One of the biggest criticisms regarding WCW’s nWo angle during the stable’s peak was that the group was overcrowded. It got to the point that the group was the size of an entire wrestling roster. Which, as a group hellbent on taking over WCW to run their own organization, was kind of the point. Still, the group became way too big to contain in one episodic television show on a weekly basis. The only group who was nearly as big as the nWo by comparison was nWo Hollywood.
After Hollywood Hulk Hogan lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Sting at Starrcade 1997, members of the group started to bicker with each other more often in the later weeks and a collapse of the group was teased. By the time Spring of 1998 rolled around, the beef between Hogan and Kevin Nash came to a shocking head when the two rivals split off from each other and brought certain members into their respective nWo corners, all while adding new members of their own of course. On Nash’s side, we had the red and black Wolfpac while Hogan’s side had the traditional black and white colors rebranded as nWo Hollywood. The group feuded for months until the infamous episode of Nitro on January 4th, 1999, where Nash and Hogan not only partook in the Fingerpoke of Doom, but re-aligned both nWo brands to form nWo Elite. Before that, nWo Hollywood proved to be an even bigger unit than nWo Wolfpac and was comprised of several current and future wrestling legends. Now with close to 20 years since the nWo Hollywood came and went, you may be asking yourself what many of its members are up to nowadays. Well, you’re about to find out.
20. Scott Hall
When the original nWo split in two, Scott Hall joined nWo Hollywood in May 1998 only for the group to kick him out by November. He joined the nWo Wolfpac that same month. Whether he was wearing black and white or black and red, Hall was always adored by wrestling fans for being the ultimate Bad Guy. Unfortunately, it was Hall’s addiction to drugs and alcohol that stunted much of the success and potential he could have found as a wrestler. That same addiction cut his WWE career short when he re-joined the company in 2002. Afterwards, he was in and out of rehab for years until a special yoga experience with Diamond Dallas Page changed Hall’s life for the better. Aside from a 2015 incident when he was kicked out of an independent wrestling event due to allegedly being drunk, Hall seems to have remained sober ever since his encounter with DDP and has been doing well for himself. He’s been spending much of his time helping his rookie son, Cody Hall, train and break through into the wrestling business.
19. Buff Bagwell
After siding with nWo in November 1996, the better half of The American Males stuck around with nWo Hollywood after the split and remained with nWo Elite until being kicked out in March 1999. Later on, Buff Bagwell found himself involved with some the stranger WCW storylines. One involved Bagwell wrestling while his mother sat suspended from a forklift and another involved Ric Flair trying to Bagwell’s blood sample to prove he was The Stuff’s father. When WCW closed down, Bagwell was one of the first WCW wrestlers to appear on WWE television when he wrestled Booker T for the WCW Championship on a special episode of Raw. That episode would also be Bagwell’s last apperance on WWE television as he was kicked out of WWE’s doors on-screen afterwards. Believe it or not, Bagwell went on to become an actual gigolo. Seriously. Look it up. You can buy him as an escort and everything. In addition, Bagwell in 2016 began suing WWE for the royalties he feels should be paid to him for use of his footage on the WWE Network.
18. Barry Windham
When Barry Windham returned to WCW for one last run in the company in 1998, he was brought in by Eric Bischoff to turn on his former Four Horsemen stable-mate Ric Flair. Afterwards, Bischoff brought Windham into nWo Hollywood. From there, Windham would frequently tag with fellow nWo member Curt Hennig and in due time, at Superbrawl IX, the two won the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Unfortunately for Windham, an ill-timed injury put an end to his run with the titles and with the nWo. When he returned in 1999, he regained the titles with his brother Kendall Windham. Shortly afterwards, they lost the titles to Harlem Heat and not long after that, the duo were released from WCW. Barry Windham briefly worked the independent scene afterwards before retiring from wrestling. In 2011, he was met with a health scare after having a heart attack, but soon recovered and then the next year, Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside his Four Horsemen mates.
