My favorite part of RAW was not, as many of you might suspect, Seth Rollins vs. Neville.  It was not the 6 man tag ‘main event’, nor was it even that awesome tag team skipping their way into our hearts.

No, my favorite part of RAW was just a single moment, seeing Cesaro, Miz and Kevin Owens in the ring together.  Just the sight of those three in directors’ chairs made me ridiculously happy - Those are some of my absolute favorite talents in WWE right now.

Which, of course, got me thinking.

Who is / are my favorite WWE wrestlers at this very moment?

What followed was about 30 minutes of conversing, debating and arguing. . . All taking place within my own head, and it resulted in this list you see before you.  In a very Bill Simmons type of way, I’ve also created tiers for my list.

Note: I mainly included active talents, although some guys with minor injuries made my list.  I also didn’t include female talents or non-wrestlers, both of which could be a part of a future column.

I hope you will enjoy it, but as Victor Borge so eloquently stated, if you don’t, there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it.

Please . . . Just Go Away. . .

40. Ryback

I find very little to be redeeming about Ryback, and I feel badly about that.  He’s neither safe nor very talented in the ring, his character needs a whole lot of work, and the worst part about it is that he seems like a nice guy with a sense of humor.  Why isn’t Ryback more like Ryan Reeves?

I hate to be harsh, but right now I find him to be a waste of a roster spot and of a title that, right now, means almost as little as the NXT Tag belts.

(If you had to rank the titles in order of importance, wouldn’t it be WWE Title, US belt, NXT Women’s belt [thanks to Sasha et al], tag belts, NXT title, Divas title and then, somewhere at the bottom, Ryback and BAMF’s belts?)

39. The Ascension

Every so often, I go back and read my very early work, in which Konnor and Viktor sit atop my NXT top ten for quite a long period of time.  I want to go back in time, to show my younger (albeit by 8-9 months) self what has happened to these two - How completely useless they both are.

How many NXT tag teams would I rather have in The Ascension’s spot?  That would be all of them, including a tandem like Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins, who are really just enhancement talent at this point.

If I had to pick one tag member over the other, it’d be Viktor, just because he looks like Christopher Daniels.

Mental Note - Column on wrestler look-alikes

The Old Yeller Category - Those whose time has come and gone

38. Sin Cara

I was honestly shocked to learn that Sin Cara, aka Hunico, is 37 years old.  I give him a lot of credit for moving around the ring the way he does at that “advanced” age, yet it also explains why he screws things up so often.

I get it, we needed Sin Cara to be paired with Kalisto to make the transition to the main roster, but he’s here now.  The only thing Kalisto is doing being paired with Sin Cara is wasting time.  If WWE insists on keeping Sin Cara around, fine!  Make him Kalisto’s manager for a few months, as he starts his singles run.  Then he can turn heel on Kalisto, take the mask off, join up with two other masked guys who will appear later in the column, and have a story that actually matters.

(Did I mention that this early part of the column is sponsored by #HeelDC?  Well, it is.)

37. Heath Slater

I’ll get some brushback on this one, because a lot of people like Heath Slater and think there’s a role for him somewhere in WWE.  That may be true, but it’s certainly not as a wrestler.  Heath so infrequently appears on WWE television that it’s not even exciting when he does show up.  Again, he’s just there to fill the 3 hours of Monday Night television, and we don’t need that.

36. Mark Henry

The saddest part of Henry’s match with Rusev was that I really liked what they did with his entrance - letting Mark fill the camera with his size, focusing on the “WSM” of his singlet.  Maybe that’s something they’ve done for years, but it’s the first time I noticed it, and I was a big fan.

Henry is approaching his 20th year in WWE, and unless you’re either a part-time Phenom or a genetic wonder like Goldust, there’s no business still being a wrestler after that amount of time.

35. R-Truth

Despite his hilarious and creative renaissance in 2015, Ron Killings is another talent who has passed his ‘time’.  He’s 43 years old, and he could have done exactly the same things he’s been doing on the microphone while not taking part in the in-ring action, had he been a manager or other on-screen personality.

We’ve lost Santino, and I’m sad about that, but until he returns, why not R-Truth for GM of RAW?

34. Big Show

Of those in this category, Big Show is my favorite, and it’s not just because of his increased efforts in the ring, though those are, by me anyway, well documented.

No, Big Show gets such a “lofty” position because the post-wrestling place for him is so perfect, I’m surprised WWE hasn’t acted on it by now.

