YMMV: New World Order

  • Arc Fatigue: By the time 1998 was over, EVERYONE was sick of the nWo. The Fingerpoke Of Doom didn't help.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Both Rockhouse and the Wolfpac theme go without saying.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The nWo Souled Out PPVs, especially the first one. The commentary team was an nWo provided team who buried all the faces, all the matches were refereed by the nWo's corrupt referee Nick Patrick, and generally it was so obviously a predetermined victory for the nWo that the fans didn't react much one way or the other. In an nWo documentary made years later, Kevin Nash said, in hindsight, the first Souled Out was the beginning of the end, as that made it clear that things had gotten out of control.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Success is hard to argue with in any entertainment, particularly pro wrestling. As discussed by Brad Hamilton, the nWo fundamentally changed how heels were depicted forever. Led by the swaggering, charasmatic Bischoff and Nash, the nWo made the non-affiliated heels look like boobs. They made the babyfaces look like outdated clowns. They made the entire show pre-Biscoff look passe by literally running roughshod over WCW's history in their motorcycles. They were tailor-made to appeal to kids, which has always been pro wrestling's core demo anyway. In fact, the angle made so much money (at least for a while), there's perennial talk of re-re-re-re-re-reviving it in some form or another. (NEVER a good idea; it's safer to incorporate the booking ethos of the nWo "antiheroes" than to actually dig up the nWo.)
  • I Knew It: Given all the time Bobby "The Brain" Heenan had been feuding with Hulk Hogan, he wasn't about to let his Face-Heel Turn pass without comment...
    Heenan: "I've been telling you people what a scumbag this man is for the past 15 years, and did any of you listen? NO!"
    • Which is kind of Hilarious in Hindsight since most smarks would now emphatically agree with Heenan's assessment.
  • Mis-blamed: The face nWo Wolfpac was actually very popular, maybe even MORE popular than the original nWo (at least a quarter of the audience was covered in Wolfpac merch and signs). The bookers hadn't even planned to make the Wolfpac face, it was the massive positive reactions they got that turned them face. In the retelling, they're usually made out to be stale and a ratings drain, but they were popular enough that during the Nash/Goldberg match, the commentators had to no-sell very audible "Goldberg sucks" chants from Wolfpac fans.
  • Older Than They Think: Not everybody remembers that the Wolfpac was the trio of ex-Kliq members Nash, Hall, and Waltman within the unified nWo before it was the black-and-red splinter group led by Nash with the rap theme done by C-Murder.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Several wrestlers whose popularity had been waning got this treatment by either feuding with or joining the nWo, not the least of which was Hogan himself.
  • Rooting for the Empire: At first, anyway.
  • Shocking Swerve
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Rockhouse" of assorted Jimi Hendrix songs, most obviously "Hey Joe".
    • The "Wolfpac Theme" of "Burn" by a little-known rap group called Militia.
  • White Gang-Bangers: The nWo was modelled pretty heavily on an LA street gang, with their hand signs, members all wearing the same colours and spraypaint, even their motto "nWo 4 life" is similar to several of the more brutal gangs like MS-13 that execute members who try to leave. Being raised from the fairly monochrome WCW roster, they were made up almost entirely of whites, and one fake hispanic.