Saturday, July 6, 2019

Red's Top Factions of the Year (so far...)

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Let's add one more category, this time looking at the best factions/units (4+ members) of the year. Remember that this is tied in directly to the match quality they've been putting out, specifically when teaming up.

Honorable Mentions: Suzuki-gun, MaxiMuM, Bullet Club, NGD, Imperium

They're not as close as you might want from a faction, but CHAOS members are always in the title picture and arguably house the best roster members of New Japan. When they do unite, look out!

Takeshita and company's biggest threat this year was arguably Team Sendai, which they sent packing recently. This is DDT's best unit, in my opinion, and their leader is the company ace. Enough said.

8. The ELITE
Omega and the Bucks will move up as the year moves along with the weekly show set to debut. That's not a question but a promise. Omega is the best wrestler in the world and the Bucks are arguably the best tag team. It doesn't get much better than that.

7. Los Ingobernables de Japon
Tranquilo! With G1 season taking up the Summer, they slipped down the list a tad largely due to a majority of the members being in the tournament. Still, I consider them to be the best unit of New Japan right now and that's major.

6. Strong Hearts
CIMA's boys are all over the place and excel at every matchup and situation they're given. They hold gold everywhere they go and I hope AEW books them strongly on TNT.

5. Villain Enterprises
Scurll, PCO, King, and now Flip. They've been booked strong and they're always entertaining. Arguably, VE is the best thing about ROH right now and they've dominated the six-man division so strongly that they were given custom belts. Expect Marty to leave soon.

4. Tribe Vanguard
They've had a rough year but, behind YAMATO, they didn't just fall and die. KAI has been surprisingly consistent in his role, too, and they're getting back on track of late. Even with the issues, TV is consistent in putting out quality performances.

3. Lifeblood
Yea, I wish ROH would book them a bit stronger but Lifeblood is everything that's good about Ring of Honor in one package. Now, strap the rocket to them and put Lethal in charge and we're looking at something special!

2. Undisputed Era
NXT's top group has Cole, the current NXT Champ, as their leader. They have Strong in the mid spot challenging for the North American belt when he's not teaming with O'Reilly, and they have ReDRagon filling out the ranks and currently holding the tag belts. NXT is still one of the hottest brands in wrestling and UE are a major part of why fans watch.

1. R.E.D.
Dragon Gate focuses heavily on units so it makes sense that so many fill out the list. Most of the major storylines this year featured RED in one way or another and they feature some of the best talents in the company. DG heel units are always entertaining but RED is the best one we've had in a while and, for now, they're the #1 unit in the world.

Updated as often as needed (last updated 08/16)

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