The idea of a faction is always a hit or miss. Typically, a solid faction should have an incredible level of synergy and must function as a well-oiled machine.
In the 1980s, the Four Horsemen set the standard of what a good faction looks like. As far as the original Horsemen, and a couple of incarnations following, each member knew and understood their particular role in the group to make the group function properly.
These days, factions just aren't the same. The closest stable we've seen compared to the days of old was Evolution. Every member had a designated role and executed that role perfectly, and each spawned off to have a very successful singles career (Ric Flair and Triple H were already established main eventers).
The WWE is trying to revive the faction concept by forming groups such as the Nexus, 3MB and the newly assembled Shield.
Unfortunately, the WWE has seen a cluster of not-so-good factions throughout its illustrious history that are worth mentioning, especially since it's important to learn from what worked and what didn't.
Yeah, you may be thinking DOA and the New Nexus top the list. However, there are some worse than that. Here they come...
In 2010, the WWE made a great creative decision by introducing the Nexus—a group of rebels formerly from NXT that comprised of Wade Barrett, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, Darren Young, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater. They instantly made a name for themselves, interfering during a match between John Cena and a then-masked CM Punk.
To make their presence known, they destroyed everyone in sight, which included CM Punk, Luke Gallows, John Cena, Matt Striker, Jerry Lawler and even Justin Roberts.
Unfortunately, a bad creative turn from seemingly unstoppable momentum led to a relatively quick break-up of the faction. Its leader, Wade Barrett, defected to SmackDown, forming the Nexus spin-off—the Corre.
Yes, its spelled with two R's.
Although every person from the group did hold some kind of gold, the group itself just wasn't accepted from virtually the beginning.
The did manage to get a WrestleMania spot, losing at WM 27 against the team of Kane, Big Show, Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella in just under two minutes.
The group lasted less than six months.
This faction didn't even have much potential from the very start.
A faction that consists of X-Pac, Justin Credible and Albert? Yeah, I'll pass.
From the bad variations of the theme song to the overall chemistry of the group, nothing about X-Factor radiated "main-event faction."
Interestingly, it seemed as if this group was a "way in" and a "way out" for Justin Credible. The group formed in the beginning of 2001 when Credible debuted, and began its demise only a few months later when he joined the Alliance, representing ECW.
None of them became huge stars spawning from the group, and Albert is probably the only one who can put some kind of post-faction achievement on his resume, wresting as A-Train with the Big Show against the Undertaker two years later at WrestleMania 19.
The Los Boricuas faction—led by Savio Vega—formed due to Vega being fired from the Nation of Domination. He—along with Miguel Perez, Jesús Castillo and Jose Estrada Jr.—began a feud with the NOD, as well as the Disciple of Apocalypse (DOA).
Los Boricuas' biggest achievement? Being voted Worst Feud of the Year against the DOA in 1997.
The group lasted a bit over a year with nothing at all to boast about—except maybe a win or two against the DOA.
One word best describes this faction.
The Truth Commission was just a horrible idea from the beginning. They came in as a big threat and marched militantly down the ramp as a form of intimidation.
Were we really supposed to buy into this?
First, they started in the USWA. Then (somehow) they were good enough to debut in the WWE. The Jackyl eventually became the manager and Kurrgan was the monster heel who looked so awkward that even Hornswoggle could put on a better match than him.
Of course, this faction didn't last long. Interestingly enough, the Jackyl and Kurrgan would see themselves aligned once again in another terrible faction called...
So a group of freakish wrestlers, with one wearing tie-dye attire and another carrying a Cartman South Park doll was supposed to be intimidating?
Surprisingly, the Oddities gained some popularity after their short-lived heel run turned into a Sable-led babyface tenure. The ICP helped a bit singing their theme song.
However, they couldn't even indulge the faction for but a short period of time—they turned heel on the group shortly after joining them to align themselves with the Headbangers.
Most importantly, the WWE is no sideshow. That is where the Oddities should have stayed—there was absolutely no relevance for the faction.
