The New World Order (NWO) was one of the hottest and most influential factions in pro wrestling history, as the group was the number one reason why Eric Bischoff and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) were able to defeat Vince McMahon's WWE in the ratings for 83 consecutive weeks.
Of course, the group, which originally consisted of only three members (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash) grew absurdly large not too long after its inception, to the point where becoming a full-fledged member of the faction no longer meant anything.
With that said, there are a few random members of the group, both in their WWE and WCW iterations, that wrestling fans forget were a part of one of the most famous factions in the history of wrestling.
Back in 2002, shortly before he officially returned to the ring, Shawn Michaels joined the New World Order. Originally, it seemed like this would lead to this friend Triple H joining the group, but unfortunately the faction's leader at the time, Kevin Nash, went down with a torn quadriceps muscle before "The Game" could join the NWO, and the group was disbanded by Vince McMahon shortly thereafter. So while he was officially in the NWO, Michaels didn't end up doing much as a member of the faction.
While WCW legend Sting feuded with Hulk Hogan and the NWO during the hottest period of time for Eric Bischoff's company, "The Icon" did eventually join the group once they wer split into two factions.
Unfortunately, the NWO Wolfpac storyline didn't exactly work out the way it probably should have, so Sting didn't actually end up doing anything all that significant during his time in the group. But, for a period of time at least, he was a member of the New World Order.
Before returning to WWE and becoming a member of The Corporation, Big Boss Man, or as he was known at the time in WCW, Big Bubba Rogers, was a member of the NWO for a short period of time. Bubba joined World Championship Wrestling's main faction in December of 1996, and he only lasted two months in the group, as he was expelled by the New World Order in February of 1997. So, it's pretty easy to understand why most people remember him for his run in WWE during the late-90s instead of remembering him for his brief time as an NWO member.
At WCW's Super Brawl pay per view back in February of 1999, David Flair, the son of pro wrestling legend Ric Flair, turned against his father and joined the NWO Wolfpac, as he used a taser on the former 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, which allowed the group's leader, Hulk Hogan, to pick up the win over the "Nature Boy." While he didn't really appear much on television after joining the group, he did appear in some vignettes, but overall, he did little to nothing in the group after turning against his legendary father.
Former Harlem Heat member Stevie Ray joined the NWO two times during the group's multiple reformations in WCW, but he never really did anything significant as a member.
His first run with the faction was as a part of their "B-Team," which pretty much tells you all you need to know about how vital he was to World Championship Wrestling's hottest act. His second run with the faction ended after he decided to reunite with his brother Booker T, where the two would re-form Harlem Heat.
During the NWO's final run in WCW back in 2000, Jeff Jarrett's was the group's leader after they were re-introduced yet again. While "Double J" was pushed as one of the company's top stars during that time, it was during a period where WWE was consistently beating WCW in the ratings by a pretty big margin, and on top of that, WCW had lost most of their fan-base due to their bad booking. It's pretty easy to forget exactly who was in the New World Order during WCW's dying days, even if they were pushed as a top star in the company.
One of the worst things about the NWO after it got going was that WCW would add members to the group for no apparent reason, and in September of 1996, they did just that by adding Vincent, who was previously known in WWE as Virgil, to the faction. Aside from occasionally getting laid out by members of the WCW roster who were feuding with the NWO, Vincent/Virgil did literally nothing during his time in the faction. In fact, he did so little in the group that he's remembered more for what he did with Ted DiBiase back in the 80s, as most people have forgotten about his NWO run in the 90s.
One of the biggest examples of the NWO having too many insignificant members came back in 1996, as WCW's leading faction added referee Nick Patrick to the group. This might've worked if Eric Bischoff's original plan, which was to have the New World Order branch off into its own promotion, as the idea was that Patrick would serve as the NWO's referee. But, as we all know, the group stayed in WCW, and even though Patrick did provide some aid to the NWO in their matches, he didn't do anything significant before leaving the faction in 1997.
Before being literally kicked out of the NWO by Shawn Michaels in 2002, Booker T was added to the group in May of that year. But, as previously mentioned, after Michaels was added to the faction by its leader at the time, Kevin Nash, the legendary "Heartbreak Kid" said that Booker T was the group's weak link, therefore expelling him after hitting him with his signature Sweet Chin Music.
However, this really didn't lead to anything, as WWE's version of the New World Order was completely disbanded and scrapped just a month after the former five-time WCW Champion was kicked out of the faction.
Bret Hart definitely should've had a better and more significant run in WCW, as he was, by far, the hottest free agent in all of pro wrestling when he was signed in late-1997. Unfortunately, Eric Bischoff didn't really know what to do with the legendary "Hitman," as the former WWE Champion floundered after he joined World Championship Wrestling. One of the company's biggest mistakes was having him join the NWO less than a year after signing him. Hart was also a part of the faction's re-formation in 2000, as he was going to be the group's leader before he was injured.