Factions, stables and groups have been facets of professional wrestling for as long as many of us can remember. Depending on your age, it’s possible the first faction you adored was none other than some version of the Four Horsemen led by “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. Fans who became obsessed with watching the World Wrestling Federation or World Championship Wrestling during the 1990s and the “Monday Night Wars” era may fondly remember factions such as D-Generation X, The Corporation and, of course, the New World Order, the last of which ultimately played a major role in the rise and, later, the fall of WCW in a short amount of time. It’s interesting to think what may have been had WCW never produced the nWo storyline in the first place.
History teaches us that current WWE chairman Vince McMahon is a big fan of both babyface and heel factions. While those of us who don’t work within the company and don’t know McMahon personally cannot say, for sure, which factions McMahon may love to form at some point in 2017, those who have read up on the owner and who know about what he supposedly would like to see in such groups can make intelligent guesses on the types of stables he may form in the foreseeable future. Diehard wrestling fans who don’t miss WWE programming that airs on television and via the WWE Network have their own wishes as it pertains to possible factions and storylines the company could produce using members of what may be the organization’s deepest overall roster ever.
15 Vince: Heel New Day
It seemed clear when Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were put together to form the New Day in the summer of 2014 that group was meant to be a heel faction and, at best, a mid-card act. The trio did well to get themselves over and became fan-favorites, however, but the gimmick has also grown stale three years later.
It, thus, seems logical McMahon would like to take at least one of the members of the current stable to create a heel version of New Day. Perhaps, for example, McMahon could have Big E split from the other two and then link up with the likes of “The Velveteen Dream” and even Ember Moon when the company is ready to call both of those wrestlers up from NXT to either portion of the main roster.
14 Fans: ROH Invasion
WWE has been far more open about signing former Ring of Honor acts once only seen as “independent darlings” among pockets of fans than the company was throughout the first decade of the current century. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, Kassius Ohno, Cesaro, Cedric Alexander and even A.J. Styles all serve as examples.
WWE has been keen on doing invasion-esque storylines over the past 20 years (more on that later), and this type of feud could write itself if the stable was built and protected correctly. Members of this faction could claim they have never truly been respected even after being signed by the WWE, and also that they and not wrestlers such as John Cena and Roman Reigns are the best overall acts in the promotion.
13 Vince: Samoan Monsters
Vince McMahon is often a creature of habit when writing storylines and creating factions, which is probably the biggest reason this idea comes to mind when trying to imagine a stable he may want to produce.
For this to work, McMahon would probably have to be open to turning Roman Reigns heel, something that hasn’t occurred even though Reigns has repeatedly been booed at shows for years. Assuming McMahon would finally warm up to that plan of action, however, linking Reigns with both Usos and also Samoa Joe seems the logical course of action. If nothing else, these four could work together as monster heels on either Raw or SmackDown, and all four could cut entertaining promos if given the freedom to do more than recite scripted paragraphs.
12 Fans: New Team Angle
WWE fans have been fantasy-booking the duo of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, known as American Alpha, joining alongside Kurt Angle to form a new Team Angle since even before Angle re-signed with the WWE. The company creating a storyline that involves Jordan serving as Angle’s son may stall this idea for a period of time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be revisited at some point in the future.
Assuming Angle wouldn’t be cleared to return to WWE in-ring action for even one final run, this faction would need more bodies. If Team Angle 2.0 was a heel faction, the company could put The Revival in this stable and have the four of them brag about how they're the best wrestlers in all of WWE capable of holding every major title on either brand.
11 Vince: New Wyatt Family
As of July 2017, we have no reason to believe McMahon or others within the WWE are going to make any major changes to the Bray Wyatt character that has largely flopped in recent memory. With both Erick Rowan and Luke Harper currently separated from Wyatt, hopefully for good, the supposed supernatural cult leader needs some new members.
Those of you who watch weekly editions of NXT should be familiar with the sAnity faction that is more wacky and without direction than it is the product of a great leader. Everyone in that stable, including Eric Young, could benefit from being linked with Wyatt to create a new and improved version of the family. Maybe this could be the spark the Wyatt character desperately needs before the next WrestleMania season begins.
10 Fans: Broken Universe
Perhaps the worst kept secret among even casual WWE fans is that all within the company, including members of the WWE Universe, want to see Matt and Jeff Hardy play the “Broken” characters they made famous in Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling. Holding out hope that existing legal hurdles preventing those characters from debuting on WWE television will eventually be cleared, such a Broken faction would need more than two acts, especially if Matt and Jeff aren’t going to feud in WWE.
Eric Young, with or without sAnity, could be a nice addition to that faction. Bray Wyatt could also be placed in the stable, perhaps after he and Matt battled over who was the more powerful of the two. If that feud occurs, WWE, please don’t revisit that awful “House of Horrors” concept. Nobody needs to see that again.
9 Vince: New Un-Americans
Anybody doubting Vince McMahon will just about always go back to ideas from the past need only watch SmackDown programming in the summer of 2017. Jinder Mahal is currently reigning as the WWE Champion booked to be an evil foreign heel in the eyes of American viewers. Meanwhile, John Cena and Rusev are feuding over nationalism and flag matches in an apparent throwback to the 1950s. Sure, the “League of Nations” faction was mostly a disaster during its time, but that obviously isn’t stopping McMahon from trying similar ideas.
Mahal, Cesaro, Rusev, Emma, Asuka, Aleister Black, Hideo Itami and the Authors of Pain could all be part of this type of faction. The wrestlers wouldn’t even have to cut anti-American promos to serve as heels who feuded with over babyfaces.
8 Fans: Four Horsewomen of WWE
This is a faction WWE fans have been dreaming of seeing since it was first unofficially/officially introduced to audiences at the original NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show in August 2015. Bayley, Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks are the four women seen, in storylines and among knowledgeable fans, as the faces of the so-called Women’s Revolution, and it seems like only a matter of time before the four are placed together in a unit that dominates the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Divisions.
In a perfect situation, the Women’s Division would be unified so that the Four Horsewomen could hold multiple titles, such as Tag Team Championships, on one brand. This group, would, of course, need a faction to feud with during shows. We have just the idea for such a stable.
7 Vince: The Hosses
Were you starting to believe the perception Vince McMahon is seemingly obsessed with pushing big and powerful guys at the tops of cards was disappearing? Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe are feuding over the Universal Championship, Roman Reigns will probably again be “The Guy” sooner than later and both Big Cass and Baron Corbin are receiving pushes. Why not just put a group of these types of wrestlers together?
Cass, Corbin, Titus O’Neil, Rhyno, Mojo Rawley and Nia Jax may not routinely produce five-star matches as a stable, but they would make for a formidable group that would probably get over as heels for at least some time. Besides, are you really struggling to imagine Vince salivating over the idea of a faction of "hosses" holding the majority of titles on either Raw or SmackDown?
6 Fans: Four Horsewomen of MMA
If nothing else, the WWE did well to tease fans this faction could become something of note before next year’s WrestleMania. Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey and friends Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke attended tapings for the Mae Young Classic to watch wrestler and mixed martial artist Shayna Baszler compete in that tournament. What’s interesting is that those four athletes began referring to themselves as the Four Horsewomen before the group of female WWE performers started using that name.
The Four Horsewomen of MMA got into a stare-down with Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Bayley during the Mae Young Classic, leading some to believe we may see those stables compete in a match at some point down the road. Make it so, WWE, and bring Rousey and her Horsewomen into the company as soon as possible.
5 Vince: TNA Invasion
We’ve seen this movie play out before, and we can probably guess how it would end this time around. The second it became public knowledge WWE was going to use Dixie Carter for a WWE Network special about Kurt Angle, some fans simply assumed the company was going to produce an angle involving Carter, Angle and former TNA/Impact talents currently working for the promotion.
Angle, Carter, Bobby Roode, Drew McIntyre, Eric Young, Maria and Mike Kanellis, Mickie James, Matt and Jeff Hardy and even Samoa Joe could all be part of an “invading” TNA faction looking to embarrass WWE talent. Remembering how the WCW/ECW Invasion storyline from 2001 played out, we’re assuming Vince would go this route only to embarrass the TNA brand and declare a victory over what was never really a true competitor.
4 Fans: Bullet Club
The main reason Bullet Club isn’t atop the list of factions fans want to see created is because we’re not sure WWE is willing to obtain the trademark for the group. If, apologies to Bobby Roode, that "glorious day" ever arrives, fans around the world are going to want to see the faction partake in multiple WWE storylines.
Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and A.J. Styles are already on the main roster, and the company should be willing to open the figurative checkbook to sign both Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks. Those acts would create arguably the best overall faction in the wrestling world if the group wasn’t buried on WWE television. We admittedly hope the WWE would allow The 'Bucks to continue producing their YouTube show underneath the company umbrella. That would be too sweet.
3 Vince: The Divas
This idea entered our minds almost immediately after a story emerged on online that some within the WWE were concerned about the supposed “attractiveness” of some of the females competing in the Mae Young Classic. Despite all of the talented women signed throughout different portions of the company’s overall roster, acts such as Eva Marie, Lana and even Mandy Rose, to a point, have been presented as potential future Superstars seemingly more so for their looks than because they’re great in-ring specialists.
We can imagine Vince loving the idea of creating a faction of “Divas,” to steal the old term, to feud with the wrestlers who make up the WWE’s Four Horsewomen. To be honest, this isn’t the worst idea, as a Divas stable would probably get over as a heel group.
2 Fans: The Shield
You wouldn’t have to look far and wide on the Internet to find fans brainstorming about ways to create an entertaining Shield reunion tour. While some may point out that Roman Reigns isn’t nearly as popular as he was during the group’s original run, perhaps linking Reigns back with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose could be what that character needs, as doing so could remove the “Big Dog” from the main championship picture for at least half a year or so.
An irony about the WWE potentially giving fans what they want with a Shield reunion is that doing so would make a lot of sense if Vince was able to also go back in time and create the type of faction he has seemingly loved since the late 1990s.
1 Vince: The New Authority
Vince McMahon and the WWE have been stuck on the heel authority figure gimmick since about 1997 when the Mr. McMahon character began feuding with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. It was teased, in January 2017, that Triple H could potentially build his next version of The Authority using heels such as Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens.
Vince would probably be on board for this type of group, it would allow Triple H to create an entertaining story for his character leading up to WrestleMania and this stable could feud with The Shield. If Triple H didn’t want to wrestle full-time on shows such as Raw, he could also add a wrestler such as Cesaro or possibly Drew McIntyre to the group. This could be a faction both Vince and the fans want to see created.