The Four Horsemen was the greatest faction in sports-entertainment. If it weren’t for them, there wouldn’t have been an nWo or D-Generation X. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Double A” Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Barry Windham were the best group of wrestling stars ever assembled. Each of them held a championship, which made them unique. Flair was the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Arn and Tully were the NWA Tag Team Champions, and Windham was the NWA U.S. Champion. They could talk, wrestle, and put asses in seats. The Four Horsemen packed arenas across the nation and never disappointed the fans.
The New World Order
The New World Order (nWo) was the coolest and most popular faction in sports-entertainment in the late 1990s. They ruled the WCW for nearly five years and helped turned mainstream American wrestling back into a more mature, adult-oriented product. “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash would beat up all the top stars of WCW every week. They would spray painted “NWO” on the backs of wrestlers they beat up. When Hulk Hogan won the WCW World Title from The Giant, he spray-painted “NWO” on the belt, which was legendary. The NWO would go down as one of the most influential forces in sports-entertainment history.
D-Generation X was my favorite heel group during the early stages of the WWE’s “Attitude Era”. This was WWE’s answer to WCW’s nWo stable. The members were Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna, and Rick Rude. They were a stable of outlaws who rebelled against authority figures in the WWE and practiced off-color humor on television. They popularized the crotch chop and told the crowd to “Suck It.” D-Generation X’s actions and language were crazy and reprehensible, but the fans loved it.
The Heenan Family
The Heenan Family was one of the first stables in the WWE during the late 1980s. This was a powerful group led by the greatest manager in sports-entertainment’s history, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Over the years, the members consisted of Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Ken Patera, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Mr. Perfect, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Harley Race, The Islanders, Hercules, The Barbarian, The Brainbusters, Terry Taylor, High Chief Sivi Afi, and The Brooklyn Brawler. Bobby Heenan led Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect to the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Brainbusters and Colossal Connection (Andre and Haku) to the WWE Tag Team Championships. I would always remember the monumental feud The Heenan Family had with Hulk Hogan, which was entertaining to watch.
Evolution was “The Four Horsemen of the WWE”. Like The Four Horsemen, every member held a championship. Triple H was the World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton was the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair and Batista were The World Tag Team Champions. These top stars dominated the RAW brand of the WWE for like two years. Evolution was like a blast from the past, and it was fun watching this four-man gang ruled the WWE.