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New World Order (professional wrestling)

The New World Order (commonly known as the nWo, the official typeset in the logo) was a professional wrestling stable that originally wrestled for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The group later appeared in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after the purchase of WCW by WWE.

The stable's gimmick was a group of unsanctioned wrestlers aiming to "take over" and control WCW in the manner of a street gang; the group's seven initial members had each gained fame in the rival World Wrestling Federation, although this connection was only implied.

The nWo angle was one of the most influential forces in the late 1990s success of WCW, and was instrumental in turning mainstream American wrestling back into a more mature, adult-oriented product. The brainchild of WCW Executive Eric Bischoff, and fueled initially by the unexpected heel turn of Hulk Hogan, the nWo storyline is generally considered one of the most successful angles in the history of modern-day professional wrestling, spawning several imitations and parodies. It dominated WCW programming throughout the late-1990s and almost until the dissolution of the WCW in 2001, during which time there were several, sometimes rival incarnations of the group; the rival WWF even resurrected the angle for a time in 2002.

History

World Championship Wrestling (1996-2000)

Formation

In 1996, both Scott Hall and Kevin Nash left the WWF to sign with WCW. Hall first appeared on WCW TV live, unnamed and unannounced on the May 27, 1996 edition of Nitro, by interrupting a match between The Mauler and Steve Doll. Hall entered walking through the audience, grabbed a microphone from the ring announcer, and entered the ring. He then delivered his now-famous "You Want a War?" speech, stating that he and unnamed allies had a challenge for Eric Bischoff and any WCW superstar. As Nitro neared its end, Hall accompanied Bischoff in the broadcast booth and demanded that he tell Ted Turner to pick three of his best wrestlers. The next week, Hall reappeared on Nitro five minutes before the end of the broadcast and again interrogated Bischoff. Sting confronted and slapped Hall after Hall spat a toothpick at him and said he had a "little...no...BIG surprise" for Sting. Kevin Nash was then revealed as Hall's surprise, and the two were dubbed The Outsiders.

At The Great American Bash 1996, Eric Bischoff (having the power as Executive Vice-President of WCW) invited The Outsiders to do an interview. Bischoff promised them a match at the next pay-per-view, but Hall was skeptical whether Bischoff had chosen his three WCW representatives in the match. This led to Nash powerbombing Bischoff through the interview stage, after Bischoff refused to reveal the identities of his representatives.

Following the pay-per-view, The Outsiders continued to randomly terrorize WCW events, being chased away by armed security guards.

The Hostile Takeover Match

The match Bischoff promised, a six-man tag known as the "Hostile Takeover Match," served as the main event of Bash At The Beach the following month. Hall and Nash came to the ring by themselves, leaving speculation open as to who would be their partner. Gene Okerlund came into the ring immediately following Hall and Nash's entrance and, after discussing the situation with ring announcer Michael Buffer and referee Randy Anderson, demanded to know where the third man was. Hall and Nash assured Okerlund that their partner was in the building, but they didn't need him at the moment. After Okerlund left the ring, the Outsiders finally found out who they would be facing: Lex Luger, Sting, and Randy Savage. As a show of solidarity, all three men came to the ring with painted faces (which Sting had always done but Luger and Savage had never done).

The match did not start well for Team WCW, as Luger was taken out of the match shortly after it began. While he was being held in a corner by Nash, Sting ran over and hit a Stinger Splash to try to break up the hold but hit Luger at the same time, knocking him unconscious. With the matchup apparently even at two a side with Hall and Nash's partner still yet to be revealed, the two sides continued to battle as Tony Schiavone, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes speculated as to who the third man was, at one point even resorting to accusing each other.

The match reached its climax at approximately the sixteen-minute mark, shortly after a late tag from an exhausted Sting to Savage. Savage began to clean house on Hall and Nash, but was stopped by a Nash low blow, done while Hall was holding on to Anderson to keep him distracted. As Anderson began counting Nash and Savage out, Hulk Hogan, who had not been seen on WCW television for several weeks, made a surprise return run-in. After chasing off Hall and Nash, Hogan then shocked the crowd by legdropping the fallen Savage in the center of the ring. After neutralizing Sting, who attempted to save the day, Hogan threw Anderson out of the ring and legdropped Savage one more time while Hall and Nash counted three.

After Savage was then carried out of the ring, the fans began showing their displeasure with the now-heel Hogan by throwing cups, garbage, and other assorted debris into the ring. One fan even jumped the guardrail in an attempt to attack Hogan but was intercepted by Hall and Nash and whisked away by WCW security.

