It's often said that "you are only as strong as your weakest link", a statement which highlights the importance of any and every one on your team, or in this case, your faction. Throughout the years WWE fans have seen many factions come and go. Some of these factions cement themselves in the minds of the casual and/or hardcore fans as being factions for the ages. On the other hand, viewers cannot wait to see some of these factions be dismantled once and for all.
Factions come in all different shapes and sizes. Viewers have seen factions with three members (the minimum criteria) as well as those that hit double digits. Yet it isn't the quantity of your faction that leads to its uprise or its downfall; it's the quality of its members that lead to infamy.
Here, we take a look at the the 8 best and 7 worst WWE factions in history.
15 BEST: The Hart Foundation
The Hart Foundation has had many incarnations throughout its time, with the most recent coming in 2007 which featured Tyson Kidd, D.H. Smith and Natalya. However, the most talented version of the Hart Foundation featured brothers Bret and the late Owen Hart, the British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart and Brian Pillman. Unfortunately their tenure was short lived, lasting a tad over eight months. Despite this, the group dominated the WWE at a point by holding each and every belt that was offered in the company. Pillman was found dead with the result of death being arterioscleroic heart disease on October 5th, 1997. Hart would leave in the following month as a result of the "Montreal Screw Job" incident in which referee Earl Hebner rang the bell falsely claiming Hart tapped when Shawn Michaels put him in the Sharpshooter. Neidhart and Bulldog followed suit while Owen remained with the WWE until his untimely passing.
14 WORST: Mean Street Posse
The group composed of Pete Gas, Rodney and Joey Abs came to the WWE in March of 1999 and the former two members, Gas and Rodney, were real life high school pals of Shane O'Mac. Abs on the other hand was not and had prior wrestling experience on the independent circuit. The group's gimmick was that of upper echelon rich kids that dressed up in sweater vests and slacks. The group isn't remembered for much, if anything; many likely don't even remember their names. They were removed from the roster in November of 2000 in order to be sent down to developmental. The biggest accomplishment of the members is being Hardcore Championship title holders for a short span of time during WrestleMania 2000.
13 BEST: The New Day
It's hard to remember the WWE Universe clamoring with the chant of "NEW DAY SUCKS!" The trio of Big E, Kofi Kingston and the soon to be doctor, Xavier Woods receive one of the biggest pops in the WWE today and have been for the better part of 2016. The 2-time tag team champs have provided viewers with a humorous stable that is closing in on a 500 day reign which is unprecedented in today's day and age. Similar to The Shield, it is impossible to point to who is the leader of the trio as all seem to be on a level plateau. The group has done an amazing job at introducing props into their gimmick and making the props as recognized as they are. For one, the Booty-Os cereal has gotten so huge that it can actually now be purchased. Woods has had his trombone, Francesca 1, not 2, featured on a shirt. The unicorn horns are worn by the group and are worn by fans of all age groups. The New Day went from looking like a group that fell flat on its face and couldn't recover upon debuting to one of the most over trios in WWE history.
12 WORST: The Mexicools
Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis and Super Crazy were all more than capable of putting on a solid match, especially Guerrera, but in order to resonate with fans you not only have to be a good ring worker, you have to have a good gimmick to add to your arsenal. Unfortunately for the Mexicools the last thing they had was a "cool" gimmick even if the latter half of their name contained the word cool. The group would enter on John Deere lawnmowers or as they called them, Juan Deere. The trio would frequently drill the audience with promos that would revolve around them being fed up with doing dirty work such as cleaning toilets for Americans and how the tables would be turned. The group lasted less than a year from 2005-2006.
11 BEST: The Nation of Domination
The Nation saw characters such as Owen Hart, Mark Henry, Ahmed Johnson and Savio Vega as a part of their stable. Yet, while these individuals may have been members of the Nation, they are not names synonymous with the Nation and are lesser known individuals based on their level, or better yet, lack of impact for the Nation. Instead, the most prominent individuals of the Nation were Faarooq (the group's original leader), Rocky Maivia/The Rock (The Rock became the group's leader later on), D'Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa better known to most as The Godfather. The premise behind the Nation of Domination were that they were an all black faction that had been oppressed and would no longer stand for it. The Rock's transition from Rocky Maivia to The Rock character catapulted him into stardom, not just for the late nineties but to this day. Faarooq and Kama Mustafa (who was inducted as the Godfather) both are Hall of Famers as a result of 2012 and 2016 inductions respectively. The Nation reigned for 2+ years from 1996 to 1998 and reinvented itself successfully throughout its time.
