What up Bleachers this is the man, the myth, the legend writing his first ever article for bleacher mania and I am waiting to see the comments on this one. You’re going to be amazed at the topic of this piece. I have read before that the IWC was not that happy with recent factions/stable in the WWE-TNA world. Now there is never going to be another NWO (sorry Nexus), Four Horseman (try again Fortune) or DX (the only reason I was somewhat happy to see HBK leave is because I didn’t have to see a watered down, PG version of Degeneration-X or Degeritol-X. I would have to say I did enjoy TNA’s big attempt at a strong heel group called the Main Event Mafia. For those of you that don’t know the MEM was a group of former World Champions that felt the younger guys was disrespecting them (I know, I know same old crap). Kurt Angle was the “Godfather” or leader even though Sting was the current TNA Champion. Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner rounded out the original five. Booker’s wife Sharmel was also an outside type of valet/member of the group. Dare we say she was the eye candy of the team? After a few inner issues with the team Sting was booted out and Samoa Joe was added. The “Survivor chick” Jenny Murasco was added. Then she had a little catfight-ish feud with Sharmel. This is what I believe was the beginning of the end of this group. Then Tiffany (can I please get a clothing malfunction!) Brooks was brought in for a few weeks to help Sharmel, uh, wrestle. This is along the time the knockout Tag team tittles came on the scene. Then the creative at TNA ran out of ideas, Hogan was on the horizon and whatever else the crew slowly ran its course.
TNA could have had a huge gold mine with this stable if the company would have kept the members a little fresher and not too old and stale. I understand the need of main event players (because of the name mostly), but honestly only Angle and Booker (on a good day) was main event level anymore. The rest of the guys was good back in the 90’s but lost a step or two or thirty. My point is the idea was ok for TNA, but maybe if the WWE would have gotten this idea a little earlier and ran with it the product might have ran better. In the rest of this article I am going to give you a few names and scenarios from the WWE point of view that could have made a better WWE version of the Main Event Mafia. Here a list of the prospects and scenarios:
He would have been the Leader of this crew of course. He would have definitely held the WWE championship belt during this time. Being the guy that comes back from injury and rallied the rest of the veterans on this team and told them to stop taking stupid matches with silly gimmicks. To start looking to capture all the gold in the WWE creating a "better than you" type of faction.
HHH is probably the best stable leader I have ever seen (except maybe Ric Flair). He could be the guy that rebelled against the system or lead a “keep the strap around my waist at all cost” unit. However, just like Angle he would have had issues if the tittle was with someone else like the next guy.....
Edge would hold the WHC. (The reason for both of the championship belts is because this faction is too big, popularity and ego wise, for just one show). The one thing I have to say the mafia did is basically let everybody get promo time. Unlike the NWO were only one or two ever spoke this crew can go back and forth with everybody from show to show running their collective mouths.
Edge will be the wild card that everybody has to calm down from time to time. Kind of like Steiner, but not as stupid. He would bring the extreme fans on board with this faction as well. After Trips, he has the best tweener potential in the group.
He has to be the only one here that has never been really affiliated with a major stable or major tag team group before (cant count the alliance stuff or the Jerishow thing either). One of the reasons is that he is basically his own stable within himself. He will be one part of the Tag Team champions and the main instigator of the group. Agitating the fans and just being the angry little brat that will keep all the heel heat on this team. I think the Booker character will best suit him, with the exception of the ignorant stereotype(s) that Booker kept imitating. I will leave that rant for another article in the future.
He will also put on the better technical wrestling of the crew. This gives them the credibility that Tully Blanchard gave the horsemen.
The Big Show
He will be the other half of the Tag Team with Jericho. Jerishow 2.0!, ok maybe not. Also he will play the mean angry giant enforcer that Nash tried and couldn’t play well because of injuries. Every time HHH or Edge comes close to losing their belts he will come to the rescue and punch someone’s lights out.
Also he will be the one guy I see turning on the other team ala Batista to evolution. This would be a huge part of this storyline that would introduce a replacement for Big Show that will be revealed later on in this slide show.
Yes this is a shocker I know but think about it. Out of every wrestler male or female on the roster who would have a bigger gripe about the WWE wanting to only focus on the youth movement than Ms. Kim? Actually "Ms Kim" would be her new name, sounds more statuest, no, ok whatever. This woman may botch some moves now and then but Kelly Kelly botches more trying to get into the ring then Ms Kim has in her entire career! Probably the best technical wrestler that gets no respect from the WWE fans anymore. For someone as accomplished as she is you don’t think she could be just a little bit angry with the WWE for putting her in the ring with model’s and dancers.
Think of Ivory when she started "Right to censor". She can put the models over like Ivory put Trish Stratus and Lita over before they learned there craft. Also, giving her a much deserved push as well. This would be a win, win. With some wardrobe and make-up changes she can be the teams angry b--ch that all teams need.
The defector would be David Hart Smith, he can turn on his partner, Tyson Kidd, Cena, and Christian in a 4 on 4 match at survivor series and become there new young lion that all the veterans groom to be this unstoppable force. Then they use him to help eventually drop the Big Show out of the group like I stated before. There is all kinds of possibilities with this group while Smith is with them.
In closing of course this is all satire but just think if the WWE did have a stable like this one. Nothing puts over young talent than feuding with the old standard stable of former champions. John Morrison, Tyson Kidd and other terrible mic workers can benefit hugely feuding with a team of veterans like this.
PS, i know this phot has nothing to do with the slide show, but it is amazing what a pair of "baby feeders" can do to change your mind about someone.
Like I said this is my first article so let me know what you think?