Yeah, Wolfpac was the shit back then, the anti-heroes of WCW if you will. They were often getting some of the biggest pops of the night easy. Wouldn't change anything about their formation. But that fingerpoke of doom shit? Yeah, Beyond stupid, and when the nWo reformed again it was just the same old shit with the spray paint and everything. Remember nWo "Elite" and the nWo "B" team?
That too, is when I thought things really went to hell.
WOLFPAC IN THE HOUSE
Great stuff. You're very right, they were the badass anti-heroes. Probably why so many people, including us, loved them.
But after the Fingerpoke, when they split up into the Wolfpac Elite and nWo Black and White...just compare these rosters:
Hollywood Hogan (leader), Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Miss Elizabeth, Eric Bischoff, Buff Bagwell (kicked out of the group), Scott Steiner, Lex Luger, Disco Inferno, Konnan (kicked out of the group), David Flair
David Flair totally didn't belong there, and neither did Disco, but the rest of the team...pretty stacked.
nWo Black and White, on the other hand...
The Giant (departed), Curt Hennig (kicked out of the group), Vincent (left), Scott Norton (left), Brian Adams (kicked out of the group), Horace Hogan, Stevie Ray (leader, left)
Look at all those jobbers. Scott Norton, Vincent, Brian Adams...good lord.
Absolutely I do. So cheesy and bad. Of all the ways for Hogan to initially drop the Hollywood gimmick (until 2000) they had to go that route. As if fans cared much by that point too. WCW really should have tried to changed things up more when WWF took over in '98. Being the same ol circle of old timers barring guys like Goldberg & DDP got old. It showed when the fans left to view the other promotion. From a business perspective of course.
Hogan's ego didn't lend itself very well in '97 either. Being World Champ for as long as he did and NEVER showing up on TV to do movies? C'mon, Hogan. Even you had to know it didn't help things out. He's lucky the promotion was in their prime years as the rest of the company was engrossing enough to fair well outside of no World Champion for quite a bit.
People can say what they want about Russo but in his tenure, he made damn sure to give some love to the up and coming talent, or at least tried to elevate more guys to the next level. Scott Steiner and Booker T both became established under Russo, and so did Jarrett, and they had the real makings of some new stars in the Natural Born Thrillers. Sanders was a solid talker, and I saw a solid future for especially Sean O'Haire. Kronik were shit workers but they were extremely over.
Its funny that, at the aforementioned Road Wild 1999, the match between Hogan and Nash was a retirement match...they were the old guys in 1999...and now Hogan wants to be TNA champion 14 years later. That really says something. In a way, its good that Hogan left at Bash at the Beach 2000.