The nWo is a well-known abbreviation in the wrestling industry that stands for New World Order. The iconic World Championship Wrestling group was formed during the mid-1990s and took off like wildfire as a movement that attracted a bunch of wrestlers to join their cause. They swore to protect the integrity of wrestling's future and to beat the WWE in ratings. The nWo was originally started by Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, the creator of their name.
During the nWo reign, many wrestlers came and went as members in the group. There was a total of 62 members over the course of its existence. In 1998, there was tension within the nWo and its founding members. Hogan and Nash didn't see eye to eye and had separate agendas, causing a division with nWo members.
This led to the birth of nWo Hollywood and nWo Wolfpac. Hogan formed nWo Hollywood with Scott Steiner. The nWo Wolfpac was created by Kevin Nash and Randy Savage. Throughout the late-1990s, the two nWo coalitions clashed together many times in the ring. Many incarnations and interpretations of the nWo were created up until early-2000 with fluctuating members. Let's see what these 20 nWo members look like today.
20 20. The Disciple
Formerly known as The Disciple in the late-1990s, he joined the nWo in 1998. He was the bodyguard of Hollywood Hogan and appeared during the February 23, 1998 Monday Nitro, sporting biker attire and a full beard. Whenever Hogan had a match, The Disciple was ringside and would often times help Hogan finish an opponent.
Hogan became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion with the assistance of The Disciple. Unexpectedly, The Disciple was taken by The Warrior while he was having a dispute with Hogan. The Warrior brainwashed The Disciple to join his One Warrior Nation, a group of wrestling allies. However, after The Warrior left WCW, The Disciple began losing his push, and his last televised match was on November 6, 1999 during WCW Worldwide. He is semi-retired at 60 years old, as he wrestled three dates in Montana for Big Time Wrestling in June 2016.
19 19. Konnan
This Cuban professional wrestler began appearing in WCW full-time in 1996. He has recruited some prominent Mexican wrestlers for WCW, such as Rey Mysterio, Jr. Konnan joined the nWo on July 14, 1997 and soon after was being referred to as "K-Dogg." During his prime, he defeated Chris Jericho for the World Television Championship on November 30, 1998 during an episode of Nitro.
His TV title reign came to an end after the nWo Wolfpac and nWo Hollywood members faced off in the ring. Konnan lost his championship belt to Scott Steiner on December 28, 1998 on Nitro. The nWo reunited as a whole in January 1999, but Konnan was banished from the group for sticking up for Rey Mysterio, Jr. Konnan is currently the manager for The Latin American Xchange, a wrestling group that is signed to Impact Wrestling.
18 18. Scott Norton
Norton built up his reputation in WCW by forming a tag team duo with Ice Train. They were known together as Fire and Ice. However, they didn’t compliment each other as well as they thought and eventually broke up after many losses. Towards the end of 1996, Norton became an official member of the nWo movement.
He was never able to win a tag team championship in the WCW. Norton decided to test his luck with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and also joined nWo Japan. He won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and built more of following in Japan. Norton was given main card matches, while in WCW he was facing off against lower tier opponents. After losing too many matches to his liking inWCW, he left in 1999 and focused on NJPW.
17 17. Scott Hall
Scott Hall is a wrestling legend, without a doubt, and returned to WCW after leaving the WWE on May 27, 1996. Hall was dubbed “the outsider” when seen in street clothes on Nitro. He was later joined by Kevin Nash on June 10 as they announced that they were taking over WCW. This drastically levelled up the competition between the WWE and WCW.
Hall and Nash formed the tag-team duo, The Outsiders. The two challenged Lex Luger, Randy Savage and Sting to a six-man tag team match at the Bash at the Beach on July 7, 1996. The Outsiders brought out a surprise mystery wrestler for their third partner, which spawned one of the most influential wrestling movements. Their third member was Hulk Hogan, shortly after they formed the nWo and started recruiting.
16 16. Dennis Rodman
Yes, that is right. Former basketball superstar Dennis Rodman was briefly a part of the nWo crew. While still with the Chicago Bulls, Rodman was recruited in March 1997 and had a short wrestling stint. He fought alongside Hulk Hogan at WCW’s Bash at the Beach in 1997 (against The Giant and Lex Luger) and 1998 (against DDP and Karl Malone).
He was also involved with the first ever Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling reality television program. It only had one season and eight episodes before the show was scrapped. Rodman was announced the winner. This was Rodman’s last televised wrestling appearance.
15 15. The Giant
The Big Show, or The Giant, as they called him in WCW, gained the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Ric Flair. Soon after, Hulk Hogan formed the nWo and defeated The Giant for the title at Hog Wild in 1996. After 23 days, The Giant joined Hogan’s nWo crew. He claimed he only joined because he was motivated by Ted "The Million Dollar Man" DiBiase’s money.
