The Story of nWo Nitro

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With the incredible success of WCW Monday Nitro and profits being at an all-time high within World Championship Wrestling, Ted Turner decided that a second prime time WCW television show was necessary. Eric Bischoff's nWo storyline had brought new viewers to WCW Nitro, and the executives at TBS felt that another show could easily copy the success of Bischoff's Monday Night wrestling show on TNT. Bischoff, however, wasn't prepared to start another show.
The initial idea for the new "WCW Thunder" program on TNT was to create a traditional WCW show with WCW only wrestlers. WCW Nitro, meanwhile, would completely change to a nWo exclusive broadcast. The Monday Night wrestling show on TNT would get rebranded as "nWo Monday Nitro" and the New World Order would specifically go head to head with the WWF and Monday Night Raw. Bischoff felt that this was the best way to create two shows, have one show for WCW (Thunder) and the other for the ever expanding nWo. In order to test nWo Nitro, 2 hours of a traditional WCW Nitro broadcast were handed over to the New World Order. This video looks at those 2 hours.
Topics include:
00:00 - WCW Thunder and nWo Nitro
07:01 - nWo Nitro gets underway
09:59 - Matches and Promos from nWo Nitro
17:53 - The Ratings for nWo Nitro
- Much More!
#WCW #nWo #Wrestling


  1. Sally Davies
    Sally Davies
    13 ditë më parë

    Newwwww new new world order 4 life.

  2. Crush the crusher machine wwe legend Kyle kammins
    Crush the crusher machine wwe legend Kyle kammins
    14 ditë më parë

    You nwo nwo 4 life

  3. DragonChaserKev
    15 ditë më parë

    I remember watching this, yeah the set tear down was long and just too much Hulk Hogan and NWO run ins. Probably ended up watching RAW. Check out my Frank Gotch bio vid

  4. ShadoeFax1986
    17 ditë më parë

    Wrestling will never reach the heights it had with the NWO & the attitude era of mid 90's. It was beyond great, it was just brilliant the story they came up with.

  5. ML R
    ML R
    Muaj më parë

    "The Nacho Man, Scheme Gene & where is billionaire Ted!?" Lol quality. I guess there was a big clue there already Hogan would be the 3rd man as Hall never said the Hukster lol 👍☺️

  6. Marcus C
    Marcus C
    Muaj më parë

    @wrestlingbios 16:01 Disco Inferno, and Konnan said that, around this time, Luger was becoming self conscious abt his hair, because his hairline was just starting to recede.

  7. Tyna Stevens
    Tyna Stevens
    Muaj më parë

    7:56 See no evil Speak no evil Hear no evil😂😂

  8. Squishy Cat
    Squishy Cat
    2 muaj më parë

    Nwo music makes me feel like I’m smoking cigars with The Worm and the Disciple ps the thunder rock wall set remains one of my favorites

  9. Mrsushi1011
    2 muaj më parë

    NWO in its prime vs undertaker would've been pretty cool

  10. George Coggins
    George Coggins
    2 muaj më parë

    The NWO should have ended when sting beat Hogan. I remember watching WCW back when a mile in my mid-teens thinking about how stale it had become

  11. winged hussar
    winged hussar
    2 muaj më parë

    The whole nwo being it's own thing was pretty cool it would be sort of like gangs initiations fighting each other for the top spot but it seemed sort of gimmicky tbh. Keeping nwo as a group in wcw was better an idea,nobody would care to be nwo group champion,world championship means more

  12. Ken Hernandez
    Ken Hernandez
    2 muaj më parë

    NWO maybe the biggest storyline ever.

  13. Person Person
    Person Person
    2 muaj më parë

    Simple and fact wise vince killed wrestle and he can't re live the moment he lost it he had the ball but dropped it big time and he's so dumb image if wcw ecw where still around owed by wwe but very much alive but no vince is pride got the best of him pride kills only thing vince can't beat out buy out do is pride and age rest in peace old man

  14. Person Person
    Person Person
    2 muaj më parë

    It'll never be real again wwe can try to copy it whatever but hulk hall nash ,can never be reborn with updated wrestlers I don't care if it's john cena cm punk or whoever it can't be done again only group in wrestle that comes close to being reborn again is the bullet club and the shield there all still young and around I see the bullet club just gotta get finn balor and aj styles if aew wanted to make it happen which would make fans want it

