The history of the new World
From the Original group to how they made the two new World orders From the Black and White to the Black and Red
At Bash at
the Beach '96, the New World Order changed wrestling forever. The Outsiders
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall united with Hollywood Hogan and undoubtedly formed the
most intimidating triad in the sport's history. Their mission was simple:
Collect the most formidable wrestlers in the world. Take over World Championship
Wrestling. Enemies and allies tried to unite against this alien and powerful
threat, but the nWo's solidarity and brilliant strategy proved to be too much.
It was only a matter of weeks before Hogan and the Outsiders captured both the
World Heavyweight and Tag Team Titles, respectively, and began expanding their
wrestling empire. While fans were stunned at the arrivals of Ted DiBiase, Vince
and Sean Waltman, they still weren't prepared for the nWo's next big coup the
succession of the only name that rivaled Hogan's power and reputation. Eric
Bischoff. Ousted and exposed by the recently returned Roddy Piper, it quickly
became apparent that the WCW President had helped Hogan and the nWo orchestrate
their takeover. After Bischoff's arrival, the nWo continued to expand at a rapid
rate. The first exodus of wrestlers, including Marcus Bagwell, Scott Norton and
Ray Traylor joined when Bischoff threatened to cancel all existing contracts.
But that was only the beginning. After being pummeled by the organization for
months, Randy Savage finally succumbed to the group's dark power. Giant a Hogan
fan since childhood followed the lures of wealth and lifestyle. Even referee
Nick Patrick became consumed with the possibilities and betrayed his oath as an
official to taste the fast lifestyle. There was one man, however, who did manage
to resist the nWo's overwhelming presence despite his newfound respect for black
and white attire. A few months after the nWo's inception, Hogan and the
Outsiders realized that overcoming WCW would involve the assimilation or
destruction of the promotion's franchise player Sting. An insidious plot was
devised, where a Sting look-alike (a remarkable double named Jeff Farmer) would
discredit the former World Champion's reputation. The plan worked phenomenally
and even Lex Luger turned away from his most trusted friend. The once colorful
and vociferous superstar finally snapped at WCW's Wargames pay-per-view. Under
the suspicion of the entire wrestling world, Sting left Team WCW, mid-match only
to have his reputation re-established when the nWo Sting made an appearance.
Sting disappeared, but would soon return armed with silence, vengeance and a
After a long hiatus, Sting's first few appearances took place in the rafters, and wrestling fans wondered if his black and white face paint and attire meant he'd joined the dangerous fringe group. His actions only provided more questions. A confrontation with Rick Steiner, appearances in the presence of the nWo. But soon Sting's actions and his home run swing made his hatred of the nWo all too clear. Perhaps, Sting wasn't fighting for WCW, but he wanted to destroy those who wished the promotion harm. For a long time, it seemed like Sting's new disposition had made him invincible. Whether he was repelling from the ceiling, hiding under the ring or just running from the dressing room, Sting would handle as many as a dozen nWo members at once. It became the distraction that always seemed to diffuse the nWo's master plans. While the nWo recruited Curt Hennig and battled Diamond Dallas Page, Lex Luger, the Steiner brothers and the Four Horsemen, the black and white avenger kept things from getting out of control. All the while, a rookie named Goldberg was training and working his way through the ranks. As Starrcade approached, Sting finally made his true motives clear a shot at World Heavyweight Champion Hollywood Hogan. Besides taking the one thing that mattered to Hogan, Sting knew that Such a victory could mark the beginning of the end for the black and white organization. As long as Hogan had the belt, the nWo would be symbolically in control of WCW. It was finally time for the group's tyranny to end. Hogan avoided the match, but since Bischoff had lost control of the WCW (due to a decision from Turner Sport's head Harvey Schiller), the contest seemed inevitable. The group made dozens of attempts to retire Sting from wrestling, but to no avail. nWo reached into its coffers again and decided to reinforce its forces with another gargantuan superstar Bret Hart.
