It’s a sad fact of life that wrestling factions aren’t nearly as popular as they once were in WWE. Rumor has it that even the word faction was banned for a time in WWE. There’s no good reason for this. It makes sense that wrestlers would band together for common interests. What workplace doesn’t have employees that form little subgroups. Factions aren’t just one of the few things in professional wrestling that just make sense; they also lead to some of the greatest storylines. There’ s just something compelling about watching a group of wrestlers tear through the company week after week.
The other great thing about factions is that they are recyclable. While there are some wrestling factions you can’t recreate because of how infamous or specific they were (A new D-Generation X would be a tough sell), the basic idea behind some of the greatest wrestling factions in history can easily be repeated. In fact, one look at the WWE roster reveals an infinite amount of potential for modern day recreations of some of wrestling’s greatest groups. These are the top 15 old school factions the WWE can recreate with current superstars.
15 The Nexus
14 The Un-Americans
The whole “America vs. the world” mentality in professional wrestling gets a little old. It’s based on a dated mentality and it seems like every wrestling promoter in the world has explored the idea for all its worth. One of the most interesting instances of this storyline was when Bret Hart and the Hart Foundation pitted Canada against America. It was a unique twist on an old concept that produced unique atmospheres for wrestling matches. While you can’t recreate the Hart Foundation, you can recreate Christian and Lance Storm’s Un-Americans.
13 The Samoan SWAT Team
If there’s one thing that’s remained consistently true about Samoan wrestlers, it’s that they’re tough. Call it a stereotype if you must, but in defense of the cliché, the vast majority of professional wrestlers that hail from the island have been some of pro wrestling’s most legitimately tough competitors. Most of these wrestlers were once featured on the infamous Samoan Swat Team. While Fatu and Samu were the group’s most infamous members (they later went on to form WWE’s Headshrinkers), many capable Samoan wrestlers were in the faction at one point. It’s a legacy that could easily continue with The Usos and Roman Reigns.
12 The Millionaire's Club
Vince Russo’s era in WCW was pretty much an undisputed disaster. Just because the man wrecked 99% of the things he touched in that organization, however, doesn’t mean that he didn’t occasionally have a good idea. The Millionaire’s Club is a pretty good example of one of those rare good ideas. The idea here is that a group of veteran wrestlers have banded together together to take down a batch of rising stars.
11 The J-Tex Corporation
10 The Acolyte Protection Agency
You really do have to appreciate the little moments of brilliance peppered throughout the Attitude Era. For instance, when Faarooq and Bradshaw left the Ministry of Darkness, WWE could have just had them ditch the Acolyte bit altogether and simply move on to something else. Instead, they decided to take advantage of the tough guy reputation the two had built up and turned them into guns for hire that other wrestlers would turn to when they wanted to even the odds.
9 The Dungeon of Doom
The Dungeon of Doom was a pretty stupid idea. At a time when WCW was trying to embrace a more family-friendly style, it was decided that the best way to give new company star Hulk Hogan something to do would be to pit him against a collection of Saturday morning cartoon villains. No, seriously. There was a mummy, a shark, a giant and…whatever Ed Leslie was supposed to be. For as bad as the idea was, though, it still managed to pack a kind of campy charm.
8 The Disciples Of The Apocalypse
Before the Attitude Era, WWE played with the idea of revitalizing their increasingly stale product by kicking off a gang war. The idea was that factions like Los Boricuas, the Nation of Domination, and the Hart Foundation would regularly engage in feuds before the whole thing culminated in a big blow-off match. It didn’t pan out and, to be honest, neither did the biker gang known as the Disciples of the Apocalypse.
7 The Million Dollar Corporation
6 The Alliance
5 The J.O.B. Squad
Al Snow isn’t exactly the greatest wrestler to ever live, but the man does have a few career highlights. The brightest among them is certainly his run in ECW as a member of the J.O.B Squad. For those that don’t remember this time, the J.O.B Squad was a collection of jobbers that banded together to continue not winning matches. That may sound pretty ineffective, but it was a great way to give some wrestlers that were never going anywhere anyway a lovable piece of programming time.
4 The Radicalz
3 The Varsity Club
The Varsity Club was a stroke of booking brilliance. Basically, Kevin Sullivan recognized Jim Crockett Promotions had just signed three incredible in-ring workers (Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, and Mike Rotunda) who all happened to have celebrated collegiate accomplishments. As such, he had them wear letterman jackets to the rings from their alma maters and become heels by exerting their superior wrestling skills on the rest of the roster. Their matches had the atmosphere of a college sports game and were almost always great due to the talent of the wrestlers involved.
2 The Dangerous Alliance
This one should have happened the moment that Paul Heyman started managing wrestlers again. Once upon a time, Paul Heyman’s Dangerous Alliance terrorized WCW. They didn’t just win a couple of matches or beat up the occasional babyface backstage; they absolutely demolished nearly every wrestler that stood in their way and forced both enemies and allies to come together to stop them. Honestly, they were better than the NwO in many ways.
1 The Four Horsemen
You can debate whether or not the Four Horsemen were the first pro wrestling faction of all-time, but there’s little argument that they are the greatest. The Horsemen may have started when someone happened to book four of Jim Crockett’s best talents for roughly the same promo shoot time, but it was clear from their first on-screen appearance that sometimes you just need to put great wrestlers together and let them do their thing.
The question is, who should be in the modern Four Horsemen? Well, sticking with the original blueprint of the group, we’d pick AJ Styles as our singles champion, The Miz as our secondary champion, and the Revival as our decorated tag team. Imagine that group getting into feuds with the rest of the roster and try not to get excited.
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