Good day wrestling fans and welcome to another edition of Pounding 7’s. This week is a popular topic as we will countdown the top 7 Factions in all of wrestling. There are so many great factions in wrestling history, but I can only break down seven. I am not even going to do an honorable mention because there are so many to choose from, I don’t want to leave anyone out, so here is my list. Which faction makes your top spot? We break it all down for you right now.
7. The Shield
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns came to the WWE after a dominant run in NXT. They were really the first three to make the transition to the WWE and have the most success between the three of them. They destroyed nearly everyone in their path as a team, and this faction all became World Champions at one time in their short careers. Reigns even main evented Wrestlemania on two occasions.
6. The Nexus
Perhaps the start of the new generation of superstars, the Nexus developed superstars such as Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, Curtis Axel, Wade Barrett, Darren Young, and of course the greatest of all time Heath Slater. You cannot deny that the Nexus, while maybe not the most dominant faction, had a host of future Hall of Famers involved in this group. They were the first group to really dominate John Cena for a time period.
5. The Nation of Domination
Black Power was never more apparent with this faction. Led by Farooq (Ron Simmons), he recruited a host of African American superstars to form the Nation of Domination. He had Mark Henry, D-Lo Brown, Savio Vega, The Godfather and even the Rock, who got his start and main event push with the Nation.
4. D-Generation X
Started by Shawn Michaels and Triple H in 1997, DX became one of the most prominent factions if only for two members. They also had Rick Rude as the bodyguard, and Chyna as the muscle of the group. When Shawn left the WWE after an injury. Triple H took the reigns of DX and added X-Pac, Billy Gunn, and The Road Dogg (The New Age Outlaws). Together DX was without a doubt one of the best factions of the 1990’s. It was so popular that Shawn and Triple H were able to bring back DX for a few months in the mid 2000’s, and it still worked. It was said backstage that no matter what the situation one, they could always bring back DX and it would work. I honestly think that it could still work in today’s era.
3. The Dangerous Alliance
Led by Paul E Dangerously in the early 1990’s. This faction included some of the greatest wrestlers of all time. You can start by the Hall of Famers on this roster. Ravishing Rick Rude, Stone Cold (Stunning) Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Larry Zybysko, Medusa (Alundra Blayze), and of course one of my personal favorites, Beautiful Bobby Eaton. The Dangerous Alliance at one time held the WCW United States, Television, and World Tag Team Championships simultaneously. While they were not around an incredibly long time, this cast of superstars have to rank high on any faction list.
2. The Four Horsemen
How are they not number 1? I know this is a question that I am going to be asked. So let me explain how they are where they are. It is no argument that the Four Horsement were probably the greatest faction of their time. Led by Ric Flair, the Horsemen included the likes of Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard, Sid Vicious, Lex Luger, and even Sting for a short time. The Horsemen also had members later in the stable such as Curt Hennig, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and even former Chicago Bear, Steve McMichael. The Horsemen have held every single championship that the NWA, and WCW had to offer. They would be number one in many ballots, but nothing holds true than this next faction.
1. New World Order
The NWO came to form in 1996 as Hulk Hogan shocked the world when he traded in the red and yellow for the all black persona. He, along side Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall formed the New World Order. Not only were the NWO the most dominant faction in the mid to late nineties. The faction spread world wide, and had members not only in the United States, but in Mexico, and Japan as well. The faction became so huge that it separated to NWO Black and White to NWO Red and Black (the Wolfpack). Members of this elite faction included, The Big Show, Ted Dibiase, Sting, Lex Luger, Konnan, X-Pac (Syxx), The Great Muta out of Japan, and a host of many more top tier superstars from all over the globe. They dominated so much that they even had their own pay per view event called NWO Sould Out. Despite the Horsemen, it is hard to argue that the NWO is anything but the top faction in all of wrestling.
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