After all this, Okerlund returned to the ring demanding answers from Hogan. He cemented his heel turn by saying that he was tired of the fans that had turned on him despite everything he had done for them over the last two years in WCW, that Hall and Nash were the two people that he wanted as his friends, that he was bored with the way his career had turned out, and that together, the three of them would take over the company and destroy everything in their path in the process. In his post-match interview Hogan dubbed the three men "the new world order of wrestling", and the name stuck.

1996

Soon after the nWo formed, the stable began appearing on Monday Nitro, causing mayhem and attacking WCW wrestlers. After Hogan (now billed as "Hollywood Hogan") won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from The Giant at Hog Wild, Hall and Nash sprayed the letters "nWo" on to the title belt and began to refer it on occasion as the "nWo World Heavyweight Championship". The spraying of the belt was the first step of what they referred to as "taking over" WCW. This tagging would become a signature method of the group's terrorism; they even painted the initials on the backs of wrestlers they had knocked unconscious.

As WCW's annual pay-per-view Fall Brawl was drawing closer, WCW was preparing their team to fight at Fall Brawl 1996: War Games against the nWo. The nWo tricked fans and wrestlers into thinking that Sting was gaining entry into the nWo. At War Games, the nWo won the match controversially as two wrestlers in Sting's style of facepaint fought in the match: an impostor "nWo" Sting and the real Sting. The real Sting was revealed to be an ally to WCW, however as his fellow WCW wrestlers (including his longtime friend Lex Luger) and the fans had doubted his allegiance, he declared that he would not help WCW in the war against the nWo, leading to a nearly year-long retreat from the ring.

During this time they began introducing new members into the stable, including Ted DiBiase (who was "financing" the group, an implied continuation of his "Million Dollar Man" gimmick in the WWF), Vincent (as "head of security"), Syxx, and The Giant. Referee Nick Patrick became the group's official referee after he showed favoritism to nWo members during their matches. The nWo continued to dominate WCW, winning many matches including Hulk Hogan successfully retaining his "nWo" World Heavyweight Championship against "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Scott Hall and Kevin Nash winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship from Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) at Halloween Havoc 1996.

As WCW only recognized Hogan, Nash, and Hall as WCW employees due to them holding WCW titles, the other nWo members were unrecognized as WCW employees. Because of this, they were unable to wrestle other WCW wrestlers which led to the nWo starting a segment on WCW Saturday Night, called nWo Saturday Night, where nWo stable members wrestled jobbers in an empty arena. The nWo used their financing to purchase ad time during WCW programming, which amounted to low budget anti-WCW propaganda. They would also hijack the broadcast signal on occasion.

WCW President Eric Bischoff was revealed as a member of the nWo after Roddy Piper exposed Bischoff's membership on-air. Bischoff then threatened the WCW locker room, telling them to join the nWo or be a target of the group. Soon after Bischoff's threat, many members joined the nWo including Marcus Alexander Bagwell, one of the first to join, turning on his American Males tag team partner, Scotty Riggs, and renaming himself "Buff" Bagwell. Others who joined the nWo were Scott Norton, Big Bubba Rogers, and Mr. Wallstreet. Japanese wrestler Masahiro Chono also joined the group and established himself as the leader of nWo Japan, a sister stable in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

The Giant won a 60-man battle royal at World War 3 1996, earning a title match against Hogan. At Starrcade 1996, Roddy Piper defeated Hulk Hogan in a non-title match. The next night on Nitro, The Giant was kicked out of the nWo when he refused to chokeslam Roddy Piper in an nWo assault. At the same event, they stole Eddie Guerrero's newly won United States title belt. Guerrero constantly feuded with mid-card nWo members, fighting guys such as Scott Norton and Syxx.

Toward the end of the year, on an episode of Nitro, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash introduced Kyle Petty from NASCAR as an honorary member of the group, as Petty drove the nWo racing car on the Busch Series circuit. (Petty had been previously involved in an angle with Jim Crockett Promotions, the predecessor of WCW, as a "judge" in the "Million Dollar Match" between Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair at Starrcade 1984 that featured Joe Frazier as referee for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.) An angle was run where the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) "vandalized" the nWo car at a racetrack by peeling off the wrap (NASCAR teams often use vinyl wrap to cover a car instead of painting the car; multiple schemes printed on vinyl similar to decals are positioned, and each may be peeled off to show another scheme for another race. This procedure is used by the Wood Brothers because current sponsor Little Debbie does not permit their logos on the car from sunset Friday until sunset Saturday), kayfabe scaring off Petty and replacing him with Steve Grissom. In reality, the deal with Dan Shaver Racing had two drivers driving in selected races each. As part of the angle, Grissom's races carried the WCW paint scheme and Petty's an NWO paint scheme.

