Wrestlers to Break Away From Factions and Become Superstars
Recently we have seen Randy Orton turn on Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes, thus signalling the likely end to Legacy. People will start to wonder now if either of these two young superstars will now make it on their own and forge a successful singles career.
We have seen a number of superstars whose careers have essentially began in a successful faction and have gone on to have an outstanding career, while others' careers have faded away as they were only successful as part of a faction. This is a list of wrestlers, in no particular order, who have manage to have a successful career after a stint in a faction.
Edge and Christian
Before these two made the big time, they were apart of a stable called 'The Brood,' which was a vampire themed group lead by mid card wrestler Gangrel. The group was formed during the height of the Attitude Era and it's fair to say that the group didn't achieve a great deal of success.
However, once these two broke from the group, they changed their image and went on to form one of the most successful tag teams of all time, winning 7 tag titles together and being co-pioneers of the tlc match along with the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boys.
Edge has been a 9 time world champ in the WWE and has won a large number of other titles as well, while Christian although he hasn't won a world title in the WWE, has won nearly every other available title in the company as well as being a world champ in TNA.
Randy Orton was in Evolution during the early stages of his career. During his time in Evolution he showed that he had what it takes to become the top heel of the company and was a future champ in the making. He managed to win the world title and in the process become the youngest champ in history at 24. He was booted out of the group shortly after and lost the title at the next PPV.
Orton wasn't in the title picture for a while but had great feuds and wins over top stars like The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, as well as defeating a number of legends to cement his legacy as a legend killer.
Orton is now a 6 time world champ in the WWE, has headlined a number of PPVs and Wrestlemanias, won the royal rumble and formed his own successful faction.
Like Randy Orton, Batista was apart of Evolution as an understudy to Triple H and Ric Flair. He was the muscle of the group who did all his talking in the ring. During this time, Orton rose quicker and established himself as a star before Batista. Batista eventually became a star and left Evolution, winning his first title off Triple H at WM.
He's now one of the top stars in the company. He has won 6 world titles in the comapny, where he's the current champ and has continued to headline PPVs.
This can be explained for his stardom in both WCW and WWF/WWE. When he started in WCW he was a member of one of the worst factions in The Dungeon of Doom. He was one of the very few standouts literally and figuratively. After leaving the group, he went on to win the WCW title, win World War 3 and be apart of one of the most success groups in history in the NWO.
He went to the WWF and began in the company as part of The Corporation. After leaving he went on to forge his own singles career by winning the WWE title twice, ECW title once, numerous tag team titles, Us title and hardcore title 3 times.
Before becoming a superstar in the WWF/WWE, Triple H was rising through the ranks as HBK's sidekick in DX. DX was hugely popular and was helping Triple H live up to his potential of becoming a future champ.
After HBK retired, Triple H assumed leadership and helped make DX even more popular. After breaking up DX, he soon won his first world title in the WWF at Summerslam and became one of the top guys in the company during the height of its popularity.
He is still on top of the company to this day, has won 13 world titles and countless others in the WWE, has headlined a large number of Wrestlemanias, won the royal rumble and formed his own successful faction in Evolution.
The Rock started his career in the WWF as a clean babyface who was hated by the crowd. Shortly after, before he became a star he joined the Nation of Domination led by Farrooq. It was during this time that audiences began to see him become a star. His clever promos helped him become the standout of the group and surpassing Farrooq in status. He eventually usurped his position in the group to remove Farrooq and become the leader.
After leaving NOD, he quickly won the WWF title (The youngest person at the time to do so). In total he won 7 WWF titles, 2 IC titles, 5 tag titles, 2000 royal rumble and went on to become a pop culture phenomenon and successful movie star.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Before coming to the WWF from WCW, Stone Cold was a reasonably successful tag team wrestler with Brian Pillman and had mild singles success. However, he became a huge superstar in the WWF and that's what I'm gonna focus on.
He arrived in the WWF as The Ringmaster and was apart of The Million Dollar Corporation led by Ted Dibiase. Shortly after he broke away from the group and changed his persona to the badass redneck that we've come to love, winning The King of the Ring tournament, which saw the birth of a superstar.
Stone Cold went on to become a 6 time champ, 2 time IC champ, win 3 royal rumbles, have one of the most memorable feuds of all time with Vince McMahon and become the top star of the WWF in the height of its popularity.
I'm sure I've probably left someone out who should be on the list so let me know by leaving comments. Cheers