September 21, 2005 by Efrem Solomon
Tag Teams, Alliances, and even Factions have delighted wrestling fans for many years. When we see our favorite faces or heels come together and capitalize their opponents, we know we got our money's worth. Sometimes wrestling executives steer away from this because it concentrates too much on the group instead of the individuals. But nonetheless it's great entertainment.
I remember when the Undertaker and Vince McMahon formed the Corporate Ministry and in opposition to that the Union was formed. The biggest names in the WWE were involved with this feud and most of them had their careers propelled because of it. I found myself dying to know the outcome of each show and hoping Stone Cold would be the victor. This is just one of several alliances the WWE has wisely chosen to do, but there has been one time they failed to group together great wrestlers. It was when Triple H was still in control of the business and constantly attacked the Rock with DX. A tag team match had been set up between Earl Hebner/ The Rock vs. Triple H/ X-Pac. Triple H had won the match but continued to beat Hebner with DX and at that point Chris Jericho, The Big Show, Rikishi, even the Dudley Boys and perhaps another face came out to defend Hebner. The massive brawl thrilled the entire stadium to finally see Triple H get badly beaten during the McMahon/ Hemsley era. All of the men stood in the ring together finally as allies, but this would only last that night. Instead of having those characters form their own team, they were put against each other in matches where it would seem ridiculous for them to still want to be a team. In my eyes the WWE failed to provide a perfect opportunity for something the fans can support.
Wrestling executives sometimes do see the potential for groups to form, but in some case they cannot just let a good idea end sometime. In the case of the nWo, they had a rather large group of the top wrestlers ally themselves and dominate everyone else. That was a fantastic angle, which WCW greatly profited from, but it was enough. WCW writers constantly reformatted and reassigned nWo, by splitting the group and replacing characters. The stories didn't even seem consistent and often confused the fans with fake Stings and random spars with unrelated wrestlers. The writers continued with nWo idea until fans were sick of it and killed the popularity it once had. If they had just let group disperse when the timing was perfect, then the nWo could have gone down as one the of the best groups in franchise.
I found myself watching RAW, specifically the eight man tag match with The Big Show/ Matt Hardy/ Shawn Michaels/ John Cena vs. Edge/ Chris Masters/ Gene Snitsky/ Kurt Angle. It was a fantastic match with it's ups and downs, with no wrestler coming out as being the star of the match. At the end Edge got pinned by all four men, they all embraced each other in victory and stood together as a team. I thought to myself The Big Show is once again placed into a situation where he can be apart of something great or can continue individually and probably never amount to anything more than what he has shown. The WWE has the option to form a new group and have the fans chanting the name of the clan of their favorite faces. Most likely they will forget about forming a team and allow these men to continue on without bringing special attention to this, even if that is exactly what the fans want.
by Efrem Solomon ..
Paul Glantz wrote:
I think that you are reading to much into some of this. Just because men are brought together for one night, it does not mean that they are sworn to be allies for ever. Not to say that Faction are not great, personally I love Factions, having that whole team on one or two guys, I love that rush of seeing if my favorite wrestler will beat the odds.
But here is where I mainly disagree with you. I think that when you think faction you think of, The 4Hoursmen, the nWo, the Radicals, but there is one I see above the rest, D-X. These guys would either crack me up to the point were I was in tears, or they would enrage me till me face turned red. They press all the right buttons at the right time and they had great success while doing so. And when they attacked that rock, that was great, it was 5 on 1 and the Rock found ways to get away, win the fight of go down in a blaze of glory. D-X in my eyes was the best faction of all time because they were in your face, they were funny, they were aggravating, they were amazing.
The Faction is the biggest thing ever to hit wrestling, so when it is down right, it is something to behold. Personally I think there should be an at least one faction at all times, because when your guy is up against the odds, nothing is sweeter then seeing him be them.
Antonio The Great Muscleman of New Havens wrote:
I have no idea why WWE dicks around with the whole
stable idea and never does anything with it. Because
if you can get the right wrestlers, it can come out as
a huge success. Not to mention can be a stepping stone
for fresh superstars. Batista and Orton were greatly
helped by the stable and it's probably the main reason
they even are where they're at today. One can only
help WWE sees this opportunity to create more stables.
Efrem Solomon (Original Author) wrote:
First off, I'd like to thank you guys for giving some input on my first column. Secondly, I understand that wrestlers can sometimes work together, but not be allies forever. I was recently talking to someone about this, he made me realize that you can't just group together just any wrestlers there has to be a special chemistry amongst them. Thanks again and look for my next column The Formula of John Cena.
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