After The Giant helped the nWo as they feuded with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen, he felt compelled to ask Hogan for a World Heavyweight Championship rematch. Hogan was not feeling this at all and felt betrayed. Giant was thrown out of the nWo on December 30 for asking Hogan for the rematch. He eventually rejoined the original nWo group, once Kevin Nash left to start the opposing nWo Wolfpac.
14 14. V.K. Wallstreet
Originally he was introduced as Michael Wallstreet when returning to WCW on September 4, 1995 during Nitro. However, the next episode of Nitro he was known as V.K. Wallstreet, with the two letters standing for Vincent Kennedy. If the first and middle name sound familiar, it’s because he got it from Vince McMahon himself, the chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Wallstreet joined the nWo when his previous tag team partner in WWE, Ted DiBiase, offered him a membership the exclusive club. He wasn’t the most popular in the nWo and never achieved great success in WCW by getting any title belts. He was forced out of the nWo on April 21, 1997 during Nitro. He was thrown out of the group due to him having a pre-existing WCW contract.
13 13. Kevin Nash
Nash, Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall started calling themselves the nWo after the Bash at the Beach in 1996. Hall and Nash were specifically dominating the WCW World Tag Team Championship through 1996 and 1997. This fed Nash’s ego that he was more or less the “second in command” of the nWo. And in a bit of foreshadowing, Sean Waltman, Nash and Hall began referring to themselves as the “Wolfpac” in 1997.
The nWo was slowly falling apart and losing control of its members when Nash and Hogan started butting heads. Nash interfered in Hogan’s WCW World Heavyweight Championship by jackknifing Hogan in the ring. This was the initial division of the nWo, birthing the nWo Wolfpac, which was led by Nash. He recruited Randy Savage, Konnan and many other wrestlers to join.
12 12. Buff Bagwell
Bagwell was hired in 1991 by WCW and won the World Tag Team Championship four times over five years. He joined the nWo on November 25, 1996 when he betrayed his partner Scotty Riggs. He formed a brief tag team with fellow nWo member, Scott Norton, a team known as Vicious and Delicious. Bagwell was also a part of New Japan Pro Wrestling and represented nWo Japan while competing.
He was injured during Thunder on April 22, 1998 when he damaged his vertebrae and had spinal shock. He later regained Hulk Hogan’s trust by setting up Rick Steiner for a steel-chair beat down by Scott Steiner on July 6. Fast forward to January 1999, when the nWo division took place, nWo Hollywood and nWo Wolfpac were created. Bagwell joined the nWo Wolfpac, but was kicked out after he “accidentally” hit Scott Steiner with a chair. This led to Steiner not being able to secure the World Television Championship belt on March 14, 1999 during Uncensored.
11 11. Syxx
Syxx, who also was known as X-Pac in the WWE, joined the nWo during Nitro on September 16, 1996. He renamed himself Syxx because he was the sixth member of the nWo at that point. Syxx won the Cruiserweight Championship belt after defeating Dean Malenko at SuperBrawl VII in February 23, 1997. He held the belt until the summer, then lost it to Chris Jericho in June 1997 during a webcast house show.
Most memorably during his time in WCW, Syxx started a feud with Ric Flair. This led to a WarGames match at Fall Brawl on September 14, 1997. It was Ric Flair’s Four Horsemen group (Flair, Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit and Curt Hennig) versus Syxx, Kevin Nash, Buff Bagwell and Konnan. The Four Horsemen were vanquished and Hennig admitted at the end of the match that he was a part of the nWo the whole time, betraying his fellow Horsemen.
10 10. Eric Bischoff
He rarely wrestled, as his speciality was announcing, managing and signing WCW talent. And in real life, Eric Bischoff was promoted to executive vice president of WCW in 1994. Prior to the nWo, the high point in his career was when he and Ric Flair convinced Hulk Hogan to sign a contract with WCW. Soon after, Bischoff achieved the status of president of WCW by 1997 after turning it into a profitable company.
Bischoff also signed former WWE Superstar Scott Hall, in 1996. Hall eventually met Kevin Nash and the formed “The Outsiders.” It wasn’t long until they combined forces with Hulk Hogan to create the nWo in July 1996. Bischoff was partially responsible with the prosperous nWo, and even made himself manager of the faction.
9 9. Vincent
He was better known as Virgil in the WWE when he was Ted DiBiase’s bodyguard. When he left the WWE in 1994, he joined WCW in 1996 to try his luck. He took on the name Vincent to mock Vince McMahon, the CEO of WWE. He was the “Head of Security” for the nWo. Unfortunately, Vincent was a low-profile wrestler that lost most of his pay-per-view matches.
