Ranking Every NWO Member Ever: 10-Year Anniversary of the Group's End
On July 15th, 2002, the NWO officially died.
In a perhaps fitting move, the legendary wrestling stable was put out of its misery by Vince McMahon himself.
The week before, Kevin Nash was injured and instead of trying to force it to go on, WWE decided it was time for the Order to end.
The NWO's time in WWE was mediocre at best, but over the course of six years, the group had a lot of ground-breaking moments that still stand out in wrestling history.
The New World Order was insanely popular. It helped bring WCW and wrestling to heights not seen since the Rock 'n' Wrestling era.
The group also had a lot of members.
Over 40 men and women were in the NWO at one time or another.
These groups spanned multiple versions, from the original Black and White incarnation, to the Wolfpac, the NWO Elite, the Black and Silver and the WWE group.
Not every member was equally deserving of putting on the NWO colors, but everyone who joined had a place in history.
Some bigger names are ranked lower on this list than what you might think, simply because they didn't seem to fit in with the group. Some wrestlers should have never joined.
Here, 10 years after the group finally disbanded, is a ranking of every NWO member in order.
A couple notes: TNA's version of The Band isn't counted as part of the official group, parody stables like the LWO and BWO have been left out, too.
Also, a couple of NWO Japan wrestlers were left off the list since they never appeared on the stateside show.
40. and 39. Ron and Don Harris
The last incarnation of the NWO in WCW ended with these two guys and Jeff Jarrett.
Formerly known as DOA in WWF, the Harris Brothers were brought in to portray the team Creative Control when Vince Russo took over. Most people didn't get the joke (Russo was being self-referential and trying to appeal to online fans), and the duo didn't get over.
Jeff Jarrett later brought these guys in as bodyguards, and then they became full-fledged members of the group.
Try not to cry in a corner when you compare how things started off with a bang for Hogan, Hall, and Nash and ended with a whimper for these three.
These two are ranked together since, honestly, I couldn't tell you which one was which.
38. Horace Hogan
Horace will long be remembered for generations to come for his superior mat technician skills, his charisma and his—I’m sorry, I can’t even finish this joke.
He’s related to Hulk Hogan, that’s the only reason he was ever employed.
Horace’s biggest NWO moment came when he joined the group by hitting Warrior with a chair at the infamously terrible match at Halloween Havoc.
He mainly spent the rest of his run on the NWO B-Team, away from his uncle.
I guess nepotism can only get you so far.
37. David Flair
David’s run with the group was very short-lived.
He turned on his dad, Ric, and aligned himself with Hulk. Somehow his character dated Torrie Wilson. As absurd as that may sound, he dated Stacy Keibler in real life.
Good for him.
Anyway, that basically sums up his short time with the group. It could be debated he was the worst member, but he at least had a big storyline for a short while unlike some others.
In terms of charisma, he was the male equivalent of Linda McMahon.
36. Booker T
Don’t get me wrong, Booker T is a great wrestler, but his time in the New World Order was bad.
He had been teaming up with Goldust at the time in a comedy tag team, and suddenly fans were asked to take him seriously. It didn’t work.
After a couple uneventful weeks, HBK literally kicked him out of the group.
Booker should have been positioned as one of the top faces battling the NWO, not a second-rate comedy villain.
35. Michael Wallstreet
Every large group needs a jobber. Michael Wallstreet had the privilege of being the NWO's.
The former I.R.S. was in the New World Order for less than six months. During that time, he had a short feud with Jeff Jarrett, but he was mainly relegated to one of the lowest spots in the group.
You were most likely to catch him in action on WCW Saturday Night.
He had trouble staying in the group when James J. Dillon declared his contract with the NWO null and void since he had already signed one with WCW.
He unceremoniously quit the group during a random match between Psychosis and Villano IV.
Better known as Torrie Wilson, Samantha was brought in by Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan to seduce David Flair. She was hot enough to get David to turn against his own dad and taze him.
I can't blame him; I'd probably do the same.
She had a good presence and probably would have been more of an asset to the team during their heyday, but she was in an messy storyline during the downturn of the group.
