They use to say, “When you’re n.W.o., you’re n.W.o. for life.” Now you can say, “When you’re in the Hall of Fame, you’re in the Hall of Fame for life.” No one can deny the incredible impact that the New World Order had on professional wrestling. In 1996, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall jumped ship from WWE to WCW in a move that sent shock-waves through the wrestling industry. Hall and Nash started appearing on WCW Television in May of 1996 and were dubbed as “The Outsiders.” They picked fights with the WCW locker room on a regular basis until they were challenged to a six man tag team match. WCW had Lex Luger, Randy Savage and Sting but no one knew who Hall and Nash were bring with them. Towards the end of the match at Bash at the Beach, Hulk Hogan came down and turned on WCW to form the n.W.o. with Hall and Nash.
Over the next three years, the n.W.o. would be the main focus of WCW’s major storylines. Hogan had dominate reigns as WCW Champion, Nash won the WCW Championship and Hall won the United States Championship. Both Hall and Nash dominated the Tag Team Division for over a year and held the WCW Tag Team Championships for combined total of 460 days. Even though Sean Waltman(Syxx/X-Pac) wasn’t an original member of the n.W.o., he engaged in rivalries with Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair and Roddy Piper. He also won the WCW Cruiserweight Championship during his short time with legendary faction. When WCW closed down in 2001 many people thought they would never the n.W.o. again or any of it’s founding members. At the time of WCW’s closing Hogan, Hall and Nash were all under contract with Time Warner and could not wrestle for WWE until their contracts expired or were bought out.
Eventually we did see the n.W.o. in the WWE. When Mr. McMahon and Ric Flair were feuding as co-owners in 2002, McMahon made the bold decision to bring in the n.W.o. to destroy the WWE. Little did McMahon know, that bringing back the legendary faction would start a chain of events that no one really saw coming. The n.W.o. was very short lived in WWE because the fans brought Hulkamania back at Wrestlemania 18. They tried to salvage the faction by putting Waltman, Shawn Michaels, Big Show and even Booker T into the group. In June 2002, the n.W.o. was disbanded because without the original three it just wasn’t as effective as it was once. During the history of the n.W.o. there were a lot of members but one thing that can’t be denied is the original three members made an impact and changed the history of the pro wrestling industry. Congratulations to “Hollywood” Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Syxx on their induction in to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020.