The Four Horsemen are widely considered to be the greatest pro wrestling faction of all-time.
Guided by Ric Flair, the group took wrestling to new heights, and it paved the way for legendary groups like the New World Order and D-Generation X to form. Jim Ross said it best when he mentioned that the latter two groups would not have happened without The Four Horsemen.
Even though he's been one of the biggest names in the industry for 40-something years, Flair's legacy will perhaps best be judged and remembered as the man who headlined The Four Horsemen. They strived to be the top wrestlers in the company, and they did that.
The group had reunited multiple times throughout the years, but it's been a long time since we saw the group truly together. Given how none of them will return to pro wrestling again (at least we think) it's hard for us to accept that The Four Horsemen will surely not reunite again.
What's Plan B? Simply, wonder which of today's Superstars would have been the best members of The Four Horsemen. Whether they got to travel back in time or simply form a new wave of the group, there are a number of wrestlers that would be ideal fits for the most iconic faction of all-time.
From John Cena to Roman Reigns, there are a number of wrestlers from recent years that could absolutely give fans another epic run of the alliance we grew to love most. Here are the 12 modern-day Superstars who would be awesome fits in The Four Horsemen.
13 Kurt Angle
Cue the "YOU SUCK," chants. You would not be saying that if Kurt Angle was part of The Horsemen.
He wrestles by the words "Intensity, Intregrity, Intelligence," all necessary qualities to be one of the original Horsemen. He had a work ethic like no other (being a real-life Olympic gold medal winner) and he used that to boost his ego in storylines.
Angle knew he was better than everybody else, because he WON as a real-life wrestler. With his arrogance and ability to work up the crowd, you could easily see him being a modern Ric Flair leader.
12 Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens has proven his desire to be the most hated Superstar in the game. Even though he's been working mid-card his whole WWE career,
He has the punk-like attitude where he just wants to destroy his opponents and his character displays how it's all about him, and it's unfair if nothing goes his way. He also knows he's better than most wrestlers on the roster.
Owens would be the perfect right-hand man to the modern Horsemen leader. He'd slot in perfectly as the enforcer of the group.
11 Dean Ambrose
I'm not so sure now about how Dean Ambrose would work as a member of The Horsemen, as he hasn't been as good since The Shield broke up. He's still a work in progress, but as as a Shield member, he'd be the perfect Horsemen.
Ambrose showed his ability to perform and execute well as a wrestler when paired with two of the WWE's top Superstars. That's what Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn and Ole Anderson all did, of course.
The Lunatic Fringe could definitely fit the modern role of Blanchard; following the leader and being behind the shadows of the leader, but still being a top star.
10 Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has been able to do it all through his WWE career: He was both a villain AND a face with The Shield, and after being solely responsible for dismantling it, he became WWE's top villain on the roster.
As The Four Horsemen always put themselves above the rest, it's hard to overlook what Rollins did. He beat legends John Cena, Kane, and Sting to retain his World Championship. Ric Flair, the leader of the group, said: "To be the man, you gotta beat the man!"
Rollins beat three of the most iconic names in pro wrestling, so that alone would put in him in the discussion as the potential leader of The Four Horsemen.
9 Shawn Michaels
What didn't The Heartbreak Kid accomplish in his WWE career? He was a top-notch face and one of the best heels, and of course part of the legendary D-Generation X alliance.
Now, imagine Shawn Michaels in The Horsemen's group. He had the overall in-ring ability, beat virtually every major talent in the pro wrestling industry, had the charisma, and swagger to put his name in the all-time greats.
Just knowing how huge his name was to the WWE is enough to think Michaels could succeed as the leader of The Four Horsemen. Especially when you consider how it was Michaels who ended Flair's in-ring WWE career.
8 Roman Reigns
He's not a good guy, he's not a bad guy, he's not THE guy...He's the next Tully Blanchard, if anything else.
Roman Reigns wouldn't be able to be the leader of the faction, because he still hasn't developed his microphone skills. He'd be better off as the bottom-feeder of the group, where he fights for, say, the Intercontinental title over the World Championship.
Perhaps Reigns would be best suited as a guy who the leader of The Horsemen trains to succeed him, similar to how Triple H was mentoring Randy Orton and Batista to be the next main guy in Evolution.
Plus, Reigns needs the training to be the WWE's top star. Perhaps being part of the modern Horsemen alliance would truly put him over the top. One can dream, right?
The Rated R Superstar had arguably his greatest run as a heel. His entire legacy was feuding with the biggest faces: John Cena, DX, The Undertaker, Matt Hardy, Kane, Ric Flair and others.
Edge was all about being put in the spotlight over other stars. Like Owens, he would throw fits if the WWE didn't put him before everyone else. That's the quality you look for in a leader of a group. Maybe he wouldn't be The Horsemen's ideal leader, but Edge would be one of the best second or third in-command wrestlers.
5 Chris Jericho
He's the best in the world at what he does. His trunks say that he's the "G.O.A.T," and anybody that feuds with him will be called "an idiot" by Y2J himself.
Seriously, Chris Jericho has every necessary quality to headline a faction as legendary as The Horsemen. If there was someone with a bigger ego (in storyline) than The Nature Boy, it's Jericho himself.
Just look at the way he feuds with the top stars and how much he insults them. Look at how excellent he is in working up the crowd. Jericho hasn't had the chance to be the top leader in a major alliance, but he's really a modern Flair. Hopefully Vince McMahon is reading this and it flashes a light bulb in his mind...
He's one of my favourite wrestlers ever and he surely would not have gotten to the top if he wasn't in Evolution. But the fact is, he learned best from being in the group and Batista could succeed in The Four Horsemen for many reasons.
The Animal would work best as the group's main destroyer: Putting away any opponent who crossed paths with the leader. He obeyed Triple H in Evolution for years. So assuming one of the other guys on this list were leader, Batista would surely be able to follow him and do his job as the clean-up man.
3 Randy Orton
The third generation Superstar has proven to be best when placed in power alliances. Where would Randy Orton have really gone if he wasn't thrown into Evolution, where Triple H and Flair got to help him be the next one?
Also, Orton was excellent as leader of The Legacy and that faction surely ended far too soon. Orton's character is growing more stale as WWE fails to use him properly. So why not put him where it works best?
As a leader OR as a follower of the leader, Orton would be the perfect fit. He's shown it in two different alliances, so there's no reason to think he wouldn't bode well in a modern Horsemen union.
2 John Cena
John Cena's been in predominantly single competitions his entire career and perhaps leading a major alliance is all that's missing on an otherwise flawless resume.
As his babyface character grows more stale, Cena could lead a new set of wrestlers as good guys or bad guys. The Four Horsemen bounced between face and heel, and either scenario with Cena is ideal.
The long-anticipated heel turn would work to perfection if he backstabbed the fans the way Hulk Hogan did before forming the New World Order in 1996. Or, Cena could be the leader that grooms and mentors three up-and-coming stars as the faces of the company.
Either could work for Cena, if a new generation of Horsemen comes along.
1 Triple H
How fitting would it be that the man who had the leader of The Four Horsemen join Evolution wind up being his successor to the group that made The Nature Boy an icon?
Triple H has done everything required to be a leader of a modern Horsemen Group. He's been a top star for two decades, has held the third-most World Championships, led Evolution AND DX, and has worked with some of the most legendary wrestlers of all-time.
The Game learned from The Nature Boy. The two worked together for decades and he's learned all of the lessons needed to be the next one. There'd be no Evolution without The Four Horsemen.
Therefore, it'd be epic enough if Triple H were to take over Flair as leader of the Horsemen.