  15. Backwoodsdipper96
    2 muaj më parë

    good video man, I like your videos like this

  16. A.c. Harsh
    A.c. Harsh
    2 muaj më parë

    The sting hogan match ended with controversy, of course it did huh Terry

  17. A.c. Harsh
    A.c. Harsh
    2 muaj më parë

    I always thought bischoff hits his knees for bolea

  18. A.c. Harsh
    A.c. Harsh
    2 muaj më parë

    "when eric bischoff had the nwo idea" really? Bischoff is a flipping mo ron. I find it hard to believe bischoff came up with the nwo. I can however believe he came up with the robocop and mummy "angles"

    1. A.c. Harsh
      A.c. Harsh
      2 muaj më parë

      Both these guys having never been in professional wrestling is what they had in common. Jim heard was better than bischoff and hogan couldn't carry harley races bags

    2 muaj më parë

    Another good bio! Please do one on Asshole man lol

  20. Damon Wheeler
    Damon Wheeler
    2 muaj më parë

    Can you do a starrcade 1997 video please. I'm just getting into wwe/wcw/wwf

  21. Michael Scrilla
    Michael Scrilla
    2 muaj më parë

    15:40 whoosh LOL

  22. Big Trips Keepin it real
    Big Trips Keepin it real
    2 muaj më parë

    Cool cover theme

  23. Ugp 1776
    Ugp 1776
    2 muaj më parë

    4 life

  24. Lucas Mackey
    Lucas Mackey
    2 muaj më parë

    Those motorcycles were badass though

  25. Patrick Peralta
    Patrick Peralta
    3 muaj më parë

    I agree while the NWO Nitro was interesting the whole dismantling and rebuilding of the set took forever and was a waste of time. the NWO stuff should have already been there with the NWO taking over right away.

  26. The Diamond Cutter
    The Diamond Cutter
    3 muaj më parë

    It's curious how the WWE with the New Day succeeded where the WCW failed with the nWo. Just think about it, New Day has become a brand without changing or adding members or making one of the 2 shows "New Day Centered". WCW on the other hand...

  27. UnPlugged Gaming
    UnPlugged Gaming
    3 muaj më parë

    Honestly it I don’t bury myself in this channels content it just doesn’t get recommended to me, yet I’m getting recommendations for videos I’ve already seen, it’s a shame how ALfirst works but I’ll always seek out your content 👍

  28. JaredMithrandir
    3 muaj më parë

    People don't appreciate the importance of Bobby Henan in making the NWO angle work. The fact that the traditional Heel announcer was NOT siding with the NWO is a large part of what sold them not just another Heel faction. And he was still playing the Heel announcer for the non NWO related storylines. And that's part of why I remember Henan role in this episode so vividly, it reminded us that he's still a weasel.

  29. Ridiculous
    3 muaj më parë

    I miss WCW!!

  30. R F
    R F
    3 muaj më parë

    I wish WCW was still around, I think Vince should have had Shane run wcw and keep them separate when WWE bought wcw. I liked the nwo, it was a pretty good story line, it became over saturated when everyone and their mother was part of NWo

  31. oli fax
    oli fax
    3 muaj më parë

    I know a lot of people give Nash grief for the starcade skip, but when you realise the history of his family and the information Drs had to work with its fully understandable

  32. Retrojunk's favorite Franchises
    Retrojunk's favorite Franchises
    3 muaj më parë

    Bishop was far ahead for his time! It would been working years later(like the smackdown vs raw brand works) but his idea was to early for the times he was in!

  33. Jason Young
    Jason Young
    3 muaj më parë

    i hated the way they Booked sting during the whole NWO story line

    1. Game Changer
      Game Changer
      3 muaj më parë

      Huge egos played a part on that

  34. Jason Young
    Jason Young
    3 muaj më parë

    me and my dad would switch back and forth from wwf to wcw funny i used to prefer wwf now i enjoy old wcw like when it was still a territory

  35. Jeremy Jones
    Jeremy Jones
    3 muaj më parë

    Hollywood didn't look right without that belt around him i had to see him playing the belt like a 🎸 or it wasn't right to me

  36. M. G̙̰̱̘r̻͈̰e͇y̜͖̮
    M. G̙̰̱̘r̻͈̰e͇y̜͖̮
    3 muaj më parë

    ,...when exactly did Savage become a member of nWo? it was randy who hulk originally leg dropped when he turned heel. you would think WCW would have Randy carry the torch against hulk and the outsiders. *sigh* another missed opportunity.

    3 muaj më parë

    Amazing how much ppl dumped vince for wcw

  38. Ted O'Neill
    Ted O'Neill
    3 muaj më parë

    The NWO was as good as being part of wcw but not as a whole.

