One of the less-talked about aspects of the “Attitude Era”, mainly because it wasn’t very exciting to most people, was the ‘gang warfare’ that took place in the late 90’s. I’m obviously not talking about the nWo or DX here, rather the feud between the Nation of Domination, Los Boricuas and the Disciples of Apocalypse.
Now if two of those stables are completely unfamiliar to you, I wouldn’t be surprised – as I said, it’s not necessarily a hallmark of the era, but I loved it, solely because as anyone paying attention knows, I’m a big stable fan. I think there should be stables all the time, so naturally, I crafted a What If Wednesday that goes along perfectly with that.
What if “Gang Warfare” happened again in WWE, but on a much larger scale?
Today I’m mainly focusing on the WWE roster. You’re welcome to make your own version, or do an NXT edition. All fair game.
For those who follow along with me on Twitter, many of these will not come as a huge shock to you. All set? Good, on with the show!
The Wyatt Family – Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Bo Dallas and The Ascension
Besides the Authority, we’ve gotten away from the “mega” stable, and this would rectify that. As I’ve spoken about repeatedly, Bray and Bo would be the double headed leaders of this group, though obviously Bray would get more of the main event push.
Truthfully, if I was running this, Bo would be more of a manager than anything else. He’s capable enough in the ring, but it’s on the microphone where he does the majority of his best work, so I’d stick with that.
Bray goes after the World Title, Harper is the mid-card belt contender and The Ascension could handle the tag titles. Rowan would be the silent muscle, like if Mr. Hughes wore a sheep’s mask.
World Elite – Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Natalya, Rusev and Kalisto
Yet another one of my favorite ideas, though adding Kalisto was a last-minute thing for me. He’s going to eventually get a major push beyond just being a Lucha Dragon (provided he doesn’t keep having issues like he did at Elimination Chamber), and this could be a fun fit for him.
As much as I love KiddAro as a tag team, this really would need to be Cesaro’s time to shine, though I imagine Rusev might have something to say about that. Also, and not surprisingly, I’d want there to be a cruiserweight division so that Kidd and Kalisto could have something to do besides being the undersized underdogs.
The Samoan Swat Team – Roman Reigns, the Usos and Tamina
We’re taking slight artistic license here, since Snuka is from Fiji, not Samoa, but I imagine Vince wouldn’t care about that. He had a Bulgarian Russian, he can have a Fijian Samoan.
Reigns is going to turn heel at some point and when he does, having him lead a group would be a good step forward. He wouldn’t even need to change his ring gear for this – everyone else would just start dressing like him. I think this trio (quarter, including Snuka) could be fun.
And no, since you’re asking, I wouldn’t put Samoa Joe in this stable. I’m not sure he’ll be around long enough to be in a group of any kind, but that’s another article.
Team Gorgeous – The Miz, Tyler Breeze, Summer Rae
You could go a lot of different ways with members for this group. Ziggler, Adam Rose, Fandango, all would make sense. I’m choosing these three because it all fits together right now, and I have other plans for the other guys. If you wanted to add one of them, I wouldn’t be offended.
Rather than a stunt double here, Breeze becomes Miz’ protege, and we don’t wind up seeing dissension in the ranks for a long time. Breeze and Summer have been rumored to be a duo when Tyler gets his WWE call up (which should have happened months ago) and Miz and Summer have the movie connection, so it all makes sense.
What am I doing with Ziggler then? I’m glad you asked.
The currently unnamed ‘Frat Boy-esque” stable – Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger and Curtis Axel
This whole idea stems from my belief that Swagger looks like every 80’s movie college bad guy in history. I imagine him in a varsity letter jacket or a sweater vest. While this wouldn’t be Mean Street Posse 2.0, it would harken back to the days of Pete Gas and Joey Abs.
While Ziggler got top billing above, I’d really want this to be Cody’s group. (I’d also make Ziggler go back to a brown crew cut – No more showoff!) Swagger and Axel could be the tag team, Ziggler would handle the IC belt and Cody could finally ascend to the main event picture.
New Day – Same as it is now
This group is so good I’m not touching it. Keep on keepin’ on, boys.
The NXT Invaders – Adam Rose, Fandango, Heath Slater, Sin Cara, Zack Ryder
Frustrated that all these NXT guys keep coming up to WWE and “taking their spots”, this gang heads down to Full Sail to take out their aggression on these “young upstarts”, while hopefully also redefining their own careers at the same time. This is cheating a little, as I wouldn’t have this group in WWE at all, but I just wanted to mention it.
The Kingdom United – King Barrett, Neville, Paige, Sheamus
A little dig with the name on the ROH Kingdom stable, and if I’m being honest, I just came up with it about 12 seconds ago, so its a title in progress. Barrett needs a group to “rule” in order for this King thing to be more than just a jobber in a cape, and these guys would all work well together.
Plus, you leave the possibility open for Finn Balor and Becky Lynch to come up and join sometime in the future, leading to all sorts of possible shenanigans.
Los Boricuas 2.0 – Primo, Epico and Carlito
Each time I see the Matadors, I cry a little inside. Both these guys are talented, but they’re floundering right now. They need a change. They need new attitudes.
They need an apple spit in their face.
This is the only time I’m bringing in a new superstar, though it’s technically an old superstar being brought back, but if I’m WWE, I’m signing Carlito and letting him smack the masks off his relatives faces. I don’t want them becoming bandana waving, bicycle riding thugs, but I do want them being proud of their heritage and standing up for themselves on this roster.
It’d be cool.
Team WWE (aka the CeNation) – Cena, Ryback, Sandow, Big Show, Prime Time Players
A catch-all to get more guys on the roster, I imagine that with all this craziness happening, Cena would want to unite some folks to be able to stand as one, fighting to save WWE from being overrun by these mobs. Pretty much take any wrestler not listed above and they’d fit here. Big Show could turn face (he’s good at that) for a while, and I’d have Sandow be the standout, naturally.
Alright, only one stable to go, and this is just a toss-in to try to break the internet and get all your money.
The Sword – Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens
While The Shield tried to save WWE, this group is trying to destroy it. Just imagine these three cutting a promo together.
What do YOU think? What changes would you make? How would you stable-ize WWE? Be Heard.