He most notably won his first PPV match with WCW at Starrcade in 1997. He was teamed up with Scott Norton and Randy Savage, they defeated The Steiner Brothers and Ray Traylor. When the nWo split to Hollywood and Wolfpac, he joined the Hollywood side. Vincent, who was also known as Shane in WCW (to mock Vince McMahon's son), retired from WCW in 2000, after he struggled to stay relevant.
8 8. Bret Hart
Bret Hart was on top of the wrestling world during the late 1990s. He signed a three-year contract with WCW that promised him $2.5 million per year. He made his television debut during Nitro on December 15, 1997. His first feud was with Ric Flair and ended up defeating Flair at Souled Out on January 24, 1998. Hart didn’t join the nWo right away, instead he was briefly defending WCW from nWo members.
However, Hart helped Hulk Hogan to recapture the WCW World Heavyweight Championship during a Nitro main event on April 1998. He never officially joined the original nWo group, but sided with nWo Hollywood when the nWo faction split in two. Hart also founded nWo 2000 in late-1999. It was an attempt to revive the group, but wasn’t the same and only lasted a year.
7 7. Stevie Ray
Stevie Ray is Booker T’s brother, in case you didn’t know. The two were known as a reputable tag team duo called, Harlem Heat, and eventually focused on their solo wrestling careers. In June 1998, Stevie Ray had the decision to join either nWo Hollywood or nWo Wolfpac. He ended up joining nWo Hollywood, turning him into a villain.
During his time on the nWo squad, he would tag team with Horace Hogan and Scott Norton. In 1999, both sides of the nWo came back together. There wasn’t a determined leader of the group, but Stevie Ray won that role in four-man battle royal on April 5, 1999 during Nitro. He defeated Horace Hogan, Brian Adams and Vincent to become the shot-caller of nWo "Black and White."
6 6. Lex Luger
Luger made his first WCW appearance by defeating The Great Muta on June 14, 1991 during the PPV Clash of the Champions. He returned to WCW in late August of 1995, after he temporarily jumped ship to the WWF. Luger was a part of Ric Flair’s Four Horsemen powerhouse group that strongly disliked what the nWo stood for. Luger battled Buff Bagwell, Scott Steiner and Hogan, to name a few nWo members that he went up against at one point.
However, Luger caved and joined the nWo Wolfpac on May 25, 1998. He was responsible for recruiting nWo Sting to join the Wolfpac. Luger won the United States Heavyweight Championship belt for a record-tying fifth time on August 10, 1998. He was also a member of the nWo “Elite,” another attempt to reincarnate the former group. He left the group in April 1999 after he sustained a biceps injury.
5 5. Ted DiBiase
Commonly known as “The Million Dollar Man,” he would frequently shove a $100 bill into his opponent's mouth after he performed his trademark finisher, the Million Dollar Dream. He became the fourth member of the nWo on August 26, 1996. As "Trillionaire Ted," DiBiase was also allegedly financing the nWo group per storyline.
He quit the nWo on August 4, 1997 during an episode of Nitro. He left the group to manage The Steiner Brothers, which didn’t last that long as Scott Steiner left his older brother Rick to join the nWo. DiBiase left the WCW as a wrestler to be a road agent for them instead when his contract expired in late-1999.
4 4. Jeff Jarrett
3 3. Disco Inferno
2 2. Sting
The legendary Sting was a part of WCW since the late-1980s, and was arguably the company's top babyface of all-time. It seemed as if he joined the nWo in 1996 after he represented the movement during a War Games match, though it turned out to be an impostor. Meanwhile, Sting the real would stay out of the ring for over a year, ultimately returning at Starrcade 1997 to defeat Hulk Hogan for the WCW Championship.
The real Sting joined nWo Hollywood when the nWo hit a rough patch and divided into two separate groups. Though it seemed as if he was joining nWo Hollywood, he ultimately joined nWo Wolfpac in 1998. He made his final appearance on WCW’s Nitro in November 2000, and remained off television when WWE bought the company in March of 2001.
1 1. Hulk Hogan
One of the most popular and charismatic wrestlers of our generation, Hulk Hogan signed to WCW in June 1994. He dethroned the World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair, during Bash at the Beach on July 17, 1994. A couple years later, he formed the nWo after a six-man tag team match at the Bash at the Beach in 1996.
He became a villain for the first time in nearly fifteen years and mentioned how WCW was under-appreciating his talent. Hogan’s original nWo group reigned from July 7, 1996 to April 1998. However, Hogan left WCW in 2000 due to tension between him and Vince Russo, the head of creative booking at the time.
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