The legendary Arn Anderson has opened up about the nWo’s legacy, saying “more was most definitely not better.”
Speaking on ARN, Anderson would discuss how the faction’s impact would be “watered down” after going “so far left” from the monumental moment Hulk Hogan went Hollywood.
“You’ve got to look at when Hogan came down that aisle. Tony Schiavone’s voice in the background, ‘Hell yeah he is! Hulk Hogan is here.’ And for it to go so far left from where you thought it was gonna go – the impact of Hulk Hogan as a heel with those other two guys, and a lot of thought was put into how were three guys gonna basically take over a company?
“There were a lot of closed-door meetings because you had to think about it. It’s a great concept, the place went apes***, and it was the talk of the wrestling industry. It was red-hot at the time. But now you’ve gotta go, ‘OK, on a weekly basis, I’ve got a hundred people on this roster. I’ve got three guys that have basically went to war against those hundred guys. How’s this gonna make sense?’ So, you had to put some serious thought into it.”
The Enforcer would discuss how adding The Giant added some layers, and it initially made sense, but how “more was not better”.
“My thought was, had that not happened, what would you have done at that point in time if you needed a shot in the arm for business? What would it have been? It’s one of those things where it worked. They added another guy – I believe it was The Giant. So, you added a couple of layers to where now – they pissed a lot of people off, so they’re getting another layer of protection around them. That made a little bit of sense. But as it went on and you started moving guys over, each time you moved a guy to the nWo, I think you watered it down. More was definitely not better. It just continued, and you went into the nWo Wolfpac and everything got watered down.”
Double A would go on to compare the success of nWo to the long-lasting legacy of his very own Four Horsemen.
“You would have to say, impact on the business at that time, yes definitely. Long-term success? How do you compare that to like the Midnight Express with Jim Cornette? The Rock ‘n Roll Express? The Hart Foundation? Long-term success, guys that were together for a long time. I don’t think you can mention factions without the Four Horsemen being at the top of your list just because of the fact of what they did for the industry, for the babyfaces, for each other, and basically for the wrestling industry period. People are still talking about it. Somebody did something right.”
Arn Anderson recently spoke with ourselves about the Four Horsemen’s legacy, among other things. You can read that full interview here.