professional wrestling who had so much pull that they were said to frequently have an effect on decisions made by Vince McMahon and the WWE Creative team.
Triple H, along with Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and Sean Waltman, were all members of the exclusive backstage group.
This would eventually come back to bite Triple H in the nether regions.
As Triple H was getting one of his first big pushes in his WWF career, he was in line to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, an honor that wrestlers have used as launching points for their careers.
Triple H would never win that tournament all because of one hug.
During an event at Madison Square Garden in 1996 a heel-ish Hunter Hearst Helmsley took on Razor Ramon, a face early in the night. Later HBK, a face, took on Diesel, another heel, in a steel cage. After the match Ramon and Helmsley came down to congratulate their other friends, which is a big no-no according to storylines and faces and heels.
The match would be the last WWE match for Hall and Nash, so after the match, in the steel cage, all four members stood in the ring, hugging and holding their arms up for the crowd.
The out of character hugs infuriated the Chairman, which led to him giving Stone Cold the go ahead to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament.