At 5/9/16 04:01 PM, DoctorStrongbad wrote:
At 5/9/16 03:21 PM, PsychoGoldfish wrote:
I think you have that backwards. They don't turn stables into jobbers, they put jobbers in stables. Sometimes it works, like with the New Day, sometimes it's passable, like Social Outcasts, and sometimes they just have no connection to the audience, with heat or likeability. That about sums up the League of Nations.I miss the old school stables like the nWo. They were not jobbers and always had each other's back. Plus a cool concept and catch phrases.
For a faction to really work, it can't be a manufactured group. Look at some of the greatest factions of all time:
The Von Erichs
nWo/DX (aka the Kliq)
One thing they all had in common is they were all really close friends or family before they joined together. You can also take the Shield as an example where 2 of the guys had an existing bond, and the 3rd guy fit in really well when they got together out of the ring.
These guys all cared about each other as a group and were invested enough that they worked together to come up with ideas, play with promos, etc etc. When you saw them on-screen, they were giving you content they had put their hearts into, and they always felt really organic.
League of Nations really lacked that. Watching them on TV, you never felt any real kinship between the guys, with the exception of Barret and Shamus. Unfortunately, Barret spent too much time injured, and Shamus had just come off a garbage title run, so they never had a chance to build on that. Del Rio and Rusev were not invested in the group at all, and you could feel that. Most of us didn't want to see that faction on TV anymore. Being talented wrestlers individually just wasn't enough.
The good news is with more of the Bullet Club guys coming over, and the angle with Styles/Gallows/Anderson building 'The Club' name in WWE (not to mention the inevitable call-up of Balor), I think you're going to get a proper faction that doesn't job out every week very soon.
We could even see a more permanent faction come from Reigns and the Usos. Naomi, Tamina and Nia Jax could all join in for a more gender diverse group than we've seen before, assuming they pull the trigger and let Reigns (and the Uso's) go heel.
On that note, the Styles/Reigns dynamic has actually gotten kind of fun. It's like they are challenging each other to see who will turn heel first. "ONLY ONE OF US CAN BE THE GOOD GUY"