Top Wrestling Factions of All-Time, #’s 15-11
We are back this week continuing the countdown of the Top 20 Wrestling Factions of All-Time. Last week, The Masked Wrench kicked things off with some honorable mentions and going through #’s 20-16. Check out #20-16 by clicking the link! And this week, I’m going to get us further into the countdown. But before we get into the rankings, we have a few more honorable mentions to go through. Let’s get going.
1. DUNGEON OF DOOM
(1995 to 1997)
The Dungeon of Doom was a pretty popular stable in WCW before the nWo was even created. At various times, the stable members held the WCW Tag Team titles once, the U.S. tilte twice, the TV title once and the WCW World Heavyweight title twice. But despite all these various title reigns, the Dungeon of Doom never featured many top stars. Sure, they had The Giant, Big Van Vader, Lex Luger, and Kamala. But these also had characters like The Yeti, Loch Ness, The Shark, The Zodiac, and Braun the Leprechaun. If you want proof of how bad it may have been, watch The Yeti make his debut by busting out of a huge block of ice!
2. THE J.O.B. SQUAD
The J.O.B. Squad was a short-lived stable that went by one slogan: They did the J.O.B. on the P.P.V. This group of wrestlers were mostly jobbers for their entire career and decided to band together to let everyone know they were they to get pinned and get paid. Al Snow led this misfit group of wrestlers that included 2 Cold Scorpio, Gillberg, Bob Holly, and Blue Meanie. They only gold this stable saw was the cracked-up harcore belt and the short-lived WWE Cruiserweight title. The faction made no changes really in the members career. After disbanding, the members continued on the same road in WWE or other promotions they wrestled in.
tMW: The J.O.B. squad helped put over a lot of talent having some good veteran wrestlers on the squad. They lacked the big PPV players, but always put together good matches… except the Gillberg angle.
3. STRAIGHT EDGE SOCIETY
CM Punk was just turning a corner in WWE when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract against Jeff Hardy and won the World Heavyweight Championship. He began to feud with Hardy and point out the fact that while Hardy abused drugs, he was better than him because he was straight edge. Soon after, the Straight Edge Society was born when CM Punk would heal the wayward and save them from a life of abuse. All they had to do was shave their head to cleanse their soul. Luke Gallows was the first to be welcomed in followed by Serena and then Joey Mercury, one-half of the former tag team MNM. The SES soon began to terrorize WWE Superstars but it after only a year, the faction disbanded as CM Punk decided to lead another faction, the New Nexus.
And now that the Honorable Mentions are done, it is time to get back to the countdown with #’s 15-11!
#15 – RIGHT TO CENSOR
(2000 to 2001)
In 2000, former ECW talent Stevie Richards began showing up on TV covering up women’s bodies and removing hardcore weapons from arenas, thus starting the Right to Censor. The Right to Censor would come to the ring accompanied by a shrill siren noise that stands out to this day. Richards recruited wayward talent such as a porn star and a pimp and converted them into highly conservative, no-nonsense wrestlers. The group doesn’t have much to show in gold, but there affects on that era will always be remembered. In a time when almost anything was ok, the Right to Censor were the ultimate heel stable that people loved to hate.
#14 – THE DUDLEY FAMILY
(1995 to 1999)
Everyone knows who the Dudley’s are. The brother tag team of Buh Buh Ray and D-Von were one of the top tag teams in ECW. And brother Spike Dudley was also well known as the small wrestler that battled giants on a regular basis. But do you remember the whole Dudley Family? The family that went out to the ring damn near caused a riot on many occasions. Buh Buh Ray, D-Von, and Spike were also typically joined by Big Dick Dudley, Chubby Dudley, Dudley Dudley, Sign Guy Dudley, Snot Dudley, Joel Gertner, and, my favorite, Dances with Dudley. And if you have a hard time remembering the most=hated stable in ECW, check this out:
tMW: The Dudley’s ranked higher for me because they knew how to put on a damn show! “Get the tables!” was the greatest line to echo throughout the arena when they were on top fighting the Hardy’s and Edge and Christian. Spike Dudley was a human rag doll and took some of the biggest bumps I have ever seen simply because he weighed 150 pounds and was willing to do whatever to get the crowd to go wild. The Dudley’s carried this through a few promotions as well, spreading the Dudley name and the Dudley carnage.
#13 – THE NEXUS
(2010 to 2011)
In June 2010, at the end of the main event of Raw, all of the competitors from the first season of NXT hit the ring together and destroyed everything in sight. The wrestlers were beat down, the ring, barricade and announcers were destroyed, and the announcers themselves were beat down too. The Nexus was born. Never before had such a group of young stars made such an impact. They were a hot storyline that was a big hit in the summer of 2010. Wade Barrett and company could have been ranked higher had their act not become so stale and run into the ground.
#12 – Raven’s Flock
(1997 to 1998)
After leaving ECW where he had his “nest”, Raven arrived in WCW and started building his “flock”. The group sat at ringside and began to interfere in matches. Raven would basically hypnotize wrestlers and then they would join in his faction. The group began to grow and included names such as Kidman, Saturn, Lodi, Reese, Sickboy, Hammer, and Kanyon. While a unique and interesting faction, their stay in WCW did not last that long and they only held gold on three occasions: the U.S. title, the TV title, and tag team title reign.
#11 – THE SHIELD
(2012 to present)
During the 2012 Survivor Series PPV, three wrestlers emerged from the crowd in all black and interfered in the main event, helping CM Punk retain his WWE Championship. The group would later come to be known as The Shield. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, wrestlers from WWE’s developmental system, claim to have come to WWE to serve justice when needed. Before long, The Shield was interfering in many matches and had become a huge threat to some top WWE Superstars. They even won a 3-on-3 tag match at WrestleMania 29 against Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show. Soon after, all members of The Shield would be holding WWE gold: Amrose the U.S. title and Rollins and Reigns with the WWE Tag Team titles. And they still have these belts in their possession as I write this.