Have Legacy Finally Learned a Lesson from the Failure of La Familia?

JSenior Analyst IAugust 12, 2009

We are all now very familiar with the stable Legacy which is led by WWE Champion, Randy Orton.

For the past few months, they have been asserting their dominance where they feel necessary, usually to the aid of Orton.

But through these actions, the development of both Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase has been stunted. Their time has been focused far too primarily on Orton’s success and not enough on their own.

Understandably, members of a group like Legacy must aid each others endeavors, but it can become too biased.

Their association with Orton can only take them so far; eventually they must carve their own niche within the WWE whether this is alone or as a team.

With this in mind, I recently began thinking about the similarities between the not-so-recently defunct stable La Familia and the members of Legacy. The question is whether Legacy could gain any knowledge from their experiences.

The two stables are very similar in terms of structure and purpose, and I believe there are some conclusions that can be drawn.

Regardless of the success of Legacy, Randy Orton will have a place in the WWE in the future.

I don’t think that is even debatable.

The same could have been said of Edge with La Familia.

Vickie and Chavo Guerrero, although part of Edge’s faction, are not of relevance to what I am discussing currently.

The individuals I am concerned about analyzing in this instance are Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder along with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.

Throughout their tenure with Edge, the duo of Curt and Zack primarily undertook a role currently similar to that of Cody and Ted; aiding the leader of their group.

Although they achieved success in the tag division by winning gold, this was by no means reflective of their success in the business as a whole.

Zack and Curt wrestled often, usually as partners to Edge, but were never really given license to shine.

Their matches and performances were always squashes, and we grew uninterested in their presence as a result.

Judging by the current situation of Zack and Curt, I would say that their involvement alone in La Familia was not enough to advance their status. If anything they have taken steps backwards.

Gaining popularity by association was unmistakably not enough in this instance.

Where exactly did they go wrong?

As I mentioned, they did win tag team gold, and they did wrestle regularly. What really set them back was their inability to give us something memorable and distinguishable.

Can anyone honestly say they remember a match the pair of them were in? Or even which one is which for that matter?

They truly were forgettable.

What Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase finally seem to be doing, which should see them steer clear of this pitfall (if they weren’t clear already), is giving us something to remember.

A feud with DX.

I am by no means suggesting that this is the move that will fan the flames of their careers, but an endeavor disassociated with Orton will help build their identities as wrestlers. It will also help us identify them as performers in their own right.

I have to admit that this comparison does have its limitations, as comparing Cody and Ted with Zack and Curt is a little unfair.

The Legacy boys were always going to have a leg up in the WWE due to their lineage. This is an advantage the La Familia lackeys could only wish for.

Their abilities as wrestling performers are not dissimilar in my opinion, but their names automatically place them in different categories.

The fact they gained success as Priceless one-ups them again on Curt and Zack.

But regardless of their differences or similarities, they are/were both prone to the dangers of this circumstance.

A danger Cody and Ted are hopefully beginning to clear.

The foremost point I am trying to get across is that this is a step in the right direction for Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. A step that is clearly necessary when considering the fate of their La Familia counterparts.

I don’t, however, wish to see them completely detached from Randy. There is still some mileage left in Legacy, but gaining success on their own is also important.

Why they have not been given the tag team gold while part of Legacy is still beyond me.

I can only hope that this DX feud is firstly a success, and secondly not Cody and Ted’s last.

I have a feeling they have plenty to offer, and it would be a huge disappointment to see them reduced to chanting “woo woo woo” on ECW in years to come.