33. Big Bubba Rogers
Bubba joined the NWO most likely due to his WWE connections, where he was known as The Big Boss Man.
He turned his back on the Dungeon of Doom, and alongside Scott Norton, jumped ship to join Hogan and company.
Having cool guys like Nash and Hall, and then a man named Bubba just doesn’t sound right. He didn't last long with the group, and went back to WWF to join a different stable, The Corporation.
32. Dusty Rhodes
"That is tradition! Hey WCW, bite this!" Dusty Rhodes exclaimed as he turned on his friend Larry Zybysko.
What did he mean by that? I'm not really sure.
Rhodes seemed to have a history of aligning himself with top acts in his career, and his time in the New World Order was no exception.
He mainly acted as a manager for The Outsiders.
It was an odd fit.
A couple times he showed up on commentary, but seemed to vanish from television without explanation. It was probably for the best that he didn't stay long.
31. Shawn Michaels
Shawn wasn’t given much of a chance in the NWO.
He joined the group in WWE during an awkward time. Hogan turned babyface and Hall was fired. To try and salvage the group, they brought in the Heart Break Kid to create some buzz.
Sadly, Nash hurt himself in short order, and there was no longer a point to the infamous stable. A storyline where Michaels told HHH he had to decide whether to join the group or not was dropped and never mentioned again.
In another time, in another place (in WCW), had Shawn jumped ship years before, he would have been an awesome NWO member. At this point in his career, it just wasn't a good fit.
It’s possible that had Michaels came back to compete in the ring earlier, he could have kept the group going, but with Nash’s injury, it was best to finally let the group go away.
30. Stevie Ray
Some mid-carders like Buff Bagwell and Scott Steiner joined the New World Order and became bigger stars.
Other wrestlers, like Stevie Ray, joined and dragged the group down with them.
Stevie Ray just didn’t belong in the NWO.
He had no potential as a singles act, and without his brother, Booker T, he didn't have a natural tag partner and was exposed as a pretty bad wrestler.
When the NWO Elite wouldn't let all the mid-carders into their group, the NWO B-Team was created with Stevie Ray as their leader.
He’d hit someone with a slapjack nearly every match.
That was the highlight of his time.
29. Disco Inferno
Disco took over Louie Spicolli’s role a couple years after his death as the lackey of the group.
It took him a while to get in, having to prove himself in matches where he'd come up short against much tougher opponents.
Hall and Nash took a liking to him, though, and eventually let him in anyway.
Like a few of the others on the list, Disco joined the group late into the run and didn't get to experience the glory days.
The important thing to remember is that dreams can come true. Disco joining the NWO is a perfect example of this.
28. Lex Luger
Lex Luger was pretty over in the Wolfpac. The problem is, well…he just wasn't that cool.
After battling the evil NWO for years, Luger decided to sign up with the newly reformed Kevin Nash to take on the Hogan stable.
Luger didn’t seem to mesh with the group, as it’s hard to imagine him, Nash and Konnan actually hanging out in real life.
He would often stumble over his promos, and his ring work was questionable, to say the least.
He became a heel for a short while when the Black and White and Black and Red joined forces, but the company was already losing to WWF at that point, and Luger was a near non-factor in the bloated, star-heavy group.
27. Brian Adams
Formerly known as Crush, Adams was another member in a long line of former WWF wrestlers who joined the NWO.
He made a lackluster entrance into WCW when he initially helped take out Bret Hart. Moments later, though, Ric Flair ran him and the rest of the group off.
Not exactly the strongest debut.
For most of his run, he was one of the lower-ranking members of the group, usually reserved for beating jobbers or losing to main-eventers.
Adams just didn't have a lot of charisma, and he didn't have the size that a Nash or Giant had, so there wasn't a lot they could do with him.
Never being a top star in the company, he went on to join the NWO B-Team late in the group's run.
He also had one of the strangest exits of the group.
The night Adams left, he entered a limo that supposedly had the band Kiss inside. When he emerged later, he somehow turned into the Kiss Demon.
26. Jeff Jarrett
Had the NWO Black and Silver not been so cursed, Jarrett could have been higher on the list.
