Top Wrestling Factions of All-Time, #’s 5-1
We have finally made it to the top 5 wrestling factions! We have been through plenty of different factions from the past and present and we are proud to give you what we think is the top 5 of all-time. If you didn’t see the rest of the countdown, check out #’ 20-16, #’s 15-11, and #’s 10-6. So, let’s not wait anymore and get into the best of the best: The Top 5 Wrestling Factions of All-Time!
#5 – EVOLUTION
What happens when you put together a legend like Ric Fliar, a current superstar in Triple H, and two young, hungry stars-in-the-making like Batista and Randy Orton? You get Evolution, the natural process of greatness through the generations. This star-studded stable quickly snatched up every title they could get on their way to controlling WWE from 2002 through 2005. Evolution contained two members of factions that are also in this top 5 and two wrestlers that would go on to hold multiple WWE and WHC titles. Actually, Randy Orton is currently the WWE champion as I write this. However, Evolution’s collective egos would eventually bring the group down and to an end. But for their years on top, no one would get pass Evolution.
#4 – THE CORPORATION
How much stronger can a faction be? They had one of the hottest WWE stars at the time and the chairman of the company working together! The Corporation was one of the most dominant factions of all-time in WWE simply because they were able to control everything. The Rock was a huge star and held the WWE Championship numerous times. Backing him up were the likes of Kane, Big Bossman, Triple H, Chyna, The Mean Street Posse, Big Show, Ken Shamrock, Test, and Shawn Michaels. Not to mention that had WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and his son Shane while they were assisted by “the stooges”, Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, and Sgt. Slaughter. Every one in this group was powerful in their own right. Well, ok, except for the Mean Street Posse. But what is amazing is how this group stayed together for as long as they and even grow into The Corporate Ministry after fusing with Undertaker’s faction.
#3 – D-GENERATION X
If the WWE had one faction that pushed the boundaries and helped usher in the Attitude Era, it was D-Generation X. Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna took pranks that had been funny behind the curtain and did them in the ring for the audience to see. What they were doing was never done before and shocked a lot of people. But it also helped WWE to stay afloat during their battle with WCW for control of Monday nights. DX would eventually lose Shawn Michaels but Triple H stepped up as a leader and added some more support. After leaving WCW and their signature group, the nWo, X-Pac added to the group. He was soon followed by the popular tag team The New Age Outlaws, the Road Dogg Jesse James and the Badass Billy Gunn. Throughout the years, DX would also include Rick Rude as a manager and Tori as a valet.
While controversial, their popularity can not be denied. They eventually broke up when Triple H and Chyna turned their backs on the rest of the faction to join The Corporation. But they would reunite years later, mostly as just the tag team of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, On the 1000th episode of RAW, the entire faction, except Chyna, reunited to one of the loudest crowd reactions you could imagine. The only reason they are #3 is because the next two factions just can’t be compared to any others. But DX was indeed a saving grace for WWE in a time when WCW was in firm control of the Monday Night War and wrestling in general.
#2 – THE FOUR HORSEMEN
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson. Ole Anderson. Tully Blanchard. Those are the names of one of the most infamous factions of all-time. In the NWA and WCW, The Four Horsemen were one of the first major factions to come to prominence. The members resumes speak for themselves. There is no doubting their individual greatness. But when they banded together, they were virtually unstoppable.
The Four Horsemen not only portrayed being elite, they lived it. They rode in limos and jets together and separated themselves from the rest of the locker room. They were the group that all the men hated and the women loved. And they were just as flashy in the ring winning championship belts everywhere they went.
The group would undergo changes throughout the years and had numerous members join and leave later on. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Steve McMichael and Lex Luger were a few of the members that would eventually ride with the Horsemen. But no matter who joined or quit, The Four Horsemen are an all-time great faction and were recognized as so when they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.
#1 – nWo
It July 7, 1996 and WCW was holding their annual Bash at the Beach PPV. After months of interrupting WCW events, The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, were put into a match against WCW’s own Sting, Macho Man Randy Savage and Lex Luger. Hall and Nash promised the world they had a third partner and they were not lying. When The Outsiders gained the upper hand in the match, Hulk Hogan marched to the ring. The “lifetime babyface” was there and everyone thought he would help the WCW guys against these “invaders”. However, Hogan turned his back on all his fans with a leg drop on Savage and joined forces with Hall and Nash. The New World Order was born and wrestling would change forever.
The nWo would begin to take control of WCW and give wrestling fans a great new storyline and great wrestling. Without the nWo, we may have never seen WCW rise as high as it did. And if WCW didn’t gain so much popularity, WWE may never have either. The competition between the two companies would have never happened if WCW did explode and the nWo was a key factor in that.
Hogan, Hall and Nash would have their way with WCW and made being a villain cool. However, their dominance may have also been their downfall. After time, the nWo went from a powerful trio to a bloated gang. Everyone wanted to wear the black and white but they shouldn’t have. Wrestlers like Vincent, Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton, Horace Hogan, and the nWo Sting weakened the quality of the faction and helped to slow down the momentum. Add to that the fact that the nWo would eventually split up. Then get back together. Then disband. Then form again. But by that time, the nWo had run its course. And WCW itself was near dying.
But, overall, the nWo changed wrestling. Think of what the wrestling world may have never seen without the nWo. Would WCW have challenged WWE at all? Would they have had stars like Diamond Dallas Page and Goldberg rise to the top of the company? Would The Four Horsemen have had their resurgence? Would Sting have had the career resurgence he did? And would WWE have had to try to raise their game to compete with WCW in the Monday Night Wars? Would D-Generation X have been born? What about superstars like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin? WWE would not have needed to find ways to gain viewers and may not have needed to push new talent like them.
The nWo made being the bad guy cool. They made black-and-white videos cool too. They were new, unique, and on top of the wrestling world during one of the biggest eras in wrestling history. And here at Blog 4 Dat, the survey says, the good guys are #1.