17. Rick Rude
On November 17th, 1997, Rick Rude shocked the wrestling world when he simultaneously appeared on both Monday Night Raw and Monday Night Nitro (WWE had a taped show, WCW was live). Upon returning to WCW, he joined the nWo to manage his friend, Curt Hennig. The two would originally align themselves with Wolfpac when the group split into two factions the following year, but shortly afterwards went turncoat in favor of the Hollywood faction. Unfortunately, before either could make a big impact in nWo Hollywood, Hennig was out with a leg injury while Rude took time off when he thought he had testicular cancer. It turned out to be a spermatocele. Regardless, Rude left the company in early 1999 and later on in April, he sadly died of heart failure while training for an in-ring return.
16. Bret Hart
When nWo Hollywood first kicked off, Bret Hart was a strong associate to the group. It wasn’t long before Hart renounced his allegiance with the nWo and begged the fans for forgiveness. Afterwards, he had a slew of runs with the United States Heavyweight Championship, he won the WCW World Tag Team Titles with Goldberg, and won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Along the way, Hart received a concussion from his tag team partner, Goldberg, and though Hart continued to wrestle for a short time after their match, Hart eventually retired. The recurring effects of that concussion would lead to Hart suffering a stroke in 2002. Hart’s near-death experience brought him and Vince McMahon together to rebuild their burnt bridge. Hart would then return to the WWE first by being inducted in the 2005 Hall of Fame and then having and on-screen rivalry with McMahon. Apart from part-time one-off appearances in the wrestling world, Hart has been running a podcast called The Sharpshooter Show where he provides his own unique brand of commentary on what is going on in the wrestling world currently. In 2016, Hart had a prostate cancer scare, but was able to recover. Now, thankfully, he’s cancer free.
15. Horace Hogan
There are some perks to being the nephew of Hulk Hogan. For proof, look no further than Horace Hogan. His familial connection to The Hulkster earned him a spot in nWo Hollywood after Horace had a failed stint in Raven’s Flock. Oddly enough, his initiation to nWo Hollywood involved Horace being brutally beaten by his uncle so that the elder Hogan could prove to The Warrior (who he was feuding with at the time) that if he could do something so awful to someone he loves, then Warrior would be in for a world of hurt at Halloween Havoc. Hulk and Warrior went on to have arguably the worst match of all time, but that’s beside the point. Despite the beatdown, Horace Hogan stuck around with nWo Hollywood and even stuck around for the nWo Elite as part of their B-Team. He then left the company in 2000 after the Bash at the Beach 2000 controversy surrounding his uncle. Horace Hogan worked the indies and briefly had a WWE developmental deal that went nowhere in 2002. In the time since the height of his wrestling fame, he was arrested in 2012 for illegally climbing down a manhole to retrieve some lose change he dropped.
14. The Giant
Despite joining the nWo in 1996 and getting kicked out a couple months later, The Giant re-joined nWo under its Hollywood banner in 1998. When Hollywood and Wolfpac reunited, Hulk Hogan declared that the group had room for only one giant. The Giant and Kevin Nash fought for that illustrious spot. After Nash defeated The Giant with help from Scott Hall, The Giant jumped ship for WWE. After re-branding himself as Paul Wight (later Big Show), The Giant found the bulk of his wrestling career success occur while he was working for WWE. This success included 5 World Title reigns and main eventing WrestleMania in 2000. Now with plans to retire as he nears age 45, he is currently prepping for one last WrestleMania hurrah this year against NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. In his training, Big Show has lost a whopping 70 pounds and is currently in the best shape of his life.
13. The Disciple
When the big nWo split happened, it was no surprise to see that The Disciple didn’t hesitate to join nWo Hollywood with best friend, Hulk Hogan. The Disciple has gone by many names in the wrestling industry—Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, The Zodiac, The Man With No Name, The Booty Man, etc—but at the end of the day, he was just Ed Leslie. After being brainwashed by The Warrior to betray Hogan, The Disciple’s run with the nWo was over and so was his push. He last wrestled for WCW on November 6, 1999 at WCW Worldwide in a losing effort against Hacksaw Jim Duggan. From there, Leslie has been semi-retired for the most part. He’s worked the indies here and there, but hasn’t even made a WWE return for a Hall of Fame induction yet. Instead, Leslie has been a part of a string of bizarre incidents over the years. This included causing an anthrax scare in February 2004 after his bag of cocaine was found a mistaken for anthrax. He also showed up to the Toronto City Hall with a pair of shears in November 2013 when he planned to hold a public intervention for controversial Toronto mayor, Rob Ford. He was escorted off the premises by security. In 2015, Leslie was caught selling unauthorized photographs of Hulk Hogan.
