The creators of the nWo-New World Order will be back to rule the pro-wrestling universe, once again as per the latest announcement.
It was confirmed by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi that the infamous New World Order aka nWo will be the first official group to be inducted to 2020 Hall of Fame. The ceremony is all set to take place during the WrestleMania 36 weekend keeping WWE’s tradition intact.
Instead of how many individuals the faction has had in it, the Hall of Fame will honor the four core members of the group namely Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman.
It is to be noted that all of these four names have already been inducted into WWE Hall of Fame, earlier in their career. So this will be the second time they will be giving acceptance speeches.
Very grateful that the four original nWo members HollyWood, Big Kev,X and Scott are getting inducted to the WWE HOF. We are not coming back to take over and change the business again,we are just coming back to celebrate our run ,get inducted and party NWO style at Wrestlemania.HH pic.twitter.com/vsawmt8bBn
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) December 9, 2019
Hulk Hogan joined WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Scott Hall was in 2014, Kevin Nash was in 2015 whereas Waltman got to enter the club in this year itself with DX. Hogan’s betrayal in WCW by joining The Outsiders is one of the top moments in pro wrestling history, unarguably.
The New World Order was born from this helped WCW to top ratings during the Monday Night Wars, forcing WWE TV to run for their money for months.
— WWE (@WWE) December 10, 2019
“You’ve got four guys that were basically going at Vince as a shoot, pushing hard to actually try to take over,” Hogan told ESPN. “Not put him out of business but basically take his spot and be the No. 1 company.
All of a sudden, you’re inducting four guys in the Hall of Fame that 20 years ago were trying to stab you in the back. It’s like Vince says: In the WWE, never say never.”
The formation of the #NWO was a massive shift for our industry and WCW especially. What followed was a cultural phenomenon still talked about to this day. We used to call them competition every Monday night… but now we’ll call the NWO @WWE #WWEHOF members…4 Life! pic.twitter.com/oMh9xY9gup
— Triple H (@TripleH) December 9, 2019
Hogan, Hall, and Nash have been the originators of nWo at Bash at the Beach PPV in 1996. They went on to add more members to the faction like Ted DiBiase, Scott Steiner, The Giant, and even Dennis Rodman.
Since then the nWo was one of the main reasons why the ratings were going in WCW’s favor. One of the hottest storylines at that point was Sting vs. the nWo. It forced Vince McMahon to shift the then WWF programming into an edgier format.
BREAKING: @DaveBautista and The #nWo (@HulkHogan @RealKevinNash @SCOTTHALLNWO & @TheRealXPac) are the first inductees in the @WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020, as first reported by @people and @espn respectively! #WWEHOF https://t.co/8LrVsAKnWu
— WWE (@WWE) December 9, 2019
McMahon brought the group featuring Hogan, Nash, Hall, and Waltman back in the early 2000s. But it did not last long in WWE.
However, the impact the group made is still very significant in the modern-era wrestling context, today. The “too sweet” hand gestures are still used today with the likes of AJ Styles and Finn Balor who pay homage to the older era, to date.
“The nWo was kind of the epicenter of that Attitude Era,” Nash said. “It was the first thing. It shifted Vince’s way of thinking. We built the Saturn rocket, we put it on the launchpad, and Vince came and kicked us off. Before we got in the capsule, he said, ‘I’ll take this from here.’ He took the Attitude Era, and he took it another step further.”
WWE Hall of Fame ceremony 2020 edition takes place on April 2nd at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Tickets for the event will go on sale this Friday. Batista is another confirmed inductee for the prestigious ceremony hosted by WWE.