The NWO drastically changed the wrestling landscape when it emerged in July 1996. Consisting of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and a newly turned “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, these guys vowed to take over and wreck WCW by any means necessary.
Thanks to this gripping, well-executed storyline, WCW was able to soundly defeat the-then struggling WWF in the mid ‘90s, both in the ratings and pay-per-view business. Nitro was now must-see television.
Of course, it couldn’t last.
Hall, Nash and Hogan were all over the show, to the point hardly anyone else could get over. With the exception of Bill Goldberg in 1998, they didn't help any new stars flourish.
The booking was a mess too.
WCW seemingly started the angle and didn't know how to finish it. The babyfaces, like Sting, were booked so ineptly, fans struggled to get behind them. Members came and went with an alarming regularity, and it was difficult to keep track of who was even in the group any more.
And let's not even get started on WWE's laughably bad revamp of the group in 2002.
But, still, this doesn’t change the fact that, in its early stages at least, the NWO group provided some of the best wrestling programming ever and kick-started the lucrative '90s boom period. These guys changed the industry.