1997

In the start of 1997, nWo had become so powerful that they had their own pay-per-view event, entitled Souled Out. Hogan and The Giant fought to a no contest in the main event due to the nWo referee, Nick Patrick, being biased in the match. Eddie Guerrero retained his championship against Syxx. Nash and Hall lost their WCW World Tag Team Championship to the Steiner Brothers at Souled Out, but were re-awarded the titles the next night on Nitro after Bischoff claimed that Randy Anderson, who ran in to officiate after Nick Patrick was knocked down, was not an official referee for Souled Out.

At Super Brawl VII, Roddy Piper wrestled Hogan in a losing effort. This match marked the first time (and one of the few times) that Hogan had successfully pinned Piper. In the same match, Randy Savage returned and joined the nWo when he attacked Piper during the match. Savage had been previously suspended by Bischoff, who told Savage that he would never wrestle again unless he joined the nWo. Savage had no choice but to capitulate to Bischoff's demands. Earlier that night, The Outsiders lost their titles to Lex Luger and The Giant. However, the next night, Bischoff returned the titles to The Outsiders. Eric Bischoff was then suspended by Harvey Schiller, president of Turner Sports because of Bischoff abusing his power. Later, WCW Commissioner J.J. Dillon also stripped the nWo of two members, V.K Wallstreet and Big Bubba Rogers, because they were employees of WCW.

Team nWo, which consisted of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Randy Savage, and Kevin Nash, won a triple-threat tag team match at Uncensored 1997 against Team WCW, which consisted of Lex Luger, Scott Steiner, and The Giant (Rick Steiner was originally selected to wrestle for Team WCW but was attacked and unable to make the match), and Team Horsemen, which consisted of Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael, Jeff Jarrett, and Roddy Piper. A stipulation was added that if the nWo won, they would have the privilege to challenge for any WCW title at any time or location. The event, however, did end on a happy note for WCW as Sting descended from the rafters and attacked every member of Team nWo with his baseball bat and his signature move the Scorpion Deathdrop, thereby indicating his allegiance to WCW. He also set his intentions towards Hollywood Hogan and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

At Spring Stampede 1997, both Nick Patrick and Ted Dibiase quit the nWo after a gruesome attack on Rick Steiner by Kevin Nash. The nWo recruited The Great Muta and Hiroyoshi Tenzan several weeks after Spring Stampede, making occasional appearances, due to them being signed with NJPW.

Hogan lost the World Heavyweight title on an episode of Nitro against Lex Luger, after Luger earned a title shot defeating Hogan and Dennis Rodman with his partner The Giant at Bash at the Beach 1997. However, Hogan regained the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Luger at Road Wild 1997.

A War Games match was announced for Fall Brawl 1997: War Games, after the nWo mocked The Four Horsemen by dressing as them. Team nWo defeated The Four Horsemen after Curt Hennig, who had joined The Four Horsemen a month earlier, turned on the Horsemen and joined the nWo.

Rick Rude joined the nWo on an episode of Nitro on the same night he made a pre-taped appearance on the WWF's show RAW is WAR. He talked about how he felt sympathy for Bret Hart for the Montreal Screwjob and how he had a grudge against Sting for ending his career in a match in Japan three years earlier. Scott Hall then won a 60-man Battle Royal at World War 3 1997, earning a future WCW World Heavyweight Championship title shot.

Bret Hart made his WCW debut on the December 15 1997 edition of Nitro. Speculation abounded over whether he would align himself with the New World Order. Instead of joining the nWo, however, he agreed to be the special referee in the match pitting Larry Zbyszko against the nWo's Eric Bischoff -- the winner of the match would gain control of WCW Monday Nitro. On the Monday before Starrcade, the nWo staged a complete takeover of WCW Monday Nitro. The nWo tore down the set and ran off commentators Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Mike Tenay. They then replaced all WCW logos with the nWo logo and turned WCW Monday Nitro into nWo Monday Nitro. After a year-long battle between the nWo and WCW, it seemed as if the nWo was poised to take full control. (This event was intended as a legit test run for a permanent changeover of Nitro to an nWo-centric show, with the soon-debuting Thunder becoming the WCW-centric prime-time show. However, due to abysmal ratings following the twenty-plus minutes of the conversion of the set on live television, the plan for an nWo weekly show was quietly dropped, with the only evidence being the occasional nWo Monday Nitro t-shirt being worn by an nWo member.)

