In pro wrestling, a faction is a group of wrestlers that come together to form a common goal. Factions are one of the greatest aspects of sports entertainment and can have an effect on the business for years to come. The most successful factions in wrestling history have all had that same formula: great wrestlers with great personalities. This blog will look at the greatest factions in wrestling history. Whether it was the NWO in WCW or D-Generation X in WWE, each of these groups has made a lasting impact on the business.
Pro wrestling factions will come and go but there are some that will forever be etched in history. This blog explores those factions that have left their mark on pro wrestling.
New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Bullet Club is the most talked about faction today, due to their success in recent years. With members like AJ Styles and Kenny Omega, they are arguably the best faction in the world today. However, other great factions include The nWo, DX, The Four Horsemen and many more. We will note that we only consider factions with at least three members as that’s generally what is accepted as a faction (a tag team is just two wrestlers).
The current era of wrestling has been defined by factions. The Shield is a modern day version of the legendary Four Horsemen and Evolution, who were a modern day version of the original Horsemen. Some factions like DX and nWo were created to become legendary in their own right, while other factions like Los Ingobernables de Japon were created to showcase individual talents.
Some factions were created as a result of a natural fit, such as The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart), The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane), or the Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard). Other factions are put together more haphazardly, but still manage to be great anyway.
What all of these factions have in common is that they’ve left a lasting impact on professional wrestling. Whether it’s a faction you loved or hated, there’s no denying that all of these groups have helped shape the industry in one way or another.
This blog will feature biographies of the top 50 wrestling factions of all time, along with complete lists for each organization.
The nWo was the most dominant wrestling faction of all time. The stable, which first formed in 1996, was responsible for much of the Monday Night Wars that saw WCW overtake WWE as the premier wrestling company in North America.
The nWo has been recognized as one of the most popular factions of all time. They dominated the professional wrestling world and are still a part of pop culture to this day.
A group of wrestlers that are under contract with a single promotion or are closely associated with each other, and work together as a team.
The nWo was a heel stable that featured a mix of former WWE stars and WCW mainstays. At first, it was made up of five members: Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman (X-Pac), and Scott Norton. After Hall left the group due to injury, he was replaced by Randy Savage in August 1996. In 1997, Bret Hart joined the group at Bash at the Beach after he betrayed his brother Owen Hart and joined forces with their longtime rival Shawn Michaels to form D-Generation X (DX).
The history of the WWE is filled with great factions. From the Four Horsemen to the nWo, professional wrestling has seen some of its most popular moments come from groups of wrestlers uniting for a common goal. While there have been many factions over the years, some stand out from the pack as being truly special. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
While you can talk about the original version of DX (Shawn Michaels and Triple H), it was really when DX 2.0 formed that things got interesting. With X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Tori in tow, Shawn Michaels and Triple H became embroiled in a rivalry with Vince McMahon’s Corporation that dominated WWE television for months.
The New Day
When Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E first joined forces in early 2014, it seemed like a temporary thing at best. But as The New Day became more popular, they continued to add new members (like Big E’s friend from NXT) to their group. Over time, they’ve become one of the most popular gimmicks in WWE history and are still going strong today!
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Bill Hanstock of With Spandex.
Wrestling factions are almost as old as the sport itself. From the time that wrestling began to flourish on television in the 1950s, and even before, it has always been clear that there is strength in numbers.
This list will focus only on the greatest wrestling factions of all time, so you can bet that you won’t see any of WWE’s current crop of stablemates here. (Sorry, The Wyatt Family and The Shield.)
So who made the cut? Who were the best stables in pro wrestling history? Read on to find out…