YMMV / New World Order

  • Arc Fatigue: The first year or two of the nWo was a peak time in wrestling, and there's probably no way it can ever be topped, but they never knew when to stop milking the cow. Eventually about 90% of the roster had been converted to nWo members. Then, of course, the nWo split into factions, and booking it all was like trying to solve a puzzle of blue sky.
  • Awesome Music: Both "Rockhouse" and the Wolfpac theme go without saying.
  • Creator's Pet: When the Outsiders went backstage and terrorized the WCW talent with baseball bats, Bischoff probably thought back then, "I think we really have something here." What they got was two WWE guys with little league bats could beat the crap out of the entire WCW locker room. In the Rise and Fall of WCW documentary, Big Show admitted that—while it was no fun to be part of this group—it was the only way they can get ahead on the rest of the roster, and get some sort of a push. Bischoff even had ideas of having an nWo spinoff show and such. They thought they could milk that cow forever.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The first Souled Out. The commentary team was provided by the nWo, a disembodied voice buried all the faces, and the matches were called by their corrupt referee Nick Patrick. It was so obviously a predetermined victory that the fans didn't react much one way or the other. Frankly, it was so out-of-the-ordinary that it kind of creeped them out a little bit. In an nWo documentary made years later, Kevin Nash agreed that, in retrospect, that PPV showed some of the limitations they'd ran into and that the nWo was going to run its course fairly soon.
  • Ear Worm: The nWo, Wolfpac, and nWo Japan themes. Lampshaded by Nash.
    Kevin Nash: Cue the porno music!
  • Evil Is Cool: They weren't just cool, they were one of the coolest things wrestling has ever seen. Kids went from denying that they watched wrestling to wearing nWo shirts to school. (Go flip any yearbook from 1997: nWo, 3:16, and DX shirts. Everybody had one or the other.) That the heels were so irreverent was a big part of that. Having some of the best talkers in the business (Hogan, Nash and Hall) was another. Since that time, nearly all heels since then have tried to be cool.
  • 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!
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Related to Arc Fatigue above and Villain Decay below. A big problem for WCW was that the nWo always came out on top. Week in and week out the nWo would cheat and run in to prevent the WCW faces from ever getting ahead and eventually the hardcore fans that were the heart of WCW got sick of it.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • nWo 4 liiiiife. Tooooo sweeeet! *does Wolfpac gesture*
    • "New World Organization, brother!"
  • Mis-blamed: A common story about Hogan's Face–Heel Turn at Bast at the Beach 1996 is how, when Hogan came out, Bobby Heenan said "Whose side is he on?", basically risking "spoiling" it. However, if you were familiar at all with Heenan on commentary, that was exactly what you'd expect Heenan to say in that situation. Heenan's character had never trusted Hogan, so he's dubious, which is ludicrous until somehow it isn't. There was no backstage heat on Heenan after the fact. Tony Schiavone talked about it on an episode of his podcast and basically said the same thing. Schiavone also said that the announcers were kept in the dark, so the reactions were all genuine.
  • Older Than They Think: Most fans know about the nWo being based on a New Japan angle stuff, but not the USWA stuff. According to Last Word on Sports, the concept of a company-wide feud actually originated in a Memphis storyline. Additionally, WWE did test runs of some of their Attitude Era-characters in USWA in Memphis. See this series for more.
  • 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:
    • Rooting for "the bad guy" was cool. Being the "outsider" was cool. Everything the grunge era in music did spilled out into the rest of entertainment, and wrestling capitalized on that. The half-shoot, half-work promo incited enough heat that some fans were ripping up and throwing down their Hogan merchandise, and a few people were even crying. Still, according to live reports, approximately 25% of the fans were still cheering The Outsiders. Nash and Hall received a predominately babyface reaction when the show first began. And if you want a new weekly game to play, play "Spot the nWo T-shirt on the hard cam" when watching Raw. There's always one. (We were distinctly told in '97 that if we're nWo, we're nWo for life, after all.)
    • In the retellings, the Wolfpac was known to be stale and a ratings drain. The nWo Wolfpac sold so much merchandise that they were turned from an equally heel stable vying an Evil vs. Evil power struggle with the nWo Hollywood into a genuinely babyface stable. Their popularity arguably exceeded that of the original nWo. At least a quarter of the audience was covered in Wolfpac merch and signs, and during the Nash/Goldberg match, the commentators had to no-sell very audible "Goldberg sucks" chants from Wolfpac fans. The crazy testament to how over Nash and the Wolfpac were at the time is that the crowd went nuts for Nash winning even with taser. It was only after the Fingerpoke Of Doom that the Wolfpac lost all respect.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "Rockhouse" was a mix of assorted Jimi Hendrix songs, most obviously "Hey Joe".
    • The "Wolfpac Theme" of "Burn" by a little-known rap group called Militia. It went to the point that "Burn" was actually used at house shows.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Go check out Souled Out '97. It's one of the most bizarre things ever seen in wrestling. In Eddie Guerrero's book, he complained about this particular match: Eddie was trying to get over as a heel, but the finish to this match, in which he managed to snatch victory, made it seem like he was a face, since a non-nWo heel on an nWo show is technically a face. However, he went back to his heel character the following night.
    • Want to know why the nWo became a trite gimmick in 1999? Because Stevie Ray and Vincent were feuding for leadership of nWo Black and White.
    • They were very homogenized in WWE. The feeling of invasion is what made them work, and that feeling simply did not exist with Vince personally bringing them in. One of their first backstage segments was walking around greeting everyone. Not much of an invading force. Nash would also complain how it was basically dead in the water as soon as Hulk walked out the very first day, got all teary-eyed, and thanked the fans for accepting him back, the exact opposite of his "these fans can stick it, brother!" promo at Bast at the Beach '96. Notice how all of their gear was changed to heavily feature the nWo logo? They were treated like a normal stable instead of a hostile takeover group. As it turns out, there is much more money in Hogan as a nostalgia babyface: By the time they appeared in Milwaukee, they were over with the crowd, and it was hard for them to get heat. All the fans could see was Razor Ramon, Diesel, and Hulk Hogan. They couldn't hate them.
    • Nash agreed to return to wrestling so long as TNA made Immortal look like a legitimately dominating force (so the Main Event Mafia, which was originally planned to be brought back to face them, would be on near-equal ground and the feud would mean something). The week before Nash left the company, TNA filmed an angle where Crimson planted "Janice" (Abyss's nail-enhanced 2×4) into the back of Abyss (then serving as Immortal's muscle). Nash saw no point in returning when Immortal looked weaker and weaker with each passing week. After that, it just became an excuse for Garett Bischoff to turn face and feud with his old man.
  • 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.