The truth behind 8 WWE urban legends

2. Mr. McMahon sent The nWo to kill WCW

The speculation that Kevin Nash and Scott Hall were still under contract with WWE when they first appeared in WCW sparked an urban legend that grew with the addition of Hulk Hogan and the expansion of The New World Order. Were they agents of Mr. McMahon sent to spy on and eventually destroy WCW?

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At first glance, it’s a preposterous notion. Hulk Hogan’s transition to “Hollywood” Hogan reinvigorated his career and The New World Order became the hottest commodity in sports-entertainment. For 88 consecutive weeks WCW dominated WWE in television ratings thanks mostly to The nWo and Goldberg. However, following the end of Goldberg’s undefeated streak and a failed attempt to recapture The nWo magic in the form of “The Fingerpoke of Doom,” WCW began a downhill slide and never recovered. Was it all an elaborate scheme to build up the organization and ultimately destroy it?

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The simple answer is no. It’s well known that Hall and Nash were offered lucrative contracts to compete in WCW and The nWo ultimately bolstered the promotion’s popularity. The organization’s demise was ultimately a result of the AOL-Time Warner merger that ousted Ted Turner and the conglomerate shifting focus away from professional wrestling.

Verdict: FALSE