20 Years Ago Today: Hulk Hogan Joins The nWo
Man does this make me feel old.
It was on this day 20 years ago that the most shocking moment in the history of pro wrestling occurred. Hulk Hogan, the beloved hero to so many children growing up in the 80s and 90s, turned heel and joined up with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to form the New World Order.
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash had the wrestling world buzzing at the time. They showed up a few weeks apart in WCW in 1996. They came off as invaders from the WWF. They talked about starting a war, and they had a third surprise guy that would join them for their match at Bash at the Beach against Sting, Lex Luger and Randy Savage.
The match came and there was no third man. Lex Luger was injured and taken away. At the time, young 8 year old Justin thought Lex Luger would comeback and join Hall and Nash. Instead, Hulk Hogan came down to the ring. Many thought he was there to save Randy Savage and Sting. Instead, Hulk Hogan delivered a leg drop to Savage, sending shock waves throughout the wrestling world. (Side note, I don’t think Bobby Heenan saying “Whose side is he on?” ruined anything. Heenan was a heel who always hated Hogan.)
It was a smart move by Hogan. The crowds in WCW were starting to turn on him as a face. They didn’t buy his Hulkamania act like the WWF fans did. Hogan lead another boom period for the world of pro wrestling. The nWo became the hottest thing in wrestling for the better part of the next two years. Looking back on it, there are some things that could’ve been done differently (specifically their break-up). But the nWo gave WCW a huge ratings boost and helped them dominate the WWF in the ratings.
Thanks to the WWE Network, we can now relive everything from the nWo years. It truly was a great time in the wrestling world. And Hulk Hogan joining the nWo made it bigger than most people thought it would be.
Until Next Time,
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