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Top 20 Things You Didn't Know About The nWo

When Scott Hall arrived on Monday Nitro and started the road to the nWo, he couldn’t have known he was igniting a civil war that would tear WCW apart and lead it down the road to ruin. All Scott Hall knew was that he was going to do in his new promotion exactly what he did best: Shake things up.

‘You want a war? You’ve got one,” Hall snarled at his WCW higher-ups before revealing the second member of nWo the next week: Kevin Nash. At that year’s Great American Bash, Big Sexy power bombed WCW boss Eric Bischoff from the stage and made official what WCW fans had come to know over the preceding weeks: Hall and Nash, now calling themselves The Outsiders, were the future.

That fateful power bomb was delivered because Bischoff had refused to arrange opponents for a 6-man tag team match featuring Hall and Nash. At that year’s Bash at the Beach, The Outsiders revealed their third member, a recently returned Hulk Hogan. Hogan, at that time the most beloved babyface in wrestling, turned heel and aligned himself with The Outsiders, saying in a post-match interview that Hall, Nash and himself represented a “New World Order” in professional wrestling. The name stuck, and the trio eventually grew into one of the most important and influential stables in the history of professional wrestling.

Before long, the group had expanded to include The Giant (a pre-Big Show Paul White), Ted DiBiase, and even WCW president Eric Bischoff, who couldn’t stem the rising tide and allied himself with the nWo, setting up their reign as the de facto rulers of WCW until Starcade 97, when Sting returned from a hiatus to challenge Hogan for the title. The nWo’s heyday was past, but their legacy was just beginning to take shape.

20 ECW’s Blue World Order 

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19 The Weird Dinner and a Movie Tie-in

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At Clash of Champions 1997, corporate synergy dictated that Dinner and a Movie, a cooking show/dinner theater production that has undergone several reincarnations since, get a tie-in. For the hosts, this meant aligning themselves with the misfit faction, verbally assaulting Mean Gene, making an nWo-themed cake for their new friends, and standing idly by as a livid Diamond Dallas Page rampaged through their studio, destroying everything that hadn’t been nailed down beforehand.

18 Crossing Over to NASCAR 

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When the nWo recruited NASCAR standout Kyle Petty, it seemed the wrestling stable was poised for a true takeover of the sports world. Petty even drove around in the #49 nWo car in professional events. But the video that revealed Busch’s allegiance to the New World Order was downright weird. “You want to be a Hollywood superstar?” Hulk Hogan asks Petty, visibly holding back an enthusiastic “Brother.” He goes on to explain Petty and nWo have struck a deal, whereby Hogan will put Petty in the movie business in exchange for tricking out his car in nWo gear.

17 The Merch Rights 

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16 Larry Zbyszko brought The American Dream to nWo 

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15 A Simple Torn Muscle Ended nWo’s WWE Return 

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14 Giant Haystacks Helped Bring the Giant Up 

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13 nWo: Pacific Edition 

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12 Randy’s Ripley’s Family 

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11 Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are the WWE’s Reigning nWo Legacies 

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10 nWo Bischoff = Mr. McMahon 

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9 Dusty Rhodes and Big Bubba Rogers: Working Men with American Dreams 

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8 The Macho Man’s Missed Opportunity 

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7 Rick Rude Once Threatened Ultimate Warrior’s Life 

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6 nWo Japan’s Masahiro Chono Had a Very Ironic Encounter With Stone Cold 

5 Yet Another Dusty Rhodes Connection 

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4 Hulk Hogan Was Literally Beaten Into the Wrestling World 

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3 Scott Steiner Was Investigated for Terroristic Threats 

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Scott Steiner and Hulk Hogan were once nWo brothers, even siding together with the Hollywood faction after the Black & White/Wolfpac split. But by 2015, Hogan’s was one of the many wrestling relationships Steiner had decided to burn to the ground. After telling an interviewer that Triple H would have never been in wrestling if he weren’t with Stephanie McMahon and spending years denigrating Ric Flair in print and on screen, Steiner allegedly made such violent threats to Hogan’s wife that they were considered by authorities to merit the term “felony terrorist threats.”

2 Konnan was Ringside When Perro Aguayo was Killed  

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1 Buff Bagwell: American Gigolo 

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Anyone who remembers the nWo remembers Buff Bagwell, second only to Val Venus in sheer homoeroticism in the squared circle. He was a solid wrestler with decent technical skill and muscles on top of his muscles. So maybe it’s not so surprising that in 2014, Bagwell took his buff bod and put it on the market, becoming a gigolo on the site cowboys4angels.com. His profile detailed his wrestling career and also described Bagwell as a “real southern gentleman” who “once again is ready to hand out a few roses and entertain you for the evening, but if that’s not your cup of tea, he will forever be your Buff The Stuff Bagwell.”

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