One of the largest events in all of wrestling history happened back in 1996 at WCW’s “Bash at the Beach,” and it was the nWo takeover. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash had been showing up for weeks, and they were preparing for what would be one of the most memorable wrestling moments ever. WrestleZone.com revealed on April 15, 2013, that Hall recently said just who was going to step into the third man’s spot if the original plan hadn’t worked.
By now, everyone knows that Hall and Nash were wrestling Lex Luger, Sting, and Randy Savage in what is now known as the “Hostile Takeover Match.” The third man on the team of the Outsiders didn’t appear to show, and Sting hadn’t made it out to the ring either.
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At that point, Hulk Hogan came down to a tremendous ovation as the fans went wild. Hogan entered the ring, looked out to the crowd, and shockingly delivered a leg drop onto a fallen Savage The biggest heel turn ever in wrestling had been made.
During Hall’s recent interview, the question was asked about what he and Nash knew going into the “Bash at the Beach.”
“We had no idea who it was going to be. The whole third guy thing came up by accident. I remember Kev and I called Bret (Hart) and I spoke to him, Kev spoke to him and we told him it was really fun working at WCW. It was really laid back, guaranteed money, it was easy. We were so used to being in a shark tank in New York. Coming to Atlanta was like being in a country club. It was really tame in the locker room in WCW compared to New York. We told Bret he should come down.”
At the time, it appeared as if Bret Hart just wasn’t ready to leave WWE yet, but Hall and Nash still didn’t know who would be coming out. The reveal by Hall next may shock just about everyone that has ever watched wrestling.
“(Eric) Bischoff was interested, he was offering him a pretty sweet deal but Bret wasn’t interested. We wanted it to be hulk, but Hulk had creative control in his contract so he didn’t have to do anything he didn’t want to do. We went to the ring, we hadn’t even met Hulk yet, I met him briefly at WrestleMania 9 but I didn’t know Hulk, we actually went to the ring in Daytona and Hogan wasn’t even there yet. He was on a jet, flying cross country from shooting a movie. Bischoff wanted it to be Hulk but before we went out, Bischoff told us ‘If Hulk doesn’t show, I’m gonna send out Sting.'”
Had Sting walked out that night and not Hogan many have to wonder just how the nWo would have been different.
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