Get that black spray paint can a-shaking, chico. Marc Raimondi of ESPN is reporting that WWE will be celebrating the induction of the nWo into their Hall of Fame this WrestleMania season in Tampa, FL.
Raimondi is reporting that it will be Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and Sean “Syxx” Waltman, the original four core members of the New World Order, will be the group that will be getting the honors. This will each mark the second time that all four stars will be getting their WWE HOF nod. Raimondi received quotes from both Hogan and Nash on the news. Hulk comments on the wild irony that the WCW-inspired entity will be receiving such an honor at the hand of Vince McMahon.
“You’ve got four guys that were basically going at Vince as a shoot, pushing hard to actually try to take over,” Hogan told ESPN. “Not put him out of business but basically take his spot and be the No. 1 company. All of a sudden, you’re inducting four guys in the Hall of Fame that 20 years ago were trying to stab you in the back. It’s like Vince says: In the WWE, never say never.”
Nash talked about why the faction was so successful and white-hot during a time when professional wrestling needed a true “attitude” adjustment.
“The reason why this worked was the crowd was under the impression both Diesel and Razor Ramon from the WWE were going down to Turner and basically taking over, gonna take over their program,” Nash said. “And then when Hulk joined — he was basically the standard of WWE — you couldn’t have had a better situation. You had two top guys, and then you had the face of WWE all joining.”
Nash also reiterates the significance of it being a change in attitude for the business.
“The nWo was kind of the epicenter of that Attitude Era,” Nash said. “It was the first thing. It shifted Vince’s way of thinking. We built the Saturn rocket, we put it on the launchpad, and Vince came and kicked us off. Before we got in the capsule, he said, ‘I’ll take this from here.’ He took the Attitude Era, and he took it another step further.”