Stables and factions are common in the world of pro wrestling. You had the Four Horsemen in the eighties, the nWO in the nineties, and the Nexus in 2010s. When wrestlers can’t seem to achieve something as solo stars they become part of stables or create their own because strength is in numbers. However, that doesn’t mean a faction cannot turn against its members. Betrayals happen all the time and for these superstars they came out of nowhere.
2010 is arguably the worst year in WWE’s history. The company had gone full PG. The product had lost its heyday value. Then, out of the nothingness came Nexus, a supergroup of superstars who were part of NXT’s inaugural season. The eight-member group, considering you’re counting Daniel Bryan, mowed through the main roster in what became the highlight of 2010.
Led by Wade Barrett, these men destroyed active superstars and legends alike. But, like all other factions before them, Nexus turned on their leader and kicked him out of the group. Barrett went on to form the Corre, a splinter group of Nexus. The original version, on the other hand, got a new leader in CM Punk.
Unlike his Evolution brethren, Randy Orton started as a babyface in WWE. He beat Hardcore Holly in order to earn his respect. WWE soon found that Orton was meant to be a heel and aligned him with Triple H, Batista and Flair – creating arguably the most dominant and accomplished stable of the Ruthless Aggression Era.
Orton won a battle royal to earn a shot at Chris Benoit’s World Heavyweight Championship in 2004. Orton won the match after a devastating RKO, becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in the process. The next night on RAW, Orton successfully defended his title. Batista lifted the young champ on his shoulders before Orton witnessed horrors unfold in front of him. Thumbs down!
Ron Simmons was one of the most intimidating men in the business at one point in time. Simmons was someone nobody wanted to mess with. Ahmed Johnson did and we all know how that ended for him. Simmons formed Nation of Domination, a heel stable that originally consisted of him, Mustafa (aka The Godfather, D'Lo Brown, Mark Henry, and The Rock.
The Nation feuded with Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1997. It was at that time that Rocky began to show his true colors and manipulated other members into turning against their leader. Simmons was kicked out of the group after the Great One orchestrated an attack on him on an episode of RAW is War from the Attitude Era.
The Rock left the Nation for a solo career in the latter half of 1998. The crowd finally saw his potential and began to dig into his babyface persona until WWE pulled the ultimate swerve and turned him heel at Survivor Series 1998.
The Rock became the face of The Corporation under the watchful eye of Vince and Shane McMahon. The WWE Champion feuded with Austin, losing back to back PPV matches against the Rattlesnake in 1999. The Rock had enough of the Corporation and vice versa. The rest, as they say, is history.
Few superstars have had managed to revitalize their career the way Edge did following his triumphant return to WWE in 2020. The Rated R Superstar found a new start with the company he bid a painful goodbye to in 2011. Edge played babyface before returning to his roots as the Ultimate Opportunist.
Edge announced his new stable, Judgment Day, on the RAW after WrestleMania 38. Damian Priest was the first to bow down to Edge. Rhea Ripley revealed herself to be the third member at WrestleMania Backlash. Finn Balor joined in as the fourth before all three turned on Edge and threw him out of the stable on RAW this past Monday.