Former WWE Executive Director of SmackDown and WCW President Eric Bischoff recently held a watchalong on his 83 Weeks Podcast. The watchalong was for the 1996 Bash at The Beach PPV, where Hulk Hogan famously turned his back on WCW and joined The Outsiders to form the New World Order.
For years Bischoff has claimed that the name New World Order/nWo came to him randomly, however after the watchalong he was finally able to realize that it was Larry Zybysko who actually coined the term.
‘This is the first time in well over three years of doing this podcast where I am legitimately and pleasantly surprised at something,’ Eric Bischoff began on the podcast. ‘I had not heard that until this show.”
“I have heard people make reference to ’˜Ya well Larry Zybysko mentioned New World Order before Bash at the Beach”Eric Bischoff
“I have heard people make reference to ’˜Ya well Larry Zybysko 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” Bischoff continued.
“Clearly, I did. Undoubtedly I did. Consciously I didn’t say ’˜Oh, 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.’
The nWo would become one of the main reasons that WCW went on to defeat the then WWF in the weekly ratings for 83 consecutive weeks in the nineties. Eric Bischoff was at the helm for this huge rise of the company, and the concept was lifted from an angle in Japan that he adapted for the US audience and was a massive hit.