Listening to a sermon from Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church out of Seattle from February 2nd, 2009, entitled “Trial: Temptation from Sin,” he posed the question, “What’s your legacy?”
I thought about that, about being a Christian (which explains why I was listening to the sermon), being a philosophy student at St. Cloud State University, and also being a life-long fan of professional wrestling.
After more thought, and when I came to being a life-long fan of the sports-entertainment, I did think of the faction, Legacy. Then I thought of the Hart Dynasty. The Four Horsemen came to mind, as well as the New World Order, D-Generation X, Evolution, and the Main Event Mafia all came to mind. Why? I also thought that’s something the world of professional wrestling is missing these days, is factions.
…Hart Foundation, New Hart Foundation, the Hart Dynasty…
These men didn’t last too long, because of the “Montréal Screw Job” at Survivor Series. But a great group while it lasted. Now the Hart Dyansty, the third in the set of Hart factions. David Hart Smith (son of Davey Boy), Natalya (daughter of Neidhart), and Tyson Kid (trained by Stu Hart). The three have reigned dominate on ECW every Tuesday night and on Smackdown, every Friday night!
To me, what a better group than these three men, Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase Jr. These superstar’s fathers were all wrestlers, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, and the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase Sr. But together, when they are on air, they are few guys I do mark for. I do believe that Rhodes and DiBiase are the future of this business, and I think DiBiase would break out from the group before Rhodes (like what Orton did for Evolution, before Batista [which would be Rhodes]).
But the group, in general, always held the WWE Championship (Orton) or the World Tag Titles (Orton and DiBiase). I just love these guys and this group. It may be that I mark for the heels, and this is a heel group, but wrestling skills, they are the best today.
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna, Rick Rude, New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, all degenerates (funny, isn’t it?) that backed it up in the ring. The only factions to hold the WWE, Intercontinental, European, Hardcore, and World Tag Team Championships in the span of the when the group was around. Originally formed with HBK and HHH to go against the New Hart Foundation because HHH and HBK were great friends, but when the Showstopper retired at WrestleMania XIV due to an injured back, HHH recruited the help of the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac to form the updated DX. All said and done a great faction.
…New World Order…
“This is the New World Order of Wrestling, Brother!” “Hollywood” Hogan hollered out when he sided with the Outsiders, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, at the Bash at the Beach in 1996. This group was one of the most influential groups ever to enter in the wrestling business and if the n.W.o. never formed the business wouldn’t look the way it does now and it wouldn’t of where it went.
I really don’t feel like I need to go into the New World Order, because everyone knows who they are and there’s a lot of media out on them. If you don’t know them, go out and find some, you’ll know that they were influential.
…Main Event Mafia…
TNA’s answer to the n.W.o. Kurt Angle, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Booker T., Christian Cage, Samoa Joe, Taz, all at one time, were a member of the Main Event Mafia. I rarely watch TNA, and when I do, I want tune in for these guys. I’ve been interested on buying TNA pay-per-views on DVD when they come out for these guys. Its bunch of legends getting together to team up and try make the company better by putting over the younger guys. Thank you TNA for making me somewhat interested in your product. Good job.
A main eventer of the past, a main eventer of the day, and a main eventers of the future, all rolled into a group. Ric Flair (the past), Triple H (of the day), Batista, and Randy Orton (of the future). Another group that I would mark over whenever they came out. Triple H wanted to help make a couple of new stars, but he needed the help of his mentor Ric Flair! Wooo! But no, this group was centered around Triple H holding onto the World Heavyweight Championship with Flair and Batista holding onto the World Tag Team Titles and Orton holding onto the Intercontinental Championship.
Same with the n.W.o., check out the DVD’s about the Horsemen. I have to say the greatest faction that there ever was in their beginning stages of the Horsemen. There were a couple of odd ones thrown into the Horsemen for a quick fix, but nothing really. Ric Flair (Woooo!) and Arn Anderson were the only two members to go from the originally formation to the last stand in the late 1990’s. I would suggest people going out and watching Ric Flair and the IV Horsemen dvd that the WWE put out. I think they offer a great look at this legendary group.
I miss the factions! I am sure most other wrestling fans that watched the business for a long time or have a higher education (not trying to sound like a jerk, or anything) want groups to face each other, it’s more real life than what they have it now, everyone on their own. But to conclude, this is Eric Darsie from Minnesota, wishing I had my own “faction” at SCSU, goodbye!
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