For many wrestling fans, the greatest period the business has ever known was the fabled Monday Night Wars (which has been chronicled in full on a fantastic three-disc set of its own). The catalyst for this period was three letters… nWo.
From the surprising debut of Scott Hall during a random match on Monday Nitro through the infamous 3-on-2 tag-match as Bash at the Beach ’96 to the close of WCW, the New World Order was the reason to watch professional wrestling.
What we have here is a three-disc set covering the entire run of the group, including the brief period in 2002 where they invaded WWE at the behest of Vince McMahon. There were many members of the nWo, but to most people they will always be Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
Welcome to the revolution…and it was televised.
Running Time: 410mins (6hrs 50mins)
Disc 1 – Chapters
- Stars Align
- Free Agents
- The Outsiders
- Bash at the Beach
- Here’s the nWo
- Element of Reality
- Fan Interest
- nWo v WCW
- Rivalry versus Sting
- The nWo Goes Mainstream
- Internal Strife
- Restoration Attempt
- nWo 4 Life
- Scott Hall’s Nitro Debut – Nitro (27th May, 1996)
- Kevin Nash’s Nitro Debut – Nitro (10th June, 1996)
- “Rowdy” Roddy Piper confronts Eric Bischoff – Nitro (18th November, 1996)
- Hollywood Hulk Hogan confronts “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – Nitro (30th December, 1996)
- The nWo’s WWE Debut – No Way Out (17th February, 2002)
Disc 2 – Chapters
- The Outsiders v Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Sting & Lex Luger – Bash at the Beach (7th July, 1996)
- WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: The Giant v Hollywood Hogan – (Hog Wild (10th August, 1996)
- WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Outsiders v Harlem Heat – Halloween Havoc (27th October, 1996)
- Syxx v The Bounty Hunter – nWo Saturday Night (9th November, 1996)
- WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Outsiders v The Steiner Brothers – Souled Out (25th January, 1997)
- WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Hollywood Hogan v “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – SuperBrawl VII (23rd February, 1997)
- Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman v Lex Luger & The Giant – Bash at the Beach (13th July, 1997)
Disc 3 – Chapters
- Las Vegas Sudden Death Match: Diamond Dallas Page v Randy “Macho Man” Savage – Halloween Havoc (26th October, 1997)
- WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sting v Hollywood Hogan – Nitro (29th December, 1997)
- No Disqualification Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Hollywood Hogan v Randy “Macho Man” Savage – Nitro (20th April, 1998)
- Match for Control of the WCW World Tag Team Championship: Sting v The Giant – Great American Bash (14th June, 1998)
- Hollywood Hogan & Eric Bischoff v Jay Leno & Diamond Dallas Page – Road Wild (8th August, 1998)
- War Games Match to Determine the #1 Contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Team WCW v Team Hollywood v Team Wolfpack – Fall Brawl (13th September, 1998)
- No Disqualification Match for WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash – Starrcade (27th December, 1998)
- WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Bret “Hit Man” Hart – Nitro (20th December, 1999)
- Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall v The Rock & “Stone Cold” Steve Austin – RAW (11th March, 2002)
I was there from the very beginning as the New World Order was being formed. From Scott Hall debuting on Nitro (and it’s almost impossible to convey to those who have only heard about it or watched it years after WCW had gone bust how surprising and exciting a development it was) and Hulk Hogan turning heel at Bash at the Beach, the wrestling business had a fire lit under it that fired the entire wrestling industry into uncharted waters, both from a commercial / financial standpoint and a creative one.
It’s because of this that it saddens me to say that this documentary is so pathetically underwhelming. If you could imagine the leader of Aces & 8s in TNA being revealed as Alex Riley or Funaki, you’d be half-way there to the disappointment I felt when watching the documentary portion of this set.
Most of the talking heads are from the Monday Night Wars set, although Matt Striker, Dusty Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and Billy Kidman give a modern insight into the faction. It’s just a pity nothing they say has any real merit and nothing of note is really covered in the documentary itself.
Pretty much everything is glossed over after being given the briefest of mentions, including the actual formation of the nWo, the Hogan heel turn, the Finger-Poke of Doom and the Wolfpack. Even the feud with Sting, probably the best angle WCW ever ran, is given about five minutes tops.
I’m genuinely upset that after the stunning CM Punk release, that WWE would even consider releasing something as baseless as this collection.
The second two discs are filled with matches that make up for lacklustre documentary, with most of them being of the good-to-great variety.
The extras on disc one cover Hall’s debut, Nash’s debut, Piper confronting Bischoff and Hogan and the nWo’s WWE debut in 2002. The initial two debuts are worth revisiting, but the rest are only worth watching if you haven’t seen them already.
The documentary sucks and that’s all you really need to know about this set. So many things could’ve been covered in much more depth, including Hogan’s early WCW run, as well as Hall and Nash’s original runs in the company, the Sting feud, something to discuss the important members of the group outside the original three (Scott Steiner, Syxx-Pac and Buff Bagwell being the main two) and a look at the group’s legacy beyond their own status such as the Latino World Order spin-off, DX possibly being a direct response from WWE to the faction, the various incarnations of the nWo that followed (although nWo 2000 do get the smallest of mentions right at the end).
Basically, to sum up, this is a missed opportunity on a grand scale and one that deserves to be left on the shelf if it wasn’t for the matches on disc two and disc three. This is easily the worst WWE release in a long, long time.
Highlights are The Outsiders v Harlem Heat, The Outsiders v The Steiners, DDP v Savage (in the feud that made the former a star), Hogan v Savage, War Games and the 2-on-3 match from Monday Night RAW.
Blu-Ray owners get the following extras (and they come close to making it worth buying if you can get it cheap) -:
- nWo Legends of Wrestling Roundtable Discussion featuring Kevin Nash, Jim Ross, JJ Dillon, & Michael Hayes
- The Beginning
- The nWo Concept
- Hogan Turns his back on WCW
- Putting Vince out of business
- Ratings war
- Pointing fingers
- Cutting Edge & Controversial
- Invitation only – WCW Saturday Night (27th July, 1996)
- Nothing Personal – WCW Saturday Night (3rd August, 1996)
- Modern Day Gladiators – Monday Nitro (19th August, 1996)
- Worldwide – WCW Saturday Night (7th September, 1996)
- Room Service – Monday Nitro (30th September, 1996)
- It’s Not Easy Being King – Monday Nitro (20th January, 1997)
- The Real Hot Rod – Monday Nitro (17th March, 1997)
- The Madness – Monday Nitro (28th April, 1997)
- All Over But The Crying – WCW Pro Wrestling (15th June, 1997)
Points: 4/10 (for the matches on the latter two discs. The documentary is worth less than a single point)
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