The "too sweet" history of The New World Order

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November 06, 2012

The "Too Sweet" history of the nWo

Throughout history there have been numerous groups in various organizations that have left a profound impact on the WWE Universe. The Four Horsemen, The Nexus, Evolution, D-Generation X; these are only a few groups of Superstars whose efforts as a cohesive unit propelled them into legend. However, there is arguably no group that has had more influence in sports-entertainment than the one that formed more than fifteen years ago, the original New World Order. (PHOTOS | WATCH VIDEO PLAYLIST)

It all began in the summer of 1996 when two prominent WWE Superstars, Kevin Nash (Diesel) and Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), began to appear uninvited on WCW Monday Nitro. Known as The Outsiders, they would sit in the stands at ringside, shrouding their intentions and motives in mystery. Perhaps the biggest point of confusion was their status with WWE. Many competitors in the WCW locker room and WCW fans believed that WWE was invading WCW and a war between the rival companies was imminent.

When confronted by WCW President Eric Bischoff, The Outsiders made their objectives clear when Nash Jackknife Powerbombed Bischoff off of the entrance area. They arrived in the Atlanta-based organization with the intent of setting their own rules and answering to no one in authority.
Longtime WCW competitors such as Sting, Lex Luger and The Four Horsemen banded together in an attempt to take down The Outsiders, but the duo was nearly unstoppable, creating an atmosphere of mistrust and paranoia inside the WCW locker room. When they claimed that they were working with a third individual, that mistrust amongst WCW competitors, friend and foe alike, grew exponentially.

Finally, at WCW Bash at the Beach 1996, three top WCW stars, Sting, Lex Luger and “Macho Man” Randy Savage challenged The Outsiders and their mysterious third man. However, Hall & Nash started the match without their mystery partner and held their own against WCW’s finest. This prompted longtime fan favorite Hulk Hogan, absent for months during The Outsiders’ arrival, to make his way to the ring. What came next shocked the entire world and changed the entire landscape of sports-entertainment.

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