Wrestling: New World Order
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Did everybody come to this trope page to read about... WCW? (Boos.) Or, did everybody here on TV Tropes come to read about the (in unison) "n-W-o!" Survey says: One more for the good guys!The New World Order
) was a professional wrestling stable
which formed at World Championship Wrestling
's Bash at the Beach 1996
pay-per-view. Months prior to the show, "The Outsiders" — Kevin Nash
and Scott Hall
, freshly-released by the World Wrestling Federation
— terrorized WCW, threatening the company with war. The duo also said a "third man" was coming to help them, which led many fans (and even a few industry pundits) to believe Hall and Nash (Razor Ramon and Diesel in the WWF) were actually sent by the WWF to "invade" WCW — a belief which made people interested in WCW's product. During the main event of Bash at the Beach
, All American Face Hulk Hogan
was revealed to be the "third man" — and in the post-match interview, Hogan (who would call himself "Hollywood" Hogan during his run with the group) labeled himself, Hall, and Nash as "the new world order of wrestling".
Once the nWo was established, it attacked the entire WCW roster indiscriminately, forcing faces and heels into an Enemy Mine
situation to oppose the trio. The nWo soon added three new members to round out the Five-Bad Band
: Ted DiBiase
(implied to be the financial backer of the group), The Giant
(WCW's first defector and the group's powerhouse), and Syxx (Sean "1-2-3 Kid" Waltman
, who served as the group's token cruiserweight). Even WCW President Eric Bischoff
would reveal himself in time as being one of the masterminds behind the nWo, making him Hogan's right hand man, best friend, and top sycophant in the process.
The nWo spread like a virus throughout WCW and dominated storylines for several years, bringing with it both the good (the nWo angle helped WCW beat the WWF in the Monday Night Wars
for 84 weeks in a row from 1996 to 1998) and the bad (the Fingerpoke Of Doom
and alleged backstage politics which killed the creative direction of the product). After a split into the "Hollywood" and "Wolfpac" groups, and a "reunion" of the two groups (following the Fingerpoke of Doom), the group slowly faded away from WCW programming as the company's fortunes began to turn south. A final attempt at reviving the group came in 2000, but this attempt failed, and WCW was driven out of business in early 2001.
The original nWo triumvirate of Hogan, Hall, and Nash were brought back as the nWo in February 2002 — this time by Vince McMahon
who sought to destroy the WWF when he saw what his own creation had become in the hands of Ric Flair
(who, in kayfabe, was co-owner of the company). The return of Hogan to the WWF as part of the nWo resulted in a legitimate dream match — The Rock
vs. "Hollywood" Hogan at WrestleMania X-8
— but an injury to Kevin Nash in July (during a ten-man tag team match on Raw
) caused the nWo angle to be dropped in its entirety practically the next week. This marks the final appearance of the official nWo, as WWE still owns the trademark.
After Hulk Hogan arrived in TNA
in early 2010, Hall and Waltman (the latter of which had gained notoriety as X-Pac
in the intervening years) formed "The Band" with Nash and tried to associate themselves with Hogan and Bischoff. When it became clear Hogan and Bischoff wanted little to do with them, the duo turned on Nash shortly after, only for Nash to rejoin them as part of a swerve on Eric Young to get them contracts into TNA—only for Young to join them just weeks later (giving him Stockholm Syndrome in the process
) when Waltman needed to be written off television due to medical concerns. Hall's personal demons caught up with him again, leading to his exit from TNA as well, making this variant of the nWo short-lived.
Nash moved into a feud with Jeff Jarrett
over Hogan's intentions for the company—leading to yet another new take on the nWo in TNA, Hogan and Bischoff's stable Immortal
, being revealed
at Bound for Glory
The nWo should not be confused with the infamous conspiracy theory
, or with the comic book Squadron Supreme New World Order
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