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The Instigator




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...

  • Locker room Morale - If people are that concerned about getting their "push" and not just happy that they're working and bringing in a paycheque, then they have some other issues that they should really work through with a qualified therapist. Honestly, I highly doubt that morale will be hurt any more by these three joining, than it was hurt when virtually every former WCW guy was eventually jobbed to pretty much every WWF guy when they first came over. I doubt that it will be hurt any more than it was when Triple H comes back after being gone for close to a year and wins the second biggest event of the year after having only a few non-match confrontations in the ring, prior. Sounds like we're nitpicking, doesn't it? My point, exactly.
  • Cancer - I think I've touched base on this one enough already. It's all about posturing. Austin's done it. Triple H's done it. Hell, even Vince has done it. It's nothing new, get over it. If Kevin Nash or Hulk Hogan becomes so much of a problem in the locker room, I'm sure there are enough guys with a Bradshaw-like mindset to kick their ass into line.
  • Glass Ceiling - Honestly, with the amount of top guys already in the fed, even without Hall, Nash & Hogan, there's no chance that any of these mid-carders are going to be elevated to the main event anytime soon. Hell, look at the Hardyz, all primed for singles careers...right? Oh, wait, that didn't work. Let's stick them back together as a team again, and hope the fans forget that they ever broke up. Oh, and let's take Rob Van Dam, edit out his HUGE "RVD" chants and pair him with Goldust, maybe then people will forget about him.

    I'm telling you, Jericho was damn lucky that he got to the top tier when he did, otherwise he'd still be stuck in the everlasting Intercontinental Title Trade fiasco.

  • Work rate - This one makes me laugh most of all. Out of all the so-called Main Event wrestlers in the WWF, there are maybe two I enjoy watching as far as "work rate" goes. Jericho & Angle. Why those two? The others speak for themselves...

    • The Rock -- Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Spinebuster, People's Elbow, Rock Bottom.
    • Austin -- Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Spinebuster, FU Elbow, Thesz Press, Stunner.
    • Underseller -- Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Punch, Choke Slam, Last Ride.
    • Triple H -- Punch, Punch, Punch, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee, Knee to Face (ooh, the variety!), Spinebuster, Pedigree.

    (Jesus, when did the Spinebuster become a trademark of the "main eventers" of the WWF?)

    I can hear the clamoring of voices right now. "What about Austin and his 5 star matches with Angle??" Key word: Angle. Nuff said.

    So, if you're worried about Hogan, Hall & Nash's work rate you need only look at the current main event product and you have nothing to worry about, because it's not going to change much.

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.

The Instigator

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