He was a solid addition to the team, but he was in way over his head when he had to be the leader of the group.
You can’t blame WCW for trying to give Jarrett some rub by putting him in the group, but you can blame them for trying to resurrect the group when it was obviously long past its selling date.
Jarrett tried his best to hold the NWO together, but with Hall, Hart and Nash gone, there was just no way it could work.
25. Nick Patrick
The NWO was so powerful that they even had their own referee.
Referees are supposed to call matches right down the middle, but Patrick seemed to have a bias towards his NWO brothers.
Patrick was the go-to guy whenever someone in the stable fought, and he even had his own feud with Randy Anderson. He was such a bad-ass that he didn't even have sleeves on his ref shirt.
Patrick was a guilty pleasure, as he was so over the top that he was kind of fun. Others just thought he was obnoxious.
He was kicked out of the group, though, when he counted a pinfall on Randy Savage in a match against Diamond Dallas Page. For his betrayal, Kevin Nash gave him a jack-knife powerbomb after the match.
He went back to being a WCW ref with his tail in between his legs.
24. Masahiro Chono
Masahiro Chono only wrestled a handful of matches in WCW, but he helped make the group international.
He turned his back on manager Sonny Onoo before a match with Chris Jericho and joined up with the New World Order. He was important in getting other Japanese wrestlers to sign on, too.
He mainly teamed up with The Great Muta (who he helped convert to the group) in his stateside matches. They took on WCW mainstay tag teams like Public Enemy and The Steiners.
The majority of Chono's run in the group was in NWO Japan, where he later went on to feud with Muta.
23. Miss Elizabeth
It's easy to see why Miss Elizabeth was chosen to be in the NWO.
She had a ton of WWF experience, and she had multiple storylines with Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan.
The thing is, Elizabeth never seemed like she was comfortable on TV. It was just an odd fit with so many men acting tough or goofy in the ring, and Elisabeth standing awkwardly in the corner.
Still though, she was beautiful and lent a touch of class to the group.
She spent her time switching between Hogan's and Savage's camps in their ongoing WCW feud. Elizabeth rarely spoke on TV—she wasn't asked to.
Still, she had something that drew people to her and will be remembered for years to come.
22. Scott Norton
Scott Norton put the Vicious in "Vicious and Delicious."
You can see why, as Scott Norton just looked like one tough dude.
At least when he didn't have a mullet.
Norton was a bigger star in NWO Japan than he was stateside, where he mainly wrestled in the midcard. His most notable time was in the tag team of "Vicious and Delicious" with Buff Bagwell.
After Bagwell was injured, WCW never seemed to know what to do with him. He'd squash the occasional jobber when he was around, but he never really had a storyline to work with.
21. The Disciple
Lucky for wrestling fans everywhere, The Disciple was rarely called on to wrestle.
It's hard to believe, but he was the former Brutus the Barber Beefcake.
Disciple's job was to be Hogan's bodyguard and occasionally hit someone with his finishing move (which was a Stunner without the stomach-kick setup).
Disciple is also known for being in one of the worst storylines of the late 90s, as being one-half of the One Warrior Nation.
When Warrior joined WCW, he wanted to get at Hogan, so he took his bodyguard.
Who was going to cut Hogan's hair?
20. Louie Spicolli
Though not an official member of the group, Louie was Hall’s lackey and spent a bit of time at his side.
He was slated to take on Larry Zybysko at Superbrawl VIII before his unexpected death.
It would be interesting to see where he would have ended up in the company, and due to his entertaining personality, he could have still been involved in wrestling today.
19. Bret Hart
Bret Hart is an example of someone who should have never been in the NWO.
WCW missed out on a lot of money by not having Hart be one of the top faces to feud with the group.
Rumors say Hogan used his political power to keep Hart down, but no matter how you look at it, it was a mistake.
Coming hot off the Survivor Series controversy in WWF, Hart should have been the man leading the charge against a stable of recognizable WWF acts.
Instead, he was an afterthought.
Hart had a bit of a history with the group, though he wasn't an official member, but rather an associate for some time. Later, in the Vince Russo era, a Black and Silver NWO was created with Bret Hart as the group's leader.