  39. Dragon Hunter Isaac
    Dragon Hunter Isaac
    3 muaj më parë

    To me, NWO was great at the beginning, and got pretty overplayed with them adding nearly everyone from WCW into the group, and then having two factions sharing the same name but different colors.

  40. Dan
    3 muaj më parë

    This honestly sounds abysmal. Reasonable concept but with how the nwo loved to play politics you'd just have guys like guerrero and jericho getting squashed out to the members on not just one show but two shows. it's a blessing it didn't go forward

    1. winged hussar
      winged hussar
      2 muaj më parë

      That's the problem no matter how hard they tried to push nwo ,wrestlers wouldn't be seen legitimate fighting for the nwo world would be like a gang fighting each other just dumb tbh, a nice niche project but shouldnt be the main show

  41. suoquainen
    3 muaj më parë

    To be honest, i would have been far more happy, if there would have been AJPW in free tv at this time instead of WWE or WCW.

  42. Micshork
    3 muaj më parë

    Here’s an idea, keep Nitro as WCW but have the New show, Thunder, be dedicated to nWo.

  43. DevynM
    3 muaj më parë

    The hogan head thing must've been a reference to Se7en. Still very strange though.

  44. Gooner Eagle Eye
    Gooner Eagle Eye
    3 muaj më parë

    Legitimately one of the most underrated channels out there

  45. Talia al Ghul
    Talia al Ghul
    3 muaj më parë

    I think that they needed to cool it with the Hogan segments, but with some refinement, nWo Nitro might had work.

    3 muaj më parë

    Despite the fact it got too big, went on too long, never should have seen a reboot...the nWo saved professional wrestling. DX was a great thing, but they couldn't carry the industry. The nWo was the biggest thing to hit wrestling since Hulkamania. There is star power like Stone Cold, Rock and so on, and then there are legends. For my money the level best Nitro ended with Piper and Hogan FIGHTING though security to strangle each other. It was the best PPV tease I ever saw, and the best moment for both the nWo and WCW.

  47. Michael.T McLean
    Michael.T McLean
    3 muaj më parë

    Dude your channel is the best

  48. Nitro Nate
    Nitro Nate
    3 muaj më parë

    i have every nitro on a external harddrive from 95 to 01 every PPV 95 to 01 also

  49. holystars
    3 muaj më parë

    would have been better if they put them on Thursday night and their was too many hogan segments

  50. Jesse Woytas
    Jesse Woytas
    3 muaj më parë

    I know it’s 23 years later but you think they could of cut to a match while they did the changeover, after the match you go back to the commentary desk and show how the set was been changed in 30 seconds instead of showing it taking place over a 10 minute period

  51. Jaevon Marseillee
    Jaevon Marseillee
    3 muaj më parë

    Only Wrestling Bios can keep me hooked on a long YT video intro. Well done explaining the backstory of NWO Nitro.

  52. Mega Raichu
    Mega Raichu
    3 muaj më parë

    Best wrestling channel on ALfirst love the work u put in man

  53. Julian Ramirez
    Julian Ramirez
    3 muaj më parë

    How they handled Bret Hart killed everything, imagine a fued with hart and an upcoming Jericho....those promos would have been epic

  54. Derren Wood-Peterson
    Derren Wood-Peterson
    3 muaj më parë

    Come to think of it, even the coloring matches...😂

  55. Derren Wood-Peterson
    Derren Wood-Peterson
    3 muaj më parë

    You would think nWo Thunder and WCW Nitro, since A. Nitro came first, and B. Thunder to go with Hollywood's lightning trunks... Maybe no one saw that line of logic?

  56. Jordansatranny
    3 muaj më parë

    This is the exact reason why aew should NOT even consider a second show

  57. foos don't cry
    foos don't cry
    3 muaj më parë

    Hogan rockin them clouts

  58. Richard Butchko
    Richard Butchko
    3 muaj më parë

    To be fair, Bischoff did a brand split long before McMahon. nWo was it's own brand (Raw) and Wcw was Smackdown.

  59. Timothy Torres
    Timothy Torres
    3 muaj më parë

    If you were a WCW person, would you rather suffer from Eric Bischoff's ideas, or Vince Russo's?

  60. Hannah Gil
    Hannah Gil
    3 muaj më parë

    Please continue to make this content. You’re literally what I’ve been looking for in a in depth ALfirst wrestling channel. Your work doesn’t go unnoticed and we love you!

  61. Ant Dale
    Ant Dale
    3 muaj më parë

    Wow, I wasn’t watching WCW back then as I was a WWF guy but as a huge Bret Hart fan I had no idea he showed up before Starrcade. As for the NWO, I didn’t care for it much looking back, it was fantastic initially but soon got diluted.