Make him an announcer.   Let him take Byron Saxton’s place, who currently isn’t doing much of anything for the betterment of WWE commentary.  Let Michael Cole call the match, which he’s proven he still remembers how to do, and let JBL and Big Show tell the stories around him.

If that doesn’t work, and I can imagine Paul Wight might not want to do all this traveling just for an announcer gig, then put him in NXT!  He lives in Florida anyways, if I remember right, so move Corey Graves to the main roster (long overdue) and have Big Show join. . . . Whomever else NXT uses as commentary.  Heck, let Big Show call it himself?

How hilarious would it have been if Kevin Owens came out to join the announce team, tried starting stuff with Big Show, who just glared at him, then Owens starting picking on Saxton instead?

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here - Guys who need a Fresh Start

33. Curtis Axel

I’m not sure if it was a one-time thing, an act of Photoshop hijinks, or a quick idea that got even more rapidly squashed that resulted in that picture floating around of Axel in jorts (jean-shorts, for those playing at home), but obviously WWE has nothing for young Mister Hennig right now.

That’s probably for the best, as would be releasing Axel, and every other name on this tier of the list.  Axel could find himself work right now - As I’ve written about before (though I’m glad Cesaro didn’t read it), it’s a REALLY good time to be a free agent wrestler.  Lucha Underground, Global Force, Japan, there’s definitely work to be had.

Axel is probably more like Ted Dibiase Jr (Is he even still wrestling? Note: No, he’s not, he’s involved in random businesses you’ve never heard of) than David Hart Smith (currently a tag team champion in Japan with the former Lance / Vance Archer / Hoyt), but whatever he finds, it’ll be better than what he’s doing in WWE.

32.  Zack Ryder

This is the one I could be wrong on.  Scary as it might be, Hype Bros might get a somewhat legitimate shot as a tag team, both in NXT and in WWE.  Plus, he’s not getting TOTALLY run over in his last few RAW appearances, so perhaps he might be salvageable.

Still, there’s no argument in my mind that Ryder could do far better for himself on the indie circuit, and I hope he finds his way there in some form or fashion soon.

31. Dolph Ziggler

We’re getting to the tricky parts now - Where I actually start to like the people on the list.  Actually, I like most of the talents on the WWE roster, but now we’re getting into the ones I am “fans” of.

I enjoy Ziggler’s ring work, although he’s far better as a heel, and am looking forward to his in-ring return, but let’s face it - Dolph is a main event talent in pretty much any other promotion he goes to, and he’s a mid-card stalwart if he stays in WWE.

Truthfully, I imagine he’s out of wrestling altogether in the next 2-3 years, hosting a podcast, doing standup, maybe even dating a Kardashian.

30. King BOOOOOOOM

Alas, poor Barrett. . . We knew him, NAIborhood, a fellow of infinite potential, of most excellent physique.  At some point, we’re going to learn about the egregious act he committed against Clan McMahon that caused him to be booked as he has been these last years.

Until then, much like Ziggler, Wade could be battling Prince Puma or . . . who is going to be the ‘main event’ talent in GFW, anyway?. . . but instead will continue to be Ruler and King of the Jobbers.

Whoa, the fallen Corre.

29. Jack Swagger

Absence has made my heart grow fonder for Mr. Swagger - I know that if he was on my TV more often, he’d plummet down this list.  Just looking at him for an extended period of time makes me want to punch him right in his dopey face.

And that’s what bugs me the most - He is the personification of every 80’s college movie villain - How did WWE not take advantage of that?  Where was his Chris Nowinski style letter jacket?  The Real American schtick was good, it’s true, but you had a golden opportunity, WWE, and you BLEW IT!

Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger . . . Geez, take EVERY guy from this tier of my list, put them in a “Cocky Jock” stable (Hey, if Submission Sorority can get through Standards and Practices, so can my idea) and let them have some fun.  Spirit Squad meets Mean Street Posse meets Varsity Club.

Good God, that’s a fun idea.  I can’t even write any more, I’m too excited about that.  We’ll have to make this a 2 parter and cover the remaining talents tomorrow.

Until then, BE HEARD!

I spent a good while trying to decide what to post for Throwback Thursday.  After a while, I just started looking at what's going on in the world of wrestling.

On RAW, Ryback, Rowan and one Dolph Ziggler got fired.

On Lucha Underground, since I've just started watching, a major player has been Chavo Guerrero.

Wait a second. . . Ziggler. . .Guerrero. . .

I've got it!

