WWE Celebrates NWO Anniversary: Hogan and the NWO's 5 Most Important Members
The WWE recently celebrated the 16th anniversary of the New World Order—a legendary heel faction that helped put WCW on the map as a primary threat to WWE's throne during the famed Monday Night Wars.
As part of the celebration, WWE.com quizzed its readers by asking them to name all 23 members of the NWO.
Sadly, the death knell of the NWO, and eventually WCW, was the group's uncontrolled growth that would soon dilute what was once the premier stable in wrestling.
Of the group's many members, a select few wrestling personalities stood out as being integral to the well-being and success of the heel super group.
5. Macho Man Randy Savage
Randy Savage has had far too many career accolades for his life's work to be defined by his tumultuous run with the NWO, but it was that very alliance with the group that reunited him with Miss Elizabeth while reigniting a long-standing rivalry with Hulk Hogan.
Savage joined the NWO at WCW SuperBrawl VII in 1997 after helping Hulk Hogan defeat Roddy Piper, but tensions would inevitably rise given the egos involved. This led to infighting, and a blockbuster feud between Savage and Hogan.
4. Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff excelled in the art of being a smarmy jerk, and his inclusion in the NWO took the group to new heights once they were graced with the presence of a heel authority.
With Bischoff at the helm, the group's threats of a hostile takeover became much more tangible with a crooked President as their vocal leader.
3. Scott Hall
Scott Hall was the man who started it all, and although his in-ring career will forever be compromised by the fact that he was never trusted to carry a major championship for a national promotion despite unlimited potential, Hall was the original member of the NWO and will forever be credited with firing the first shot.
2. Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash's importance to the success of the NWO cannot be underestimated, and while many blame Nash as a harbinger of death to WCW during the company's violent decline, Nash's smooth talking and cocky demeanor helped personify what this band of cool heels were all about.
1. Hulk Hogan
If Scott Hall fired the first shot, Hulk Hogan tossed a hand grenade at the landscape of WCW when he infamously dropped his first heel leg drop in WCW.
Hogan's unthinkable betrayal of WCW led to an almost instantaneous shift in momentum during the Monday Night Wars, and while it only lasted for a few years, it was almost enough momentum to put the WWE out of business permanently.