The following article has been paid for by the new world order. Well, we are actually just diehard fans of the ground-breaking wrestling group. It is arguably the storyline that most ignited the Monday Night Wars and in the minds of many fans led to WCW’s dominance and then defeat; the nWo, in our opinion is one of the best factions of all time.
There are some facts that seemingly every wrestling fan knows about the infamous team. They debuted, as a trio, at the 1996 Bash at the Beach. Three former WWF stars served as their core and they forever changed the business. There are still some lesser known facts, that we found fascinating and look forward to introducing you to.
15 Celebrity Members
There is a very storied and successful history of celebrities and wrestling, working together for the greater good of everyone involved. Eric Bischoff, the man in charge of World Championship Wrestling, during the group’s heyday, included some famed non-wrestlers in the group, clearly, he knew his history well. The quality of those involved diminished far too quickly though
In the annals of wrestling history, what makes for a moneymaking wrestling story has been generally agreed upon. A bad guy gets the upper hand over a fan favorite before getting his comeuppance via losing inside the squared circle. For whatever reason, that basic principle failed when it came to the never-ending battle for supremacy in WCW and eventually the actual performers got sick of it.
13 Unceremonious End
Brought into the WWE by Vinnie Mac, when Hollywood Hogan was utterly embraced by the fans who were supposed to hate him at WrestleMania, the writing was on the wall. Abandoning his allies, the group he, Hall and Nash created never recovered. Adding wrestlers like HBK and Booker T into the group, they could have been reinvigorated fairly easily, had the powers that be not given up on them.
12 Inspired by New Japan Show?
On April 29th, 1996, at the Tokyo Dome, arguably the most famous venue not named Madison Square Garden, New Japan Pro Wrestling put on a show called Battle Formation. Attended by Eric Bischoff, the show featured talent from New Japan and UWF International, with an inter-promotional IWGP Heavyweight Championship match.
11 Ted DiBiase, Financier
Ever since Ted Dibiase became the Million Dollar Man in the WWF, he has been known for his evil, affluent ways. When he went to work for Ted Turner, as many former stars did before him, he became the first new member of the nWo.
When Scott Hall walked out in the middle of a throwaway match one night on Monday Nitro, he didn’t make his way down in a typical way. Instead, he walked down amongst the fans, jumped the barricade and spoke like he may have been sent there by his bosses in the WWF. When his pal, Kevin Nash, followed suit and appeared the following week, they never cleared up that misconception and Vince McMahon’s legal paid full attention.
9 TNA’s Knock Off
TNA or Impact Wrestling, whatever you call the company head up by Dixie Carter, one thing is clear, they have recycled far too many stories from wrestling history. The Band, a group that debuted in 2010, was very, very clearly meant to be a knock off of the new world order.
8 Scott Steiner & Stevie Ray, Official Leaders
Over the years that the nWo existed, the men who were explicitly stated as leaders were amongst the biggest stars in the industry’s history. Hogan, Nash, Savage, Hart, we don’t have to tell you their first names and we know that any wrestling fan or even friend, spouse, or family member of a follower will likely know who we are talking about.
7 nWo Monday Nitro
It is hard to believe it now, but WCW came up with the idea of the brand extension, years before their competition put it into practice. Their version was far less successful since it never actually got off the ground. When World Championship Wrestling was making money hand over fist, their biggest cash cow, the nWo received their own pay per view, Souled Out. It made sense as by this point, WCW’s president was an onscreen member of the group. Yet it was really, really awful.
6 Possible Third Members
At the 1996 Bash at the Beach, Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger were set to take on the nWo, which was made up of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and a mystery third man. When Hulk Hogan walked out, ostensibly to save his friends, only to embrace the dark side and become the biggest villain in the industry - it was perfect.
5 Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels
The Hart Foundation vs. D-Generation X. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels. The Excellence of Execution vs. H.B.K. These two men are considered to be two of the best performers in the history of the industry as well as two of its biggest rivals. Magnificent in the ring against one another, their history of bickering is well documented.
4 nWo Japan
We’ve already looked at the idea that WCW’s greatest boon was inspired by a Japanese wrestling event but we didn’t mention that the nWo’s influence was felt in Japan as well. At the height of wrestling’s and the WCW’s popularity in North America, WCW had a talent exchange deal in place with NJPW, which resulted in the formation of nWo Japan.
3 WWF’s Fake Razor Ramon, Real nWo Member
When Scott Hall and Kevin Nash changed wrestling history by making the jump to WCW, they left behind their trademarked WWF characters. Never willing to leave a dollar unclaimed, the WWF made one of the most ill-conceived decisions in their history in September of 1996, when they had Jim Ross announce the return of Diesel and Razor Ramon. Recasting the roles, Glenn Jacobs, the man who would become known as Kane and Rick Bognar failed miserably to live up to the original performers.
2 Seven Different Versions
Somebody could argue that with each new, major member of the nWo, the group underwent a metamorphosis that changed its makeup forever but ignoring that and there are still seven versions. The original incarnation, nWo Japan, The Wolfpac, Hollywood, Elite (nWo Wolfpac Elite), Black and White (The B-Team), 2002 (Black and Silver) and nWo WWE.
1 Insanely Large Roster
Let’s make it clear, we are only counting people who have at any time been acknowledged by either WCW, New Japan or WWE as official members of the nWo. First, we’re going to acknowledge but not include Barry Windham, Rick Steiner, Goldust or Vince McMahon, all of whom were intrinsically associated with the group at one time or another, but were never fully indoctrinated.
The previously mention Dinner and a Movie duo, NASCAR racer and fifty other people have at one time been official members of the most important and possibly longest reaching faction ever. Hulk Hogan and Disco Inferno, are both founding members of one version of the nWo, for god’s sake. We still love the new world order but they sure muddied the waters by the end.
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