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In mid-2005, Chavo Guerrero seemed discouraged by his plight as a professional wrestler of Mexican heritage.  He couldn't seem to catch a break.

A trip to Abercrombie and a bad dye job later, and Chavo was gone.  In his place stood . . .

Kerwin White

Looking like a failed audition for the Mean Street Posse (Mental Note: Get some Joey Abs onto a future Throwback Thursday), Kerwin White was the quintessential preppy upper middle class white American. . . Except for being Chavo Guerrero.

Mr. White spent his brief time on WWE TV railing against the problems with race in America, and more specifically, professional wrestling.  But instead of taking a stand for "minorities" such as himself, Kerwin instead railed AGAINST said minorities.

His tag line, though it didn't last nearly as long as he did (which is saying something), was "If It's White. . .It's Right."

. . . Is it just me, or does this have Michael Hayes written all over it?

Kerwin's only feud of note was against Shelton Benjamin, who I'm not sure realizes it, but he's an African American.

Note: If you have yet to see the clip of Trish Stratus, Shelton and one Vince McMahon, take 2 minutes and 16 seconds of your life and watch this. . . You'll be glad you did.

http://dai.ly/xyxtxz

Shockingly enough, the Kerwin White gimmick wasn't enough of its own, so WWE decided to give Kerwin some muscle.

Enter his "caddy", Nick Nemeth.  If that name doesn't ring a bell, his picture sure will. . .

dolph-ziggler-kerin-white

Yes, folks, this is a pre-Spirit Squad, VERY pre-HEEL Dolph Ziggler, fresh from the developmental territory of OVW.

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Tragically, Kerwin's WWE tenure ended only after a few months.

It's not the gimmick that's the tragedy, it's that it ended due to the death of Chavo's uncle Eddie.  With the passing of Latino Heat, Kerwin White was history, his caddy was sent back to OVW (to practice his cheerleading, one assumes), and Chavo reclaimed his family name in honor of his fallen family.

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Is there anything to learn from the few months of Kerwin-mania that barely made a dent in WWE?  Obviously not to them, as I doubt we'll ever hear the name or the gimmick mentioned by WWE ever again.

As a fan, though, it does speak to how WWE seems to handle issues of race.  If they don't capitalize on it like they did with the Nation, they poke fun at it.

Honestly, couldn't you see Kerwin White feuding with New Day right now?   Or R-Truth?

Sad, isn't it?

This month’s Survivor Series is shaping up to be historic for a variety of ways;  the most important of which has absolutely nothing to do with the potential disappearance of The Authority or any supposed heel or face turns that may or may not occur.

For the first time in almost 10 years, we are likely to have a Pay Per View with absolutely zero title matches.

Using the wonder of ProFightDB, I went back through the last 128 PPV events, searching for the last one that didn’t feature one championship contest.  I had to go back all the way to One Night Stand from 2005 until I found one, and that’s even debatable to use since, as an ECW reunion show, there wouldn’t be any title matches anyway.  I could go back further. . . but that sounds like hard work to me.

How odd is this phenomenon?  There have only been 2 PPV’s in that same time period to only feature a single title defense.  Now, to be fair, the majority of these last 10 years have featured at least 2 (and sometimes 3) brands, so title matches are an expected occurrence for culmination events, as most PPV’s are.  But still, 128 events is a loooooong time.

“Now, DC,” you might be saying to yourselves, “we don’t know for sure that Survivor Series won’t feature a title match.  What makes you think it’s going to happen?”  And as always, dear reader, I’m glad you asked.  I humbly submit my two (yes, only two) reasons for believing we will see no title matches at Survivor Series.
Reason 1:  The elephant in the room (last seen taking a picture with a gopher).

As we Twitter-folk are all painfully aware, Brock Lesnar is almost certainly not going to be making an appearance leading up to Survivor Series.  In fact, its growing more and more likely we won’t see our World Heavyweight Champion until 2015.

Originally, the belief was this was an opportunity to place the focus on the mid-card titles, stressing their significance, and that’s what has happened.  Dolph Ziggler (and his opponents) have elevated the IC title to prominence, and for those happy few who subscribe to the WWE Network (sorry UK fans - I’m almost as irritated about it as you are) saw on Monday, Rusev,  arguably the biggest non-Authority heel of 2014, now holds the US title.

However, now it seems as if we are taking a different path altogether.  Rather than hyping the belts, we almost appear to be pushing them off to the side.  Ziggler is now a major part of the Team Cena vs. Authority storyline, and the writing on the RAW wall suggests Rusev might be as well.