At Starrcade 1997, Zbyszko defeated Bischoff by disqualification after Scott Hall interfered. This gave full control of Nitro to WCW. In the main event, Hogan lost the WCW Championship to Sting. Hogan had originally pinned Sting, but confusion arose when Bret Hart appeared at ringside and accused referee and former nWo member Nick Patrick of making a fast count, claiming "it would never happen again", referencing the Montreal Screwjob. Hart laid out Patrick and ordered the match to continue with himself as the referee. Hogan then submitted to Sting's Scorpion Death Lock.

1998

Because of the controversy surrounding Sting's title win, James J. Dillon vacated the title on January 8, 1998 on the inaugural episode of WCW Thunder. This prompted Sting to finally speak after 16 months, telling Dillon "You have no guts!" before turning to Hogan and declaring him a "dead man". Meanwhile, Dusty Rhodes, former WWF star Brian Adams, and Hogan's best friend Ed Leslie (now known as The Disciple) all joined the nWo. At Souled Out, now-WCW commissioner Roddy Piper announced a title match between Sting and Hogan to take place at SuperBrawl.

Soon, problems began to arise between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. Savage had attempted to defeat Lex Luger on numerous occasions, but lost because of botched interference from fellow nWo members, including Hogan. This led to heated arguments between Savage and Hogan, and there were near physical confrontations between Savage and Nash. At SuperBrawl VIII, Sting defeated Hogan to win the vacated world title, with help from Randy Savage. The night was not a total loss, though, for the nWo as Hall and Nash regained the WCW World Tag Team Championships from the Steiner Brothers and added Scott Steiner to their ranks, thanks to him turning on Rick late in the match.

After SuperBrawl Savage then made his intentions clear: He did not need the nWo's help, and now that Hogan had dropped the ball, he was intent on beating Sting himself to take the WCW title back to the nWo. Hogan & Savage tried to one-up each other on episodes of Nitro and Thunder. At Uncensored 1998, Savage and Hogan attempted to settle their differences in a steel cage match. The match ended in a no contest. On the same card, Scott Hall received his World War 3-earned title shot against Sting, but lost the match. Savage then stated to Hogan that there were certain members of the nWo who were plotting to throw him out of the group.

The rift between the different factions of the nWo grew wider after nWo member Sean Waltman (Syxx) was released from his contract and Scott Hall was taken off TV. Kevin Nash confronted Hogan and Bischoff on March 26 edition of Thunder. Hulk Hogan stated that Waltman "could not cut the mustard" and that he did not know the whereabouts of Scott Hall. The differences within the nWo were becoming more apparent. Randy Savage and Kevin Nash were suddenly realizing that Hogan was only looking out for himself, and the nWo was secondary. Kevin Nash sided with Savage after Hogan had interfered in a number of Sting/Nash matches, not wanting to have to face Nash to take back his title. Kevin Nash supported Savage in his quest to defeat Sting, but also agreed to team with Hogan against the returning Roddy Piper and The Giant in a Baseball Bat on a Pole Match. Nash made it clear, however, that he would just as soon use the bat on Hogan. At Spring Stampede 1998, Hogan & Nash defeated Piper and The Giant. After the match, Hogan assaulted Nash. Randy Savage beat Sting to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with help from Nash on the same night. The next night on Nitro, Hogan challenged Savage for the title.

During the match, interference by both Kevin Nash and Bret Hart played a major role. Late in the match, with Hogan appearing to have Savage beat him, Nash powerbombed Hogan and placed Savage on top of him. However, Hart interfered moments later, attacking Nash and Savage and preserving the win for Hogan. Although Nash's interference didn't work out the way he had planned, it signaled the breakup of the original nWo into two separate factions. On May 4 edition of Nitro, Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, and Konnan appeared wearing black shirts with a red nWo logo, as opposed to the familiar white logo. They called themselves nWo Wölfpac, and were joined in the following weeks by Curt Hennig, Miss Elizabeth, and Rick Rude. The Wölfpac became the first nWo incarnation to wrestle as faces. Meanwhile, Hogan's side were the original Black & White, also known as nWo Hollywood: Eric Bischoff, Scott Steiner, Scott Norton, Vincent, The Disciple, and Brian Adams. Bret Hart seemed to be siding with Hogan, but was never officially named an nWo member. nWo members Scott Hall & Buff Bagwell were out of action at this time, and their alliances were not yet known.