It seemed like a desperate attempt to relive the glory years. WWF was moving in new, exciting directions and WCW was going back into the well one too many times.
Hart's stay in the group was short, as he was kicked in the head during a match with Goldberg. This brought him into early retirement and was the beginning of the end of the Black and Silver reunion.
18. Rick Rude
Rick Rude's most newsworthy night in the NWO was his first one.
On November 17, 1997, Rude appeared on both RAW and Nitro on the same night.
How was that possible?
RAW used to be pre-taped, so he made his final WWF appearance, and then jumped ship to appear on Nitro live and bad mouth his former employer.
Rude never wrestled in the company due to a back injury, and he was mainly cast as Curt Hennig's manager/bodyguard.
He appeared in both the Black and White and Wolfpac versions of the NWO before medical issues left him off TV never to return.
There were rumors of him attempting a full-time comeback before he passed away at the age of 40.
Sting was insanely over as the top threat to the NWO in the late '90s.
Hogan's camp tried to persuade him to join their side multiple times, even going so far as having their own fake version of Sting in the black and white.
Sting wasn't interested in Hogan's team. He had other plans.
He slapped on some red face paint and signed on with Nash and the Wolfpac.
It was a weird transition, as he was no longer the brooding and mysterious Sting. He became more vocal and played to the crowd.
Sting was still a crowd favorite, but it still seemed odd to see him in a stable, especially one composed of guys he'd just feuded with the last couple years.
16. Ted DiBiase
"Trillionaire Ted" was the supposed financier of the NWO.
He was also the fourth member, joining the stable early in its run.
DiBiase may be the same age as Hogan, but a severe neck injury left him out of in-ring competition years before it should have. Because of this, DiBiase was only a manager for the group, never putting on the tights.
While he may have been a good fit because of his WWF experience, he didn't stick around for too long. With so many other talented speakers in the group who were competing in the ring, he just didn’t have enough to do.
15. Fake Sting
"Oh my God, it's Sting! It's Sting!"
Was it? Sometimes it was hard to tell, but if the Stinger was doing something bad, you can be assured it was the fake one.
Jeff Farmer got to make a living for a while portraying the NWO's most hated rival. He tricked Lex Luger into thinking his good friend Sting turned his back on him and made fans and announcers confused as well.
Yes, Fake Sting is higher on this list than the real one. That may sound odd (or stupid), but Fake Sting had better NWO storylines in the group than the real one did. He was also a member during a hotter time in the company's history.
Sadly, after the Fake Sting storyline ended, Farmer didn't have a role. Still, he got to go from near obscurity to main-event status in short order.
Vincent must have had one of the easiest jobs on the planet.
He'd show up, stand in the background, maybe take a bump or two and call it a night.
Named after World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon, Vincent joined the group, reuniting with his old friend, Ted DiBiase.
Vincent was one of the first members of the NWO, and also one of the longest lasting. He rarely talked, he rarely wrestled and often his attempts to interfere backfired.
Still, the NWO just wouldn't have been the same without him.
13. The Great Muta
Muta's involvement in the group truly made it feel international.
While he wasn't the first Japanese wrestler to join, fans were more familiar with him from seeing him in WCW in the early '90s than they were Masahiro Chono.
In Japan, he was the leader of the group, but his run in the states saw him mainly teaming with Chono in midcard tag matches.
The duo appeared sporadically in the company, usually not having much of a storyline. But having the talented Muta aligned with the NWO made it seem like a huge worldwide organization.
12. Curt Hennig
The door slam heard around the world may be Hennig’s most notorious NWO moment.
He was a 4-Horsemen member until Fall Brawl '97. During a War Games match, he turned his back on the legendary stable and closed the cage door right on Flair's head.
The rest of his run was pretty uneventful. The roster was too bloated with too many stars, and Curt was one of the wrestlers left by the wayside.
A short stint in the Wolfpac and some more time back in the black and white was fine, but far beneath the talented Hennig.
11. Buff Bagwell
Marcus Bagwell turned his back on his tag-team partner, Scotty Riggs, thus ending their team, The American Males.
Must have been a hard choice to make.