Before Starrcade, Hart's allegiance was never quite established, but the buzz was enough to bring the nWo to the next level. If Sting could not win the belt from Hogan, the promotion would surely be lost to this cancerous alliance. Surprisingly, Hogan chose to fight Sting alone at first, but when Sting came closer to victory, the nWo forces made their move. So did Hart. What followed was one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the sport. After the appointed official was knocked out, nWo referee Patrick came to the ring. After Hogan's trademark leg drop, Patrick delivered a 3-count. Enter the Hitman. Hart claimed the count was fast the Hitman had just experienced a similar situation with his past employer, although many witnesses actually felt Patrick hadn't erred. Hart restarted the match, and Sting proceeded to win the title. The bizarre event led to a rematch, which ended in an almost identical fashion. Sting was the champion, but the odd circumstances didn't provide a conclusive enough ending. The nWo would survive, and Hogan would eventually regain his coveted title. But the loss did engender doubt and dissension within the group especially between The Outsiders and Hogan-Bischoff. Nash felt that Hogan's ego had gotten out of control and realized that the international star was using its members as a vehicle for his own personal fame. nWo members Konnan and Randy Savage had come to similar conclusions. While Hogan with bodyguard The Disciple and Bischoff fought to quiet its detractors and keep the organization together, a far more immediate threat had developed in the shadows. The undefeated phenom Goldberg had become the promotion's hottest sensation and the newest threat to the nWo's existence and Hogan's reputation as the greatest wrestler of all time.
Hugh Morrus was the first. In the fall of 1997, Jimmy Hart's charge was scheduled to wrestle a newcomer named Bill Goldberg. It was a mid-card match on a Monday night; Morrus was experiencing a small winning streak at the time and figured the bout would just help bolster his numbers. No need for research, no game tapes to watch. A few minutes into the contest, Morrus was startled by Goldberg's resilience, but still managed to set up the rookie for the No Laughing Matter moonsault. He executed the finisher, hooked the leg and covered for the pin.That's when the streak began. Goldberg kicked out, becoming the first man to ever survive the wicked finisher. One Jackhammer later, he had his first win as a professional wrestler. The victory jump-started a series of victories over up-and-coming wrestlers, rookies and veteran stars in the twilight of their careers. Despite the lack of marquee names, fans immediately started responding to Goldberg's intensity and seeming invincibility. The cheers, however, didn't seem to reach the nWo locker room. Hollywood Hogan was far too focused on defending the World title; Randy Savage was embroiled in a bitter feud with Diamond Dallas Page; and the Outsiders were dealing with the likes of the Steiners and Harlem Heat. How could the Black and White Express focus on a rookie when powerhouses like Roddy Piper, Lex Luger, Giant and Ric Flair were plotting their demise? Not to mention a one-man wrecking crew named Sting. While Goldberg dealt handily with opponents like Mongo McMicheals, the nWo's dramas dominated Nitros and pay-per-view main events. Goldberg focused on his winning streak and minded his own business. The nWo seemed satisfied with just ignoring the phenom backstage and avoiding run-ins during his matches, even when Goldberg was slated against nWo second stringers like Vince, Wallstreet and Ray Traylor. But the conflict was inevitable. The first catalysts came from the fans. Arenas nationwide had taken to chanting Goldberg's name, even when the rookie star wasn't scheduled to appear. The chants would often drown out interviews by Hogan and The Outsiders. The nWo leaders were clearly displeased. Internet savvy fans began e-mailing nWowrestling.com, wondering aloud about the nWo's position on this rising, dangerous superstar. But, despite the chants, questions and letter inquiries, no statement was issued, and no official stance was ever decreed. Until Goldberg defeated Raven for the US Title.
