As most of us are, I am fascinated by the behind-the-scenes world of professional wrestling.
Politics, as we all know, is more apparent in this field of entertainment than maybe any, ever. If you're a sportsman and you're good, you'll most probably get what you deserve sooner or later, same goes with acting/music and the likes since there are so many different teams, production houses and record labels, who always want to showcase the best talent and outdo each other. With professional wrestling however, thing are a bit different. The business has evolved (or maybe methodically made by Vince) to an industry with a near-monopoly by one huge entity, and other smaller promotions being almost non-existent (maybe TNA can be an exception to this).
Everyone wants to get into the WWE, and vast majority of wrestlers would rather be a jobber in the E than be a big fish in a small pond, for the pay and the global exposure. With only two weekly shows, not even strictly separated as brands anymore, there aren't too many spots to fill on the top. The well documented backstage group, the Kliq, were a group of close friends who were all major stars in their own rights and stuck together to not only party hard, but to protect each other politically as well.
Now, what truly baffles me is why people only ever talk about this group as one of its kind (or at least that I know of). I know Undertaker hung out together with some guys called the BSK, but I've never heard/read of anything political to do with them. Also, I think Jericho, Malenko, Guerrero, Juvi, Rey and Benoit used to hang out but I'm not sure if there were a legitimate group or just close friends.
My question is am I just misinformed?
Or is the Kliq really one of it's kind?
And what about backstage groups in WWE, NWA turfs, and ECW?
Surely, some other group of guys before/after the 90s must have thought of getting stronger backstage and ensuring their top spot. There is strength is numbers after all. Plus, as frowned upon as it may be, the Kliq really did well for themselves and are all legends today.