In pro wrestling, a stable is a group of wrestlers who share one common goal, either to dominate, revolutionize, or just make an impact. Each member has a significant role to play in order for the unit to function. Without a doubt, the concept has provided more exposure for the talents on the roster and made the business more interesting. If storylines such as groups invading, waging war, or separating didn’t excite you, then you better check your pulse. My apologies for stealing your lines, Mr. Corey Graves!
Wrestling wouldn’t be the same without the presence of dominant groups such as The Four Horsemen, D-Generation X, Ministry of Darkness, The Hart Foundation, and The New World Order. Throughout the years, we have seen a number of stables rise and change the entire landscape of our favorite promotions. However, just like in everything in sports entertainment, there will always be the lame ones. There were groups who just didn’t click together or have suffered bad booking at the hands of the powers that be. With that being said, we bring to you the eight stables we loved (and still do) and eight we’d rather forget about.
Our previous list was about awesome and forgettable stables throughout different eras, but this article will just focus on the recent ones (from 2010 and beyond). Some of these stables are still alive and kicking while the others faded into obscurity. Are you ready? Don’t you dare be sour! Follow the buzzards and read on!
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15 Bullet Club - LOVE
Founded in 2013 by Prince Devitt (Finn Balor), Bullet Club is considered to be one of the most exciting stables in New Japan Pro Wrestling. They only have one goal in mind and that is to “own the wrestling world”. What made them so successful in Japan is their heel tactics, which are rare in the country’s brand of wrestling. Members often break the rules by interfering in matches, beating up former tag tem partners, and distracting referees.
Unsurprisingly, they’ve been called Japan’s version of the nWo. Now, the group is led by Kenny Omega and has expanded to Ring of Honor, CMLL, and other independent promotions. We are still hoping to see them come to WWE and cause chaos, but the strict trademark laws may prevent that from ever happening. The group’s success is so evident that WWE decided to sign more members, namely Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and the phenomenal AJ Styles.
14 Divas Revolution Stables – HATE
Do you even remember the Divas Revolution? If your answer is no, then we don’t blame you. In 2015, the WWE attempted to elevate the divas division by introducing three factions battling for supremacy, namely Team PCB (Paige, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch), Team BAD (Sasha Banks, Tamina, and Naomi), and Team Bella (The Bella Twins and Alicia Fox). The angle had so much potential to be great, but ended up being a total mess thanks to questionable booking decisions, lackluster matches, and a lack of character development. Instead of actually revolutionizing the division, management only focused on building up the name to trend on social media.
It didn’t end badly for the talented female athletes though. At WrestleMania 32, WWE replaced the Divas Championship with the Women’s Championship, which led to a real revolution. From there, we saw Charlotte and Sasha Banks headlining multiple Raw episodes and competing in the main event of Hell in a Cell. It also made way for the main roster debuts of Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Bayley, which is now of the beloved babyfaces on the roster.
13 The New Day – LOVE
First they were a Nation of Domination type of group, and then they turned into a church choir trio. The New Day certainly had a bad start, but thanks to their power of positivity, they are now one of the WWE’s most respected stables. Abandoning their old gimmicks, Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods incorporated their own brand of humor to their group, which brought cheers from the crowd. No other team in the WWE can put over a cereal box, a trombone, and a set of unicorns like The New Day did. Their status was further solidified when they become the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions. Some say that they lost their appeal after losing the titles to Cesaro and Sheamus, but as long as people chant “New Day Rocks!” at live events, they’re still an effective unit. As hosts of WrestleMania 33, they will have a chance to add another unforgettable moment to their already impressive run.
12 League Of Nations – HATE
You would think that a faction of four supremely talented wrestlers from different countries is going to be an instant success, but the WWE proved you wrong yet again. The villainous League of Nations, which consisted of Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, and Rusev, was formed in late 2015 to show the whole world that they’re much better than the Americans. They feuded with Roman Reigns, The Usos, and The New Day, which lead to a sloppy six-man tag team match at Wrestlemania 32. On paper, the League of Nations has the necessary tools to become a force to be reckoned with, but the creative team had other plans for them. Instead of making them look like a dominant force, creative just used them to put over Roman Reigns, who is being groomed to be the next top star. The stable disbanded on the April 28th edition of Smackdown and sadly, no one seemed to care. Since Del Rio and Barrett already left the company, don’t expect a reunion anytime soon.