WWE logic seems to be “Let’s forget about these silly titles to tell a larger story; one, by the way, that the WHC doesn’t need to take part in.”

Reason 2:  Too Many PPV’s, Not Enough Stories

A lot of Twitter-talk (especially @NewAgeInsiders, the premier place for wrestling fans to #BeHeard) has revolved around how, with the WWE Network, PPV’s don’t have as much significance as they once did.  Perhaps it is time to scale those events back a bit - that seems to be the majority opinion.

While WWE doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to do this, it does (as my previous reason indicated) seem to be calling a “time-out” to a lot of major storylines in order to focus on this Cena / Authority piece.  Solid and creative booking, true, but it also gives them a chance to prolong current feuds.  It feels like we have a long road to go before the “Road to Wrestlemania” starts, and WWE seems to be trying to stall for time by sticking with (again, this is early signs here - things may change) traditional SS matches, and saving the “blow-off” events for TLC or the Rumble.

So, if there are to be no title matches, what does Survivor Series look like?  I present my

UnInformed Predictions (just the matches, no results)

Team Cena (JC, Ziggler, Big Show, Sheamus and Orton) vs. Team Authority (Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev and Triple H)

I toyed with many guys for the 5th Authority spot.  Cesaro would make sense but he’s not getting out of the doghouse by then.  Batista could do a brief return appearance, but given that he’s “fighting for his job”, I think this is a perfect opportunity for Trips to make his in-ring return.

Also debated Ryback taking Orton’s spot, depending on the timeline for the movie Randy is making.  Even thought of The Rock, planting another more overt seed for he and HHH’s seemingly inevitable clash at WM31.  Decided to stick with Orton because he’s been so solid for them as the “crazier than Ambrose” guy.

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt

I originally thought there will be some sort of stipulation here, like a Last Man Standing, but I suppose that should be saved for later on in their run.  They are totally slow-burning this feud (again, stalling for time), so I expect this to continue til the Rumble at least.

Dust Brothers and Miz Twins vs. Uso’s and Matadors

This is the one that’s going to bite me in the ass, I know it.  This will be the one title match of Survivor Series, a Fatal 4 Way elimination for the titles instead of the traditional 8 man match.

I’m counting on my two reasons to save me here, but I’ll admit, I’m nervous.

Divas SS Match

I call these uninformed predictions for a reason.  I couldn’t tell you much of anything that is happening with the Diva’s division.  I know one Bella is working for the other, I know AJ and Paige have no friends, and I know Emma keeps losing.  That’s it.

I imagine Nikki will captain a team, and since the PPV falls within the 30 days of the supposed contract, I have to image Brie is on that team too.  So Nikki, Brie, Layla and Summer and Alicia Fox vs. AJ, Natalya, Emma, Paige and whichever Funkadactyl is a face right now?  Something like that?  I’m trying to care, really, I am.  Charlotte can’t join this division soon enough.

NXT Match

To be honest, I ran out of talent with the first four matches.  All the upper level guys are either fighting in the main event or are Dean / Bray.  Having an NXT showcase fills out the event, plus it gives more exposure to the Takeover event in December.

Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and the Lucha Dragons vs. Tyler Breeze, Tyson Kidd and the Vaudevillains

For those of you screaming for Finn Balor or KenTami, it’s not going to happen.  This is about telling the biggest stories for Takeover (the two titles) and featuring two guys (Breeze and Kidd) who deserve their shot.

Hmm, the card is still missing something.  Ok, how about a. . .

10 - 15 man Battle Royal for #1 Contender to the IC title

Battle Royals are all about survival, so it fits the theme of the event.  This would be the perfect spot for Luke Harper or Bad News Barrett to return and immediately move (move back, in BNB’s case) to the mid-card title scene.  Just make sure you tell Zack Ryder before he finds out about it on Twitter.

OK, so maybe this turned into fantasy booking rather than legit predictions, but look at that card and tell me you wouldn’t watch almost all of it.

Quickly, without thinking, who is the best wrestler in WWE?

Right off the top of your head, who you got?

Time is ticking away, hurry up!  Who is it?

. . .

You picked Ziggler or Cesaro, didn’t you?  I’m willing to bet most of you did.  Oh sure, some of you MAY have said Seth Rollins. . . I bet even a small few of you picked Randy Orton.  And we all know that one guy who said “John Cena”, just to be a jackass…

But if we picked a random sampling of 100 fans and asked them who the best wrestler was - not their favorite, per se, but just the most talented between the ropes, Dolph Ziggler or Antonio Cesaro would be the top names mentioned.

