JUST ANOTHER SMART ASS OPINION
So, here they come. Watch out! Coming soon to a WWF ring near you, the nWo! Everyone's wettest wrestling dream, or is it everyone's worst wrestling nightmare?
After all, we are talking about the "locker room nemesis"...Hogan, Hall & Nash, right? I mean, they did bring down the whole of WCW on their own, right?
PUHLEEZE! Give me a damn break.
The one thing I'll never understand about the internet wrestling community, is how damn quickly they'll pull an 'about-face' on something. I swear, these people change their stance on something just about as many times as Bret Hart went from Heel to Face during his WCW stint. It really is ridiculous.
Let's take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?
First of all, I remember when the nWo was at its peak - it was high on everyone's wish list to have Nash, Hall & Hogan in the WWF again. The money matches that would result would make any die-hard fan of wrestling salivate like Pavlov's dog. In all honesty, the matches wouldn't be great, but just the fact that those names would clash with top WWF talent was enough to garner ample interest.
What happens next? WCW crumbles, and it's blamed on the bad product. Which, in turn, is blamed on the bad locker room morale. Which, in turn, is blamed on bad leadership and that cancer of a booker known as Kevin Nash and his buddies.
In my opinion, Kevin Nash is no more of a cancer than Triple H or Steve Austin are. Kevin Nash was a product of his environment. If you even think for one minute that any other wrestler would've played the booking position as a straight arrow who's all about "the good of the company," then you're pretty damn naive. Kevin Nash, books himself to end Goldberg's win streak & title reign? So what. Who refused to work a program with Jeff Jarrett? Steve Austin. Who fucked up the negotiations to keep Jeff Jarrett? Jim Ross. Who, after a 7-8 month long hiatus, comes back with an even more diminished move set than before, is still mediocre (at best) on the mic, and wins the freaking Royal Rumble hands down? Triple H. I can honestly think of at least 3 guys who should've went over that walking Steroid known as Hunter Hearst-Helmsley in the Rumble. But, I'm rambling, let's get back on track...
2001 rolls around and the much-awaited "Invasion" angle is jumpstarted. Admittedly, after an initial boost from the addition of the ECW brand, it eventually fails miserably. But, why? Fans and internet reporters alike were quick to point out that no "big name" WCW talent was brought over after the big purchase. Okay, fine, some truth can be seen in that statement.
So, what does Vince give them? The Nature Boy. Ric Flair. The Man!
Ric Flair comes in and is automatically put in a figurehead role. Okay, a good spot for a man who is well past retirement. Don't get me wrong, I love Ric Flair, but he hasn't done a damn thing for the ratings, and people are still crying.
What do the masses cry for still? Big name (now former) WCW talent.
Enter Nash, Hall & Hogan. The nWo. They're signed, sealed & pretty much delivered. Let the rampant speculation begin! "Locker room morale" this. "Cancer" that. "Glass ceiling" this. "Work rate" that.
Once again: PUHLEEZE! Give me a damn break.
I don't it want to seem like I'm advocating any backstage political maneuvering or shenanigans that these three have pulled in the past (and we all know that they have), because I'm not. But for the majority of people to sit there, and piss'n'moan about Hogan, Hall & Nash coming in and being a "cancer," and think that not one person in that locker room was guilty of pulling the same bullshit at some point in the past.... it just really amazes me.
So, let's play Devil's advocate. Let's say that Nash, Hall & Hogan do end up sucking the big windbag on all counts...
My conclusion? My point? Right, I have one of those ...somewhere..oh, here it is!
The addition of the nWo to the WWF roster isn't going to change things much. Other than a cosmetic change on the TV product, things will still run the same. There will always be troublemakers, there will always be those who are posturing themselves for the bigger spot, there will always be problems. Nothing is perfect. I think it's time that we all stopped worrying about the morale of a company that we don't even work for. They can take care of their own business. We're fans. Why can't we just enjoy the product (even if it is hard to swallow at times) and just leave it at that?
But, that's just my opinion.