10 WORST: X-Factor
There are instances in which stables have members that are on an equal plateau and it is hard to gauge who is the leader such as The Shield. Then there are instances when you make X-Pac the leader, and well, you just never "eeeeeevvvveeerrrrrrr" (Chris Jericho voice) make X-Pac the leader of anything. Justin Credible and Albert joined X-Pac in the faction which formed in February of 2001. Credible was gone a short while later as he defected to support ECW during the invasion in June. X-Pac was bit by the injury bug in October 2011 which put an end to the faction as Albert was the last man standing. The group wasn't well received by fans from the minute it was constructed to the minute it was deconstructed.
9 BEST: The Nexus
"You're either Nexus or you're against us!" were the famous words of Nexus leader Wade Barrett. The Nexus debuted on June 7th, 2010 on Monday Night Raw as they interfered during a match between CM Punk and John Cena. The Nexus took it to another level as they not only laid out Punk and Cena, along with Luke Gallows who was in Punk's corner at the time, but by also laying out the announce team, ring announcer Justin Roberts and the timekeeper. The Nexus had made it known that any and every one in their path was not safe from their wrath. The members of the group, Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Skip Sheffield (aka Ryback), Michael Tarver and Darren Young took the wrestling world by storm but it would be bittersweet. The Nexus looked as if they were immune to looking weak until SummerSlam 2010 hit. In a 7-on-7 match, Cena eliminated Gabriel and Barrett to hand Team Raw the win over The Nexus. The faction never recovered and was dismantled before year's end until it was reincarnated early the following year as the "New Nexus". The Nexus was short lived; but, man, was it fun while it lasted!
8 WORST: J.O.B. Squad
The J.O.B. Squad was a comedic faction that featured the likes of Al Snow, The Blue Meanie, Gillberg, 2 Cold Scorpio and Bob Holly. The collection of individuals in the J.O.B. Squad were jobbers, those who were expected to be guaranteed victories for their opposition. They wore shirts that were ripoffs of the popular and dominant n.W.o. faction with the words J.OB. Squad written on them. Based on their gimmick it was hard to imagine the group achieving much success. Yet Gilberg held the Light Heavyweight Championship and Snow held the Hardcore Championship as members of the J.O.B. Squad. The group formed in November 1998 and by February 1999 the group had been dispersed. Scorpio had been released by the WWE in February (WWF at the time). The end of the J.O.B. Squad came when Bob Holly, who had now adopted the moniker of "Hardcore Holly", defeated Al Snow for the Hardcore Championship at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre PPV in February of 1999.
7 BEST: The Corporation
The Corporation saw many different members throughout its tenure. The group featured the likes of Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, The Rock, Triple H, Big Show, the Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock at one point or another. The basis of the Corporation was to screw over baby faces such as Steve Austin, Mankind, The Rock (when he was dispelled from the Corporation) and Triple H (when he was a member of D-Generation X). The group was at its strongest during a period in which The Rock was the WWE Champion, Shamrock was the Intercontinental Champion, the Big Bossman was the Hardcore Champion and Shamrock and Bossman held the tag belts as well. The Corporation had a great balance of superstars as The Rock and Triple H (depending on when who was in the Corporation at the time) served as the main event talent, Shamrock would be the group's upper mid card talent and Bossman would be the enforcer. Not to forget, the authoritative manipulation by the McMahons. The Corporation played the snarky, better than you heel faction to a tee.
