According to an Aug. 5 report from Inquisitr, an NWO reunion is in the works for WWE Monday Night Raw in Portland. The New World Order, commonly known as the NWO, was one of the most popular stables in pro wrestling in the late-90s and early-2000s. Featuring the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, the NWO was influential in getting pro wrestling back into the mainstream.
Now in 2014, close to 20 years after their formation, the NWO appears close to reforming, for one night at least. Hogan will be turning 61 on Aug. 11, so the WWE is looking to do something special to celebrate the occasion. The plan is to bring Nash and Hall back into the fold. As most WWE fans recall, Nash and Hall competed as Diesel and Razor Ramon, respectively.
The WWE has remained tight-lipped on what exactly is in store for the NWO reunion, but it seems unlikely that they'll compete in an actual match. Hogan is in his 60s, and Nash is 55. Both men are still in great shape, but they are far past their athletic primes. As for Hall, he hasn't competed under the WWE banner in several years. In all likelihood, the NWO reunion will mostly feature just some work on the mics, and no actual wrestling.
While WWE fans won't get to see Hogan flying off the top ropes, there's always a chance he'll drop an elbow on John Cena or someone of that nature. What should fans make of the NWO reunion? First of all, the reunion should help reel in some old school pro wrestling fans. The WWE is trying hard to get people to subscribe to the WWE Network, and part of their marketing has to do with bringing in fans who used to watch in the 1990s.
Bringing back familiar faces such as Hogan, Nash and Hall, should do wonders to boost WWE Network numbers. Secondly, the NWO reunion should help give WWE SummerSlam a nice little push. With SummerSlam slated for Aug. 17, cameos from Hall, Hogan and Nash will definitely get casual fans interested in the event.
WWE Monday Night Raw, which will be filmed Aug. 11 in Portland, airs live on the USA Network at 8 p.m. that night. No matches have been announced by the WWE, but Brock Lesnar and Cena are confirmed to appear. Besides the NWO reunion, WWE Monday Night Raw will feature a collision between Lesnar and Cena.