The Young Bucks have been trolling WWE for a while now in various ways, but after they invaded Monday Night RAW with the Bullet Club, the company sent them a cease and desist letter for using the Kliq hand symbol popularized by members of that 1990s backstage faction and the NWO.
With most of the original Kliq members in retirement or semi-retirement, the symbol was revived by the Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling, several of whose old members, like AJ Styles, are now in WWE. WWE has also previously warned the Young Bucks to stop using the "Suck It" catchphrase and crotch chop gesture popularized by DX in the 1990s.
So how did Nick and Matt Jackson respond? By sending out a press release announcing the auction of two pairs of wrestling tights emblazoned with the gesture.
The tights, worn in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and Ring of Honor Wrestling, and featured in Being the Elite episode 47 during Matt's mid-match promo are up on eBay, and the Bucks will sign them if you win and you want them to. 100% of the sale will go to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Matt Jackson, brilliantly trolling while simultaneously doing good, said:
"Seeing how we'll obviously no longer be able to use these tights, we have decided to turn a negative into a positive and give back. We have chosen Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to receive 100% of the funds raised in our eBay auction. We decided to give back to this particular hospital, because we were so touched by the children and hospital staff we spent some time with during our recent visit."
The auction is running until October 1st, and with 63 bids at press time, it's already up to $1,775, so break out your checkbook if you want to get your hands on these — or your butt in them, assuming your figure is as svelte as The Bucks' are.
Of course, the whole thing is ridiculous, because the symbol was actually created by a college sports team, as an interview with Triple H, Kevin Nash, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and Finn Bálor on WWE.com:
WWE.COM: Do you guys associate it more with The nWo or The Kliq?
AJ STYLES: Everybody wants to take responsibility for it. Obviously, The nWo. If we want to go way back, who did The nWo get it from?
LUKE GALLOWS: Japan?
STYLES: Wrong. No, no, no, no, no. NC State. [The North Carolina State Wolfpack]
GALLOWS: [Scoffs] Who cares about that?
STYLES: That's the Wolfpack. That's a Wolf Kiss, bro.
GALLOWS: That's stupid. We're talking about sports-entertainment, brother.
STYLES: Hey, back off, man. Anyway, that's where it came from, in my head. Therefore, I think it's legal for everybody to use it and have a good time with it.
NASH: We were throwing the Turkish Wolf up, so it made sense that we were the "Wolfpack." Since the Wolfpack was owned by NC State, we made it The Wolfpac, so we could register it.
In that same 2016 interview, Triple H and Kevin Nash even said:
WWE.COM: What do you think about The Club and Bálor using it now?
TRIPLE H: I saw it as nothing but a tribute when they started to bring it back. It wasn't like they started to do it in a joking manner or a manner to kind of dump on it. The people who are doing it now are people who grew up during The Attitude Era and watched The nWo and DX. And that's what's leading them to do it.
NASH: A lot of people are really up in arms about it. Finn is a Superstar. Everyone in WWE is a Superstar, but Finn is a Superstar. Finn is very much like a Shawn Michaels kind of athlete. For him to carry that torch for us, all it does is make our legacy stronger. I wasn't in a college fraternity, but if I was in Sigma Nu or whatever and your brother underneath you wants to keep the torch alive, I can't think of a better guy than Finn to do it.
Well, a lot can change in a year.