Now, while I could spend quite a few lines bemoaning the lack of solid direction or push that Cesaro, Ziggler or the IC belt itself has received over the last 12 months, this is not what this column is about.  Being The Teacher, I’m all about #PromotingPositivity, so if you don’t mind, I’m about to make a very bold statement of optimism.

Ziggler and Cesaro are going to steal the show this Sunday.
Scoff if you must, but it’s true.  Despite not being inside “Satan’s Structure” and with the near-mathematical certitude that this match is going to open the PPV, I firmly believe that when the dust clears and the cage is lifted, it is the IC title match we’ll be talking about most.

Why?

 

The random sampling of 100 fans aren’t wrong, even if they only exist inside my head.  These two guys are the highest quality talents WWE has to offer right now, so logic dictates that when put together on a grand stage, they will perform to their optimal level.

 

Off-hand, I can think of two of these matches that have taken place in 2014.  The first and most obvious is the Tag title match between The Usos and The Wyatts, which was arguably the best match of Battleground. (Unless, of course, you really enjoyed watching The Miz cowardly win the IC title, which I totally did.)

The second one apparently took place on some house shows.  Natalya vs. Paige, I believe.  All reports were that the two divas also blew the roof of the untelevised joint with their match.

Historically, in fact, 2 / 3 falls matches have almost always been solid, if not quite good.  Want more proof?   Grab your WWE Network, folks, and look up the Doink vs. Marty Jannetty classic from the first year of RAW…

No, I’m not kidding.  Seriously, go watch it.  It’s excellent.

Why are they having such a match?  I have no idea.  Even without any story that I can remember, the two still did a great job.

These kinds of matches are always full of drama and spectacle.  The back and forth battle for that first victory... The desperation of the loser of the first fall to come back and win the second (which, of course, almost always happens)... The fact that all those typical “false finish” spots might NOT actually result in a kick out.

 

Now this one will, as I tend to do here at #2Contenders, anger some folks.  However, the feud between Ambrose and Rollins has been SO hot for SO long that we have to consider the possibility that their ‘blowoff’ match (assuming this is the end of their feud) will fail to meet our lofty expectations.

Seriously, take a moment and think about what you’re hoping to see from them on Sunday.  You’re expecting one, but likely both, competitors to do a dive from some height.  I bet some of you are even imagining that there will be blood, PG be damned.

And if those things don’t happen?  Won’t there be some sense of anticlimatism that comes with this match?  When we sign on Twitter Monday morning, aren’t we going to see a lot of “Well, it wasn’t THAT good” posts?

That won’t happen with Ziggler and Cesaro.

 

Take these two matches out of the equation and what are you mostly looking forward to this Sunday?  For a good number of people, and rightly so, it’ll be Mizdow TV on the Pre-Show.  (Seriously, this is the first pre-show I’ll watch since rejoining the active WWE world.  Behold the power of Sandow.

Otherwise, ANOTHER Rusev and Big Show match?  ANOTHER AJ and Paige match?  As Jason Moltov so expertly put it, ‘the match where the silver and bronze medalist battle for number one contendership”?  Not bloody likely.

So, let’s put our equation together.  A fairly underwhelming card with only two potential “showstopper” matches, one of which has a HUGE amount of hype to live up to.  The other is a match built for drama and ‘edge-of-your-seat’ intrigue, and it features the two best wrestlers in the company?

Which one would you pick to steal the show?

For my money, there’s nothing like a good wrestling stable.  If you were a wrestling fan in the 1980’s, it was the Four Horsemen or the Heenan Family.  During the Monday Night Wars, it was the nWo or the Corporate Ministry.  Raven’s Flock, Los Boricuas, Right to Censor, the Filthy Animals. . . The list goes on and on.

A well-put together stable allows you to showcase multiple talents in a single segment.  Most importantly, it allows young talents to have a chance to grow and shine (Randy Orton in the early days of Evolution) while veteran talent who are getting on in years but can still bring it on the mic get to continue being a relevant force (Arn Anderson during the final days of the WCW Horsemen).  In addition, a stable can help elevate a single superstar by having him be the focus of the group.  (Straight Edge Society is one example, another one that failed dramatically was The Brood.)  Also, stables can sometimes serve as a metaphor for broader issues, be it inside or outside of the wrestling world.