Now known as “Buff” Bagwell, he quickly got under the skin of fans with a new look and attitude. He was loud and cocky, but he could back up his talk in the ring.
He joined the even more oddly sounding tag team of “Vicious and Delicious” with Scott Norton before breaking his neck in a freak move.
Sidelined for months, Bagwell remained on TV portraying a sympathetic character. It looked like he was going to feud with Scott Steiner, when the two tricked Rick Steiner and gave him a beatdown.
Later years weren’t so kind to Buff (fighting against his mother, Judy, his horrible time in WWE), but Buff will be remembered for being a solid addition to the hottest group on the planet.
10. Dennis Rodman
For all the weird celebrities that Eric Bischoff brought in for spots in WCW (KISS, Master P), this one actually paid off.
Rodman only wrestled a couple matches in WCW. But what he did for the group was make them seem like a big deal in the mainstream.
Rodman was incredibly popular and incredibly controversial when he joined the New World Order. The bad boy of basketball joined up with the bad boys of wrestling, and it was a really good fit. Rodman was a natural heel.
His biggest match in the company would be his tag match with Hogan against Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone.
Rodman was also surprisingly decent in the ring. He wasn’t great, but he didn’t embarrass himself and the company like Jay Leno later did.
Rodzilla helped bring some major star power to the group, and he helped get WCW a lot of publicity in the boom period.
The sixth member of the NWO, Syxx was also arguably their best worker.
Competing mainly in the Cruiserweight division, he had some great matches with Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho during his run with the company.
Syxx also had great chemistry with Hall and Nash, and he was their third man in tag matches under "Outsider's Rules." The three of these guys were known as the Wolfpac (before the group spun off into its own stable).
Unfortunately for WCW, Eric Bischoff fired Syxx when he was injured to show Hall and Nash who was in charge.
Luckily for WWF, it was perfect timing, as Syxx came back as X-Pac and joined D-Generation X.
Scott Hall has said that after Syxx was fired, he and Nash no longer felt like contributing ideas to the company. It wasn't long after Syxx's departure that the ratings war between WWF began to turn.
It's hard to say creatively if Nash and Hall could have helped hold off the ratings decline longer, but regardless, WCW made a poor choice letting the talented Syxx go.
There was a time when Konnan was really, really over. His “viva la raza” shout out got the crowds going crazy.
While never that great in the ring, he fit the Wolfpac nicely, and he still helped the act seem cool when some aging veterans decided to join on.
Konnan was also on both sides of the NWO war. He began mainly feuding with Luchadores like Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera during his time in the black and white.
It wasn't until Konnan joined the Wolfpac, though, that he really hit his stride.
While rarely wrestling in the main events, Konnan was still a fan favorite wherever he appeared on the card.
7. The Giant
The Giant was the largest member of the NWO and, at times, was the most dominant.
Ted DiBiase offered The Giant a lot of money to join up with the group, and he took it. He went on to feud with the 4-Horsemen and aided fellow NWO members whenever they needed it.
The Giant was later kicked out of the group when he tried to get a title shot against Hogan. He helped fight the group alongside Sting and Luger, only to come back and join again months later.
The next time around, it wasn't quite the same. The Giant had put on quite a bit of weight, and he would sometimes even smoke right before his match. It seemed Eric Bischoff was sending him a message. He faced off against Kevin Nash to see which one could stay in the group and lost.
Don't feel bad for him, though, he's had a pretty solid career as The Big Show in WWE.
6. Scott Steiner
Big Poppa Pump was our hook up. Holler if ya hear me!
Few wrestlers have gone through such a drastic physical change as Scott did, yet it still worked out well for him.
Scott turned his back on his own brother to join the group. That's loyalty.
With dyed hair, an imposing figure and always looking pissed off, Scott was a great fit on the team.
During his run with the NWO, Scott really came into his own, crafting his "Big Bad Booty Daddy" persona. He slowly worked his way up the card, and even took over the group when Hogan announced his "retirement."
He's one of the few members of the group to become a bigger star after the NWO ended than he was during its run.
5. Randy Savage
Was Randy Savage a good fit for the NWO?
