Speaking on his Something To Wrestle podcast, the current Executive Producer of Raw and Smackdown Live Bruce Prichard opened up on a variety of topics related to WWE, including The Nation of Domination.
The Nation Of Domination was a stable active in WWE from November 17, 1996 to November 28, 1998. The group was formed by newcomer Faarooq in 1996 and remained an influencing faction in the company, eventually leading to the transformation of Rocky Maivia to The Rock, who overthrew Faarooq to become the leader of the stable.
Recent interest in The Nation of Domination arises from rumours that the current trio of The Hurt Business was originally supposed to be a reincarnation of the stable, which explains the appearance of Ron Simmons (Faarooq) and the non-televised presence of Mark Henry on the episode in which The Hurt Business was formed.
The rumour goes on to say that it was the manager and occasional in-ring superstar MVP, who recently signed a multi-year contract with WWE, who refused to turn his group into a reincarnation of The Nation of Domination, as WWE creative, which probably includes Prichard, wanted them to, and instead stylized it as a thematic continuation of his TNA stable Beat Down Clan. Shelton Benjamin and Bobby Lashley were both members of the stable in TNA.
Prichard believes The Nation of Domination was an avenue for The Rock
Again, The Nation of Domination is a complex concept that sure can find problems amongst the audience of today, and Prichard believes the same. “I don’t know if something like that could exist now, I mean you never know, but it was a unique way to put Ron Simmons in a prominent spot and be able to protect Ron in the ring because Ron was injured at the time, and we wanted to protect him and keep him healthy as long as we possibly could. And I think it was a strong group.“
“Don’t know if you could do that today. I do know, you probably couldn’t do that today, you’re not the same form, but I thought it was a pretty damn cool group. You know, I thought it was a great avenue for Ron Simmons and The Rock,” Bruce Prichard added. Incidentally, Simmons was the first black World Champion in WCW history before joining WWF and The Nation of Domination while The Rock would go on to become the first black Champion in WWE history after his transformation through his stint as a part of the stable.
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