Back in the Attitute Era, the good old days to you and I, plenty of stables used to rule the ring, showcasing expertise on the mic, and forming great relationships with their rapport with each other. They also used to be part of some of the finest storylines to ever exist within the WWE. Who can forget the big reveal of Vince McMahon being the lynchpin of The Ministry of Darkness, or DX’s invasion of Monday Night Nitro? Alas, the modern era has seen seldom factions form, and for the most part it’s been a missing piece of the puzzle I believe many superstars would gain from.
The Broken Regime
One of my favourite WWE superstars of the modern era is Bray Wyatt. He’s a wordsmith and an actor on such a theatrical level, but Vince has wasted his potential, and that short title run that ended up with him losing to Randy Orton at last year’s Wrestlemania was a mistake, and a rather unfunny joke at Bray’s expense. Imagine the heights he could reach with total domination of the WWE roster? I’m talking Ministry of Darkness levels of domination. They don’t have to go down the same route as the Ministry, but the darkness could be better suited from the current maniacal pairing of Matt and himself, just throw in a couple of other wrestlers into the mix and watch the fireworks go off.
Imagine, over the course of a month, wrestlers on Raw started to have weird convulsions during their match – strange cacklings of laughter through the speakers, and images of people rocking in wheelchairs on the Titantron. The lights flicker uncontrollably, followed by Bray and Matt walking to the ring to fetch superstars that are having these ‘seizures’. The Superstars in question? Baron Corbin – a guy that deserves more, and with the right push could be a fantastic member of a faction. Throw in Konnor and Viktor of The Ascension as well, because it’s not like they’ve had the best of times since leaving NXT. Think of them as the new Acolytes, causing pain to those that don’t comply with The Broken Regime’s way (and a new look without the facepaint wouldn’t go a miss).
The final three stars of the stable would be Dana Brooke, Neville, and the Demon Finn Bálor. Dana could rise to the top of the division with the right faction behind her, and changing her attitude to a more extreme version of AJ Lee would be cool. Neville is a fantastic athlete, already with an air of instability, and Finn needs that championship belt. His gimmick is already loved, so it wouldn’t be too much of a push to elevate him as part of a strong stable. He’d just need a heel turn, which would be the issue, as the WWE makes plenty of money off his merchandise.
If Roman is going to stay face, that’s fine, but he’s never going to truly go over without the help of some other superstars. Granted, he doesn’t need a push, but he could help others along the way. We already saw a mini reuinion of The Shield recently, but I just want Rollins. Rollins has showcased his ability more than ever in recent weeks, and everyone adores him, including me. Include Kevin Owens and Braun Strowman, and you have a stable of fantastic wrestlers ready to take down The Broken Regime.
Whilst nobody in this stable needs a push per se, I still think that teaming up these guys would have great entertainment value, forcing the likes of Vince, Stephanie and HHH to get involved (which is always fun). Come to think of it, why not give Rousey a spot within The Progress; she’s more than capable of bringing in the fans, and her in-ring ability is impressive already.
The Bullet Club
Ok, so this is already kind of a thing and not really new at all, but building on it would be awesome. Obviously AJ Stles, Gallows and Anderson already feature, but throw in Billie Kay and Peyton Royce and watch the coolest faction dominate Smackdown Live. I also think an inclusion of someone like Samoa Joe might work, especially as he’s not having a massive push at the moment. He could be the muscle for AJ against Nakamura, destroying him and supplying Styles the tools he needs to stay as the top man on the roster.
Building on the Bullet Club seems unlikely, but you know, a man can dream. The trouble with two rosters is that it’s hard for factions to form to the same standards as before, and even though we have teams of threes scattered around the company, building ones featuring five or so makes better viewing. The Nexus’ run was great to watch, even though it began to suffer from unoriginality towards the end. The Bullet Club could run Smackdown Live, wiping out the likes of Bryan and Nakamura week in week out, until the last faction is formed.
The Yes Movement
Although Daniel Bryan wouldn’t need a group of Superstars behind him, his tag team with Kane was awesome. Bring Kane over to Smackdown Live, and include Cesaro, Sheamus, and Becky Lynch. They’re all entertaining on the mic, and they’d be the good guys – the ones feuding with The Bullet Club and making Fox’s new Friday night flagship one to watch.
The chances of any of these happening is slim to none, let alone any stable, but I truly believe when the likes of Nation of Domination and The Corporation were around, the WWE had never been better. It’s just a question of whether the WWE would risk it, and whether the writing was good enough to carry the storylines week in, week out.
Got any thoughts on some stables you’d like to see? Let us know.
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