Factions are among the most interesting aspects in wrestling when done right. Every diehard wrestling fan loves a compelling group of talented wrestlers working together for a mutual interest. WCW created arguably the two most successful factions in wrestling history with the New World Order and the Four Horsemen. WWE did not have the similar success and their track record featured polarizing results. There have been a few huge hits for WWE like D-Generation X, Evolution and The Shield. However, there are plenty more examples of factions that failed to hit the mark.
Bad factions are one thing but WWE have created ideas for groups that have been so pointless that fans don’t even remember them existing. The worst thing a wrestling concept can see is a lack of interest with no one caring enough to take in the memory. We'll take a look at the long history of WWE and the stables that just did not have the backing or talent to get over. These factions range from disasters to mediocrity to squandered potential. Test your memory and see just how much you recall about the following groups. These are fifteen WWE stables you completely forgot about through the years.
15 The J.O.B. Squad
One of the more inside factions in WWE turned out to be a less memorable one. Many of the WWE’s enhancement talents aka jobbers were aptly named The J.O.B. Squad with the acronym standing for Just Over Broke. Al Snow, Bob Holly, The Blue Meanie, 2 Cold Scorpio and Gillberg made up the ragtag group of wrestlers uniting in the humorous faction.
14 Kai En Tai
The recent success of Shinsuke Nakamura could give us the first main event level Japanese star in WWE history. Many talented wrestlers from Japan to try their luck in WWE have struggled to find success due to silly gimmicks. The faction of Kai En Tai perfectly sums this up. Taka Michinoku and Funaki are remembered for their tag team days as Kai En Tai but the original name was used for a faction with Shiryu, Dick Togo and Men's Teioh.
13 The Corre
Nexus could have been an all-time great faction before fizzling out due to poor booking. The days of Nexus at least left a memorable legacy for their better days. A low point would come towards the end of Nexus. Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater all made the move from Raw to SmackDown and formed a new group known as The Corre.
12 The Oddities
As mentioned earlier, the Attitude Era provided many ridiculous ideas that you luckily might have forgotten about. One of the bizarre ideas featured a group of the weird wrestlers on the roster making up The Oddities. It was originally meant to be a heel group of monsters being manipulated by heel mouthpiece The Jackyl. WWE switched plans and ditched Jackyl to make them a fan favorite act.
11 Vince's Devils
A rare all-woman faction in WWE naturally was put together for Vince McMahon to flirt with them. The heel trio of Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle and Victoria were made an official faction under the name of Vince’s Devils. All three ladies would appear in backstage segments flirting with McMahon and doing his bidding. It was meant to be a play off of the Charlie’s Angel name but with a heel vibe.
10 Full Blooded Italians
The Full Blooded Italians wrestling faction is remembered for its hot run in ECW. Very few people think of the short lived WWE version of the group. Little Guido signed with WWE as Nunzio and WWE attempted to recreate the FBI faction with new members. Nunzio joined Chuck Palumbo and Johnny the Bull for the new cast of the Full Blooded Italians.
9 Los Boricuas
WWE went hard with the factions in 1997, in the time period directly before the Attitude Era started. There were numerous factions all feuding with each other. The Nation of Domination and D-Generation X were the only ones to find strong success. One of the disappointing factions of the time to struggle was Los Boricuas.
8 Disciples of Apocalypse
Another faction from 1997 that was unable to leave a legacy in WWE was Disciples of Apocalypse. The biker gang featured credible WWE star Crush leading the faction with Brian Lee and the Harris Brothers. All four men came off rather terrifying with their large sizes, intense wrestling styles and the intimidating looks. It should have worked out better but there was no vision for them.
7 Truth Commission
The Truth Commission faction played characters based off the separatist group from South Africa. The Jackyl served as the leader of the faction preaching to the soldiers. With names like Recon, Sniper, Tank and Kurrgan the Interrogator, WWE clearly tried to sell them as imposing figures. The problem is no one bought them as anything more than just a lower tier act.
6 Blue World Order
Stevie Richards, The Blue Meanie and Nova provided hilarious entertainment the Blue World Order in ECW parodying WCW’s New World Order stable. Richards portrayed Kevin Nash, Meanie was Scott Hall and Nova did his best Hollywood Hogan all for hilarious results in the ECW Arena. It made an impact as one of the most entertaining acts in the wrestling industry at the time.
5 Right to Censor
Another forgettable Stevie Richards faction took place during the peak of the Attitude Era. WWE went all the way with edgy content regarding sex, graphic violence and foul language. The Parents Television Council led a group to protest WWE for the content not being fit to be on television. Richards led the Right to Censor as a way to mimic the company’s critics.
4 The Mexicools
Super Crazy, Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera were all incredibly talented wrestlers that deserved an opportunity in WWE. They would all unfortunately get signed to be a part of one of the worst factions in company. The three talented luchadors were forced to play horrible stereotypes riding lawnmowers to the ring and it upset many people in the Latino community.
Sticking with the tacky side of WWE creative, one of Vince Russo’s worst creations during the Attitude Era was the faction of P.M.S. Terri Runnels, Ryan Shamrock and Jacqueline made up the all-female faction that did nothing but torment the men of the WWE roster. The acronym stood for Pretty Mean Sister but clearly made a low class reference that just made everyone look silly in the process.
X-Pac had a great run towards the end of the 90s in D-Generation X. Following his departure from WCW, X-Pac joined the new version of DX and it completely changed his career for the best. The end of DX spelled disaster for all of the members aside from Triple H. X-Pac found this out when WWE gave him his own new faction aptly named X-Factor after his finisher.
1 The Cabinet
JBL winning the WWE Championship in 2004 was up there with the recent Jinder Mahal win for most shocking title change in WWE history. After years of lower mid-card work, JBL was given a massive push as the top heel on the SmackDown brand. One of the biggest signs of faith in JBL featured him leading his own faction named The Cabinet.
Orlando Jordan and the Basham Brothers joined JBL to form the stable. WWE actually had Jordan win the United States Championship from John Cena and the Bashams would also become the Tag Team Champions. A stable that holds all the gold usually means they're a huge hit. The Cabinet however was a huge disappointment and ended shortly after JBL’s reign. A big push ending so abruptly and leaving no impact on the fans is an absolute shame.
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