Much deliberation is being put into the WWE's forthcoming brand split. The company's previous attempt was met with mixed reviews and many would argue that the idea was a downright flop. It would serve in the company's best interest to make use of their rising crop of young talent diligently, as the WWE's roster appears to be deeper than ever. NXT has proven to be a serviceable training ground, responsible for some of today's best and tomorrow's most promising performers. Managing the brand splits and booking Superstars accordingly will prove to a be top priority for WWE creative in order for this new project to succeed.
One way to help younger talent find direction and develop their persona could be by including them in a stable, surrounded by veterans. Think of how it helped catapult the careers of The Rock and Triple H during The Attitude Era, as members of The Nation of Domination and D-Generation X. What about the massive influx of female competitors? With limited match time, why not find a way to write them into more important storylines, so they get more air time, even if it is not necessarily in the ring, by associating them to male factions. The different rivalries and storylines which could arise from the creation of new groups could produce some compelling television. What would pro wrestling be today had the nWo or DX never existed?
For the purpose of this article, we have come up with different potential factions based on today's roster. Each stable will include at least one veteran, one newcomer, and one Diva. Some wrestlers may overlap. Enjoy!
13 Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Randy Orton, Paige: Switchblade Asylum
12 The Miz, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, Eva Marie, Maryse: Velvet Rope Society
11 Enzo And Cass, Tomasso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Carmella: Manhattan Muscle
10 Paul Heyman, Michael Cole, Lana: The Reform
9 Sheamus, Neville, Finn Balor, Becky Lynch: Dublin Brass
8 Cesaro, The Vaudevillains, Emma: The Firm
7 Baron Corbin, Elias Samson, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Paige: The Steel Heard
6 The Wyatt Family, The Ascension, Asuka: New Wyatt Family
5 John Cena, Enzo Amore, Sasha Banks: Uptown Hustle
4 Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Charlotte: Aces Black
3 Samoa Joe, The Usos, Nia Jaxx: Sons of Samoa
2 New Day, Titus O'Neil, No Way Jose, Naomi: New Day Jose
1 Jack Swagger, American Alpha, Summer Rae: The World's Greatest Stable
The Real American, Jack Swagger, could serve as the mentor to current NXT Tag-Team Champions American Alpha. All three have the collegiate wrestling background and Summer Rae has proven to be quite versatile in the gimmicks she has undertaken. She could serve as a cheerleader, while she also holds her own in the ring. She also embodies the typical American college athlete with her long blonde locks. Jordan and Gable have immense face potential and prove to be masterful in the ring. The group's mission would aim to bring "real wrestling" back to the ring and feud with others with a more barbaric style such as Kevin Owens or Dean Ambrose. Their approach to promos would be semi-sarcastic and confident/arrogant humor. Potentially adding Kurt Angle to the mix would make fans go insane. What about Shelton Benjamin....oh the possibilities.
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