WCW fell apart in 2000. Apart from just a financial downturn, there was said to be a lot of politics that happened backstage. One of the most notorious purveyors of this politics that many pointed their finger at, was “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan.
His fellow-NWO member Scott Hall, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, spoke about how the winner of World War 3 would get a guaranteed world title shot. Hall won the 1997 World War 3, but apparently The Immortal Hulk Hogan took his spot away from him. He said:
“I won at World War 3, and I was supposed to get the title shot at SuperBrawl. That was traditionally a big draw for WCW, and I was supposed to be the main event there vs. Sting. But Hulk c---blocked that and he took the main event spot and I never got the title match. That’s WCW in a nutshell.”
As mentioned above, WCW had a huge reputation for backstage politics. Also, it was Hogan’s turf, and he had immense power to pull the strings backstage. There could be a huge book of stories, regarding the supposed backstage politics of Hogan. He was their most valuable commodity, simply put.
He was once paid 14 million dollars to simply sign a contract (that’s right, simply sign a contract). He also got a good share of his merchandise, ticket sales, etc. This is not to paint an evil picture of Hogan, but he was definitely clever in landing the kind of deal that he did, and these are stories that are simply out there.
The NWO as a whole had a big rep of being “Cancer”, “Company Killers”, “Poison”, etc. during the end of their WCW run.
Here is The Undertaker shooting on the NWO when the 3 had just come in back to WWE back in 2002:
Here is The Big Show’s take on the backstage politics in WCW: