The Story of nWo: Souled Out

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The nWo storyline in professional wrestling was one of the most successful and lucrative angles that Eric Bischoff ever produced for World Championship Wrestling. With Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan leading the way, the nWo became incredibly popular with wrestling fans across the world, eventually turning things around for WCW during the Monday Night TV ratings battle and helping WCW to become the biggest, most watched wrestling company in the United States.
With the nWo’s popularity at an all-time high, Eric Bischoff decided to run a special pay per view event based around the heel WCW faction. Happening in January of 1997, nWo Souled Out promised to be like nothing we had ever seen before. In a drastic creative decision, Bischoff decided to move away from the standard PPV events that he (and Vince McMahon) produced in order to create an event that would look and feel very different. Eric was in a good position to experiment with WCW, the company was being handsomely funded by Ted Turner and Time Warner, and so trying things outside of the box was Eric’s philosophy as the nWo grew in popularity. nWo Souled Out, as Eric puts it, was an experiment. The whole show was built to further give the nWo it’s own identity.
This video from Wrestling Bios takes a look at the creation of nWo Souled Out along with an in-depth look at the PPV show itself. Topics covered include:
00:00 - Eric Bischoff sees potential in an nWo PPV
04:03 - The concept of nWo Souled Out
08:24 - The nWo Souled Out PPV Intro
11:17 - The opening matches of Souled Out 1997
17:30 - Buff Bagwell, Scotty Riggs, DDP and Scott Norton in action
19:54 - The Outsiders compete at Souled Out
21:40 - Syxx vs Eddie Guerrero
23:10 - The nWo Souled Out Main Event
- Much More!
#WCW #Wrestling #nWo


  1. Chris Jackson
    Chris Jackson
    14 ditë më parë

    Why this channel doesn’t have a million plus subs is beyond me! Well done!

  2. David McGuinness
    David McGuinness
    20 ditë më parë

    I don't get why you include EB's continuous shots at Meltzer without explaining why Meltzer is even being mentioned?

  3. NuYoRicanFlava
    21 ditë më parë

    Makes me wonder if Eric Bishoff wanted to secretly overtake WCW with n.W.o. Imagine an n.W.o. wrestling company owned by Hogan and Bishoff where they made all the money and didn't need WCW.

  4. ML R
    ML R
    27 ditë më parë

    One has to admit even this Paperview is far superior than the robotic, boring & predictable style there is today. Thank you for another great upload mate 👍

  5. Jonathon Taylor
    Jonathon Taylor
    Muaj më parë

    I'm a fan of the nwo and nwo Wolfpac. I'm nwo 4 life. My boys Kevin nash, Scott Hall, Hollywood Hogan, Buff Bagwell, Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner, Syxx, Eazy E and Lex Luger. Ur nwo ur nwo 4 life and toooooo sweeeeeeet.

  6. P Walls
    P Walls
    Muaj më parë

    What is Nash doing beating up Bischoff at 6:17? I thought Bischoff was in the nWo

  7. Devon Hitsugaya
    Devon Hitsugaya
    Muaj më parë

    this is published on my b-day! :3

  8. Adam Cahn
    Adam Cahn
    Muaj më parë

    Scott Steiner dripped an f-bomb during their match that was caught on camera. Bischoff got pissed and broke character saying he’d be getting fined for that.

    Muaj më parë

    that was an awesome watch!

  10. 20HAIB
    Muaj më parë

    nWo should ve been limited to not more than hall, nash and hogan.

    Muaj më parë

    Why did Bischoff become a member of NWO?? Was it his call?? Was it necessary?? Him being a member was in the same ballpark as the B team being members.. Almost useless..

  12. WhiskeyBrewer
    Muaj më parë

    They could have so easily done a slightly different ending to the DDP vs Norton match. They could have it be the same until just after the Diamond Cutter. DDP could have pinned Norton, laughing saying the new guy needs the NWO win. Patrick does the 3 count and everyone celebrates. Then DDP hits another Diamond Cutter on someone, say Virgil and then runs into the crowd like he did. It still fits with DDP's character

  13. Mr818joker
    Muaj më parë

    One of my favorite channels on ALfirst

  14. Maybach Rob
    Maybach Rob
    2 muaj më parë

    Best wrestling channel on ALfirst

  15. Brittney Starling
    Brittney Starling
    2 muaj më parë

    The fans chanting USA for Jericho is fine he has dual citizenship and is half American (Jim Cornette’s words for the second part) 😂

  16. Brian S Staveley
    Brian S Staveley
    2 muaj më parë

    Are you the same guy making the Mandela videos??

  17. Tmoney558
    2 muaj më parë

    As a kid born in ruthless aggression era , I love watching these cause I had no clue how good WCW was. WWE be painting a false narrative on these boys 😂

  18. Chris Ortiz
    Chris Ortiz
    2 muaj më parë

    Crowds sometimes chant USA not because babyface is american but because will annoy the heel in theory as they usually sre portrayed as american hating foreigners.. aside from that Jericho was born in ny so it would make sense even if just for that reason

  19. Chris Ortiz
    Chris Ortiz
    2 muaj më parë

    As I child I found wcw so boring.. even not knowing anything about production values I felt looked minor league compared to wwf/e. Until the nwo came at least that definitely helped me be willing to watch it lol. I will say in general they got some better matches and wrestlers around that time also

  20. Branyo Romero
    Branyo Romero
    3 muaj më parë

    When wrestling was actually good 😢

  21. Hood FM
    Hood FM
    3 muaj më parë

    #69 Love the Video. 👎 For 69 sorry 🤷⚠️

  22. Steven Segura
    Steven Segura
    3 muaj më parë

    My hat goes off to you my boy thank you for such interesting videos and catching up on old times I watched this wrestling and I think of my childhood I'm not watching it for hulk Hogan against ultimate warrior I'm watching it so I can remember what I was doing when I was seven years old watching hulk Hogan and ultimate warrior

  23. Marlon Roberts
    Marlon Roberts
    3 muaj më parë

    The NWO Souled Out pay-per-view was truly WEAK . . . The one I knew who actually won at that pay-per-view was Chris Benoit-- when he won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Sid Vicious . . .

  24. Dean Landon
    Dean Landon
    4 muaj më parë

    Love these videos. They are really well researched and interesting. Well worth a subscribe.

  25. John Garcia
    John Garcia
    4 muaj më parë

    in 1997 i was 14 and loved the NWO still do to this day

  26. comfortablynumblbg
    4 muaj më parë

    I'll never forget the eddie guerrero vs syxx ladder match on this ppv. I remember watching it live on ppv with the my father.

  27. PaperxMario
    4 muaj më parë

    Damn dude, you just explained my childhood to me

  28. Timothy Torres
    Timothy Torres
    4 muaj më parë

    19:12 DDP hits a DDT. Heh.

  29. Craig Dowling
    Craig Dowling
    4 muaj më parë

    really got some of that 90s nostalgia in there appreciate the time and effort it took for you to create this. I enjoyed every minute.

  30. Atem S.
    Atem S.
    4 muaj më parë

    The greatest era of all-time!! Ruthless aggression had nothing on attitude/NWO/Sting crow era

  31. Marco Bruemmer
    Marco Bruemmer
    4 muaj më parë

    4 Life. Great Story,The best Time for a Wrestling fan. All great Names was in WWF, WcW or ECW

  32. Jamie Ward
    Jamie Ward
    4 muaj më parë

    Most baby faces ,goldberg,sting were pushed by n.w.o even the rebuilt horseman.

  33. Newt
    4 muaj më parë

    One thing they did, and should do today if they want to replicate this. The camera angles changed. It helped show the difference from normal programming but you didn’t even realize it. I heard it mentioned recently, and it’s was true then. The announcers changed their tone and the cameras did also.

  34. Ronnie Fox
    Ronnie Fox
    4 muaj më parë

    "The American males explod!" Lol

  35. I C
    I C
    4 muaj më parë

    I remember buying this PPV huge mistake it was a horrible show and still regret it to this day

  36. Elvys Pena
    Elvys Pena
    4 muaj më parë

    I was one of those 170k that purchased this PPV and loved it. In kayfabe, it was exactly the kind of show I expected. The NWO were heels, and played dirty. So the shenanigans during the show were in line with them been cheating heels.