After battling the NWO for months, Savage disappeared from TV for a while. When he came back, he joined up with his old sometimes friend/sometimes nemesis Hulk Hogan.
Macho's most noteworthy contribution to the group was his feud with Diamond Dallas Page.
Simply put, he made Page a star.
The two feuded for the better part of a year, and DDP finally came out on top. When it was all over, WCW had a new main-event star.
Savage and Hogan often didn't see eye-to-eye while in the NWO, and things came to a head when Savage defeated Sting for the World Heavyweight Title.
Hogan was pissed.
Savage later defected to the Wolfpac and battled it out with Hogan's camp for months. While he often took a backseat in the main storylines, Savage was hugely over with the crowds and still put on great matches.
4. Eric Bischoff
Before there was heel Vince, there was heel Eric.
Eric Bischoff did a great job as the boss who you just wanted to see get smacked.
When Hall and Nash joined WCW, he tried to oppose them. He failed, and even took a Jackknife powerbomb through the stage for his troubles.
He then joined in on the act and was by Hogan's side for most of the group's run.
He had a crazy time in the group, as he feuded with everyone from Ric Flair to Jay Leno, and he tried to even fight Vince McMahon at a pay-per-view.
While his character could be overexposed at times, he was good enough on the mic to draw a ton of heat from the crowd.
Having Bischoff on the NWO's side made them seem more legitimate as the group was trying to take over WCW. He rarely wrestled, but he didn't need to, as his mouth was more than enough to make him one of the group's most important members.
3. Scott Hall
"You want a war? You got a war!"
Scott Hall brought the war to WCW.
He walked out from the crowd on an episode of Nitro, and into the middle of a WCW ring. People recognized him as Razor Ramon, but what was he doing here? What did he want?
Over the coming weeks, Scott Hall started to make a lot of noise in the company. He brought in his friend, Kevin Nash, and the two began to battle WCW.
It wasn't until Bash at the Beach '96 when the mysterious third man joined the group, when we in fact had a New World Order of professional wrestling.
Hall was one of the founding members of the group, but he was also one of the most troubled. He missed a lot of time during his run with various personal problems. Had he been able to defeat his demons, he could easily have been the greatest member.
Still though, Scott Hall had a lot of amazing memories in the NWO and is the man that started it all.
2. Hulk Hogan
Say it ain't so, Hulk!
Hulk Hogan shocked the world at Bash at the Beach '96 when he traded in the red and yellow for the black and white.
Wrestling's ultimate good guy turned on the fans and joined up with the cocky Outsiders to form one of the most powerful wrestling stables of all time.
Hogan quickly became the leader of the group, and he helped usher in an incredibly popular time in wrestling.
He wasn't as cool as Nash or Hall, but he had the name recognition to help make the group as big as it was.
His list of adversaries during this time was endless: Roddy Piper, Savage, Sting, Goldberg, DDP, Karl Malone, Jay Leno, Ric Flair and countless others couldn't wait to get their hands on him.
With his time in the NWO, Hogan was at the forefront of two wrestling boom periods, and amazingly, he proved he was just as effective as a heel as he was as a face.
1. Kevin Nash
You could probably make a good argument for Hogan, Hall or Nash being the most important NWO member.
But the fact is, when Nash was injured in 2002, the group finally went away for good.
Kevin Nash joined up with his buddy, Scott Hall, to form The Outsiders and take on all of WCW. He was always one of the group's top stars, and he even became the leader of his own spin-off NWO group, The Wolfpac.
Nash has been a part of many of the most famous moments in the group's history: tossing Rey Mysterio in a trailer, the 4-Horsemen parody skit, the finger poke of doom and the WWE reunion.
After WCW folded, the group was brought in by Vince McMahon as a lethal poison to try and kill the company.
The original three had a short run, as Hogan was quickly turned face and Hall was fired.
Nash was the last one standing. He didn't stand long, though, as his first match back from an injury he blew out his quad while walking across the ring.
That was the end of the NWO. The last man holding it together went down, and six years of the dominating stable went with him.
Well, there's the list. Agree? Disagree? Did I miss anyone? Sound off below!