  62. Kagisho Kgaile
    Kagisho Kgaile
    3 muaj më parë

    Excellent content yet again. Keep them coming Sir.

  63. Xander Ashes
    Xander Ashes
    3 muaj më parë

    Hey can you do the Triple H, Edge, and john cena triple threat storyline?

  64. Gamer dude 98993
    Gamer dude 98993
    3 muaj më parë

    At least we can all agree that bischoff did some incredible things with wcw and the nwo and up until Vince russo's arrival in Oct 1999 wcw nitro's ratings were in the 3's and 4's but after Russos arrival things started to go downhill and you can take a look at the ratings of wcw nitro episodes starting from Oct 10 1999 on Google in order to see it for yourselves

  65. Tyler the Driver
    Tyler the Driver
    3 muaj më parë

    Thanks for posting this. I never knew about a NWO Nitro before. Great info and presentation

  66. Rashad Pearson
    Rashad Pearson
    3 muaj më parë

    You're late bro

  67. M&M
    3 muaj më parë

    It actually doesn’t make sense for the nWo to get their own show. So let’s say the nWo gets Nitro and WCW gets Thunder. It makes sense for the nWo to invade Thunder and beat up guys ‘coz they’re outsiders. Then, we’d just end up watching the WCW show than the nWo show. It makes no storyline sense for WCW guys to go to nWo Nitro and be outnumbered and get beat up. If they had a Smackdown Vs. Raw type of deal going on. Then WCW Thunder will carry on as usual competition but nWo Nitro would what? Fight among themselves for the titles they would create? Makes no sense. Btw, GREAT content, Dude! I always watch this to relax and when I’m eating dinner! More power to you!

  68. William Osirian
    William Osirian
    3 muaj më parë

    From one Northern Irish man to another. This channel is amazing mate! Love that NWO remix you did at the start of the video! Keep up the great work!

    3 muaj më parë

    Lovely into 4 LIFE

  70. ShenaniTims
    3 muaj më parë

    “Jerico looked like he didn’t want to be there.” He likely knew what was up. He would have to carry the match, only to job for a clearly inferior wrestler. I can understand his lack of enthusiasm. As for losing the fans, I remember it being more out of boredom. As you mention in the review (pertaining to the Luger/Macho Man match), NWO run-ins were a regular occurrence. As were Hogan shenanigans. (I.e. Boring television.) People were tired of it. I mean, seeing Jerico lose to Bagwell? Also, I don’t think Bischoff has ever explained how the NWO show was supposed to work. Would it be the Gods of NWO just beating on WCW guys? If it was supposed to be its own show, where were the NWO vs. NWO matches? THAT would’ve made it interesting from a fan perspective. In that regard, Bischoff dropped the ball. As for someone in WWE land taking the hint, I think they sort of did. They’ve also (half-heartedly) seemed to experiment with the idea of separate promotions. Having the RAW and whatever that other show is called having their set of stars. I see that as an offshoot of this experiment.

  71. Blake Swinney
    Blake Swinney
    3 muaj më parë

    Do a video on stone cold steve austin vs scott hall leading up to wrestlemania 18

  72. Derrick Logan
    Derrick Logan
    3 muaj më parë

    Damn! I really loved watching n.W.o. wrestling back then! I rarely watch wrestling now. I thought WCW was far better and more amusing than WWF/WWE, which SUCKED then as it does now!

  73. dunnwell 77
    dunnwell 77
    3 muaj më parë

    I never understood why they didn't do NWO Thunder when it started on the air. Nitro was the bigger show, so see if it works on a Thursday and if it does then do an angle where they swap over. If it doesn't then nothing ventured nothing gained. Thunder was, simply put, a failure. Having it NWO might have enticed fans to watch...

  74. Lee Gareth
    Lee Gareth
    3 muaj më parë

    The story of wcw thunder 1998?

  75. Michael Hannell
    Michael Hannell
    3 muaj më parë

    Everything luger does is annoying

  76. Machete 87
    Machete 87
    3 muaj më parë

    agreed WWE isn't doing anything new. the nWo Nitro concept i feel looked a bit creative even if it didn't draw ratings. least it was somethin different.