was the No. 1 contender to Hogan's belt. The nWo, suffering from the growing
problems between Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hogan, knew they had to address the
issue, but were too busy dealing with their internal breakdown.Goldberg,
however, was tired of waiting. He'd nearly beaten WCW's entire roster and knew
that his title and ability would eventually make him an nWo target. Besides, the
former Atlanta Falcon wanted to test his skills against the very best wrestlers
in the world a prerequisite for entrance into the black and white. Goldberg took
the guardian role once held by Sting. When the nWo rushed the ring, so did
Goldberg. If WCW employees, announcers or wrestlers were in trouble, the
undefeated marvel made the matter his business. At first, it was a matter of
survival but it soon became a mission of heroism. The focused loner found he
liked employing his arsenal to defend the weak and the overwhelmed. Goldberg
enjoyed doing the right thing and giving the fans what they so desperately
desired. Not only did Goldberg have the No. 1 contender spot, he had become a
uniting force in the WCW locker room. For the nWo, destroying Goldberg was no
longer a preventive measure he legitimately threatened the future of the
So Hollywood Hogan did the unthinkable. In July of 1998, he challenged Goldberg to a World Title match on Nitro. Goldberg accepted, and the match was signed for that very night. It was more than just a chance for Goldberg a man who'd been wrestling professionally for under a year to hold the most prized belt in WCW. For the first time in his career, Goldberg would be facing a legend and, perhaps, proving whether he could one day garner the same title. Although Goldberg started strong, Hogan's controlled the pace of the match, worked Goldberg on the outside and stretched the contest well past 10 minutes. The undefeated phenom looked dazed; Goldberg was accustomed to quick victories and had never been tested with such a rigorous beating. Hogan piled his two decades of experience atop his opponent, in hopes of crushing the life out Goldberg's almost mythical reputation. He brought Goldberg to the mat hard, ran to the ropes and delivered the leg drop that had even defeated wrestling's most indomitable presence, Andre the Giant. And, just like he'd done during his debut match and over a hundred times thereafter, Goldberg refused to lose. He rose as strong as the moment he'd climbed the ring steps and came at the Champ for one last round.
The nWo rushed to Hogan's side, but fans knew nothing could stop Goldberg. He'd survived the impossible, and no man or men would be able to deny Goldberg's imminent destiny. With the help of several WCW superstars, Goldberg cleared the ring and cornered Hogan. The most famous wrestling persona could do nothing but fold from the force of the Spear and writhe from the impact of the Jackhammer. Goldberg was the WCW World Champion, and the nWo had finally lost their grip on the promotion's future. Goldberg seemed to have finished the job that Sting had pioneered. In the following months, the once unbeatable fringe organization would suffer a major split and finally desist its attempts to take over WCW. The nWo, however, still had some surprises for the Atlanta-based promotion. And the ultimate revenge planned for Goldberg the undefeated, insuperable phenom that had captured the hearts and imaginations of the entire world had fulfilled an impossible prophecy.
He had cleanly defeated wrestling's most dominating presence for the last two decades and secured his place as the wrestler of the millennium. There wasn't a wrestler who had stepped into the ring with Goldberg and not left humbled and defeated. But there was still one man who hadn't waged war with Goldberg. A superstar and a seasoned competitor that had earned the title as wrestling's only true giant and was the backstage favorite to end the phenom's unbelievable streak Since arriving in WCW, Kevin Nash and partner Scott Hall had focused nearly all of their attention on WCW's tag team division. The Outsiders were so dominant that they broke up teams like Harlem Heat and the Steiner brothers, decimated newcomers and destroyed the division. All the while, Nash served as Hogan's lead henchman due to his size and ferocity. Although Nash had been a World Champion in another federation, the big man had agreed to serve Hogan for the good of the nWo. Big Sexy was a completely devastating soldier. Few men could match his strength. No challenger could sway his momentum
After Hogan lost his belt to Goldberg, Nash saw weakness in the former nWo leader and an opportunity to elevate himself into the top position. Big Sexy broke from the nWo, allied himself with former black and white warriors Randy Savage, Konnan and Curt Hennig, recruited Sting and Lex Luger and created the Wolfpac. Hogan kept the rest of the original crew including a confused Scott Hall. The two factions fought each other for nWo supremacy and respect. The Wolfpac almost drew Diamond Dallas Page into the group, but the recruitment was thwarted by Hogan's cronies. Hennig and Rick Rude betrayed the Wolfpac and rejoined nWo Hollywood for an undisclosed sum of cash. At the same time, Hogan was trying to avenge his loss to Goldberg and regain the World title he'd held so many times in his career. Goldberg found himself facing numerous nWo opponents and even defended his belt against nearly the entire black-and-white crew during a Road Wild Battle Royal. Goldberg kept the strap, and seemed more unbeatable than ever... Nash was busy dealing with the betrayal of Hall, but soon realized that a quicker way to hurt Hogan and nWo Hollywood was by helping Goldberg. Whenever the black-and-white tried to attack the World Champ, Big Sexy and crew evened up the odds. Goldberg seemed to appreciate the help and actually returned the favor several times. Sometimes, however, their efforts to help each other had negative results. Week after week, Nash and Goldberg came into the ring like whirling dervishes and inadvertently struck each other. The encounters created tension between the two men, even though tapes of the incidents proved the attacks were honest mistakes.
