WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has discussed the behaviour of a group of WWE legends and their “coarse” approach to arguing creative decisions.
In 2002, Vince McMahon told the world that he was going to inject a lethal dose of poison into his own company. That poison was the New World Order of Scott Hall, Hollywood Hogan, and Kevin Nash.
Along the way, the group lost Hogan to his red and yellow roots as Hulkamania suffered a mammoth revival, but they soon bolstered their numbers by adding Sean Waltman to their ranks, just as they had in WCW.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medallist detailed his experience of the group’s backstage politics and recalled Kevin Nash and Waltman having serious issues with their creative, and explained why to say the NWO wasn’t ever a problem in WWE would probably be a lie:
“Just chaotic and unnecessary, totally unnecessary. But we know we said, and even though it was in a hostile conversation, we still all talked it out. And the creative was changed. So was a creative change to something better, if that’s subjective or not? I don’t know the answer to that.”
“But I do know that it was handled in a very coarse, kind of a gruff way, which is never the best. And it’s just one of those bad days, you know, it’s when talent gets their creative when they get it to get to TV, sometimes you have those issues. And the creative forget that the talent has a lot of leverage because all they gotta do is say, I don’t want to do that here’s why.”
“So it was an interesting day. We got it handled, and tried to move on. But to say that the NWO wasn’t a problem at times would be a misstatement.”
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