After all, I guess their plan actually did work. WWE programming is now rated PG.
As far as the faction? Not so much. It could have worked if given more time, but how they were booked was as annoying as their theme song.
Right to Censor was depicted as the anti-hardcore group that detested most of the level of violence and scantly-clad women. Stevie—who eventually became Steven—Richards originated the group by frequently covering up the WWE Divas during their matches.
Shortly after, Val Venis (known for his provocative nature) and the Godfather (portrayed as a pimp) sided with Richards in this unpopular movement.
Let's not forget about Ivory; and Bull Buchanan—who was now a member of his second failed faction (Truth Commission was his first).
Coincidentally, Right to Censor couldn't even last a full year.
Terrible "squad" No. 1.
So Al Snow concocts an idea...
"I'm tired of being a jobber and not getting my fair due of good matches. I'm gonna revolt!
Let's see. Umm...whom to choose?
Hey Scorpio, you've been pretty terrible lately. You in?
Gillberg, you'll never make it. You in?
Aye Bob...err...Thurman...err..whatever. You in?"
Thus, we get the J.O.B. squad. The biggest achievement of the group? Gillberg winning the Light Heavyweight Championship.
Terrible "squad" No. 2.
One day, Vince McMahon and Co. thought of a fabulous (in their minds) idea...
Why not get five grown men to play villainous cheerleaders and have an impact on my current feud with Shawn Michaels?
Obviously this was an acceptable idea backstage, but no where else.
McMahon and Co. decided to push this faction so much that they defeated the Big Show and Kane for the WWE Tag Team Titles only a few months after debuting. Kenny (Dykstra) even had a WWE Championship match against John Cena, and they had a upper midcard feud against DX.
Thankfully—after less than a year of taking this nonsense—DX deported them back to the developmental promotion (OVW at the time).
At least Mike Mondo (Mikey) and Dolph Ziggler (Nicky) can say that they are having good current tenures in ROH and WWE, respectively.
The others—not so much.
So Ron Simmons (Faarooq) creates a faction based off of strongly promoting the black race, even yelling "By Any Means Necessary" and throwing up the Black Panther sign.
Mark Henry, D'Lo Brown, Clarence Mason—and even The Rock—I can understand joining the NOD. But Savio Vega and Crush? Are they advocates?
Eventually, Faarooq declared the NOD to be "Bigger, Badder, Better and Blacker," firing the aforementioned "advocates" and recruiting Kama Mustafa and Ahmed Johnson.
However, somehow WWE Creative thought that an Owen Hart heel turn and subsequent co-leadership of the new group—simply named the "Nation"—with the Rock (dissension between Faarooq and the Rock led to Faarooq forced to relinquish his leadership by this time) would be a good idea.
This turned out to be even more confusing than all the other "advocates" joining—even with the Rock transitioning the group to be less pro-black.
So it became the Nation of...what? I don't think we'll ever know that answer.
You could have sold me on the Faarooq-led NOD, maybe. They were actually getting over for a short amount of time, and were "Attitude Era" edgy.
But the Owen Hart-led Nation? Huh? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?
During the "Deadly Game" tournament to crown a new WWE champion, Vince and Shane McMahon turned on Mankind in the tournament finals, siding with the Rock and assisting him in winning the title.
Thus, the Corporation was formed.
The Corporation dominated the WWE throughout late 1998 into early 1999. However—due to conflicting egos between the McMahons, the group disintegrated, causing Shane McMahon to merge with the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness to form the Corporate Ministry.
During this process, Corporation members the Rock, Mankind, Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, Test, Ken Shamrock and the Big Show got ousted from the group (although Test left voluntarily because of feeling held back).
Due to the Corporate rejection, former members Mankind, Ken Shamrock, Big Show and Test decided to stand up to the dominance of the Corporate Ministry and form a faction called the Union, carrying 2x4 boards as a sign of unity against their opposition.
The faction was a major flop. They only lasted a little over a month.
There are 10 of the worst factions in WWE History. Feel free to share which ones you agree or disagree with, as well as others that may have been left out.
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