At Slamboree 1998, Scott Hall returned wearing the red & black, and joined his partner Kevin Nash in a scheduled tag-team title defense against Sting and The Giant, who had recently rejoined the nWo on Hogan's side (making Sting his unwilling partner in the match, which had been signed prior to Giant's defection back to the nWo). During the match, Hall turned on Nash and joined nWo Hollywood, giving the tag team titles to Sting and Giant. On May 25 edition of Nitro, Lex Luger joined the nWo Wolfpac, stating "it just feels right", and asked Sting to do the same. On June 1 edition of Nitro, Sting also joined the nWo Wolfpac. At The Great American Bash 1998, Curt Hennig and Rick Rude jumped back to nWo Hollywood after attacking Konnan after losing a match to Goldberg. The next night, Nash became a tag team champion again as Sting, who won control of the tag team titles from The Giant in a singles match, chose Nash as his partner. They held the Tag Team Championship for a little over a month, dropping them to Hall and Giant on Nitro thanks to interference from Bret Hart.

On July 2 edition of Thunder from Columbus, Georgia, J.J. Dillon announced that next Monday on the Supercard from the Georgia Dome, United States Champion, the undefeated Goldberg, would challenge Hogan for the World Title in a mandatory title for title unification match. That Monday, July 6 1998, Hulk Hogan lost his world title to Goldberg by pinfall after Scott Hall failed to defeat Goldberg in an earlier match. During the summer of 1998, Hogan & Eric Bischoff feuded with the likes of Jay Leno and Karl Malone, while Kevin Nash attempted to gain revenge on Scott Hall.

The nWo Wolfpac became hugely popular amongst wrestling fans in the summer of 1998 while continuing their battle with nWo Hollywood. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan had his own battle to deal with in the form of The Warrior, who returned to wrestling on an August edition of Nitro. Warrior formed his own faction dubbed the One Warrior Nation, which included himself and former nWo member The Disciple.

At Halloween Havoc 1998, Scott Hall defeated Kevin Nash by count out after Nash left the ring following two Jackknife Power Bombs on Hall. Nash later stated that he didn't care about winning the match, he just wanted his friend back. Hulk Hogan defeated The Warrior when Hogan's nephew, Horace, interfered and joined nWo Hollywood. Bret Hart defeated Wolfpac member Sting, putting him out of action for about 6 months.

At World War 3 1998, nWo Hollywood attacked Scott Hall and kicked him out of the group for disrespecting Hogan and Bischoff a few weeks earlier. Kevin Nash went on to win the 60 man battle royal and earned a WCW World Title shot. On the Thanksgiving episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, nWo Hollywood leader Hulk Hogan announced his retirement from professional wrestling. Scott Steiner went on to assume the leadership role in the nWo Hollywood faction.

During that same month, Harlem Heat's Stevie Ray, who had previously flirted with the possibility of becoming a member of the nWo, officially joined nWo Hollywood after turning on Booker T.

At Starrcade 1998, nWo Wölfpac leader Kevin Nash won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Goldberg when Scott Hall interfered and used a stun gun on Goldberg. Nash, however, did not see the attack and pinned Goldberg. The next night on Nitro, Randy Savage returned wearing an nWo black-and-white t-shirt, but instead helped Ric Flair defeat Eric Bischoff in a match to determine the WCW presidency.

1999

On the January 4, 1999 edition of Nitro, Goldberg was scheduled to have a championship rematch with Nash. A false imprisonment instigated by the nWo removed Goldberg from the match, causing the match to be replaced with Nash vs. the returning Hulk Hogan. In the match, which has been called "the Fingerpoke of Doom" by fans, after the bell rang to begin the bout, Hogan poked Nash in the chest, after which Nash fell to the mat until Hogan was able to get the pin and win the match. The conspiracy led to a reorganization of the nWo, with the nWo elite (Hogan, Nash, Hall, Buff Bagwell, Scott Steiner, Lex Luger and Miss Elizabeth) reunited under the Wolfpac label, while the undercard wrestlers in the nWo continued in the "black and white" faction. This short-lived group was sardonically labeled the nWo B-Team by fans and commentators. Steiner and Bagwell happily joined the Wolfpac while Konnan was betrayed and thrown from the group entirely. This allowed him to align with Rey Mysterio Jr. and feud with the nWo. Sting, a former member of the Wolfpac, had been on hiatus during the nWo reuniting and did not partake in the now-heel stable upon his return.

