The old saying about there being strength in numbers has proved true in Ring of Honor over the years, as a number of factions have made an impact.
Here are the five greatest factions in ROH history:
In 2012, then-ROH World Champion Kevin Steen, Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs formed S.C.U.M. -- which stood for “Suffering, Chaos, Ugliness, and Mayhem.” Their mission was simple: to take over ROH. They moved closer to that goal when Corino and Jacobs won the ROH World Tag Team Title. S.C.U.M. later added members, including Matt Hardy, Rhino and Rhett Titus. The group eventually turned on Steen, a move that ultimately led to its demise. About a year after S.C.U.M. was created, the faction was forced to disband as a result of losing to Team ROH ( a squad that included Steen) in a Steel Cage Warfare Match.
4. GENERATION NEXT
Generation Next -- originally consisting of Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans (Matt Sydal later joined the group) -- came onto the scene in 2004 and made an immediate impact by attacking wrestling legend Ricky Steamboat. Although Shelley was the initial leader of Generation Next, Aries eventually seized power and booted Shelley from the group. That same night, Aries defeated Samoa Joe to end Joe’s record 645-day reign as ROH World Champion. After Aries lost the title, he and Strong went on to win the ROH World Tag Team Titles. Disliked the by the fans at first, Generation Next eventually became fan favorites. Feeling they had nothing left to prove, Generation Next disbanded in 2006.
3. THE HOUSE OF TRUTH
Led by self-professed life intervention expert Truth Martini, The House of Truth debuted in ROH in 2009. It was easy to dismiss Martini as a charlatan initially, but he made believers of fans and critics when he guided Roderick Strong to the ROH World Championship in 2010. With his ever-present “Book of Truth” in hand, Martini struck world title gold again in 2015 when he led Jay Lethal to the title. Martini also managed four ROH World Television Champions: Strong, Lethal, Christopher Daniels and Matt Taven. Other notable members of the House of Truth included Michael Elgin, 2015 ROH Top Prospect Tournament winner Donovan Dijak and Rhino. Martini left ROH in 2016 after suffering a neck injury.
2. THE AGE OF THE FALL
Leading up to ROH’s return to Chicago in 2007 for the Man Up pay-per-view, a series of cryptic blogs referring to Project 161 created a buzz on ROH message boards. At Man Up -- which happened to be ROH’s 161st show -- Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher and the debuting Tyler Black revealed themselves to be the ones behind Project 161. Calling themselves The Age of the Fall, they attacked The Briscoe Brothers in one of the most violent and controversial incidents in ROH history. The Age of the Fall would continue to make an impact in ROH for nearly two years, adding several members along the way. Jacobs and Black won the ROH World Tag Team Titles on two occasions, but they eventually had a falling out and The Age of The Fall imploded.
1. BULLET CLUB
Since its inception in New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2013, Bullet Club has been the most dominant faction in the sport. After Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) formed a subset of Bullet Club that they dubbed The Elite, the faction has become even more of a phenomenon and crossed over into pop culture. Over the past year, Cody, Marty Scurll and Adam Page have joined Bullet Club. They’ve captured every title there is in ROH, with Cody winning the world title, Scurll the world television title, The Young Bucks the world tag team titles, and The Young Bucks and Page the world six-man tag team titles. Former Bullet Club members include AJ Styles, Adam Cole and Prince Devitt.