12. Stevie Ray
While not many would argue for him being the better half of Harlem Heat, Stevie Ray had enough credibility in 1998 to be offered a spot in both nWo Wolfpac and nWo Hollywood upon his return from injury. Ray would subsequently join the Hollywood stable and turn heel in the process. Apart from having tag team matches with guys like Scott Norton and Horace Hogan, Ray didn’t do much as a member of nWo. Even when he stuck around for the nWo Elite run, he was only apart of their B-Team. He eventually returned to tag team competition as a member of Harlem Heat with Booker T. The two won 3 more WCW World Tag Team Championships after the reunion. After teaming and then feuding with Booker, Stevie left WCW and started working the indies. Ray’s been mostly retired as of late, though he has wrestled on occasion recently. One occasion including with the ROW Tag Team Titles with Booker T in 2015. For the most part now, he runs a wrestling school with Booker and a radio talk show called Straight Shooting with Stevie Ray.
11. Miss Elizabeth
When Randy Savage joined the nWo Wolfpac after the group split, it was only natural for his signature valet, Miss Elizabeth, to accompany him for the ride. However, in June 1998, she shocked everyone by parting ways with the Macho Man and taking sides with his rival, Hulk Hogan, by joining nWo Hollywood. In a strange turn of events, Miss Elizabeth also played a big role in the Fingerpoke of Doom. In storyline, for the January 4th, 1999 edition of Nitro, Elizabeth falsely accused Goldberg of stalking her and when he was arrested, Hogan took his main event World Title shot against Kevin Nash. The rest, as they say, is history. Also history is that Elizabeth stuck around for the nWo Elite until she would subsequently take time off from television to finalize her divorce from then-husband, Cary Lubetsky. Upon her 2000 return, a string of storylines involving then-partner Lex Luger and even her first wrestling matches would follow. That is until August 17th, 2000 when her contract expired and she left WCW. Elizabeth never appeared on wrestling television again. She did, however, keep dating Lex Luger with plans to marry in 2003, although the two were involved in a domestic dispute in April 2003. Even sadder, Luger reported on May 1st 2003 that Elizabeth had stopped breathing following taking a mixture of vodka and painkillers. She was pronounced dead when the paramedics arrived.
10. Dennis Rodman
Though his time with the nWo was brief, Dennis Rodman was certainly a memorable aspect of their act with him being their celebrity endorsement. He even wrestled a couple matches for them as part of nWo and, subsequently, nWo Hollywood. His tag team main event matches at Bash at the Beach 1997 and 1998 weren’t Rodman’s only brush with the ring. In 2000, he wrestled Curt Hennig at i-Generation and then in 2008, he won a wrestling tournament for Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling. He hasn’t played for the NBA since 2000 and after a few basketball stints for leagues like ABA in the mid-2000s, Rodman quietly retired from the sport altogether. In more recent years, Rodman has received much publicity for his friendships with Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
9. Scott Norton
After joining nWo in December 1996, Scott Norton was one of the founding members of nWo Hollywood when the group took off a couple years later. In this time, he bounced back and forth between WCW and NJPW where he was part of nWo Japan. In 1998, he became one of only 6 American wrestlers to ever win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The next year, he left WCW to focus more on NJPW. He then would join Masahiro Chono’s Team 2000. After finding some more success in NJPW (including a 2nd IWGP Title reign), he left the company to work on the indies. He attempted to open his own wrestling promotion called Wild West Championship Wrestling in 2006, but the company folded later that year. Most recently, he returned to NJPW this year for Wrestle Kingdom 11 as a surprise entrant in the Japan Rumble. Though he failed to win it after being eliminated by Michael Elgin (who went on to win it), Norton won a big tag team match against the Bullet Club the next night after teaming with Cheeseburger and Norton’s former Team 2000 buddies, Satoshi Kojima, Hiro Saito, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
8. Brian Adams