11 Worldwide Underground – LOVE
Lucha Underground may not be for everyone, but no one can deny its uniqueness. What makes it stand out is not only the impressive high flying and technical matches, but also the focus on theatrics. Basically, it’s a TV show about a magical wrestling promotion. You will see some of the most interesting characters such as Drago, Matanza, Mil Muertes, Prince Puma, and Johnny Mundo, who was known as John Morrison in WWE. Speaking of Johnny Mundo, he is the leader of the show’s heel stable called Worldwide Underground, which also comprises of Jack Evans and PJ Black. The trio portrays alpha male d-bags who just love to start fights with the babyfaces and play air guitar when they make their way to the ring. Though mainly a comedic group, they still managed to become a serious threat and win the Trios Championship. Just think a rocker version of The New Day with the power of positivity flowing only through them. Worldwide Underground is sure to make more impact in the coming years.
10 Aces and Eights – HATE
If you put masks on every member of the Sons of Anarchy and turn them into wrestlers, then you will get Aces and Eights. The stable debuted at TNA in June 2012, playing the role of an outlaw motorcycle club. They gained notoriety for their menacing promos and beat downs of wrestling legends such as Hulk Hogan and Sting. Just like the other hated stables in this list, Aces and Eights had the potential and talent but fell victim to poor booking. With the exception of Devon, Bully Ray Mr. Anderson, and D.O.C., the members were not taken seriously by the fans because of their jobber status. To make matters worse, the creative team didn’t even put in the time and effort to explain clearly the group’s agenda and why they were bikers. Aces and Eights is certainly another entry in TNA’s long list of mistakes.
9 The Wyatt Family – LOVE
Their cryptic vignettes in 2013 already sent shivers down our spine and when they made their main roster debut, The Wyatt Family immediately became a respected stable. It wasn’t just because of the leader’s untouchable skills on the microphone that made the group so popular, but also the remarkable in-ring skills of each member. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan are above 260 pounds, yet they move like cruiserweights.
Bray Wyatt added Randy Orton to the group in mid 2016, despite protests from Luke Harper. This decision has eventually forced Harper to leave the stable and turn face. As for Orton, he won the 2017 Royal Rumble and is guaranteed a main event slot at WrestleMania 33. Things got even more interesting when Bray won the WWE Championship at the 2017 Elimination Chamber. There may be a break-up angle in the near future, but it will surely give us weeks of must-see television. Who wants to see a Wyatt Family triple threat at grandest stage of them all? I’m raising my hand now.
8 The Corre – HATE
After the disbanding of the original Nexus (we’ll get to them later), Wade Barett, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater moved to Smackdown to create The Corre. Completing the group is the 390-pounder Ezekiel Jackson. The main problem of the stable is not only the terrible name (seriously, what’s the purpose of two R’s?), but also the way they were booked. They were simply a second-rate version of The Nexus. If that’s not bad enough, then their loss at WrestleMania XXVII was the final nail in the coffin. The Corre lost against Kane, Big Show, Santino Marella, and Kofi Kingston in a less than two minutes. How can a heel stable strike fear in the hearts of their enemies if they get squashed in a huge pay-per-view event?
7 Los Ingobernables – LOVE
This stable was formed at CMLL in April 2014 by La Mascara, La Sombra, and Rush, which used to be the one of the promotion’s top babyfaces. Los Ingobernables, which translates to The Ungovernables, cemented their bad guy role when they beat up Mr. Niebla, Casas, Shocker, and Volador Jr. Their heel tactics were so effective they were eventually called the most hated men in CMLL and won major titles such as the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship and the CMLL World Tag Team Championships. In 2015, Los Ingobernables expanded to New Japan Pro Wrestling, naming the charismatic Tetsuya Naito as the leader. Like in Mexico, Japan’s version of Los Ingobernables (Los Ingobernables De Japon) quickly established itself as a dominant faction. Heel groups from other promotions can definitely learn a lot from these guys.
