Every wrestling fan knows where they were when the New World Order came into power over in WCW. The same holds true for The Four Horsemen, Degeneration X and Evolution for that matter. The point is, wrestling stables are a powerful part of the history of professional wrestling. Every great stable, however, had a powerful hook. The NWO had Hollywood Hulk Hogan turning heel. The Four Horsemen had Ric Flair as the perpetual World Heavyweight Champion. Degeneration X had the Attitude Era by the tail and stretched the boundaries of what was accepted. With the appearance of Paul Heyman at the end of Monday Night Raw, rumors of another faction coming together are being thrown about. In fact, it looks downright promising.
Why does Heyman signal a possible faction?
It only makes sense to have him lead a group. Heyman is known to represent individuals but he could have twice the impact as the leader of a group. ECW comes to mind as proof positive that he can motivate and sell a group however small or large. Brock Lesnar is his guy, but you can be sure that Heyman could create some major storylines with C.M. Punk as well.
Who would be effective members of this group?
It really would depend on who they wanted to push. C.M. Punk would be a no-brainer but if and when Brock returns there would be a struggle for leadership. Then again, that is always a good story to explore with a faction. Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and numerous others could be excellent additions. The group would certainly need to be hand selected by Punk and Heyman, however. The elite, respect angle would need to be spoken of constantly and be shown by all members to be important.
Couldn't Paul Heyman just be representing Punk?
Certainly that could be the case, but it makes no sense on many levels. For example, why would you pair two of the best talkers in the game when there are plenty of other great young talents that need the mouthpiece? Also, what about Brock Lesnar? Surely Punk would know (in character) that Heyman is never going to put him in front of Lesnar. Despite these questions, there are plenty of ways that the WWE could make it work with Heyman there for Punk.
As the weeks to Night of Champions draw closer, it should be interesting to see how this all plays out. Although I love seeing Heyman in any capacity on WWE programming, I would particularly love him as the leader of a new group.
*Southern is a huge WWE fan that believes they could improve a great deal by looking back at the old NWA ways of doing things.
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