End of the nWo era

The reunited New World Order did not last long for either faction.

On the Elite/Wolfpac side they enjoyed initial success with Hulk Hogan as WCW World Champion, Scott Steiner as Television Champion and Scott Hall as United States Champion. However they were wrecked by injuries when Hall's foot was accidentally backed over by a car and he was put on the shelf (and subsequently was stripped of the title) while Lex Luger suffered a torn bicep and as a result he and Elizabeth vanished from television. Hogan dropped the World Championship at Uncensored to Ric Flair and Steiner lost his Television Champion to Booker T after Bagwell accidentally nailed him with a chair. Shortly after Steiner beat him down and threw him out of the group. The following month Hogan was injured during a fatal four way match at Spring Stampede for the world title, which Diamond Dallas Page won. Nash would go on to win the title from Page at Slamboree which by that point spelled the end for the Wolfpac as Steiner reunited with brother Rick and Hogan's return would see a return to the red and yellow costume he had discarded in 1996. Other minor members would include Disco Inferno, David Flair, and Samantha. Inferno would engage in a feud with Konnan that ended with a loss to him at Spring Stampede 99 (which was the quiet end of his membership) while Flair and Samantha were quietly removed from television following Hogan's title loss at Uncensored.

nWo Black and White saw The Giant and Curt Hennig beaten down and removed from the group (with Hall explaining that it was "time to trim the fat"), while the others soldiered on with a storyline that saw every member told by Hogan they were the leader of the group. This led to infighting that eventually saw Stevie Ray win control defeating the other members in a Battle Royal. However by that time the Wolfpac Elite had collapsed and the nWo in general ceased to have any important baring on WCW. Eventually Scott Norton and Horace Hogan left the company, Brian Adams was kicked out while Vincent joined the West Texas Rednecks and Stevie Ray reformed Harlem Heat with Booker T. That was the final nail in the coffin as the once powerful super group quietly faded out of existence.

Revival

In late 1999, the nWo came back for one more run as the silver and black (rather than black and white). This version was also referred to as "nWo 2000" and the word "new" in the "new World order" logo was underlined to emphasize that this was a new version of the group. Consisting of Bret Hart, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and the Harris twins, Don and Ron. Several fitness models (Tylene Buck, April Hunter, Kim Kanner, Midajah and Pamela Paulshock) were brought in to come to ringside with the group, but were usually ordered to the back by Jarrett, a misogynistic character. This nWo lasted into early 2000, but soon faded away, in great part due to the injury and retirement of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, the leader of the group, when he was side kicked by Goldberg. By this point, not only the nWo, but WCW as a whole, had lapsed into what seemed to be an inevitable and permanent decline, constantly bettered by the WWF and relegated to a permanent second-place status, a situation many longtime WCW fans blamed in part on WCW management having stayed with the nWo storyline for entirely too long. In April 2000, WCW management "rebooted" the company, and the nWo's place as the lead heel faction was taken by The New Blood.

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (2002)

2002

After the WWF bought WCW in 2001, Vince McMahon brought in Hogan, Hall and Nash, the original nWo, at No Way Out 2002. In this storyline, the nWo was brought in as McMahon's hired thugs in an attempt to "kill" the WWF so that McMahon would not have to share power with new WWF "co-owner" Ric Flair. They began by targeting the company's two biggest stars, The Rock and Steve Austin. However, Hogan left the group after he lost his WrestleMania X8 match with the Rock and was assaulted after that match by Hall and Nash. Hogan's comeback to the WWF after 8 years had fans cheering him, more than even The Rock. As a result, he turned face and began feuding with Hall and Nash, with The Rock at his side. Hall and Nash then brought in two former nWo members, X-Pac (formerly known as Syxx), on March 21 2002, edition of SmackDown! in Ottawa, Ontario and The Big Show (formerly known as The Giant), on the April 22 edition of RAW.

