100. Hulk Hogan turns on WCW in Bash at the Beach at Ocean Center in Daytona

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Hulk Hogan with Hall and Nash in Daytona for Bash at the Beach / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH -- The year was 1996, and the place was the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, where perhaps the ultimate betrayal took place.

The setting was World Championship Wrestling's Bash at the Beach pay-per-view where it was supposed to be good vs. evil. Instead on this historic night of July 7, it was good turned evil and the birth of the NWO.

That's when Hulk Hogan entered the squared-circle for what would turn into a Pearl Harbor job on his WCW mates, Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger against "The Outsiders," Scott Hall and Ponce Inlet's Kevin Nash.

This was the main event of the evening in a six-member tag team match with Hall and Nash scheduled to be joined by a "mystery partner" who turned out to be none other than Hogan, against Savage, Sting and Luger. It led to the formation of the New World Order, which helped catapult WCW to the top of the ratings in its battle with the WWF, now known as the WWE.

Bash at the Beach in Daytona / Headline Surfer®This was the main event of the evening in a six-member tag team match with Hall and Nash scheduled to be joined by a "mystery partner" who turned out to be none other than Hogan, against Savage, Sting and Luger. It led to the formation of the New World Order, which helped catapult WCW to the top of the ratings in its battle with the WWF, now known as the WWE.

Bash at the Beach in Daytona Beach, FL in 2006 / Headline Surfer®Matches on the undercard included Ric Flair against Konnan for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, and Dean Malenko against Disco Inferno for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

Here's a summary of what happened as described in Wikipedia:

The Outsiders came down without their mystery partner, saying he was in the building. Luger and Hall started the match.
As Nash held Luger onto the top turnbuckle, Sting hit a Stinger Splash on Nash, and Savage hit an axe handle on Hall. Luger, however, was unable to get out of the way and was knocked out cold.
The match was stopped as Luger was taken backstage. After the match resumed, Sting dominated Hall and tagged in Savage.
Hall hit Savage coming off the top turnbuckle and Nash tagged in. Nash dominated Savage, then Sting.
The Outsiders continued to beat down Sting. He came back with punches and finally tagged in Savage. Savage performed several axe handles on Hall, but Nash performed a low blow on Savage.
All four were down as Hulk Hogan came down to the ring, seemingly to the aid of Sting and Savage, as Nash and Hall fled to the outside.
Hogan, however, turned heel and revealed himself to be the mystery partner when he performed several Atomic Leg Drops on Savage. Hogan threw the referee outside, and the match ended in a no-contest.
 

After the main event, the audience began to throw trash in the ring. A perplexed Gene Okerlund, a WCW announcer, climbed into the ring and confronted Hogan.

Hogan announced that he and Hall and Nash were "the future of wrestling," and mistakenly described themselves as the "the new world organization of wrestling." It was later re-christened the New World Order.

Hogan said he grew tired of WCW and its fans and that this new stable would take over the wrestling business. and destroy everything in its path.

FAST FACTS: Monday Night Wars

Monday Night War(s) is the common term describing the period of mainstream televised American professional wrestling from Sept. 4, 1995, to March 26, 2001. During this time, the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw went head-to-head with World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro in a battle for Nielsen ratings each week. The ratings war was part of a larger overall struggle between the two companies, which included the use of cutthroat tactics and the legitimate defections of several wrestlers and writers between the two companies. Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), while not a party to the ratings battle, was also involved as a tertiary player. It ended with the sale of WCW's assets by its parent company, AOL Time Warner, to World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.

Did You Know?

In the original broadcast of the pay per view, color commentator Bobby Heenan exclaimed "whose side is he on?"referring to Hogan as he entered the arena. This comment has been edited out of the match as it appears on the Hulk Hogan anthology DVD, but has since been left in unedited in other broadcasts, such as on WWE Classics On Demand and on the WWE Network.
 
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