Honestly, if there are two wrestlers who would rather forget 1997 in the world more than The Sultan and Aldo Montoya, then I have no idea who they are. The only difference I can come up with is that The Sultan actually had a match at WrestleMania, whereas Montoya was essentially fodder for jobber status. Three years later, both men were established stars, with The Sultan becoming Rikishi in the WWF and Aldo becoming Justin Credible in ECW.
Everyone who’s followed professional wrestling as closely as one could for many years has, at the very least, heard about The Kliq. If you haven’t, it was essentially a group of wrestlers (consisting of Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley, The 1-2-3 Kid, and Aldo Montoya) who watched each other’s backs and essentially rolled together to ensure each other’s safety. Not just in the world, you know, from psycho fans or anything, but genuinely to help keep themselves on top.
Well, there was another group that existed that may not have been as prominent in terms of keeping themselves on top, but watched out for each other and were generally seen with other members. This group was known as The Bone Street Krew (shortened to B.S.K.).
The BSK was rumored to have been founded in order to protect said wrestlers from the tyranny of The Kliq, but it has never been confirmed, nor denied. Wrestlers who WEREN’T members of The BSK have claimed that the group was simply a group of friends that didn’t fuck with The Kliq, but members of The BSK haven’t confirmed nor denied that rumor.
“We were a bunch of guys that hung out together, rode together, listened
to the same type of music, did the same things at night … and we played
dominoes. The Godwinns didn’t play dominoes. Savio played. But the ones
that definitely played were me, Rikishi, Yoko and Undertaker.“ - The Godfather
“We all hung out at the same places, anyway. We were friendly. At some
point, the rumor started that The BSK started because of The Kliq, but I
don’t know who started the stirring of the pot that we didn’t get
along.“ - Shawn Michaels
“When my contract ended, I went to Taker and said, “Bro, I’m finished.”
He said, “What do you mean finished? Let me talk to them and get you two
more years.” I said, “No, we’ve got something we’re going to do in
Puerto Rico.” So he asked, “You sure? Come on, two more years.” But that
was it for me. I appreciate him trying to help me.“ - Savio Vega
Many of the members of The BSK sport tattoos from the group, as they genuinely appreciated each other’s company. In professional wrestling, it’s easy to be a loner and to feel very singled out, especially due to politics and rumors, so for a group of pro wrestling friends to exist is an admirable thing.