Rogue factions are nothing new in the world of professional wrestling. The Hart and Heenan families of the WWF in the 80’s and 90’s, the UWFi in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-90’s, the New World Order in WCW in the mid-90’s, and today’s most current examples would be Aces & Eights in TNA Wrestling and The Shield in WWE. While the antics of the biker gang/Sons of Anarchy-inspired Aces & Eights and the riot police-inspired Shield are the better known current rogue angles in pro wrestling, an other one must be mentioned. That faction is one of suffering, chaos, ugliness, and mayhem, otherwise known as S.C.U.M, running wild in Ring of Honor Wrestling.
The group know as S.C.U.M. — aforementioned as standing for Suffering, Chaos, Ugliness, and Mayhem — began its evolution in late-March 2012, when Jimmy Jacobs turned on El Generico, helping Kevin Steen win a match at the ROH event Showdown in the Sun. In mid-May of that year, Kevin Steen would defeat Davey Richards and win the ROH World Championship, and after the match Steve Corino embraced Steen and Jacob, establishing S.C.U.M. The faction’s primary goal was to “kill Ring of Honor” as a company and leave the fans of ROH to blame no one but themselves.
While Steen successfully defended his World Title belt — against the likes of Richards, Homicide, Mike Mondo, CHIKARA Grand Champion Eddie Kingston, Rhyno, Michael Elgin, Generico, and Jay Lethal — Corino and Jacobs would team up and eventually win the ROH World Tag Team Championship at ROH Death Before Dishonor in mid-September of 2012 before losing them to the Briscoes in mid-December 2012. After Sheen defeated Jay Lethal at the ROH 11th Anniversary Show, Rhyno and Jacobs attacked Lethal and referee Todd Sinclair. The post-match attack would result in a huge brawl in the ring, soon revealing that Matt Hardy, Rhett Titus, Cliff Compton, and Jimmy Rave were the newest members of S.C.U.M. Later, Corino then declared that S.C.U.M. would keep growing and destroy ROH, and would add the exclamation point to his statement by destroying an ROH flag.
Even though S.C.U.M may have met a setback when Kevin Steen lost the ROH World Championship to Jay Briscoe on April 5th. On the following day, the rest of S.C.U.M. turned on Steen, removing him from the group and Steve Corino declared himself the new leader of the faction. For someone who has followed pro wrestling for a long time (along with the careers of Rhyno and Corino), S.C.U.M. could possibly find themselves in the history books as one of the most powerful (though despicable — and that’s the wrestling mark in me talking) rogue factions in professional wrestling.