Here are 6 stables (4 re-iterations of a group from the past as well as 2 brand new ones) that I believe could exist in the WWE.  Many of these also provide opportunities for many of the next wave of NXT stars to make their way onto the main roster, while also giving a current Superstar a leadership role.

The Nexus 

Led by Wade Barrett, the Nexus was a group of NXT stars (back when NXT was a competition style show complete with coaches) who banded together to try to secure contracts for all its members as well as make life very difficult for one John Cena.  Among its original members were Daniel Bryan and Skip “Ryback” Sheffield, and the future Bray Wyatt joined up soon after.

Barrett should reform this stable when he returns from injury later this year, giving the Bad News to the wrestling world that its time for another change in the ranks.  I could see Paige being an early member of this group, and by fall, Adrien Neville (current NXT champion) could be a newcomer as well.  I don’t want this to turn into an all-UK group, so let’s also add the reigning NXT Tag Team Champions, The Ascension, to the mix, who can serve as the muscle of the group.

The Oddities

Originally a group of evil sideshow “freaks”, the Oddities couldn’t help but be fan favorites in the late 1990’s, which is. . . ahem. . .”odd” considering one of them was wearing a leather hood and the other two looked like villains one would find in a James Bond movie.

I’m taking a little bit of liberties with the theme of this stable, going with more of a old-school circus theme (Before you start yelling, yes I am aware that TNA has recently used a circus gimmick, but no, I don’t care.).  Damien Sandow would be the ringmaster of this group that would prominently feature current NXT tag team The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch), as well as either The Great Khali as an enforcer.

The 2014 Oddities wouldn’t set the WWE world on fire, but it would at least get Sandow out of a Sonic uniform and hopefully no longer a jobber.  Speaking of which. . .

The JOB Squad

Led by Al Snow, the JOB Squad was a group of wrestlers who always found themselves on the losing end of matches, hoping that by joining forces, they could better their standing.  This stable all but writes itself.

This stable would have been tailor made for Santino, but with him off TV, Zack Ryder could and should take the lead in this group.  The fact that he found out about his participation in Sunday’s IC title Battle Royal on Twitter would be a natural impetus for him to come out on RAW and voice his frustrations, slowly joined by RybAxel, Heath Slater, Xavier Woods and Fandango.  (Note: This could also be a natural way to transition Johnny Curtis off the dancer gimmick.)  While this likely wouldn’t elevate any of them to main event status, it would allow them to be on TV more often, so maybe one catches lightning in a bottle.

Nation of Domination

I know that I am treading on dangerous waters here, but there is no denying that the issue of racism in wrestling has been all over the Web.  The Cheap Heat Podcast (which comes highly recommended) dedicated an entire episode to it, and Mark Henry has been discussing it as well. In the past, WWE has seemed to address mainstream issues on their programming, so if that’s the case, bringing the Nation back makes sense.

While Mark Henry would be most associated with this, I’d actually prefer to see Big E take the lead of this group.  I don’t know if he is intentionally trying to sound like a Baptist minister in his promos as of late, but that style would work well.  Henry would naturally be the muscle of the group (though Titus O’Neill also would fit in that role), and Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Tamina Snuka and Alberto Del Rio could also be members.

Perhaps it wouldn’t be a long-running group, but it would put the issue up front, giving WWE a chance to address it on camera.

OK, time for the two new stables.

Team Gorgeous 

OK, so that’s a working title.  Feel free to let me know if you have a better one.

Dolph Ziggler, after finding himself in the loving arms of both Summer Rae and Layla, realizes that it really is great being a good looking guy.  With his new partner Tyler Breeze (who is already nailing this idea down in NXT), returning Superstars Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel and the current NXT BFF’s Sasha Banks and Charlotte, this group tries to take over every title in the WWE, all without messing up a single hair.

The Bo-Lievers

Whether its The Straight Edge Society or The Brood, there has always been a place for cult-type factions in wrestling.  I could easily Bo Dallas attracting a small group of followers who totally subscribe to his positive philosophies.  This stable would be different from the others in that it would exist solely for the benefit of Bo Dallas, rather than furthering any aims of his minions.

Again, we reach down into NXT, taking the very cheerful and bubbly Bayley as well as Mojo Rawley, who has the muscle and talent to succeed, especially if bo-lieving gets rid of the extra annoying “Stay Hyped” schtick.  If Bo is super annoying on his own, just imagine if he has a posse.

Alright, time for me to step away from the fantasy booking chair.  Feel free to share your thoughts.  Could any of these stables work?  Which ones would you like to see back in WWE?  Let us know!

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