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Eric Bischoff On Who In WCW Created The Phrase ‘New World Order’

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Eric Bischoff has named the person in WCW who after all these years he now credits for coming up with the New World Order name after thinking he’d spontaneously made it up all those years ago.

The nWo was originally comprised of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan after Hogan turned on WCW at Bash At The Beach in 1996. Hall and Nash had made the jump from the WWF where they were set on revenge against WCW and in turn, changed the face of wrestling forever.

Now former WCW President and nWo member Eric Bischoff says he now knows who came up with the name for that group twenty-five years after the fact. The revelation came to Bischoff while he was doing a watch-along as part of his 83 Weeks podcast. Watching the Nitro before Bash At The Beach, he heard those three words come from an unlikely source.

Bischoff explained:

“This is the first time in well over three years of doing this podcast where I am legitimately and pleasantly surprised at something. I had not heard that until this show. I have heard people make reference to ‘Ya well Larry Zbyszko mentioned New World Order before Bash at the Beach,’ and I thought well maybe it’s one of those stories that float around wrestling because I didn’t remember hearing it. Clearly, I did. Undoubtedly I did. Consciously I didn’t say ‘Ooh, that’s a good idea, we’re going to use that,’ but right here, right now, I want to clarify and correct by the way, 25 years of unintentional misinformation on my part.”

Larry Zbyszko is literally a living legend in the wrestling world and was part of a huge feud with WWF icon Bruno Sammartino that sold out Shea Stadium in 1980. By 1996 he was a regular commentator on WCW programming which is where he first uttered ‘New World Order.’

Bischoff continued:

“My recollection of the first time I ever heard the reference to the New World Order is when it spontaneously – and I mean really spontaneously – the reference came out of my mouth ‘New World Order of professional wrestling,’ ” BI didn’t know where it came from, it evidently made its way into my subconscious after hearing Larry use it first. I’m giving credit where credit is due here.”

“Clearly, Larry Zbyszko deserves all of the credit for coming up with the term ‘New World Order.’ I’m honest to goodness really pleasantly surprised to hear that, it’s fun and for years Larry hasn’t gotten the credit that Larry deserves and should get after hearing that. I never went back and watched this show before. I’ve never seen that part of the show and I’m so excited to discover something new. It’s new to me, how cool is this sh*t?”

While originally coining the ‘New World Order’ phrase, Zbyszko who was a staunch supporter of WCW during the rivalry between the company and the upstart faction would often refer to the nWo on commentary as the ‘New World Odour.’ Indeed during Hulk Hogan’s promo where he sided with Hall and Nash, the man who would become Hollywood Hogan initially referred to the group as the ‘New World Organisation.’

Credit: 83 Weeks

h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription