While the WWE has recently tried to bring back the concept of factions, they've whiffed on quite a few ideas. The great factions were always the coolest guys on screen, as fans felt like they wanted to be a part of the group, dressing like them and sometimes caring more about the group than any main event star.
Factions were a huge part of the Attitude Era, as the WWE had D-Generation X as their answer to WCW's nWo. While the nWo may have had a greater impact on ratings, WCW ran it into the ground, whereas WWE knew when to break Triple H from the group so he could make it on his own.
While those are two examples of amazing factions, there are about five awful factions for every good one, if we're being generous. When wrestlers don't have anything to do on their own, they're often thrown together in an attempt to freshen things up for them. Sometimes random teamings can work out well, but often times, wrestlers can't turn chicken s***into chicken salad.
Another element of factions are there's usually one wrestler in the group for whom the promotion has big plans, but protect their weaknesses by teaming them with established veterans.
As awful as groups like nWo 2000 and the Spirit Squad were, we still remember them, if anything for just how notoriously bad they were. But there are also short lived factions that slip our memory when trying to think back. Perhaps it's because they were just so bad and irrelevant that we didn't care to remember them, but you'll probably have a few "oh, yeah" moments when going through this list. Here are 15 factions that were so bad we forgot about them.
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15 Team Canada
This group came to light in the dying days of WCW when the majority of wrestling fans had flocked to WWE and weren't looking back. One of the ideas WCW came up with was to form a group called Team Canada, under the idea that the group felt Canada was superior to the USA. Never mind that WCW had long ignored the Canadian market. The group was led by Lance Storm and included Jacques Rougeau, Carl Ouelette and Elix Skipper. The group really became a mess when Americans joined too, including longtime patriotic Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
14 3 Count
The trio of Shane Helms, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias were put together and billed as a boy band, 3 Count, to capitalize on the popularity of boy bands at the time. The group was managed by Jimmy Hart and eventually got Tank Abbott as their enforcer/backup dancer. The group eventually broke up after Helms and Moore accused Karagias of trying to hog the limelight, typical story of a boy band breakup. While boy bands were popular in 1999, wrestling fans weren't exactly the target audience of a boy band.
13 Disciples of Apocalypse
Hardcore Attitude Era fans will remember this stable, as they feuded with the Road Warriors for a while, but really they aren't a stable worth remembering. 8-Ball, Skull, Chainz and Crush formed the stable, with Crush joining after being fired from The Nation of Domination. After Crush left the company, the group lost some steam and their part in WWE's so-called "gang wars" was just another one of those kinks that WWE had to work out to reach their full potential in the Attitude Era.
12 The Corre
The Corre was formed shortly after the original Nexus was disbanded and taken over by CM Punk. With Barrett kicked out of the group, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel refused to follow the new leader and remained loyal to Barrett, forming The Corre. The group only lasted six months, as the initial concept of what made Wade Barrett's Nexus successful was completely gone. The group was also booked weakly, losing at WrestleMania XXVII to a team of Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, Big Show and Kane in under two minutes.
11 The Mexicools
The Mexicools were an offensive gimmick, essentially playing up the stereotype of Mexicans, riding to the ring on John Deere tractors, implying that they worked on lawns. They had the matching coveralls to boot. The group was comprised of Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis and Super Crazy. Juventud was eventually released by the WWE due to ongoing backstage problems, but this stable was a complete disaster and one WWE would like to remain forgotten.
10 Latino World Order
WCW seemed to be obsessed with having as many factions as possible. Maybe it was reflective of the backstage cliques in the company, but at one point, every wrestler seemed to be a part of a faction and WCW decided to place pretty much all the latino wrestlers and put them together to form the Latino World Order. The group only lasted about three months as a car accident suffered by group leader Eddie Guerrero brought an end to the group.
9 The NWA
In the late 90s, NWA was in shambles as the major companies had broken away from them. The heads of the organization cut a deal with WWE for their champions to appear on RAW and feud with WWE wrestlers. The WWE audience never connected with them, as the group was composed of an aging Barry Windham and Rock 'N' Roll Express with Jeff Jarrett pushed as the big star of the group. Whenever that's the case, you know it's going to be awful.
