Quick - name some of the greatest stables, trios and factions in wrestling. Perhaps you'd have The Four Horsemen on your list? The Heenan Family? nWo? D-Generation X? The Shield? The Bullet Club? Raven's Flock?
We did so a while back, and the results are here. And while there's a little bit of duplication between that list and this one, there's a key difference: most wrestling fans don't even remember most of the groups listed within this list.
That doesn't mean these were bad groups, necessarily. This list is more about the ones that were dissolved before living up to their full potential. In fact, some of these were quite compelling factions.... on paper.
So how did we rank the Top 50 Forgotten Factions - which is more or less finding the best of an obscure group? We looked through the WWF/E, NWA/WCW, AWA, ECW, ROH, TNA and other groups over the last thirty years and judged them using the following criteria:
How impressive were the individual wrestlers?
What purpose did the faction serve?
Did they compete as a unit in key events, such as PPV's?
Were they given a fairly prominent position on the card?
One note: To be truly considered a faction, the group had to have at least three full-time wrestlers in it. And because groups like The Social Outcasts are still too fresh in our memories.... the factions have to have been disbanded for at least a year.
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In 2008, TNA took a trio of masked mid-carders and called them The Prince Justice Brotherhood. They consisted of Super Eric (Eric Young), Curry Man (Christopher Daniels) and Shark Boy. And while the faction was mostly played for laughs, it gave the three grapplers a higher sense of purpose at the time.
The Prince Justice Brotherhood
While many WCW aficionados may remember Three Count, fewer remember the trio that feuded with them throughout 2000. Comprised of Kaz Hayashi, Yang (Jimmy Wang Yang) and Jamie-San (Jamie Noble), the Japan-themed faction had several classic ladder matches on WCW television and pay-per-view.