To me, something has been missing from WWE television for a while now and recently, it hit me.
Where are all the factions?
I remember the Attitude Era with all the different groupings of superstars, yet many still were able to compete as talented singles competitors.
I understand the Attitude Era isn't ever coming back, but that doesn't mean the era of factions can't.
The WWE has a lot going on right now with extending Raw back to three hours and loading up the developmental territory with a bunch of super talented superstars.
Right now is the perfect time to bring some factions back to the WWE.
I've looked through the roster and had some ideas. Here are four possible factions that I could see in the WWE within the next year.
Member: Triple H, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, & Ryback
I can definitely see this happening with Triple H having some push around the company. "The Game" was the leader of Evolution in 2003 and featured a nice selection of talent.
Evolution featured the legend (Ric Flair), the muscle (Batista), the future (Randy Orton), and the present-day superstar (Triple H).
This group would be slightly different as Triple H would serve as the legend, but would still be the leader, just not the in-ring leader. That role would go to Sheamus.
Ziggler would play the role of Randy Orton as the young, cocky superstar that knows he will one day become World Champion.
Ryback would play the role of Batista as the muscle or bodyguard of the group. Batista truly showed his superstar potential during his time with Evolution and, who knows, Ryback could possibly do the same.
Members: Drew McIntyre, Damien Sandow, Ezekiel Jackson, Jack Swagger and Zack Ryder.
This idea kind of came to me when watching the Raw 1000 episode when Kane was nearly attacked by the group of superstars who felt they deserved TV time, but was then attacked by the returning Undertaker.
It was a nice clue by the WWE creative team though. A group of superstars who are rarely seen, yet are always around.
McIntyre would be the focal point of the team. At one point in time, he was already being called a future World Champion, but he's been nothing more so far than a mid-tier title contender at best. Leading a faction is the best way to launch into super-stardom.
Round out the group with Sandow and Jackson and Jack Swagger, who can use the theme of being a former World Champion then just being given nothing and basically forgot about.
One of the first rivalries can be against Ryder. Say they attack Ryder for getting "undeserved" television time for being famous on the Internet, but in actuality, Ryder joins the group.
Members: Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kassius Ohno, Richie Steamboat and Xavier Woods
There is some great talent down in the developmental territory right now and many are on NXT. Many are sort of wondering why we've yet to see Rollins, Ambrose, Ohno, Steamboat, or Woods on WWE television yet. Maybe because they're going to bring them all at once?
Nexus was big the first time around with Wade Barrett and company, but lost its appeal when CM Punk took over.
That was two years ago, so now would be an okay time to revamp the idea with this new group of future stars.
Members: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Antonio Cesaro and Kassius Ohno.
I'm honestly a little surprised this hasn't happened yet.
Punk, Bryan, Rollins and the team of Cesaro and Ohno all were huge in ROH back in the day.
Punk was the first to jump ship to the WWE and began his career with the WWE version of ECW.
Daniel Bryan, known as Bryan Danielson in ROH, was known as one of the best pure wrestlers in the game during his time with ROH, but he decided to join the WWE on the debut of WWE NXT.
Rollins, known as Tyler Black in ROH, is the current NXT Champion and is appearing like he is nearing time to make his WWE debut.
Cesaro, known as Claudio Castagnoli in ROH, and Ohno, known as Chris Hero in ROH, were two-time ROH Tag Team Champions and many figured when the WWE signed them, they'd be a key addition to the failing tag team division.
The five men combined could create one of the most powerful and fun to watch factions in some time.
What's your stable ideas? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!