Everyone knows the backstory by now: In an effort to compete with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation, Eric Bischoff had signed former WWF stars Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to WCW. His goal was to recreate an invasion angle from Japan and convince fans that the WWF was actually invading WCW, trying to destroy them from within.
It began on an episode of Nitro when Scott Hall made his way through the crowd, grabbed a microphone, and declared war on WCW. A short time later, Kevin Nash made his debut and instantly made WCW a hot commodity. After the duo powerbombed Eric Bischoff off of the entrance ramp, the stage was set for a six-man tag match at Bash at the Beach 1996.
On the WCW side would be Randy Savage, Lex Luger, and Sting. On the evil invaders side would be Hall, Nash, and a mysterious third man that the soon-to-be New World Order refused to name. Rumors about who the third man could be spread like wildfire with no one truly knowing who was going to join the evil group. When the Bash at the Beach main event began, the third man was nowhere to be found.
Lex Luger exited the match early with an injury and a brawl broke out between the remaining four men. Hulk Hogan slowly made his way down to ringside and, as the crowd cheered him on (expecting him to help out the good guys), Hogan entered the ring and delivered his patented Legdrop of Doom to his best friend, Randy Savage.
Suddenly, it was pandemonium as the crowd began to pelt the ring with garbage and Hogan cut one of the best promos of his career. Hogan named the newly-formed trio the New World Order of wrestling and told the fans to "stick it". This cemented Hulk as the number one heel in the promotion and launching WCW into the stratosphere, brother.