  37. William Jones
    William Jones
    4 muaj më parë


  38. Antonio Lopez
    Antonio Lopez
    4 muaj më parë

    21:43 Yes it was

  39. Antonio Lopez
    Antonio Lopez
    4 muaj më parë

    18:30 🤣 My parents never ordered ppv so now WWE Network let's me see ppv from back then and yeah some stuff feels like that not missed much. If I was lucky I could hear the ppv on some TV visual couldn't see it ,but audio was just fine not all TV though. I didn't really have access to WWE due to my parents not having USA Network till I was in 4th or 5th grade though we had TBS and TNT . My gradpa that got me in to wrestling didn't know you could hear the audio of ppv on some TV one nigth I was at my grandparents the nigth of a WCW ppv. He made me realized why some wresters I seen before are not in WCW and why it looked different one weekend too when I not sure who was that gradpa was watching wrestling when I was watching cartoons I was no WCW is earlier and later then that them it turned out to be SuperStarts episode I saw Own Heart cuting a promo again Breat Heart . So it was during thier fued. Then I realized oh there more then one wrestling company.

  40. Antonio Lopez
    Antonio Lopez
    4 muaj më parë

    15:53 I know Konan was born in Cuba then grow up in Mexico ,but I didn't know he raised in Mexico back then. I was like in 4th or 5th grade so I likely thougth so back then ,but me now would think it be especially having a USA residence due to most WCW shows being in the USA.

  41. Antonio Lopez
    Antonio Lopez
    4 muaj më parë

    12:54 Yes not only because Christ Jericho is billed and grow up in Canada and Masahiro Chono is billed from and grow up in Japan in reality they both wear born in the USA so they both are citizens of the USA . 13:36 Yes on paper sounds good and probably has times they have faced eachother outside of that nigththe way it was booked didn't give all they could give. Chino wheeling it up on bear minum and Jericho wanting to go all out did do it clear different between heels and faces.

  42. Young Cashflow
    Young Cashflow
    5 muaj më parë

    Eddie Guerriero 🙏🏾🙏🏾

  43. Marlon Roberts
    Marlon Roberts
    5 muaj më parë

    You people forget -- Chris Benoit of WCW won the WCW Championship at the NWO pay-per-view . . . How ironic is that ?

  44. Marlon Roberts
    Marlon Roberts
    5 muaj më parë

    Didn't the NWO have a pay-per-view NWO Souled Out ?

  45. Colin Barrett
    Colin Barrett
    5 muaj më parë

    N.W.O ❤👍👍

  46. Rated Awesome3113
    Rated Awesome3113
    5 muaj më parë

    The video was more interesting than the ppv

  47. Seraj K
    Seraj K
    5 muaj më parë

    I cant beleive they let giant go to wwe. They should have given him what he wanted. Idiots. Big show in wwe. That was the starting downfall of wcw

  48. A L
    A L
    5 muaj më parë

    Fans: Why don't wrestling promotions try something new? *WCW tries to do something new* Fans: Why are they doing that!? That's not normal!

  49. muddfoot69
    5 muaj më parë

    NWO was cool when it started but it obviously got diluted

  50. Tony Vercetti
    Tony Vercetti
    5 muaj më parë

    I absolutely hated the New World Order when it was 1000 guys, I liked when it was Hogan, Nash, and Hall. But this intro was pure badass.

  51. Trump My Love
    Trump My Love
    5 muaj më parë

    I voted for Trump

  52. David Murray
    David Murray
    5 muaj më parë

    Os dub colab incoming?

  53. PairaGamers
    5 muaj më parë

    Yeah, I remember watching all this during those years.. I even asked myself what they would do if everyone was in the nWo because that’s what it appeared to be headed towards. Then the spinoffs with Wolfpack and Latino World Order was just. too. sweet!!.. I mean too much 😅. The nWo was their own downfall adding too many members and more story telling with less actual wrestling. It was entertaining early on but more so annoying later into it. By early 00’s I couldn’t watch it anymore. I’ve had enough.

  54. Iain Mackenzie
    Iain Mackenzie
    5 muaj më parë

    Could listen to this guy talk wrestling all day

  55. Tim Tompkins
    Tim Tompkins
    5 muaj më parë

    As a kid my definition of a good match was a lot different than it is now...with that said, even though I hated the NWO (I was a WCW kid and rooted for the good guys) I liked the idea of this show. And even though my standard for matches was lower - I definitely felt the matches left a lot to be desired as a 10 year old kid.

  56. Joshua Bowden
    Joshua Bowden
    5 muaj më parë

    Eric’s greed killed wcw. If he had of kept the nwo a smaller gang and let them lose every now and then he could have kept the product going. The fact that he wanted to start his own company by destroying another shows how greedy he truly is. DDP, Hugh Morris, Rey Mysterio, Raven, vampiro, Bret Hart, Curt Henning, Kidman, Eddie Guerrero, Ron Simmons, dean Malenko, hacksaw, 123kid. Imagine a stint between DDP and Henning? Raven and Vampiro teaming up against the flock? Jericho vs Benoit? Jericho vs Pillman? Terry funk vs cactus jack for a hardcore cage match? Kidman vs Pillman for a high flyer match or a ladder match? And all we really got was a lot of build up that led to squash after squash after squash... For what? Nash to talk out of his.... well, at least we didn’t have to sit through a Scott Steiner promo every week, oh wait, yeah...we did...

  57. Nazzlover38
    5 muaj më parë

    Bichoff speaking reminded me more of Hitler then Citizen Kane.

  58. Patrick Paulo
    Patrick Paulo
    5 muaj më parë

    I’m addicted to these videos. Thank you for brining my childhood back to life.

  59. Stephen Robinson
    Stephen Robinson
    5 muaj më parë

    The NWO arriving at the PPV on garbage trucks, a little bit of foreshadowing there.

  60. Rex GameWell
    Rex GameWell
    5 muaj më parë

    When I hear "the dungeon of doom" I just start laughing 😂

  61. Andrew W
    Andrew W
    5 muaj më parë

    Another fantastic video bro! Thank you!

  62. josh hall
    josh hall
    5 muaj më parë

    You're the best bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. steven imeson
    steven imeson
    6 muaj më parë

    great video brother!

  64. Marc Espinoza
    Marc Espinoza
    6 muaj më parë

    What were they thinking with the 'Miss nWo' contest? The majority of their audience at the time was in the 13-36 age range and mostly males and if you're gonna have a contest like this how do you not find the most attractive women you can?

  65. Riaz Uddin
    Riaz Uddin
    6 muaj më parë

    As quickly as NWO blew up in 1996, it imploded just as quickly a year later and was so tired by the end of 1997 that WWE took them out by 98 with just 2 men: Rock and Austin.

  66. drinking bleach rn
    drinking bleach rn
    6 muaj më parë

    the outsiders were never supposed to be running the show, that defeated the purpose

  67. J.C.C A.O.L
    J.C.C A.O.L
    6 muaj më parë

    I thought the beginning of the end of the new world order was when they kicked the giant out they never should have done it they should have actually put the belt on him and had a new world order member versus New World Order member and make NWO the only brand it was just so over

  68. Richard Butchko
    Richard Butchko
    6 muaj më parë

    Bischoff didn't create the nwo. He even admitted he stole the whole angle from Japan.

  69. gamerfourlife64
    6 muaj më parë

    Say what ya will i LOVED this ppv remember when your nWo your nWo 4 life

  70. CallMe-Shoe
    6 muaj më parë

    NWO Souled Out is pretty much thematically same as All In that had Bullet Club branding everywhere.

  71. Maiyko
    6 muaj më parë

    Yeah, nWo officially peaked with this pay per view. I remember I stopped watched after like the second Ms. nWo interview. Became too cringe.

  72. jason dirt
    jason dirt
    6 muaj më parë

    I liked the fact that there was so many members in the nwo. It was crazy to see who would jump and why. Also it made it fill like a real threat out taking over. Who is gonna beat a entire roster of guys with a group of 3 or 4?

  73. Chris Burnz
    Chris Burnz
    6 muaj më parë

    Another reason why WcW went under...

  74. TophDaGreat
    6 muaj më parë

    NWO B team theme is one of my guilty pleasures in wrestling.

  75. Torey Hughlett
    Torey Hughlett
    6 muaj më parë

    It would've been great too have seen chris Jericho top them. Company would still be alive.

