Scott Hall Invaded WCW 22 Years Ago Today

Scott Hall invaded WCW Nitro on May 27th, 1996. His appearance kicked off one of the most significant angles in wrestling history.

Former WCW President, Eric Bischoff, commented on the famous angle during his “83 Weeks” podcast recently.

“It’s hard for me to create a timeline that occurred 20 years ago, especially with the angle of the nWo,” Bischoff said.  “When I knew Scott Hall was coming in, probably a couple of weeks before he was due to arrive, at least in my mind, from what I remember now, that is when the idea started to form in my head. I knew that I wanted to do this reality-based angle.”

“I wanted to do this storyline where the audience didn’t know whether or not the story was real or it was scripted. Scott and Kevin worked with WCW previously. Scott and Kevin both felt that WCW didn’t treat them well, and that they weren’t being treated as stars, etc. We have heard it all before. They went to WWF and became bigger stars, or big stars in WWF. Storyline-wise it became apparent to me that it was a perfect catalyst of these two guys that used to work here and got pissed off, they left, became big stars and then came back to exact revenge. That was the premise of the nWo storyline.”

transcription credit: Wrestling Inc.

Owen Hart Wins the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Owen Hart became the first foreign wrestler to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on this day 30 years ago. Hart defeated Hiroshi Hase on May 27th, 1988 for the belt.

Hart was just the 6th ever champion in the belts lineage. He defended it just once against Keiichi Yamada. Hart would hold the title just 28 days before dropping it to Shiro Koshinaka. The current champion is CHAOS’, Will Ospreay, who is currently competing in the 25th Best of the Super Juniors tournament.