The nWo reunion in the WWF did not last long, however. During an attack on Bradshaw, Kevin Nash injured his biceps and was put out of action for several months. Meanwhile, Hall asked for his release from WWE in May 2002, because he was in the middle of a custody dispute with his ex-wife over their two children, according to Kevin Nash (Nash made that statement during media promotions in Detroit for Vengeance 2002). This dispute led to Scott Hall getting drunk on an airline flight back from the U.K. and getting into an altercation. Upon returning to the United States, Hall was immediately fired. Flair became a semi-member of the nWo after turning on Stone Cold Steve Austin. As owner of RAW, Flair set up a lumberjack match with Austin against the newest member of the nWo, which turned out to be Booker T. Booker had just finished a silly skit with Goldust minutes earlier, where he had been wearing a lumberjack costume and fake beard, all but destroying his "tough" momentum going into the match. Nash introduced Shawn Michaels into the nWo on June 3 edition of RAW. Michaels then literally "kicked" Booker out of the nWo one week later. Michaels, then in the midst of a five-year retirement from pro wrestling, would be the first nWo member who had never wrestled in WCW. The nWo would slowy begin to lose members as X-pac would be released from his contract and Big Show would be kicked out of the group. Michaels & Nash set their sights on recruiting Triple H into the nWo, implying that they would re-create on-screen their old backstage group the Clique. This storyline was ultimately never resolved, as Nash was injured again soon afterwards, and the nWo storyline was permanently abandoned.

Final nWo appearance

On July 8, Kevin Nash returned to action on RAW, teaming up with Eddie Guerrero, X-Pac, the Big Show and Chris Benoit to take on Booker T, Goldust, Bubba Ray Dudley, Spike Dudley, and Rob Van Dam. Seconds after tagging in for the first time, Nash tore his quadricep while entering the ring, immediately putting him back on the injured list. On the following RAW (July 15), Vince McMahon came out to the ring to the entrance of the nWo, claiming that the group was officially disbanded. This marked the last time anything regarding the nWo was seen on WWE programming.

List of incarnations and members

WCW incarnations
Incarnation: Notes: Members:
nWo Original incarnation Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Ted DiBiase, The Giant, Vincent, Syxx, Buff Bagwell, Eric Bischoff, Miss Elizabeth, nWo Sting, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Konnan, Nick Patrick , Dennis Rodman, V.K.Wallstreet, Big Bubba Rogers, Randy Savage, Scott Norton, The Disciple, Kyle Petty , Scott Steiner, Brian Adams, Dusty Rhodes, Louie Spicolli
nWo Japan Wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling The Great Muta, Masahiro Chono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Hiro Saito, AKIRA, Tatsutoshi Goto, Michiyoshi Ohara, Scott Norton, Michael Wallstreet, nWo Sting, Big Titan, Brian Adams
nWo Hollywood Hollywood Hogan, The Giant, Eric Bischoff, Vincent, Scott Norton, Buff Bagwell, Miss Elizabeth, Dennis Rodman, Scott Steiner, Brian Adams, The Disciple, Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Dusty Rhodes, Stevie Ray, Horace Hogan, Bret Hart , Mark Johnson
nWo Wolfpac A face incarnation that fought against the heel nWo Hollywood Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, Sting, Lex Luger, Konnan, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Miss Elizabeth
nWo \"Elite\" Also known as \"nWo Reunion\" and/or \"Mega nWo\" Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Buff Bagwell, Scott Steiner, Lex Luger, Miss Elizabeth, Disco Inferno, Eric Bischoff, David Flair, Samantha
nWo \"B-Team\" Also known as \"nWo Black and White\" The Giant, Curt Hennig, Scott Norton, Stevie Ray, Vincent, Horace Hogan, Brian Adams
nWo 2000 Also known as \"nWo Silver\" Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Bret Hart, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Ron Harris, Don Harris, Mark Johnson

WWF membership orders
Order: Members: Changes:
First Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall The original three, they were brought in by Vince McMahon to \"kill the WWF\".
Second Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac, The Big Show Hogan was kicked out as he turned face at WrestleMania, with X-Pac and Big Show subsequently brought in.
Third Kevin Nash, X-Pac, The Big Show Hall was released from the company.
Fourth Kevin Nash, X-Pac, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, The Big Show Booker T was invited into the nWo, and Shawn Michaels returned as a member.
Fifth Kevin Nash, X-Pac, Shawn Michaels, The Big Show Michaels literally kicked Booker T out of the nWo. Soon after, X-Pac would be released and the group disbanded by Vince McMahon as Eric Bischoff became Raw General Manager.

nWo origin

The nWo storyline was an idea WCW Executive Vice President Eric Bischoff came up with after attending a New Japan Pro Wrestling show. He wanted to do an invasion-type angle where WCW was kayfabe being sabotaged by another wrestling group (initially insinuated as being the WWF, since its founding members formerly wrestled there). The nWo was originally portrayed as a separate entity from WCW (often, propaganda-style vignettes and product commercials concerning the nWo were preceded by an \"interruption in the feed\", and a voice proclaiming, \"The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order\").