their problems, Nash and Goldberg's relationship did affect the Hulkster. Hogan
soon became obsessed with his old nemesis Warrior, defeated him and then retired
from wrestling to pursue a run at the Presidency. Nash told friends that he was
depressed by Hogan's departure, since he would never have a chance to exact
revenge on his former nWo founder. Now it seemed their was only one man that
offered a true challenge to Big Sexy the competitor that Nash had focused on
protecting. Nash had spent a good deal of his career as a World Champion, yet he
found himself helping yet another wrestler keep the strap. Goldberg wanted Nash,
too. The phenom was an athlete obsessed with his fighting acumen, yet he was
taking charity from the one man he'd never defeated in a match. Thanks to 1998's
WW3 pay-per-view, both men could finally stop wondering. Nash won the
three-ring, 60-man battle royal that evening and earned a title shot at WCW's
most prestigious event, Starrcade. As soon as the match was announced, the mind
games began. Nash still helped Goldberg, but only to assure that the phenom
would have the belt at Starrcade. Hogan was retired, and Eric Bischoff was busy
dealing with Ric Flair. Despite the leadership of Big Poppa Pump, the nWo had
lost its fire Nash and Goldberg could finally focus on each other and the
biggest match of their respective careers. The superstars exchanged harsh words,
shoves and several near-encounters. Both men wanted to test the other but didn't
want to risk injury. The boys backstage were evenly split concerning the outcome
of the match. Goldberg was undefeated, but Nash had achieved even longer winning
streaks during his impressive
Goldberg might have become a legend by beating Hogan, but he'd have to beat Nash to assure his ranking as the toughest man in the sport. Fans roared when their Starrcade battle finally commenced. Nash struck Goldberg with knee strikes and Mafia kicks; Goldberg tossed Big Sexy around like a bag of wheat bread. The battle was everything people expected a demolition derby, featuring the two most impressive rigs that have ever owned the road. But this spectacle of strength and athletics ended on a sour and surprising note. Dressed as a security guard, Scott Hall rushed the ring and electrocuted Goldberg with a stun stick. Nash seemingly unaware of Hall's interference delivered the power bomb and took the victory. Goldberg had finally lost his first match to 60,000 volts of juice. Nash was the WCW World Champion but couldn't escape the dark cloud of deceit that surrounded his belt. Fans and wrestlers wondered if Nash had set up the interference was Big Sexy scared of facing Goldberg in an even contest? Nash couldn't deal with rumors and implications. On January 4, 1999, Nash told Nitro fans that he wasn't happy with the conclusion of his match with Goldberg. If the phenom was willing, Nash would be willing to give Goldberg a rematch that very evening. Goldberg arrived at the Georgia Dome, only to be arrested by local police. Elizabeth had claimed the phenom had been stalking her for the past few months and demanded justice. Although infuriated, Goldberg went to the station willingly. Nash ran into the parking lot to stop the injustice, only to find Hollywood Hogan waiting for him. Hogan had been gone for a few months and was obviously behind the deception. Infuriated, Nash took the opportunity to challenge the only other man he'd never beaten cleanly.