Best known for wrestling under the name Crush for early 90s era WWE, he made the jump to WCW in 1998 and immediately joined forces with the nWo. When the split happened soon after, Brian Adams remained with the nWo Hollywood. Despite achieving enough success to get himself a WCW World Title shot against Goldberg at one point, Adams was relegated to the nWo B-Team when both nWo factions reunited. He briefly started wrestling under the much-maligned KISS-inspired Demon character before reverting back to Brian Adams. When he joined Bryan Clark to form KroniK in 2000, Adams was at the height of his WCW career, even going as far as to win the WCW World Tag Team Championships on two occasions. After a brief run with WWE during the Alliance angle, Adams started working the indies. He planned to make a transition into boxing in 2002, but a bad shoulder injury put a stop to that. Then, in 2003, he suffered a career ending spinal injury while wrestling at Wrestle-1. On August 13, 2007, Adams tragically died after a combination of painkillers and muscle relaxers.
7. nWo Sting
Jeff Farmer’s character of Fake Sting helped kickoff Sting’s drastic character change in 1996. Despite the character being created solely for that purpose, Farmer filled out the role for the nWo long afterwards. He even helped found the nWo Hollywood branch. In 1997, Farmer played the character for nWo Japan in NJPW and, oddly enough, the Fake Sting character became more popular in Japan than Sting was. In 1998, Fake Sting disappeared from WCW after Sting joined the nWo Wolfpac, but made one last appearance in July 1998. Afterwards, he continued wrestling in Japan, but when 2000 rolled around, he transitioned into a new character named Super-J who was one of the main members of top NJPW heel group Team 2000. Super-J left Team 2000 in March 2002 in favor of joining New Japan Army. Later in the year, the two groups merged together. By 2004, Farmer was back on the indies playing the Fake Sting character. He retired in 2005 shortly after winning the UCW Championship. Since then, he’s become a project manager overseeing a research program called GEAR at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
6. Dusty Rhodes
After joining the nWo in January 1998, Dusty Rhodes initially sided with the Wolfpac after the two split from each other. However, he eventually traded sides to join the Wolfpac in May. He would leave the nWo altogether by November. That’s when he briefly left WCW to put over Steve Corino in ECW. He then returned to WCW to feud with Ric Flair one last time. Afterwards, he spent the next couple years working on the indie scene before TNA started knocking on his door. After wrestling a few matches for the company, he became TNA’s head booker until leaving TNA in 2005. He returned to WWE where he remained for the next 10 years. While he did have his fair share of antics on screen, Rhodes’ last years in WWE are best remembered for the time he spent as a head writer, creative director, and trainer down at NXT. On June 10th, 2015, paramedics responded to a 911 call stating that Rhodes had fallen down some stairs. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he tragically died the next day.
5. Eric Bischoff
After establishing himself as a prominent presence in the nWo since November 1996, Eric Bischoff was one of the founding members of nWo Hollywood and stuck around with nWo Elite until March 1999. When WCW started to promptly lose the Monday Night Wars, Eric Bischoff was relieved of his management duties within WCW. In 2000, he started managing a new stable called The New Blood, but the group wasn’t successful for Bischoff nor WCW’s ratings. After WCW folded, Bischoff tried to run a new wrestling company called Matrats, but it was an absolute flop. Then, hell froze over when he was signed by his arch-rival Vince McMahon’s WWE. Bischoff was the on-screen Raw General Manager from 2002 until 2005. He continued to make rare appearances for the company until 2010 where he ultimately signed a deal with TNA. He was appointed as executive producer of the TNA and worked creatively alongside Hulk Hogan. The two have been cited as bringing the effective downfall to TNA and their few years with the company are considered the worst years of TNA programming. In his time away from television, Bischoff has produced for television and video games, owned a brewery, and currently runs his own podcast called Bischoff on Wrestling.
