Power In Numbers: Wrestling's Best Factions
Over the years the wrestling business has produced some great factions. Some of the greatest wrestlers in history have been a part of a faction at one point in their careers. Let's examine some of wrestling's best factions and rate them in Olympic format.
Gold Medal Factions (The Best of The Best)
Degeneration X: Are You Ready? You know when you hear that DX is on it's way. With the collective group holding every major title in the WWE, DX is the arguably the best faction in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Four Horsemen: Led by "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, the Four Horsemen is probably the longest lasting Faction ever in wrestling. Having over 16 different members between the mid-80's and mid-90's they are one of two factions to ever hold all of a federations titles at one time (NWA).
nWo: Though they branched off into several different versions of the group, the original nWo was without a doubt one of the greatest factions of all-time. They pulled off one of the biggers shockers in wrestling history win Hulk Hogan turned heel at Bash At The Beach '96. The nWo would go to reek havoc for years in WCW and then had a brief run in WWE. In all the combined nWo factions had over 30 members.
Silver Medal Factions (Made A Huge Impact)
Dangerous Alliance: Known then as Paul E. Dangerously, Paul Heyman formed this faction in WCW in the early 90's. Members "Stunning" Steve Austin, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton and "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson went on to hold WCW's TV, US, and Tag Team Titles respectively.
Evolution: I really wanted to make Evolution a "Gold Medal Faction" but due to the fact that they didn't have the longevity of the others in the group, they have to settle for silver. During Evolution's run they dominated the WWE and along with The Four Horsemen they were the only other faction to hold all of the major titles for their respective federation at one time.
The New Hart Foundation: This faction and it's feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin actually made me start watching WWE programming again. Prior to this I had completely converted to WCW. They were anti-American which put them over major as heels and were led by Bret "The Hitman" Hart. This faction at different times held every major WWE Championship.
The Nation of Domination: Founded by Farooq in the mid 90's The Nation reached it's peak when The Rock joined the group and led The Nation in the now classic feud with DX. DX's impersonation of the members of The Nation is one of the most memorable segments in RAW history.
The Heenan Family: During his years as manager, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan had a stable of wrestlers that had a great level of success. "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Andre The Giant, King Kong Bundy and Harly Race were just a few of the wrestlers that were members of this great faction.
Bronze Medal Factions (Pretty Good Groups)
The Flock: Led by Raven, this faction was known as "Raven's Nest" in ECW and then he brought a new version to WCW. Known for their "grunge" look and jumping random wrestlers at will, The Flock's success mainly came from Raven who held the US Championship and Saturn who held the TV Championship and Tag Titles with Raven.
Team Canada: Formed originally as a team to compete in TNA's X-Cup Tournament, Team Canada remained a group after the Tournament ended. Captain Petey Williams and Eric Young went on to become X-Division Champions and Young also held the TNA Tag Titles with Bobby Roode.
The Corporation: Led by Vince McMahon, The Corporation made a huge impact in the WWE in the late '90s. Starting with the screwing of Mick Foley at Survivor Series 98' thus crowning The Rock WWE Champion, The Corporation would go on to continue feuds with Foley and then move on to DX and their arch nemesis, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Filthy Animals: Though short lived, the Filthy Animals featured some of the best, high flying wrestlers in WCW. Known for pulling "DX Like" pranks, the filthy animals were also well respected for their wrestling ability. Included in the group were Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Kidman, Konnan, Juventud Guerrera, and Disco Inferno.
Radicalz: Former WCW stars Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko all made the jump to WWE in what was seen as a big shift in power for the WWE. A group of guys who never made it to main-event status in WCW all experienced success after making the switch to WWE. Most notably Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit's reigns as Champions for the Raw and Smackdown brand.
Honorable Mention (Not Quite Medal Worthy)
The Alliance (WCW & ECW)
Natural Born Thrillers
Sports Entertainment Xtreme
Team Canada (WCW)
Three Live Krew
Main Event Mafia
Dungeon of Doom
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