In the WCW days, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Hulk Hogan formed the New World Order, which turned out to be one of the most influential and successful factions in the history of the wrestling business. The group helped a company that was losing boatloads of money become, at the time, the most profitable wrestling company in history.
Of course, the irony of the NWO is that, while they were the biggest reason why WCW was able to become a legitimate competitor to the then WWF, now WWE, they were also one of the many reasons why the company ended up going out of business a little under five years after the formation of the group.
Almost one year after WCW went out of business, the NWO debuted in WWE at the No Way Out pay-per-view, and it seemed like the group was going to breathe some life into the wrestling business once again. But sadly, they didn’t, as backstage politics, injuries, and all-around mismanagement disbanded the group just a couple of months after their WWE debut.
Every now and then, like at last year’s WrestleMania 31, the trio of Nash, Hall, and Hogan will return and get a nice reaction from the crowd, but the NWO concept has not been redone since the group originally disbanded in 2002.
Kevin Nash has suggested in the past that he wants to see WWE create a new NWO with some of the guys on the current roster, but of course, WWE hasn’t event hinted at the idea.
In a recent interview with Noelle Foley, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, Kevin Nash said that he would not only like to see a new NWO faction be created in WWE, but he would also like to be the group’s manager and occasionally get physically involved.
“I would like to (return to WWE) as a manager. Maybe bring a NWO stable in and then be their manager. That way all I gotta do is powerbomb somebody at the end of the night, make it easy on me and still get the payday.”
You can check out the entire interview below.
As previously noted, this isn’t the first time that Nash has suggested that WWE recreates the NWO faction – back in 2011, following CM Punk’s famous “pipebomb” promo, Nash wanted WWE to create a new NWO with CM Punk as the leader of the group. Nash didn’t make any suggestions as to who else he wanted to see in the group, but at the time he felt that Punk’s character, being the anti-WWE guy, would be the ideal type of guy that should lead the New World Order.
Following Nash’s suggestion that CM Punk should be the new leader of the NWO, Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Weekly suggested that WWE should pair Punk up with Cesaro and Kassius Ohno, also known as Chris Hero. Of course, Cesaro and Hero had previously worked together on the independent circuit as a tag-team known as the Kings of Wrestling.
So far, there hasn’t even been any hint of a reformation of the NWO in WWE, and it’s a well-known fact that Vince McMahon doesn’t exactly like to push things that were created elsewhere – especially if they were created in WCW – in his own company, which is why the NWO never worked in WWE. That’s also why we’ve never seen a War Games match in WWE.
So while it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a new NWO in WWE, there is a chance that, especially if WWE re-hires Hulk Hogan, they’ll end up putting the New World Order into the WWE Hall of Fame, because they certainly belong there.
(Featured image via WWE)