I agree the entire NWO storyline was the best storyline of all time! While I completely enjoyed the edge of your seat, what is going to happen next, I have a different favorite from a few years earlier. It took place in WCW, before the days of the Monday Night Wars, before internet "spoilers" and before "writers" scripted everything from gimmicks, outcomes and lines(mic). The storyline developed out of one of the worst tragedies to happen to Pro Wrestling...the car crash and ultimate end of a career for a future NWA World Champion...Magnum TA.
The set-up was the 4 Horsemen running all over the VA/NC area...Flair World Champ, Blanchard (lost US Title to Nikita Koloff), Arn & Ole Tag Champs. The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes was the #1 contender for the World Title. Magnum TA was tagging in 2, 3 & 4 man tags with Dusty and the Road Warriors battling the Horsemen and the Russians (Ivan & Nikita), leading up to the "GREAT AMERICAN BASH". At every turn(week to week), Dusty, Warriors and TA were left beaten and down due to the dirtiest player in the game and the numbers game. Dusty kept coming up short against Flair, usually because of Horsemen interference of Flair's use of a Gordon Soley coined "international object". Magnum was battling Nikita for the US Title, all over the Mid-Atlantic area in the Best of 7 series...different types of matches. The first to win the 4th match would become US Champ. Matches included, Russian Chains, Indian Strap, 1st Blood , Cage and I Quit formats.
Dusty lost a match to Flair and was told he would not get another shot...TA was down to the 7th match at the "BASH". Dusty went off on Flair, Arn and Tully Blanchard at various times, prompting JJ Dillon to have a cage match...Dusty Rhodes & Magnum TA vs any 2 members of the Horsemen at the BASH. If Dusty wins, he would get one more shot. Then tragedy hit the day before the Super Bowl. Magnum TA crashed his car on an icy road in Greensboro. At the time, no one knew for sure how long Magnum would be out or the extent of his career ending injuries.
As the main event at the "BASH" was to begin...the cage was lowered into place...JJ Dillon came to the ring, just as he did the night before on World Championship Wrestling and stated Dusty no longer had a partner, stating no one wanted to be his partner and they'd be crazy to cross the Horsemen. Then Tully, Arn and Ole entered the ring, followed by the playing of Wrestling's National Anthem, Space Oddesey and Flair's spectacle entrance. Now 5 men are inside the caged ring. Dusty now starts to make his way to the ring...all business, no dancing, no shaking hands with fans, no charismatic smile, no jacket, robe or shirt. He gets to the top of the steps, looks back and enters the ring. JJ says, he knows Dusty isn't stupid enough to face them by himself and suggests Dusty leaves and forgets about this match and the World Title. Dusty grabs his crotch and flips the bird to Flair, which pisses Flair off. The Horsemen surround Dusty, when suddenly their is a commotion in the aisle. The crowd is reacting in a mixed manner and parts the way for Nikita Koloff(Magnums nemesis). The Horsemen attack Dusty as Nikita climbs through the cage door. Flair and Arn begin to laugh and celebrate as Nikita posses, tongue out, Russian Sickle loaded, glaring at Dusty. Flair encourages Nikita to take Dusty out. Dusty breaks from the Horsemen and is standing between Nikita and the Horsemen...looking back and forth. The crowd is eerily silent. Nikita charges across the ring, right past Dusty and clothes-lined the shit out of Flair, then Tully and Arn. Looking stunned, Dusty joins the attack on the Horsemen. Dusty pinned JJ Dillon, gaining another title shot. With the win...Dusty got up in the line of Nikita's stare. Dusty looked worried, now in the ring with 6 heels. Dusty extended his hand to Nikita...who grabbed his hand and pulled him in face-to-face and then hugged Dusty, raising his arm in the air. That night, life circumstances re-aligned priorities and alliances. It changed the program direction, gave rise to the stature of the young Russian star and launched the team of the "Super Powers" (Dusty/Nikita). I had goose bumps when Nikita attacked the Horsemen and just now, as I relived it again.