The diehard wrestling fan will have various favorites when it comes to the concepts of pro wrestling and factions are one of those. A faction is a group of multiple wrestlers pairing up to create a unit that works together to get success. The most popular factions in wrestling history would be the New World Order, the Four Horsemen and D-Generation X. All four of these factions were led by elite superstar talents such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Triple H. They were also full of great wrestlers being utilized effectively when names like Scott Hall, Arn Anderson and X-Pac were put in a position to shine.
All members of the faction should contribute and improve their stock by being a part of it. Randy Orton was a floundering new face in WWE until he joined Evolution and embraced his heel role as “the future.” Even Flair was in a bad spot at the time in WWE before he entered Evolution and played into his past as a wrestling legend. This was the perfect example of two talents finding better use by being in a faction, while Triple H’s character improved by having the variables with him.
While many stables have become great successes in WWE, not every member has benefited from being in a particular group and some others have harmed it. There’s a couple of reasons for failures in factions. Not every wrestler can fit into any gimmick. Timing and chemistry can prevent a talented star from thriving in a great group. D-Generation X was a silly, comedic stable that played immature pranks and made jokes out of their opponents. Bret Hart or Ken Shamrock would not have worked in that setting but that doesn’t mean they were less talented. That being said, many of the people on this list just sucked and harmed the faction with poor work. We’ll look at all the reasons why as we break down the top fifteen worst members of great wrestling factions.
14 Braun Strowman (The Wyatt Family)
It may be a bit early to judge Braun Strowman this harshly and he does physically fit the part with The Wyatt Family, but he’s just plain terrible. Strowman has the look of a monster but he does not have any wrestling ability. The Wyatt Family was perfect with the trio of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. They had classic matches against The Shield and were a must-see act. While still effective, the team matches involving The Wyatts have suffered due to the addition of the extremely limited Strowman. There are rumors of Strowman being valued as highly as Bray Wyatt within WWE and that will continue to hurt the faction.
13 Bull Buchanan (Right to Censor)
Right to Censor were one of the more underrated factions in WWE history. The Attitude Era represented what fans wanted at the time, with the product featuring sex, violence and overall edgy content. Right to Censor was based off the Parents Television Council’s protest of WWE television and the faction went after those controversial characters. It worked because they reformed the adult star character Val Venis and pimp character The Godfather, along with leader Stevie Richards and Ivory. The odd man out was Bull Buchanan. WWE had nothing to do with the lackluster Buchanan, so they just added him as an extra body, which was the story of his career.
12 PG-13 (Nation of Domination)
Many wrestling fans still remember The Nation of Domination fondly when thinking back to the great gimmicks of the 90s. The faction featured African-American wrestlers aggressively going after others due to feeling prejudice by the WWE and its fans. The stable was tremendous for a good year, but there were some flaws. J.D. Ice and Wolfie D formed the PG-13 tag team on the indies and were added to the N.O.D. as non-wrestlers and white rappers. The two stood out and made the group seem less serious. WWE would remove them from the faction rather quickly but they still were a flop.
11 Batista (Evolution)
There’s no doubt that Evolution is one of the great factions in WWE history and Batista achieved a great deal of success because of it. The placement of the future Hall of Famer is here for one specific reason. Evolution’s focus was on the past, present and future of the business. Batista joined Randy Orton as the “future,” learning under then-champion Triple H and the legendary Ric Flair. The problem is Batista was actually older than Triple H. With a late debut in the WWE, the big man worked his way into the main event, but it was just comical seeing a 35-year-old man pretend to be in his 20s.
10 Heath Slater (Nexus)
One constant on this list is that the wrestlers in question just didn’t belong in the factions they were a part of. Sometimes the talent will be there, but it’s just a bad fit with the faction. Nexus was a red-hot group that attacked John Cena and waged war on the WWE after the young wrestlers were forced to participate on the old NXT competition show. Heath Slater stood out like a sore thumb and was a horrible fit for what the stable was meant to be. Wade Barrett, Skip Sheffield and Michael Tarver all looked intimidating, while Justin Gabriel and Daniel Bryan could use their wrestling skills to gain control. Slater’s strength is comedic character work and it had no place in Nexus.
9 Tatanka (Million Dollar Corporation)
Ted DiBiase was one of the great pro wrestling heels and started his own faction of evil wrestlers once he retired. The Million Dollar Man recruited wrestlers into his Million Dollar Corporation stable and it was a very effective heel group. The biggest swerve was Tatanka turning heel and selling out to join the Corporation for the money. As an established midcard face, Tatanka joining felt like a big moment but that was where the momentum ended. Tatanka was a bad fit and didn’t add anything to the faction aside from the big moment. It was the perfect example of how intricate the gelling of a group can be.