4. Curt Hennig
In the fall of 1997, both Hennig and his friend Rick Rude joined the nWo. The would later defect to the Wolfpac after the nWo split in two, but then they defected again to nWo Hollywood. After failing to challenge Goldberg for the Untied States Heavyweight Championship at the Great American Bash due to an injury, Hennig went into his World Heavyweight Championship match with Goldberg injured and failed to win the title at Bash at the Beach. After feuding a bit with Dean Malenko, Hennig left tv to recover. He returned in 1999 to tag with Barry Windham and win the Tag Titles together. After that angle ran its course, Hennig spent the next year migrating from feud to feud with minor success until he finally left the company in summer of 2000 when his contract expired. He returned to WWE in 2002 to major fanfare. Many expected a big career comeback for the returning Mr. Perfect, but those expectations were cut short when he was fired during the infamous Plane Ride from Hell later that year. He quickly would jump over to TNA where he had a handful of matches. The last match he wrestled for the company was an Axehandle on a Pole match against David Flair. Unfortunately, this also proved to be the final match of his career as he would later die from a cocaine overdose on February 10th, 2003.
When the former Virgil jumped ship to WCW in 1996 and quickly cemented his allegiance to the nWo, Vincent aligned himself with the Hollywood branch as soon as the stable split in two. Even after Hollywood and Wolfpac got back together, Vincent remained one of the last members of the nWo until the group finally dissipated in 1999. He never achieved much success or even relevance in WCW during or after the nWo split and ended up retiring from wrestling altogether in 2000. Though he has made sporadic appearances as a wrestler in the ring at indie shows since his 2006 return, he is most known for his frequenting of conventions and autograph signings. This is mostly due to the fact that “Lonely Virgil” became a viral meme on social media in 2012. He did have a minor career resurgence in 2010 as the on-screen bodyguard for Ted Dibiase Jr. before being replaced by Maryse. In perhaps the strangest bit of news, he started a GoFundMe page in 2015 to literally become a “Million Dollar Man.” As of January 2017, he has raised $1,185.
2. Scott Steiner
When he was still the mullet wielding half of the Steiner Brothers in the 80s, no one would have expected Scott Steiner to break out in the 90s as a big singles star. He did just that in 1998 when he joined the nWo and later in the year, became the leader of nWo Hollywood while Hogan was off running for President of the United States. 1998 was a big breakout year for Steiner and in 1999, he cemented his spot as a main eventer by becoming the company’s top heel. The following year in 2000, he secured the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for the first and only time. A few years later, after a failed stint in WWE, he wound up in TNA and after that ran its course in 2012, he started working on the indies and signed to Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling. In between all of this, in 2007, Steiner suffered a fatal kick to the throat during a match in Mexico that tore his trachea and put him in a 2-day coma. Steiner is lucky to be alive.
1. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
The last couple years have not been kind to Hollywood Hulk Hogan. While he reigned supreme at the top of WCW as the leader of the nWo and its subsequent spin-offs (nWo Hollywood, nWo Elite) and then had a rousing comeback to WWE that included one last WWE Championship run, he’s pretty much been blacklisted from the wrestling world since 2015. After his highly publicized sex tape included him spewing blatantly racist remarks, he was quickly fired from WWE. He’s come and gone from WWE before, but in light of recent controversy, many predict that Hogan may never return to sports entertainment. If he does, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that he’ll be embraced back into WWE with open arms. There have been rumors that Hogan may return in time for WrestleMania 33 but as with most dirt sheet rumors, we can only take them with a grain of salt. Only time will tell. Apart from enjoying his hefty $115 million dollar sum after winning his case against Gawker, Hogan has remained low-key in the public eye as of late. He is, however, opening up a restaurant called Hogan’s Beach Shop in Orlando that is set to open about a month before the date of this year’s WrestleMania, which will take place in Orlando. How convenient.
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