YMMV: New World Order

  • Arc Fatigue: The nWo concept lasted at least a full year longer that it should have. By the time it was "Black & White" versus "nWo Wolfpac", it was already getting tired. The group ended up being revamped twice more before WCW's ultimate demise.
    DDT : I think people are turning to USA out of habit right now. The ratings for Walker must be going through the roof.
  • 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 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.
    • Souled Out was Bischoff's hobbyhorse, but even he was taken aback at how grimy Nitro had become in just 5 months under Russo's pen. In a 2000 interview with Bill Aptner of WCW Magazine, he observed,
      "Right now I would describe WCW as various shades of gray. The stories are hard to follow; the characters are all kind of the same. It just feels dark, gloomy and foggy to me. It doesn’t feel like there’s energy in it."
  • 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: By this point in time, Hogan has been wrestling non-stop for 20 years and knows all the right buttons to push to gets pops — heel or no heel.
    • Hogan being cheered, fine, but Savage? Nothing like your women-hating, monster heel getting a face pop.
    • As discussed by Brad Hamilton, the nWo fundamentally changed how heels were depicted forever. Led by the swaggering and charismatic Hogan, Hall, 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-Bischoff 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.)
  • 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.
  • Villain Decay: By the end, they were giving away memberships on cereal box tops.
    Uproxx: Want to know why the NWO became the most trite gimmick in wrestling in the 90s? Because Stevie Ray and Vincent were feuding for leadership of NWO Black & White.
  • Viral Marketing: The random emergence of The Outsiders led many fans (and even a few industry pundits) to believe Hall and Nash were actually sent by Vince McMahon to "invade" WCW—a belief which made people interested in WCW's product.