In light of the release of the new nWo DVD WWE has put out I thought I would do a column about something that had been on my mind. In the history of wrestling factions have always been a big part of the business. We can look back at the Four Horsemen, DX, the nWo, Evolution as some of the more notable ones. It never hurts to have a faction around the company be it big or small, it's a great way to get a lot of talent over at one time where they can all be in a main event storyline at once.
I know the most recent ones was The Nexus angle, I wasn't too thrilled about that one I thought the execution was sloppy and not too well thought out. They've also put Heath Slater in something of a faction called the three man band, while humorous it doesn't ring the serious tone that could get guys over as main eventers in my opinion. I don't see how having a big dominant faction could hurt the WWE at all they would only be in a position to benefit. In the late 90's we saw factions literally dominate the landscape of pro wrestling. The nWo changed the face of wrestling in the late 90's and DX continued to push the envelope to new heights it had never been before. Even a simple faction like "The Legacy" with Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibase did a lot of great things for those guys at that point in time, while the faction was small it took those guys very seriously and portrayed them as main event guys who could dominate.
Would we of remembered Arn Anderson had he not been apart of The Four Horsemen? I doubt it. How about a midcarder like Buff Bagwell? I know Bagwell wasn't exactly a marketing machine but he was an example of a guy with considerable talent would of totally floundered without being in a faction like the nWo. Triple H no doubt received an enormous push in his career when he teamed up with Shawn Michaels to dawn the black and green colors of DX. Factions aren't going to make a sucky wrestler great, but they can bring out and put a spotlight on his talents, especially when teamed with a guy who's already "over" with the fans.
In the scheme of things it looks like right now WWE will be fine the next few months with WrestleMania coming up and The Rock and Brock Lesnar set to make returns in the near future. I don't see the WWE throwing together a big faction at this point time and that's actually probably a good thing, they really don't need to start something right around the time they're doing a buildup for WrestleMania. When the Mania hype has died down though and the show is over I think it's something they need to definitely keep in mind and consider. The night after Mania would be a great time to line up a big angle for a faction that could go on for a full year or so.
So if I'm the WWE officials I would be thinking of an intriguing and dominant faction that could shakeup the landscape of the WWE again. Fans tend to gravitate towards factions and it always seems a faction has decent selling merchandise. We've been brought some of the most timeless and priceless moments in wrestling history with the nWo and DX. The Dungeon of Doom single handedly revolutionized WCW and brought it too new heights it never dreamed as well. Wait, isn't that the faction that had "The Yeti?" Sorry typo on that one Dungeon of Doom apparently something of a bust. In all seriousness though WWE needs to get with the program and like I always say, if it worked in the past it will work today. Thanks for reading! Leave comments good or bad!