16 years ago this past summer was the year when professional wrestling was revolutionized and forever changed the game. 16 years ago, a small idea was conceived which quickly sprouted into something monumental. 16 years ago, history was made which may arguably be one of the most influential and dominating occurrences that successfully crossed over from sports entertainment to pop culture all together. 16years ago was 1996, the year of the birth of the nWo (New World Order).
This week, the WWE released the lasted (and quite possibly the final) DVD release chronicling the timeline and the history of the New World Order. There have been two other DVD releases that have been released to chronicle the history. The first one was “nWo 4 Life” released on VHS in 1999 via World Championship Wrestling (it was all Kayfabe). The 2nd was “New World Order-Back In Black” released in 2002 via World Wrestling Entertainment. The new released “nWo Revolution” is finally the beginning to end complete story of the most notorious stable in the history of wrestling.
This blue ray/DVD release, in typical WWE fashion was very well done. If you were a wrestling fan during this golden era of pro wrestling, this video did much more than just keep you glued to the 63 min story, but it literally brought you back to that euphoric feel of being enthralled and invested into the unpredictability of this force. The documentary had interviews with various past members of the group (some video was taken from the previous releases), in addition interviews with former WCW superstars as well. A benefit of the documentary was the archived footage that was virtually as rare as some pieces of footage that have only been seen once. You may think that you have seen it all, but in reality, it was only the tip of the iceberg.
The story of the New World Order is a classic example of situation where you’re skyrocketed to the top and there is nowhere to go except down (especially when you are under poor management). The commentary and the interviews with the past members were as honest as it comes. As an adult watching this, you now have a much more broader perspective to be able to decipher what exactly went wrong with the faction and how it may have played a role in the demise of World Championship Wrestling. As a young wrestling fan, you sort of go with the flow and enjoy the ride as it happens, but the way this story was told really does bring clarity to the entire picture.
The nWo was the single faction that forever changed professional wrestling. Every week you would tune into WCW Monday Night Nitro to see what would happen next with the nWo’s antics. Whether it would be an attack on a wrestler, the take over of the broadcast booth or even better, who would be next to join the group. Even though Monday Night Raw was on every week with some good wrestling, the nWo created a hostage like environment and as a viewer you just never knew when they would pull the trigger, so you couldn’t help but keep your eyes on the television.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and to an end the nWo did and does face. But one thing is for certain, I challenge any wrestling fan who was a fan back then, 16 years later to hear the nWo entrance music and not have the hairs on their back of their neck raise at attention. Not out of nerves, but out of respect.
Recommendation Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports