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In 1996, World Championship Wrestling delivered one of wrestling’s most shocking plot twists when top star Hulk Hogan turned heel and banded with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form a faction called the New World Order. From there, a massive invasion storyline ensued, with the nWo staging a hostile takeover of WCW, bolstered by an ever-increasing roster of ex-WWE stars and WCW defectors, a cool, edgy sensibility, and an iconic T-shirt.
The group was a massive success — and it’s been imitated countless times ever since. Let’s take a look at the various rip-offs of the nWo that have been attempted over the years, some of which actually feature former members of the stable.
11 The Band
In 2010, Impact Wrestling attempted to compete with WWE by airing Impact on Monday nights at the same time as Raw. One of the many stunts Impact staged to steal viewership from WWE included the formation of The Band — as in, “getting the band back together” — an nWo reunion group featuring Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman (a.k.a. Syxx or X-Pac), and later Eric Young. Despite the membership, the group seemed like a tired and ultimately forgettable rehash with some aging stars, lasting about nine months.
10 Aloha World Order
DDT Pro-Wrestling is no stranger to parody gimmicks, as the long-running Japanese promotion relishes in playing off of and poking fun at WWE’s “sports entertainment” approach to wrestling. In the late 2000s, the company had a nWo parody faction called the Aloha World Order. Featuring rising comedy wrestler Antonio Honda — who prior to this was part of a faction called the Four Italian Horsemen — the aWo lineup included the veteran Dick Togo and future KO-D Openweight Champion Shuji Ishikawa. However, the Aloha World Order was a short-lived and now-forgotten gimmick, and Honda has done much more since.
9 Juggalo World Order
Avid wrestling fans, the Insane Clown Posse — Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J — competed in both WCW and WWE in the late 1990s/early 2000s and have been running their own promotion, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, since 1999. In 2007, on JCW’s short-lived weekly show SlamTV! the promotion introduced an nWo rip-off of its own in the Juggalo World Order, with membership that included not just ICP, but also 2 Tuff Tony and Scott Hall, among…
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