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WWE History Vol. 9: Wrestling's greatest stables

Christopher Scott Wagoner
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The Ministry of Darkness

The Ministry of Darkness: Farooq, Gangrel, Christian, Viscera, Undertaker and Paul Bearer. Not pictured are Bradshaw, Edge, and Mideon.
The Ministry of Darkness: Farooq, Gangrel, Christian, Viscera, Undertaker and Paul Bearer. Not pictured are Bradshaw, Edge, and Mideon.

The Undertaker had been thrilling WWE audiences for nearly a decade when the WWE decided that the character was a poor fit for the Attitude Era. The Dead Man was re-imagined as a pseudo-Satanic cult leader, complete with a legion of followers. Undertaker wanted to usher in a new era of darkness for the WWE, with him sitting on the throne.

To that end, he recruited a bevy of mid card wrestlers, most of whom changed gimmicks to match the Ministry. These included Viscera, the former King Mabel from Men on a Mission, former Godwin Dennis Knight, who became Mideon, and Farooq and Bradshaw, who were known as the Acolytes.

Eventually the Brood would join as well. The Ministry was known for controversial segments, where Stone Cold Steve Austin and Stephanie McMahon were crucified, and Mideon was 'sacrificed' on live TV.

The Ministry was reasonably successful as a stable, but then they were merged into the Corporate Ministry, which ultimately pleased no one.

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