6 WORST: 3MB
They billed themselves as the "Three Man Band", better known as 3MB. When looking at Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater it wouldn't be hard to mistake the two as rockers as McIntyre routinely rocked a bandana and long hair and Slater also sported long hair, wore shades and came out with a leather vest. On the other hand, Mahal usually wore a leather vest along with a turban. It's easy to see who is the odd man out here as Mahal clearly didn't fit the bill for the gimmick. To make matters worse, this was a supposed band that didn't play any music. It was almost unfathomable to see McIntyre in such a position as just a year prior McIntyre was billed as the "Chosen One" by none other than Vince McMahon himself. The group achieved nothing of note, with the exception of stockpiling losses like no tomorrow.
5 BEST: The Shield
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins debuted on November 8, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Survivor Series PPV. They interfered in the triple threat match between CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback to aid Punk in victory. From that point forward, the trio was a force to be reckoned with. The best part of The Shield was the fact it was hard to pinpoint who was the leader of this faction as all three members came in with a clean slate and enjoyed tremendous personal success right off the bat and continue to do so to this day. There was no weak member then and their is no weak member today. Ambrose has held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship and United States Championship on one occasion each respectively. Reigns has had three WWE World Heavyweight title reigns (no pun intended), a tag team reign with Rollins and is the current U.S. title holder. Rollins holds the same accolades as Reigns except with two WWE World Heavyweight Championship reigns.
4 WORST: The League of Nations
What happens when you put together four WWE Superstars that all have a number of impressive accolades in their own right? A recipe for success, no? Enter the League of Nations. When the WWE stuck Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev and Sheamus together they aligned four heels with each other that had little to do prior to being assembled. The problem is once they had aligned they did the same thing - little to nothing. The group failed to resonate with fans and they lasted a little less than half a year with it forming in November of 2015 and it disbanding in April of 2016. The disbanding contained very little narrative as Del Rio and Rusev walked out on Sheamus in a six man tag match. Sheamus confronted the two and put an end to the League of Nations. The underlying problem here is the talent was clearly there; the results clearly were not.
3 BEST: Evolution
Ric Flair represented the past, Triple H represented the present and Randy Orton and Batista represented the future. The foursome debuted on January 20th, 2003 on WWE's flagship show, Monday Night Raw. They reigned at top of the card for the close to three years they were aligned together with all four members holding gold at one point or another. While the roles were clear, Evolution helped jettison both Orton and Batista into main event status. Flair held the Intercontinental and tag titles with Batista. Batista held the forenamed tag belt with Flair. Orton also had his own stint with the IC belt as well as with the World Heavyweight title. Trips held the World Heavyweight title on multiple occasions. Evolution excelled at highlighting the past, present and future and contained zero weak links.
2 WORST: The Spirit Squad
"Kenny! Johnny! Mitch! Nicky! Mikey! And we are... the Spirit Squad!" A theme that could make ears bleed. In fairness, it is hard to make much of a mark when the gimmick you're given is that of male cheerleaders. Yet somehow, some way Even Kenny and Mitch won tag team gold and held onto the belts for seven months. While they may have obtained gold, they are best remembered for two other incidents. The first one being when the DX duo of Triple H and Shawn Michaels had a crap load (pun intended) of feces fall from the rafters on the group. The other being when the forenamed HHH and Michaels stuffed the group in a shipping crate with a stamp that read OVW Louisville, Kentucky, a reference to being sent back to developmental. With the exception of Nicky who resurfaced as Dolph Ziggler, and has gone on to hold the World Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship and U.S. Championship the group has no other success story. Kenny and Mitch recently resurfaced on the blue brand and are nothing more than jobbers.
1 BEST: D-Generation X
The original version of the group may have featured Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Rick Rude and Chyna, but the group that left its mark more so than any other was the compilation of Triple H, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, X-Pac and the late Chyna. The group had many memorable moments, perhaps none as instrumental as when they invaded WCW on an army tank. The face group provided for many comedic moments as well such as when they mocked the Corporation with Triple H stealing the show and referencing The Rock as "The Crock". The group was well balanced as Triple H held down the main event scene, Gunn and Road Dogg were mainstays in the tag division always at the top or in the hunt, X-Pac would be a player in the Light Heavyweight and European title scenes and Chyna provided the domineering female force that had no equivalent. D-Generation X is one of the most renown groups in WWE history.
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