The FBI in ECW was a funny stable, as the running joke was none of the "Full Blooded Italians" were actually Italian. When the WWE took over ECW's trademarks they decided to revive the trio, having original member Nunzio on their roster. The group was basically jobbers, and the WWE failed to acknowledge the joke that they weren't actually Italian, so the group was basically a bunch of evil Italian stereotypes. When WWE revamped the ECW brand, they again attempted to revive the group, but to no avail.
7 The Union
While 1999 was the year WWE began to pull away from WCW and never look back, reflecting on the year shows that there were plenty of problems with WWE television. One was that there was never any consistency and swerves were thrown in for the sake of having swerves. When Vince and Shane feigned a falling out, Shane took over the Corporation stable, while a few guys decided to remain loyal to Vince. Mankind led the stable, with Big Show, Ken Shamrock and Test and would join forces with The Rock and Stone Cold to take on the greater threat of the Corporate Ministry. The group had absolutely no shelf life. When Vince McMahon was revealed as The Greater Power behind the Corporate Ministry, the group was disbanded.
6 Three Faces of Fear
This group was formed to take on Hulk Hogan who was billed as the conquering babyface of WCW. Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan led the group which included Avalanche (formerly Earthquake) and The Butcher (Brutus The Barber Beefcake). This faction was short lived as it would set up another faction led by Kevin Sullivan. During this time, The Butcher was actually booked in a match for the world title against Hulk Hogan, a laughable no.1 contender.
5 The Dungeon of Doom
This could arguably be the worst faction in wrestling history. The Dungeon of Doom was the follow up group to Three Faces of Fear led by Kevin Sullivan. John Tenta became The Shark rather than Avalanche. The group also included Kamala and of course there was The Zodiac, yet another gimmick for Ed Leslie (Beefcake). Finally Meng joined the group and knowing real life stories of Meng, maybe he alone could have been the real threat to Hogan. This group just looked like one big Halloween costume.
4 Misfits in Action
WCW was a complete mess when Vince Russo got there and he made it a million times worse when he got there. The group was a... military faction? Well, they were led by Hugh Morrus, who had been re-dubbed General Hugh G. Rection, a name you might expect a 12-year-old to find funny. Other members included Corporal Cajun, Sgt. AWOL, Lieutenant Loco, Private Stash, Major Gunns and eventually Booker T, who revived his G.I. Bro gimmick.
3 Los Boricuas
Los Boricuas were yet another faction in which WWE tried to include in a "gang wars" storyline that involved a motorcycle gang in DOA, a black power group in the Nation and then you had the Latino group of Los Boricuas, led by Savio Vega. Vega formed the group after being kicked out of the Nation, much like Crush. Miguel Perez, Jose Estrada Jr, and Jesus Castillo were the other members of the group and while they had been stars in other promotions, nobody in the WWE audience knew who they were. Savio Vega left the company in 1998 and from there, the group was quickly forgotten.
2 The Truth Commission
I grew up in the Attitude Era and have a pretty good memory about most wrestlers, but even this one escaped me for a while until I stumbled upon a vignette of The Truth Commission while browsing old RAW episodes on the network. This group was billed as a white separatist paramilitary group from South Africa. Kurrgan is probably the only memorable one of the group due to his size, but there was also Recon, Sniper and Tank. The Commandant of the group was eventually replaced by The Jackyl, but Kurrgan eventually broke away from the group.
1 The Oddities
Kurrgan had to move on to greater things, right? The WWE decided to throw together a group of "freaks" with the gigantic Kurrgan teaming with Golga, Giant Silva, Luna Vachon and eventually even Sable, who took over as the leader of the group for a brief period. They were originally led by The Jackyl and billed as monster heels, even though they never won anything of meaning. Eventually they were turned face, but remained irrelevant. Even George "The Animal" Steele briefly joined the group before they were released by WWE in February of 1999.
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