WWE: In Need of a Boost, Would a CM Punk-Led NWO Revival Work?
Flipping back years ago to the 1990s, WCW took the world of professional wrestling by storm after introducing the nWo. The group, which was led by Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, emerged as one of the most popular heel factions in wrestling history. It also helped WCW storm past the WWE to become the No. 1 professional wrestling company.
Since when the nWo was last seen on WCW television in 2000, there have been attempts to bring back the group. WWE briefly brought it back in 2002, with the return of its original three members—Hogan, Hall and Nash. However, the same magic that was seen in WCW did not arrive in the WWE and not long after, the nWo was again abandoned.
On the 1,000th edition of Monday Night Raw, CM Punk delivered a shocking blow to wrestling fans when he attacked The Rock to end the show. This was the new beginning in where Punk operates the best—as a popular heel character.
With Punk as a heel, will the WWE make him the leader of a group?
WWE does not have a great product at the moment. As a matter of fact, since moving Raw to a three-hour format, the show has become even more stale. WWE is in need of a product boost and must create buzz among wrestling fans to entice them to watch their programming.
Would a Punk led nWo group work the WWE?
Although it may never be the same version as it was in WCW, Punk would indeed be the person to recreate history and make a new nWo group work for the WWE. Punk could even team up with Nash, who was part of the original nWo run, and a few other wrestlers. It may not sound the same unless Hogan and Hall are around, but Punk is the ideal candidate to make it work.
It sure sounds like a terrific idea, but the question is whether the WWE will give it another run or not. The pieces could certainly fit the puzzle to make an nWo return a success.
Will the WWE give it the green light or stick to its current product?
Is it necessary to have Punk become a leader of a heel faction?
At the current moment, Punk is better off operating as an individual who demands respect and takes actions into his own hands. Although viewers have seen Punk lead a heel group before, an nWo revival would not sound like a bad idea. As a matter of fact, it sounds like a plan that could work. The main concern is how long would it last? WWE could use a strong heel group in their programming, and Punk has all the abilities to create just that.
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