AT THE finish of each match, the legendary Undertaker would pull down the straps of his singlet to disclose an enormous tattoo that reads “BSK Satisfaction” throughout his stomach.
However what did it really stand for?
Properly, it’s really gang ink – a reference to his backstage crew within the Nineteen Nineties who stood reverse to Shawn Michaels’ “Kliq”, which ran roughshod over the WWE locker room on the similar time.
The letters BSK stand for “Bone Road Krew” – named after the gang’s love of enjoying
dominoes (or as they’re generally referred to as, “bones”).
The Krew travelled collectively and members had been every branded with BSK tattoos.
Wrestling folklore says they acted as locker room leaders – and peace keepers – throughout a turbulent time in WWE behind-the- scenes.
To develop into an official member of BSK a wrestler needed to be given the nod by Undertaker and Yokozuna.
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Who was in the Bone Street Krew?
The BSK was made up several well-known wrestlers.
The Undertaker – WWE’s greatest living (or undead) legend. Multi-time champ and a veteran of 27 years.
Yokozuna – the 600lb Samoan played a Japanese sumo wrestler. He was a two-time World Champion and is rumoured to have been a locker room authority and the founder of BSK.
Rikishi – Well-liked Angle Period celebrity who arrived in WWE in 1992 as Fatu, a member of the Headshrinkers tag staff. He’s the daddy of SmackDown tag champs, The Usos.
The Godfather – Actual identify Charles Wight, he additionally performed Papa Shango and Kama. He was a pal of Undertaker’s from their time wrestling collectively in USWA.
Savio Vega – Puerto Rican wrestler who was with WWE from 1994 to 1998. He was the primary member to get a BSK tattoo.
Henry Godwinn – WWE’s resident wrestling pig farmer. Actual identify Mark Canterbury, he was a two-time tag champion with storyline cousin Phineas.
Mideon – AKA Phineas Godwinn, he was the final member to be inducted into the BSK and later grew to become a part of Undertaker’s on-screen Ministry faction.
Crush – Initially the third member of Demolition, Crush – actual identify Brian Adams – was an on-off singles star within the Nineteen Nineties and an unique member of the Nation of Domination.
Paul Bearer – Undertaker’s longtime supervisor and pal. He was a real-life mortician and introduced some ghoulish realism to the Deadman’s character.
Mr Fuji – Devious supervisor well-known for tossing salt into the eyes of his wrestlers’ opponents.
He managed Yokozuna on-screen and was referred to as “Uncle” by the BSK.
Did they seem collectively within the ring too?
The Kliq had been infamous for working matches and feuds in opposition to one another, as a result of they had been solely keen to make one another look good within the ring.
BSK additionally labored collectively – however in contrast to the Kliq there was no political agenda.
The Undertaker had lengthy working feuds with each Yokozuna and Godfather (as Kama), whereas Godfather, Savio Vega, and Crush had been all a part of the “gang wars” in 1997.
Undertaker, Henry Godwinn, Rikishi (then Fatu), and Savio Vega additionally teamed collectively on the Survivor Collection 1995.
Was there actually a rivalry with The Kliq?
Web rumours say there was a locker room warfare between BSK and The Kliq – Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Corridor, X-Pac, and Triple H – however there’s solely a little bit fact to it.
Savio Vega has recounted how he as soon as obtained right into a shoving match with Kevin Nash over a dispute in a bar, however in any other case the gangs co-existed peacefully.
In truth, Savio Vega and Scott Corridor had been real-life mates – and performed buddies on display throughout Savio’s singles push in 1995.
In an interview with WWE.com, The Godfather stated: “I hear tales that there have been wars between us and The Kliq.
“I don’t keep in mind any issues with any group. I don’t assume The Kliq would have messed with The BSK within the first place.”
Shawn Michaels stated: “All of us frolicked on the similar locations, anyway. We had been pleasant.
“Sooner or later, the hearsay began that The BSK began due to The Kliq, however I don’t know who began the stirring of the pot that we didn’t get alongside.”
Although animosity between the teams might need been fabricated, most followers suspect that the presence of BSK – led by Taker and Yoko – would have stored the Kliq in examine.
So had been BSK actual locker room leaders?
Each Undertaker and Yokozuna are famed for his or her roles backstage and each commanded – and demanded – respect.
Additionally talking to WWE.com Mideon recalled how throughout a tour of Germany Undertaker broke up a bar combat involving a wrestler.
He stated: “I’m making an attempt to tug them aside, and I swear to God, it was like a John Wayne film.
“The doorway lit up and The Undertaker got here strolling by it. He grabbed each of them by the throat with one hand and posted them in opposition to the cement wall.
“He took the wrestler out of the bar and gave him a speaking to.”
What occurred to BSK?
Even through the Monday Night time Wars, with expertise leaping ship to WWE, the core members of the Bone Road Krew stayed loyal to WWE.
However Yokozuna needed to go away WWE on the finish of 1996 as a consequence of his weight points. He died in 2000.
Savio Vega left WWE in 1998, whereas Henry Godwinn departed in 1999.
Mideon appeared in numerous storylines – together with the terrible “Bare Mideon” gimmick – till 2001.
The Godfather left in 2002 however makes sporadic returns as was inducted into the Corridor of Fame final yr.
However there continues to be a BSK connection in WWE to at the present time.
Rikishi and Yokozuna are a part of the well-known Anoa’i wrestling household – and cousins to Roman Reigns, the man who retired Undertaker at WrestleMania 33.