La Faccion Ingobernable is the hottest heel stable in wrestling today. Coming into a place like Ring of Honor, and taking over the way that they have, is admirable on many levels. While I am not a fan of their “ungovernable” approach, to utilize it as they have, in Ring of Honor, a company founded on the principles of honorable, and respectful professional competition, is a feather in their cap, for sure. Many wrestling stables have been compared to the greatest stable of all time, The Four Horsemen, and most don’t pass the sniff test. While no one in “LFI,” is like anyone else that was ever a “Horseman,” their approach is almost exactly the same. La Faccion Ingobernable members are capable of defeating any opponent, on any given night, fair and square, in the middle of the ring. Yet they often chose to cheat, manipulate, and twist the rules. They are known for gang warfare, and proudly admit to wanting to humiliate their opponents more than they want to defeat them in a wrestling match. Ring of Honor World champion Rush, is one of the hottest young wrestlers in the world today, and could be having classic matches with many different opponents, but instead chooses to be propped up by his “familia,” much like the infamous Ric Flair chose to do in his prime. Dragon Lee is the workhorse of LFI, can hang with anyone, and really comes across as an “enforcer.” Kenny King is the Outsider that has found his place among family, that includes Bestia del Ring, is the well-seasoned vet, and a legit father figure! Top all of that off with Amy Rose, as their official manager and you have something special. Again, while I am not comparing styles to the great Four Horsemen, I am comparing the approach that LFI is using to dominate Ring of Honor. Jim Crockett Promotions was my all-time favorite wrestling period, and I can clearly see similarities. I mean if you want to be a dominating heel stable, it would be smart to copy the style and efforts of the original Four Horsemen.
One thing that the Horsemen never had though was a legitimate, solid, well oiled, stable of “good guys” as protagonists. While many good guys teamed up to face the Horsemen throughout the 1980’s, there was never a group as tightly bound, and driven, to do what was right by wrestling, by JPC, or by the NWA, as the Horsemen were in doing whatever they wanted to do. This is something that Ring of Honor has, that is making all the difference in the storyline, in the angle, of La Faccion Ingobernable. The Foundation, Jonathan Gresham, Jay Lethal, Tracy Williams, and Rhett Titus are a well-oiled, strongly united, driven, and passionate stable that stands in the face of LFI, drawing a line, and daring them to cross it. Once crossed, The Foundation will never cower, never back down, never give up, and not turn on each other. I would argue that the more strength that LFI gains, the more determined The Foundation is to set things right. Ring of Honor has something the Four Horsemen never had, they have a stable of good guys determined to “do wrestling right!” Next week these two stable square off in the ring. On March 22nd, four days before ROH’s 19th anniversary show, La Faccion Ingobernable take on The Foundation in an 8 man tag match on ROH TV. If you want to see what I am taking about in this article, if you want to see one of the best heel stables in wrestling today get something the Four Horsemen never had, tune in with me, tune in to ROH TV for Wrestling Done Right!
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