As noted, WWE announced today that Batista and the nWo (Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall) will be going into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Class.
The induction of the four core nWo members was first reported by ESPN. Hogan spoke with Marc Raimondi and talked about how they went at Vince McMahon for the #1 spot years ago, and now he’s inducting them into the Hall.
“You’ve got four guys that were basically going at Vince as a shoot, pushing hard to actually try to take over,” Hogan said. “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 also talked to ESPN about the induction, and commented on why the nWo worked.
“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 believes the nWo obviously helped WCW, but they eventually helped WWE as Vince’s hand was forced to launch the Attitude Era.
“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.”
You still see signs of the nWo in some of today’s pro wrestling stables, but Nash said he doesn’t think the original will ever be truly duplicated.
“It happened, and it’s gone,” Nash said. “And there won’t be another one.”