Factions: Could WWE or TNA Benefit from One?
As far as my wrestling mind can remember, the wrestling world has always benefitted from a good stable. Today’s wrestlers group together for common purposes, but normally its usually just either just short term agreement or the group disbands before they can make any type of an impact.
In my opinion I believe a well-put together stable will always be beneficial to not only the wrestling company but to the wrestlers involved. Let’s take a look at some of the great factions of wrestling’s past:
The Four Horsemen: A group that pretty much set the moral standard of how a faction should be. No matter what combinations of wrestlers that were grouped together to make the faction they always had a unique presence in the industry. They always had a nice balance of various talents that worked great together.
The faction was successful enough to exist for nearly 2 decades and have spin-offs and references in homage to the original in other wrestling promotions. Some of the names that benefited from this group: Chris Benoit, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, and Sid Vicious.
New World Order:
The nWo was a stable that was a major part of the major part of the Monday Night wars, which in turn became one of the most beneficial eras of the business. At its peak it was the most dominant force in wrestling history. Though it eventually became over used during its course it helped a number of superstars directly and indirectly. Some of the names that benefitted: Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan, Buff Bagwell, Konnan, Diamond Dallas Page.
D-X was pretty much the forefront of WWE’s “Attitude Era”. They helped the WWE re-gain the top spot in the ratings war with WCW. Every superstar involved with the faction benefitted with popularity. Some of which’s fame lasted more than others nonetheless DeGeneration X is a major part of WWE’s history. Some of the names that benefitted from DX: Triple H., Billy Gunn (Kip James), Road Dogg (BG James), Chyna.
Evolution is the most recent dominant faction in WWE. Some called it a modern day Four Horsemen. The formula for the success of Evolution was a legend of the business, one of the top current stars and two young future stars. They were able to dominate the WWE capturing all the major titles and making mega-stars out of all the members of the group. Some of the superstars that benefited: Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, Ric Flair.
In my experiences with wrestling I have always enjoyed the presence of a nicely put together group whether it is large like the nWo and The Dangerous Alliance or just a trio like The Brood and Fabulous Freebirds. So the questions that are going out are, “Is there any room for a major faction in pro wrestling?” And “Do you think the industry could use a major faction?”
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