There is some frustration from members of the New World Order (NWO) regarding some new WWE merchandise items.
It was July 1996 when the New World Order was formed when “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan turned heel at Bash at the Beach to join Kevin Nash & Scott Hall. In the years that followed, the NWO would have dozens of wrestlers join while they also split into two different factions as well.
In 2020, WWE inducted the New World Order into their Hall of Fame with Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean “X-Pac” Waltman on hand to accept the honor. Eric Bischoff was the WCW President at the time of the group’s formation and came up with the idea of the group, but he wasn’t part of the Hall of Fame induction.
Even though the NWO was formed 27 years ago, there is still plenty of New World Order merchandise for fans to purchase. Since WWE bought WCW in March 2001, they got to take over the NWO rights.
A new report from Fightful Select notes that several “New World Order members felt like that including the WWE logo underneath the NWO logo undermined the spirit of the shirt.” All WWE merchandise is handled by Fanatics now, which apparently was made aware of the frustration of the NWO members.
Another WWE wrestler contacted Fightful about the issue saying they had a problem with WWE Shop a few years ago as well. The wrestler was upset about WWE including the “authentic wear” tag at the bottom of the shirt. There were also concerns about WWE wanting shirts to have text on the back as well with many superstars feeling that by doing that, it hurts shirt sales.
It was also mentioned by Fightful that there was a consideration made about removing the WWE logo from the NWO shirt, but it’s not known if that has officially been done.
No names were given about what members of the NWO had an issue with the WWE merchandise.