What’s more effective: strength in numbers or going it alone?

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December 03, 2012

So, if there are so many advantages to teaming with others, why would anyone choose to go it alone?

For one thing, there is most certainly a great honor in achieving something by oneself, an opportunity to be a standout symbol of bravery and heroic integrity. Superstars like John Cena and Hulk Hogan have reached iconic status in just such a way. While some may make light of seemingly passé motto “train, say your players and take your vitamins,” the lone Hulkster raised the roof of many an arena on the back of that very battle plan. It is a quality that is definitely shared by the leader of the Cenation today, who draws a great deal of admiration with his credo of “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect.”

Perhaps the biggest reason that standing alone is so important, however, is the charismatic appeal that comes from facing down overwhelming odds. While the strength-in-numbers strategy is no doubt powerful and exciting, it is sometimes more enticing to see a single entity stand up against the tide, refusing to give in no matter what. Just ask anyone who ever saw “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in action. Whether he was doing good or raising hell, The Texas Rattlesnake captured the attention of the WWE Universe by taking the fight to whomever he wanted, whenever he wanted, all by himself. Even when teaming with others, he was a tour de force all his own.

Today’s modern equivalent of the rebellious, beer-chugging, warrior may very well be Randy Orton. Though The Viper did have a string of strong associations with factions – including Evolution, Rated-RKO and Legacy – he has since undergone a major metamorphosis into a true and persistent loner. Orton doesn’t seem to like anybody and is just as likely to hit an RKO on a fan favorite like The Great Khali as he is Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler. It’s that kind of individual spirit that has led to him winning nine World Championships and victory in the Royal Rumble Match. 

WWE Champion CM Punk also had associations in the past, including The Straight Edge Society and The New Nexus. But, during these affiliations, he consistently took the role of leader, always standing one step beyond his allies. And when he finally did break completely out on his own, The Second City Saint reached his most lofty heights yet, resulting in his holding the WWE Title for over a year now.

For some, being a loner simply serves to intensity their greatness. Where would the mysticism of The Undertaker be today without The Phenom's profound ability to walk alone? How about the tough-as-nails attitude of Sheamus or the fury of World Heavyweight Champion Big Show, for that matter?

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