  76. Sir Tizzy
    Sir Tizzy
    6 muaj më parë

    Who makes these theme remixes at the beginning of the videos man!!?? 🔥🔥🔥🔥😂😂😂

  77. Thomas Gebhardt
    Thomas Gebhardt
    6 muaj më parë

    Am I the only one who hated the nwo?

  78. Jim Brown
    Jim Brown
    6 muaj më parë

    Eric had 1 good idea...(outbidding Vince for a talent infusion), thought he was a genius and then let his ego push him beyond his abilities.

  79. John Katsoudas
    John Katsoudas
    6 muaj më parë

    This video brought back so many amazing memories!!! I was a teenager at the time and watching the Monday Night Wars was at its peak. Every Monday was a treat at that time. WCW was beating the WWF every week for many weeks that WWF had to step up their game.

  80. Buff Bagwell
    Buff Bagwell
    6 muaj më parë

    You need one about me!!!

  81. Michael Hollingsworth
    Michael Hollingsworth
    6 muaj më parë

    That ppv was boring boring boring it was like watching paint dry on a house

  82. 96 Bread
    96 Bread
    6 muaj më parë

    Best arena in wrestling history rven tge commentators for souled out was amazing

  83. 96 Bread
    96 Bread
    6 muaj më parë

    Best arena in wrestling history rven tge commentators for souled out was amazing

  84. SpecialDetermence
    6 muaj më parë

    When Eric Bischoff gets angry he gets Bischedoff

  85. NuKhaos
    6 muaj më parë

    Where'd you get that sick ass NWO remix for the intro

  86. Brian
    6 muaj më parë

    The timing on all your videos are perfect. Trump card kind of timing!

  87. Jonathan Quinn
    Jonathan Quinn
    6 muaj më parë

    Just found this channel last night with the DX vids I noticed your assent by any chance you from Northern Ireland?

  88. Andrew Melville
    Andrew Melville
    6 muaj më parë

    Wrestling Bios is just so sweeeeeet

  89. sinner 13 Halloween fiend
    sinner 13 Halloween fiend
    6 muaj më parë

    The good old days brings back memories i loved nwo still do there just 2 sweet lol🤘

  90. Darryl Nevels
    Darryl Nevels
    6 muaj më parë

    They lost all the titles didn't they.

  91. Donnie Smith
    Donnie Smith
    6 muaj më parë

    The moment you told me about the guy from the Miss nWo thing, I knew this would be a good video

  92. Abstract Edge
    Abstract Edge
    6 muaj më parë

    Keep up the good work. I enjoy your videos

  93. T OK
    T OK
    6 muaj më parë

    I was at Souled about in Charleston WV

  94. Tim S
    Tim S
    6 muaj më parë

    Seemed like a decent Nitro. As a PPV, it just seems extremely forgettable. The only reason you may remember it is because of review videos like this.

  95. Vintage Eagle88
    Vintage Eagle88
    6 muaj më parë

    Is it just me when nwo announcer called eddie Mexican jumping bean i felt that sounds racist

  96. Greg Matic
    Greg Matic
    6 muaj më parë

    They should've got the title off Hogan more. He had it too long and hardly defended it.

  97. Johnny Juice
    Johnny Juice
    6 muaj më parë

    Where could I find the full version of that NWO theme intro here? That’s pretty solid.

  98. Paul Eckert
    Paul Eckert
    6 muaj më parë

    So much wasted potential. I remember when they annouced this. I thought omg what a great idea. Lets have Nwo guys fight nwo guys. You could start showing seeds of power grabs. Maybe even show that Eric and Hogan isnt in as much control as we thought. I mean so many storys could have gotten off the groud with this PPV. I was like damm Eric is brilliant doing this. But it ended up being just like every other nitro. With the NWO cheating and outnumbering WCW. So many ways this could have went. But alas we got Eric kissing his grandma, miss NWO. 👏👏👏

  99. William Munny
    William Munny
    6 muaj më parë

    It’s crazy that the nWo’s one annual PPV was critically WCW’s worst PPV of the year, all three years! But hey, I was at Souled Out 99. It might have sucked, but it was a legit sellout.

  100. Kaiju Director
    Kaiju Director
    6 muaj më parë

    Man that opening remix of the NWO theme really was too sweet.