Lex Luger as a member of the NWO Wolfpac.
When Hollywood Hulk Hogan lost the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) heavyweight title to Sting at Starrcade 1997, it marked a turning point for the world's leading pro wrestling company (at that time, at least). The New World Order that had dominated the landscape of the promotion for more than a year and a half started seeing cracks in its armor.
Indeed, while Hogan was embroiled in an ongoing feud with Sting over the world title, he was also fending off Randy Savage, who ultimately decided he no longer needed the NWO and splintered off on his own. He was soon joined by Kevin Nash and the two formed a second faction of the supergroup that would wear red and black and was known as the NWO Wolfpac. Hogan would head up the rival black and white version of the group that came to be known as NWO Hollywood.
Because WCW didn't know how to get away from its cash cow, every major storyline was booked around the NWO. And because there were now two groups to service, that meant more and more WCW members who had feuded with the heel faction throughout its run would start joining up. After all, the choices boiled down to becoming a member of one or the other or get left behind in the main event scene.
The Wolfpac would become the babyface side and NWO Hollywood would become the heel side.
On the May 4 edition of Monday Nitro, the Wolfpac was officially born with new merchandise led by Nash, Savage and Konnan. Over the following weeks, new members would join up in the form of Curt Hennig, Miss Elizabeth and Rick Rude. And on this date in WCW history (May 25, 2012), the Wolfpac added one more member -- longtime WCW supporter Lex Luger.
The segment that led to this began with The Giant coming out with Vincent and Brian Adams. He called out Kevin Nash, who answered by walking out alone and getting into a scuffle with the three men in the ring. He was quickly overwhelmed, of course, but suddenly Luger hit the ring with a chair and cleaned house. Konnan, Hennig, and Savage all followed and after a brief period of anticipation, they tossed Luger a black and red NWO shirt. He put it on to a thundering ovation from fans at Robert Memorial Stadium in Evansville, Indiana, and officially joined the Wolfpac.
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