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The Greatest Pro Wrestling Angle Ever: Inside the Wheelhouse

It’s been 17 years now since the birth of quite possibly the greatest wrestling angle of all-time, the birth of the New World Order (n.W.o.) at WCW Bash at the Beach 1996. Many wrestling fans remember this moment of the birth of the n.W.o. so vividly and as if the angle happened yesterday. It impacted the future of wrestling and is without a doubt the greatest angle in the history of wrestling.

Now before you jump down my throat for such a bold statement as it being the “greatest angle of all-time,” let’s look back at what the angle helped accomplish for the world of wrestling in the late 1990s. At the time it cemented WCW as the #1 wrestling company in the United States and in the World. I title that had been held by the then WWF for almost 20 years. It was earth shattering in wrestling as it always appeared that the WWF would be atop the wrestling world forever.

[adinserter block=”1″]From a WCW standpoint it was their birth into an “attitude era.” If WCW was the one that put the WWF out of business we may have been talking about this being WCW’s Attitude Era as the changes we would see on WCW TV after this were revolutionary. No more was it all about saying your prayers and taking your vitamins. WCW adapted the revolutionary aspects that ECW was already doing and what society was starting to preach. It was a game changing moment.

It did multiple things from the standpoint of grabbing the wrestling fan’s emotion. It made Hulk Hogan into a heel. For the most part those watching wrestling at the time were bred into wrestling during the “hulkamania era.” These were little Hulkamaniacs now becoming adults and watching their hero growing up turn their back on them for the “money” of the n.W.o.. It was a riveting from the viewpoint of the wrestling fan watching their television.

It also made fans feel like there was a legit wrestling invasion going on with the boys “up north” (the WWF) coming down to WCW to attack Ted Turner’s promotion. Despite the early stages of the internet fans were under the impression that what was going on was legit. That maybe Vince McMahon and Ted Turner came together for the good of the angle. It was a modern day Civil War of wrestling, something we later & quickly found out to not be true at all.

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The angle also had implications on their competition in the WWF as it made them have to change their game plan as a company. No more stupid gimmicks, no more “make believe” storyline, the WWF would soon enter into the “Attitude Era” with their backs against the wall. It’s very ironic that days before the n.W.o. angle we also had the birth of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at the 1996 King of the Ring. It was a pretty instrumental stretch of days in the world of wrestling.

[adinserter block=”2″]However you look at it wrestling was molded and shaped because of July 7, 1996 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The birth of the New World Order is what started the golden ages of wrestling for WCW, WWF & ECW. It was a chess match of “who could out do who” and it was the fans who were the eventual winners in it all.

I could go on and on with my thoughts & reasons on why the n.W.o. angle is the greatest wrestling angle of all-time but that defeats the purpose of downloading this week’s edition of “The Still Real to Us Show” where Eric Gargiulo & I discuss such. Develop your own opinions and thoughts on the angle, but when you look at the scope of things you might be surprised with how important in history it truly was. One thing is for certain, if you are a wrestling fan you remember the night of July 7, 1996 very well and the birth of the new World order.

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