  77. Machete 87
    Machete 87
    3 muaj më parë

    thats y the nWo had so many members

  78. Retro Kabinett
    Retro Kabinett
    3 muaj më parë

    Great Video. Thanks for all your work. Greetings from Germany

  79. Divine Vektor
    Divine Vektor
    3 muaj më parë

    I think if they would of kept the amount of members to a minimum it would of been good, Nwo got played out after awhile cause almost everyone was wearing nwo shirts, then had wolf pack and lwo, it was just to much in my opinion

  80. Mitchell Alexander
    Mitchell Alexander
    3 muaj më parë

    2:31 Translation: 'If Anything Mr. Krabs Should OVER SPONGE IT! HYou can NEVER Have too much Sponge.' Yeah, Granted that Episode was much much later and post the WCW collapse but now how did that work out for Krabs?

  81. whoudini08
    3 muaj më parë

    Big fan & always watch the videos when they drop, but I see you getting that Trump 💰 😂. Get to the bag, fam.

  82. 24 Inch Pythons
    24 Inch Pythons
    3 muaj më parë

    Uncle Dave 😂

    1. TG5455
      3 muaj më parë

      But since it's in a nothing town it gets a 1-star. 😆

    2. 24 Inch Pythons
      24 Inch Pythons
      3 muaj më parë

      @TG5455That newsletter would've been 8.5 Stars in the Tokyo Dome

    3. TG5455
      3 muaj më parë

      Uncle Dave and his marking out to New Japan newsletter. 😆

  83. Houston Soto
    Houston Soto
    3 muaj më parë

    It looks like *all* WCW was Hulk Hogan receiving presents.

  84. MatTroise Keto N' Wrestling
    MatTroise Keto N' Wrestling
    3 muaj më parë

    Great Video as always. Keep up the great work 👍

  85. Big Guy
    Big Guy
    3 muaj më parë

    I hated when bischoff joined the nwo. Garbage decision since Nash had powerbombed him previously. Just as cringe as Russo being on camera

  86. That Guy
    That Guy
    3 muaj më parë

    Say what you weill about the flop, that NWO themed set was great! It wasn't about the show tho, it was booking. NWO members were sure to win so why watch anyway?

  87. JR Spires
    JR Spires
    3 muaj më parë

    I attended that show in Macon, GA. It was awesome. They done Sting vs Scott Hall in a dark match after the went off the air.

  88. Ronnie Fox
    Ronnie Fox
    3 muaj më parë

    In had an idea towards the end were WCW Saterday nightie would have a TV title fight and 3rd string guys and Most of the 80's stars like Jim Duggan, Paul Orndorf and Hammer Valintine.

  89. Treize Khushrenada
    Treize Khushrenada
    3 muaj më parë

    Just watching these NWO stuff it just reminds you how much WCW bungled itself by banking too much on one concept. It was amazing but when half your roster is in one faction, I.E Immortal right TNA?, you're doing something wrong.

  90. 96 Bread
    96 Bread
    3 muaj më parë

    HAll has da best punches in the buisnsss

  91. 96 Bread
    96 Bread
    3 muaj më parë

    Hogan ,Hall, NAsh = Wrestling Gods

  92. ChiGuy251
    3 muaj më parë

    This was actually the second time nWo took over Nitro the first was shortly after Fall Brawl 96 they spent the whole night beating ppl up it was kinda hilarious.

  93. Lily Spade
    Lily Spade
    3 muaj më parë

    Eric Bischoff is an unrecognized genius

  94. Mike Leoci
    Mike Leoci
    3 muaj më parë

    It was one of the worst Nitros ever when they tried a test run in 1997

  95. Lewis T
    Lewis T
    3 muaj më parë

    Honestly my favourite wrestling content on YT bar none!

  96. Darin rampage Adams
    Darin rampage Adams
    3 muaj më parë

    Another classic one 🔥 your narration is gold 👍🏾

  97. Napoleon Wilson
    Napoleon Wilson
    3 muaj më parë

    Luger looks like Vigo the Carpathian

  98. Justin M
    Justin M
    3 muaj më parë

    A little off topic, but it just accrued to me that as legendary as Savage is, he could been more if he wasn't still under the shadow of Hogan. Once being one of his ultimate nemesis, to now being a lacky within the NWO. Macho should have stayed opposite of Hogan and became one of the big baby faces of WCW along side Goldberg and Sting. Such a shame as I see Savage's character as a more "powerful" superhero face than history now allows it to be. Standing side by side with Sting, Warrior, undertaker, and Goldberg.

  99. Ashwin Gaonkar
    Ashwin Gaonkar
    3 muaj më parë

    Wcw still rocks after 20 years of shut down... Missing those days

  100. Almighty TowerDiveKing
    Almighty TowerDiveKing
    3 muaj më parë

    I'm more into this than actual wrestling these days. Even though I'm loving the Roman Reigns heel run.