Hogan and Nash was set for later in the evening. The World Championship would be on the line. While Goldberg tried to reason his way out of the Atlanta police department, tension built between the former nWo founders. The main event arrived. Nash surprised the world by arriving to the ring with Scott Hall. Fans cheered and jeered they'd wanted to see the Outsiders reunite, but also realized that Nash had purposely cheated in his Starrcade match. Hogan made his entrance to a chorus of hatred and boos. Finally, Nash and Hogan were no longer side-by-side they were face-to-face and ready to find out which man truly deserved the moniker of nWo leader. Elizabeth's story crumbled, and Goldberg had been released from custody. A police car with flashing lights and a roaring siren rushed the phenom to the Georgia Dome. The main event had already started. Hogan and Nash circled each other. Hogan touched Nash's shoulder, and Nash was knocked unconscious. Hogan had beaten Nash and earned his championship once again. The entire Goldberg arrest, Hogan's retirement, Scott Hall's appearance were all a brilliant plan to defeat Goldberg and return the belt to Hogan. Fans across the globe were outraged by the deception. But no one felt Goldberg's rage. The phenom rushed the ring and started wailing on all the players. That's when Lex Luger revealed his part in the plan. While Wolfpac members Savage and Konnan fought for the cause, Luger and Nash had been plotting to dump their partners and form a new, more powerful union. The nWo had been reborn. They had compiled an even more impressive cast of players. They had the World Title and had rediscovered their original focus complete control of WCW. It appeared to be the perfect plan. except for one minor complication. Bischoff had lost control of WCW to Flair a week earlier, and The Nature Boy was about to lose his mind. Not to mention Nash was nearing a breakdown of his own. Once again, he'd surrendered to the will of Hollywood Hogan. Once again, he was the second man despite never truly losing a match. A whole slew of new problems faced the nWo. But it was old tensions that promised to bring the group's demise.
The nWo was not operating until the Fall of 2000.
The nWo is reformed in the fall of 2000 and consists of Bret Hart, Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. Bret Hart is injured in December and is forced into retirement. Scott Hall also leaves because of personal problems. Ron Harris and Don Harris are brought into the nWo in January and Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash also leave nWo during this time leaving Jeff Jarrett and the Harris Brothers. Jarrett stops using the nWo name and the nWo is never seen in WCW again.
In Febuary 2002, one year after WWF bought WCW, the nWo are brought into the WWF by Vince McMahon. The group consists of original members Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. In March, Hall and Nash attack Hogan after he loses at WrestleMania and then one week later X-Pac joins Hall and Nash in the nWo.
In May of 2002, the Big Show turns on Steve Austin in a Tag Team Match against Scott Hall & X-Pac and joins the nWo. About two weeks later, Scott Hall gets released by the WWE (WWF). A week later, Ric Flair turns on Steve Austin and becomes a semi-member of the nWo. Booker T also later joins the group after winning a guantlet match.
On June 3rd of 2002, Kevin Nash made a special announcement on RAW saying that "HBK" Shawn Michaels is now the newest member of the nWo.
On June 10th of 2002, Shawn Michaels addresses each member in the nWo group (Kevin Nash, X-Pac and Booker T). Shawn ends up kicking out Booker T of the group.
On July 8th of 2002, Kevin Nash took part in a big Six Man Tag Team Match involving himself Big Show, X-Pac, Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero vs. Booker T, Goldust, Bubba Ray Dudley, Spike Dudley & Rob Van Dam. During the match, Kevin Nash suffered a quad injury. A week later, Vince McMahon came out on RAW and announced that the nWo was dead. The reason why I kept the nWo wolfpac Alive is that the name should be kept alive, today and for ever, the nWo was the first group to last in the wcw to the wwe in history.
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