The West Texas Rednecks
The J.O.B. Squad
What started off as a joke for Al Snow about the number of J.O.B.s he did on the PPV turned into something much larger during the WWF's Attitude Era. Snow joined forces with fellow journeymen Bob Holly, Scorpio, The Blue Meanie and Dwayne "Gillberg" Gill. The faction still jobbed, but at least they had a T-shirt.
No matter whether you call them stables, group, families or factions, they've driven some of the most significant storylines in wrestling over the past 30 years and have added fuel to a lot of top rivalries.
In compiling this week's Top 50 list, we looked at the top factions from WWE, WCW, TNA and elsewhere to see which had the biggest impact on their company, bred future stars and furthered storylines.
To differentiate this from a previous Top 50 Wrestling Trios list, we limited a faction to a group that has at least four members that actively wrestled during the period the faction was around. So if you're wondering why The Shield or The Fabulous Freebirds aren't on this particular list... now you know.
In selecting the Top 50 Wrestling Factions, Canadian Bulldog's World looked at the following criteria:
How impressive were the group's members?
How prominent were they in one or more major promotion?
Did the faction held build up the careers for one or more of its members?
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When The Chosen One Jeff Jarrett reigned as TNA's king of the mountain, he needed backup to defend himself against the likes of Rhino and Christian Cage. The group, at times, included Abyss, Monty Brown, America's Most Wanted, Scott Steiner, Gail Kim, Jackie Gayda and even had a pact with Team Canada.
After John Bradshaw Layfield won the World Title in 2004 on SmackDown, he realized he would need backup to hang on to the championship. The Cabinet included Orlando Jordan, Doug and Danny Basham and a debuting Jillian Hall, with Jordan and The Basham Brothers all holding titles on SmackDown.
Robert Fuller's army began in the Continental territory in the early 1980's and traveled to the CWF, Smoky Mountain and WCW. Members included Fuller (a/k/a Col. Rob Parker), Cactus Jack, Dutch "Zeb Colter" Mantel, Jimmy "Bunkhouse Buck" Golden, Terry Funk, Arn Anderson and Steve Austin.