Every wrestling fan remembers Bash at the Beach 1996, the day the new World order was truly born. For weeks Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, referred to as The Outsiders, had been telling everyone that they were invading WCW and people bought it. Everyone from the announcers to the on-screen talent played it off as if they were still WWF wrestlers attacking their company. Soon the duo challenged WCW to a 3 on 3 match at Bash at the Beach, but they didn’t want to reveal who the third person was. Bischoff, as the vice president of WCW, chose Lex Luger, Sting and Randy Savage to represent WCW. We all know Hulk Hogan turned his back on the fans and formed the nWo and it started a storyline that made WCW the number one wrestling organisation in the world for months. However, considering it was the WWF invading WCW, Hogan joining didn’t make much sense. What if the nWo was formed at Bash at the Beach, just not with Hulk Hogan at the helm, but instead........ Shawn Michaels? Upset his political power backstage in the WWF had significantly reduced with his Clique buddies Nash and Hall leaving, HBK started wrecking havoc backstage, which eventually led to Vince McMahon allowing him to leave. Bischoff jumped on the opportunity to sign HBK, knowing his product needed a boost because of how stale Hulk Hogan had gotten. Welcome to this alternative reality, welcome to 1996.
WCW Bash at the Beach ’96
Rey Mysterio Jr. d. Psychosis
John Tenta d. Big Bubba Rogers w/Jimmy Hart in a Carson City Silver Dollar Match
Diamond Dallas Page d. Jim Duggan in a Taped Fist Match
The Nasty Boys d. Public Enemy in a Double Dog Collar Match
Dean Malenko (c) d. Disco Inferno to retain the Cruiserweight Title
Steve McMichael w/Debra d. Joe Gomez
Ric Flair w/Elizabeth and Woman d. Konnan (c) to win the United States Title
The Giant and The Taskmaster d. Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit
The Outsiders and Shawn Michaels d. Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger
When Randy Savage was on the ground, Hulk Hogan’s music hit and the fans exploded in joy. However, production quickly went to the backstage area where Hogan was shown running and suddenly getting nailed by a kick to the face. The camera zoomed out, revealing Shawn Michaels! Michaels ran to the ring and covered Savage for the pin. After the match fans started to throw garbage into the ring, and wrestlers came running from the back, prompting the nWo to leave the arena through the crowd. History had been made, and the war was on.