Breaking Down The Myth: The NWO Saved The Wrestling Business

The nWo may be 4 life, but was the group really pro wrestling's saviour?

There's no doubting the New World Order's place in wrestling history as one of the hottest acts to ever grace the squared circle.

The nWo popped huge ratings, sold a ridiculous amount of merchandise, and across the various incarnations of the faction we saw some of the biggest names in the history of the wrestling business. But while the nWo was a clear shot in the arm for WCW and the most important part of Ted Turner's company dominating Vince McMahon's WWF in the ratings from 1996 through until 1998, was the nWo the industry-saving faction that many claim it to be?

Some view the initial trio of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall forming the nWo at Bash at the Beach in 1996 as the saviour of a wrestling business that was down on its luck. Neither WWF nor WCW were drawing massive numbers at that time, and even the most trusty of World Champions were struggling to significantly pull business numbers out of the gutter.

Was the nWo an awakening for the industry? Most definitely. Did the faction prove to be a legitimate saviour of the wrestling world? Well, that's what we're going to get into here, as we explore the myth that the nWo saved the wrestling business.

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