Others, such as Scott Hall, television director Craig Leathers, chief WCW booker Terry Taylor, and his assistants Kevin Sullivan and Paul Orndorff all contributed their own ideas to the nWo concept. For instance, the logo was designed by Craig Leathers, Scott Hall is credited with the group's trademark hand-signals, and Terry Taylor belatedly scrawled the group's most popular catchphrase, \"When you're nWo, you're nWo 4 life,\" in one segment he scripted for WCW Monday Nitro in late 1996.

WWF lawsuit

Shortly after the nWo was formed, the WWF filed a lawsuit, claiming that the New World Order storyline implied that Hall and Nash were invaders sent by Vince McMahon to destroy WCW, despite the fact that Bischoff asked both Hall and Nash point-blank on camera at The Great American Bash, \"Are you employed by the WWF?\", to which they emphatically replied, \"No.\" Another reason for the lawsuit was that the WWF claimed Scott Hall acted in a manner too similar to that of his former \"Razor Ramon\" character, which was a trademark owned by the WWF. The lawsuit dragged on for several years before being settled out of court. In court documents, the WWF argued that, \"TBS proposed interpromotional matches in order to associate WCW with WWF\" before the New World Order angle was created.

Spinoffs and parodies

The Kings of Wrestling was a professional wrestling stable that came to fruition at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) first-ever monthly Pay-Per-View on November 7, 2004, which was called \"Victory Road\". The members were nWo alumni Jeff Jarrett (NWA World Heavyweight Champion), Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash.

A popular faction that debuted during the World Wrestling Federation's Attitude Era. Many fans still argue whether DX was a parody, a rip-off, or an answer to the nWo. Most fans realize, however, that Hall and Nash, DX centerfolds Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Sean Waltman (who was in both groups, as Syxx in WCW and X-Pac in the WWF/WWE) are all real-life friends in their self-named backstage group \"The Clique.\" In some more recent DX promos, Shawn Michaels points at Triple H with both hands (in the same way that Hall and Nash would point toward Hogan), and often starts by saying \"This message brought to you by D-Generation X!\" (possibly referring to nWo promos starting with a narrator saying \"The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order\").

Stevie Richards', Nova's, and The Blue Meanie's answer to the nWo in ECW, the group was a parody of the nWo, and its primary colors were blue and white.

After Eddie Guerrero's spat with WCW head Eric Bischoff, a real-life conflict that was turned into a storyline, Eddie formed the Latino World Order, or \"LWO\" for short. The group consisted of every major Latin wrestler on the WCW roster except for Eddie's nephew Chavo Jr. and Super Calo, with green, white, and red as their official colors.

  • oWn (One Warrior Nation)

The Warrior's group, the One Warrior Nation, reversed the nWo acronym when the Warrior made his WCW debut. The newer faction only grew to have two members - the other being Hollywood Hulk Hogan's associate and real-life friend The Disciple, whom Warrior supposedly brainwashed. The oWn was basically forgotten about after Warrior could not come to terms with WCW over pay and was later released to never be heard from again.

The J.O.B. Squad was a faction in ECW/WWF that was a parody of the nWo. The J.O.B. Squad logo and the phrase \"1-2-3 4-life\" were also parodies of the nWo.

  • Dynamite World Order

The Dynamite World Order was a group formed in 1996 by wrestlers who had quit the Slammers Wrestling Federation. Led by future Xtreme Pro Wrestling superstars \"Dynamite D\" Darren McMillan and Tim \"Damien Steele\" Fisher, they - in a non-scripted incident - stormed the ring at a Slammers Wrestling Federation and proceeded to run down the SWF and its promoter, Verne Langdon. The incident had a major role in leading to the formation of Xtreme Pro Wrestling.

  • Juggalo World Order

The Juggalo World Order is a group currently competing in Juggalo Championship Wrestling. Its members are Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Nosawa, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and JCW World Champion Corporal Robinson.

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