When one thinks of factions in pro wrestling, predominately male groups like The New World Order, DX, and The Four Horsemen are likely the first stables to come to mind.
However, thanks in part to some of the outstanding female performers who have emerged on the scene in recent years, predominately female factions are gaining a lot of momentum.
To celebrate the rise of these ferocious female factions, it’s time to take a look at some groups that have been featured prominently in recent years. To present a clear picture, will feature five groups that found success and five that struggled to gain momentum.
10 Best: The Beautiful People
The Beautiful People were a faction that originally formed in TNA Wrestling back in 2007. Their stated goal was to “cleanse TNA, one ugly person at a time.” The core members are Velvet Sky and Angelina Love. Throughout the year's wrestlers like Madison Rayne, Lacey Von Erich, and Cute Kip (aka Billy Gunn) were also members of the group. A version of the stable called The Allure, which features Sky, Love, and Mandy Leon is currently active in ROH Wrestling.
While TNA has a history of relying on established stars, The Beautiful People served as launching bad for some of their best homegrown female talent. In truth, in terms of chemistry and popularity, the stable is one of TNA’s most successful factions – male or female.
9 Worst: Pretty Mean Sisters
Pretty Mean Sisters, often referred to as P.M.S., was an Attitude ERA faction that featured Jacqueline, Terri Runnels, and Ryan Shamrock. They were later joined by Meat (aka Shawn Stasiak), who was billed as the group’s man slave. The short-lived faction lasted from November of 1998 until 1999.
P.M.S. was involved in some pretty lame storylines including a cheesy Terri Runnels pregnancy angle. However, things would only get worse when they added Meat. Meat wrestled in trunks that were supposed to look like men's underwear and was forced to do degrading acts – like Kiss Terri Runnels' feet. The crowd didn’t feel sorry for Meat or angry with the females for treating him poorly. In fact, fans were generally disinterested in the ill-conceived stable and the bad angles they were a part of.
8 Best: The Beautiful Fierce Females (BFFs)
The Beautiful Fierce Females (BFFs) were a faction that originally formed in NXT, WWE’s Developmental territory. The members of the group were all future main roster stars including the likes of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Summer Rae. The BFFs were a heel (bad girl) faction that debuted in September of 2013 and disbanded in July of the following year.
While they weren’t together long, the group served as a launching pad for both Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks – both of whom have played significant roles in WWE’s Divas Evolution. It was as a member of the BFFs that Sasha Banks was given her now famous nickname when her teammate Summer Rae referred to her as “The Boss of NXT.”
7 Worst: Team B.A.D.
Soon after Stephanie McMahon officially announced the women’s evolution was underway, Sasha Banks joined Naomi and Tamina as part of a faction known as team B.A.D. The three women were thrown together to battle other trios, which also featured several debuting stars for WWE’s developmental promotion, NXT. The stable lasted about a year from May 2015 to 2016.
Team B.A.D. was part of a rivalry that involved Team P.C.B. and Team Bella. In truth, all the faction were thrown together, and despite having an excellent performer in them, none of the groups caught on with the WWE Universe. In fact, the storyline involving the three trios was named Wrestling Observers “Worst Feud of the Year” in 2015.
6 Best: The Riott Squad
Led by Ruby Riott, The Riott Squad is punk-inspired trio who tried to wreak havoc on the WWE Women’s Division since they debut in late-2017. The other members of The Squad were Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. The recent Superstar Shakeup this past April resulted in Morgan being separated from her teammates and sent to SmackDown – thus seemingly marking the end of the faction.
The Riott Squad wasn’t a headlining act, but they were solid performers who helped fill out the division. The colorful trio worked well together and helped elevate a lot of WWE’s top female stars.
5 Worst: Team Bella
Team Bella was essentially The Bella Twins (Nikki & Brie) with Alicia Fox thrown in so they would have three members to feud with the likes of Team B.A.D. and Team P.C.B. The trio was prominently featured in the 2015 feud with other previously mentioned factions. The group quietly split in March of 2016.
Team Bella’s only major contribution was their participation is the failed feud with the other trio’s in a shoddy storyline WWE tried to promote in 2015. In truth, Team PCB should also probably be on our list of failed factions as well, so consider this their not-so-honorable mention.
4 The Four Horsewoman (MMA)
Not to be confused with Four Horsewomen that includes Charlotte Flair and company; this fearsome foursome features former MMA stars Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler, and former WWE Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. While Rousey is a member of the WWE main roster, the other three women are featured prominently in NXT.
This is a stable full of legitimate tough women who know how to make pro wrestling holds look believable — particularly Rousey and Baszler. Duke and Shafir have only recently entered the world of professional wrestling, but once they get up to speed this version of the Four Horsewomen has a chance to become one of the all-time great female factions.
3 Worst: Vince’s Devils
Vince’s Devils was a faction made up of Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, and Victoria. They formed in 2005 after Michelle and Wilson were traded to SmackDown for Christy Hemme and Stacy Keibler. The stable was mostly involved in adult-oriented contests like bra and panties matches, before ultimately splitting up in early-2006.
The threesome was basically an Attitude Ear holdover that used sex appeal to grab the audience’s attention. By the time Vince’s Devils had come around fans had already seen plenty of adult-oriented matches and women fighting over who would appear on certain magazine covers. While they did get decent crowd reaction with some of their antics, there was nothing particularly original or compelling about the trio.
2 Best: The Four Horsewoman (WWE)
This version of the Four Horsewomen features some of the biggest stars in WWE right now. The foursome consists of “The Man” Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, “The Boss” Sasha Banks and Bayley.
The stable is somewhat unique in that they are seldom featured in WWE storylines together, but rather as a group of friends behind the scenes that gave themselves the name. That being said, wrestlers and commentators have referred to the faction on WWE television numerous times over the years. In essences, the Horsewomen are essentially a female version of the Kilq. Each member of the group has played a key role in WWE’s Women’s Evolution and helped pave the way for future generations of female performers.
1 Worst: Extreme Expose
Extreme Expose was a trio that featured Kelly Kelly, Brooke (aka Brooke Tessmacher), and Layla. The group came together in 2007 and performed on WWE’s ECW brand. For several months, the three women participated in provocative dance routines on a weekly basis. In November of 2007, WWE decided to release Brooke, which meant that Extreme Expose was no more.
The group’s dance routines were supposed to add a bit of sex appeal to the show and make ECW seem edgy. While they certainly appealed to certain fans, for many, the novelty seemed to wear off fairly quickly and Extreme Expose quietly dissolved.