8 Steve McMichael (Four Horsemen)
The Four Horsemen is typically the most popular answer when asking wrestling fans who the best faction of all time was. There were many different versions of the group and WCW tried to shoehorn former NFL player Steve “Mongo” McMichael into it at one point in the 90s. Mongo tried his best to learn and improve at wrestling but he always looked a bit foolish in the Four Horsemen. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit were three of the best and most respected workers in the business. McMichael looked even worse next to them and was one of the worst members of the Horsemen.
8. Kama Mustafa (Nation of Domination)
The biggest strength of a faction is every member having value and importance. The Nation of Domination fit the bill with most of the faction. The Rock was a rising superstar, Faarooq was a credible leader with a respected career and D’Lo Brown was an exciting in-ring performer that helped add to the midcard title picture. Each guy served a purpose but Kama Mustafa was less memorable. The man later known as The Godfather was basically a henchman that played the role of a physically intimidating guy that took the pin in matches so the others would be protected. The history of the NoD would have been better with just Faarooq, The Rock and Brown.
7 Larry Zbyszko (The Dangerous Alliance)
Just looking at the talent list will make you realize The Dangerous Alliance are one of the most talented factions of all time. Managing legend Paul Heyman led the all-star cast of Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton and Larry Zbyszko. All of these men were hitting their stride in the early stages or final stages of their prime except Zbyszko. The aging veteran didn’t look formidable in the ring anymore and harmed the overall perception of the faction. If you watch a segment or match of The Dangerous Alliance, you’ll likely see a lineup of home run hitters with Zbyszko striking out.
6 Mideon (Ministry of Darkness)
The Undertaker’s heel turn in the late 90s led to the terrifying Ministry of Darkness faction. With a satanic character creating a cult-like faction, Mideon was converted into a follower of the Ministry. The group was full of intimidating figures such as The Undertaker, Bradshaw, Faarooq, Viscera and The Brood but Mideon didn’t strike the same fear. Sure, the new look and his presence was a bit spooky but he was just too silly. Long time wrestling fans remember Mideon more as the guy who streaked or the pig farmer that was in love with Sunny because that was a more natural role for him.
5 Sting (nwo Wolfpac)
Sting is arguably the greatest WCW performer of all time but the idea of adding him to the nWo Wolfpac was ridiculous. The company reinvented Sting by having him become the one man that could stand up to the New World Order. Once the powerful faction split into two groups, Sting joined the face Wolfpac stable with Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, Randy Savage and Konnan. They were likable as a super group of faces but Nash and Konnan made his life hell for years in the original nWo. With no explanation, Sting looked silly wearing the nWo letters and it damaged his credibility as a top character.
4 Manu (Legacy)
WWE has struggled to create relevant factions over the last decade but Legacy was one of theor rare successes. Randy Orton led fellow second generation stars Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase into a faction where all three members benefited and worked together into becoming a great group. It pushed Orton as a relevant main event act and helped create two new stars with Rhodes and DiBiase. The problem was adding Manu as a fourth member. Despite his impressive background and Samoan legacy, Manu looked horrible in the ring and was rumored to have a bad attitude that led to a quick exile from the faction before an eventual release from WWE.
3 Buff Bagwell (nWo)
The New World Order, at its peak, was the most important wrestling faction ever due to it being the driving force behind WCW overtaking WWE as the top wrestling promotion for a few years. Every wrestling expert will agree the stable adding too many irrelevant members caused them to lose their credibility rather quickly. Of all the terrible names to join, Buff Bagwell was the worst for a multitude of reasons. There were worse talents but Bagwell flat out represented failure. WCW viewed him as a future main eventer and put him in various different gimmicks set out to succeed but he always flopped. Bagwell’s “midcard for life” status harmed the standing of the nWo by giving him a prominent role.
2 Chyna (DX)
We can’t possibly argue Chyna’s accomplishments in WWE. The Ninth Wonder of the World was one of the company’s biggest female stars in their most popular era. Chyna just was a bore in D-Generation-X from a wrestling perspective. Aside from having a one-liner referenced about her by Triple H or Shawn Michaels, Chyna just stood there and kind of looks silly in retrospect. All of the members in both popular incarnations perfectly suited the juvenile humor of DX’s antics but Chyna was basically a novelty act added in. Let’s not forget she was one of the worst in-ring performers in WWE and her matches are nearly impossible to watch back today.
1 Paul Roma (Four Horsemen)
The Four Horsemen were obviously spectacular and the two staples of the faction were Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. The other members were interchangeable through the different versions and there were quite a few duds being added to the mix. Paul Roma was by far the worst member and completely squandered the rare opportunity of joining the historic faction. Roma's best attribute was his look but the guy couldn’t work a great match to save his career. Many viewed the Horsemen as being the elite workers of the company and one of the worst talents being added to the mix was just disrespectful to the overall legacy of The Four Horsemen.