During a recent edition of Something to Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, Prichard discussed the failure of NWO in WWE. Here are the highlights.
Prichard on NWO in WWE: “I think it was a failure. The nWo experiment in the WWF was a failure. I think the idea was good. The execution was not. There are a lot of things, hindsight being 20/20, that maybe we should have done a little differently. It just wasn’t meant to be. … I do remember something a little bit about that, but these were simply just conversations taking place, ‘hey, what are you doing?’, ‘when’s your deal up?’, ‘would be interested in going to work when your deal’s up and coming back and making some money?’. I don’t know that Scott was in the greatest place at the time. But I do remember rumblings back and forth and a conversation with Shane, that Shane was pretty disillusioned as far as doing anything.”
Prichard on HHH advocating for Nash, Hall, and Hulk Hogan to come back: “[Nash’s] name was brought up from time to time, but the sentiments were always pretty much the same and that’s what they were, that they just would be a cancer in the locker room and do we need that right now with the locker room that we have? That was unanimous for the most part. The agents, the writers, everybody. Somewhat, yeah [that was McMahon’s opinion as well]. It probably wasn’t Triple H’s take, no. Triple H was an advocate for them to come back.”
“Vince’s philosophy was ‘have a happy dressing room – if you have a happy dressing room, I don’t care what the business is as long as I don’t have a bunch of strife and bulls–t in the dressing room’. We had a happy dressing room at that time. We had guys working together, making money, and busting their ass. There was concern about bringing in a disruptive force that might have jeopardized that.”
Prichard on Hall and Nash being inseparable at No Way Out: “Hall and Nash were inseparable that day. I definitely remember that. But they all tried to make themselves a part of the crew. They tried to talk to everybody, to say, ‘hey man, we’re just here to work, brother, and brother, brother, brother, brother, brother, and not cause waves.’ But they were nice as could be. I remember I had missed a could of TVs. It was one of my first TVs back. And they came up to me and said, ‘hey, I understand that you voted against us to come in.’ And I corrected them right away. I said, ‘no, I wasn’t a part of that vote.’ I said, ‘but I would’ve just for the record, so we know the reason why and the reason why was because in their past incarnation, they had been disruptive and we didn’t want that again in the locker room.’ And that was it. ‘But the decision was made, you are here, let’s make it work.’”
Prichard on the plan being to have nWo as Vince McMahon’s henchman, but Vince McMahon did not want to play an Eric Bischoff role with the group: “That’s interesting. That question was asked and the response was ‘what? Good God, no!’ Vince has that weird thing about him. He doesn’t want to do anything like the other guys did, but ‘let’s bring back the guys that kicked our ass for all these, those many weeks, in the ratings. So that’ll be enough. That’ll be enough of that. I don’t want to recreate too much of it.’ It was just weird. It was weird.”