Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative…but for various reasons….faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’.
In 2008, the WWE had an idea to form a stable of wrestlers who had backgrounds a 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers. It only made sense for the faction to be formed, considering at the time…the WWE was stockpiled with many generational wrestlers. Both on the main roster and in developmental….the WWE had several candidates to make this group truly potent.
In the beginning, it seemed that the faction would be led by the newcomer…Ted Dibiase Jr. ( Son of the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase) Ted Jr began recruiting young stars to join him. Ted Jr. basically took his father’s gimmick and tweaked it…where he was a spoiled rich kid who got whatever he wanted. Dibiase challenged the then tag team champions of Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly to a title match against him and a mystery opponent.
The original plan according to Harry Smith (Son of the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith) was him to be Dibiase’s mystery partner. Alas, as it often does occur, plans were changed midway and Cody Rhodes was chosen instead.
The plan was for Cody to always be a member of the faction….it just wasn’t planned to take place this early. Now, with Cody’s heel turn and Dibiase and Rhodes as the new tag team champions….the gimmick seemed to be moving forward.
As the gimmick was developing, perhaps Vince McMahon and/or the WWE higher ups felt that having a newcomer like Ted Jr as the leader just wasn’t strong enough.
Enter Randy Orton…
By the time Randy Orton joined the group…he was already an established star. Randy gave the faction immediate credibility…but at the same time lowered the cache of both Dibiase and Rhodes. It became immediately known, that Randy was now the leader of the group and the dynamics seemed to have changed.
Manu (son of Wild Samoan Afa) was then added to the group. Sadly, he wasn’t given much of a chance to succeed, because it was being reported at the time…that the WWE wasn’t too high on Manu’s abilities.
The Legacy would then add a fifth member by the name of Sim Snuka (Son of Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka) Snuka was already a former tag team champion under the name of Deuce in the team of Deuce and Domino. That move also apparently was met with sighs and groans and eventually…both Manu and Sim were removed from the faction…streamlining it to only 3 members. (Orton, Rhodes and Dibiase)
The new, smaller team seemed to be clicking on all cylinders with Randy Orton winning the WWE title and Cody and Ted Jr winning tag team gold twice. There was still a plethora of young 2nd and 3rd generation stars in developmental that could have added something different to the group…but were never added.
That all changed at Summerslam 2009…when a planted fan rushed the ring and helped Randy Orton retain the WWE title. The palnted fan turned out to be none other than Brett Dibiase…the younger brother of Ted Dibiase Jr. It looked as if Brett would be the newest member of the stable…but after a quick appearance on Raw the next night….Brett was sent back down to developmental never to be seen on the main roster again.
Eventually, like countless other factions in the WWE, found dissension within the ranks and the group broke off. It did appear briefly, that Ted Jr. would start a new faction of generational wrestlers. He looked to align with Carlito and Primo (Carlos Colon’s sons) but as per usual…that went nowhere. The faction had so many possibilities with guys like Joe Hennig, Brett Dibiase, Wes Brisco and other generational wrestlers waiting in the wings…but it never came to be.