6 Immortal – HATE
From Sports Entertainment Xtreme to Aces and Eights, TNA is just obsessed with trying to create their own New World Order. Another perfect example is Immortal, which was created in October 2010 by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Like any other heel stable, their main purpose is to take over the promotion. Once again, it had the potential, but it quickly ended up failing. Apart from having too many members, they also decided to include Jeff Hardy and turn him into a heel, despite being extremely over with the fans. Wrestler departures and releases have led to this stable’s uneventful downfall. The whole angle took place when TNA Impact was going head to head against Raw on Mondays. WWE beat TNA by a landslide every single week.
5 The Nexus – LOVE
Oh, Nexus! Why did you guys let WWE bury you?
Everyone was shocked, including me, when the contestants of NXT Season One attacked Cena, Punk, and other WWE personnel on the Viewer’s Choice episode of Raw. The image of Cena being surrounded by the rookies in a broken ring is something that everyone will never forget. After that, the up and coming wrestlers continued to terrorize the roster, leading to the formation of The Nexus. Under the leadership of NXT Season One winner Wade Barrett, it seems that The Nexus was destined for much bigger things. Unfortunately on Summerslam, they lost in a 14-man tag team elimination match against John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, John Morrison, Bret Hart, and Daniel Bryan, who was kicked out of Nexus. The faction was dominant at first, but Super Cena was able to miraculously get the victory. It was probably the biggest momentum-stopper ever in WWE. Despite a few notable victories, The Nexus never really got its momentum back. Still, they will always be loved for their memorable debut.
4 3MB – HATE
It’s easy to love the three-man band, especially with their rock-star antics and undeniable charisma, but the WWE made us dislike them. Comprising of Health Slater, Drew Mcintyre, and Jinder Mahal, 3MB was booked as a team of jobbers instead of credible athletes. It was a classic case of “we’re laughing at you, not with you.” They were usually beaten up by the big guys and had a forgettable feud with Los Matadores. 3MB quietly disbanded in 2014 when the company released Drew Mcintyre and Jinder Mahal. Some fans paid tribute through memes, but most of them were meant as jokes. Heath Slater was able to get a slight push in 2016 when he won the Smackdown Tag Team Titles with Rhyno. Jinder Mahal also returned the same year, but still hasn’t received a significant role. As for Mcintyre, he’s now a main event talent in TNA. Kudos!
3 SAnitY – LOVE
NXT not only gives us awesome wrestling matches, but also awesome characters. Their latest faction is SAnitY, which is led by former TNA superstar Eric Young. Joining Eric Young is Killian Dain, Alexandre Wolfe, Sawyer Fulton, and Nikki Cross. After a series of incredible vignettes, they made their debut at the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Tournament and defeated the team of Tye Dillinger and Booby Roode. Though their gimmick is hard to explain right now, they’re like the Wyatt Family but from a post-apocalyptic world, they still have the look and the talent to be major players in NXT. Don’t be surprised when they eventually grab the tag titles. Let’s just hope that they never lose their momentum like what happened to the Nexus.
2 The Menagerie – HATE
And TNA has done it again. If imitating the New World Order is not enough for them, they also tried to create a modern day version of The Oddities. The Menagerie made their debut on May 2014, and was comprised of carnival freaks. You have Rebel the flexible woman, Crazzy Steve the bizarre clown, The Freak who is the token big guy, and Mike Knox the leader. Walking to the ring with clowns and balloons could’ve worked in the Attitude Era, but it just didn’t click with today’s fans. The faction disbanded on May 2015, stating that they all decided to return to the carnival business. Crazzy Steve is the only member who is still active in TNA and is now part of the group Decay.
1 The Shield - LOVE
There’s arguably no stable in the WWE today who’ve made an impact as fast as The Shield did. When they powerbombed Ryback through the announce table at the 2012 Survivor Series, they quickly established themselves as legitimate threats. Aiming to correct “injustices” in the WWE, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns provided us plenty of four-star matches and thrilling moments. Who can forget their battles with The Wyatt Family, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Daniel Bryan? Because of their undeniable popularity, they turned face in early 2014 and got involved in an amazing feud with the reunited Evolution. The group met their downfall on June when Seth Rollins betrayed Ambrose and Reigns, hitting them with a chair and aligning with Triple.
The team’s break-up may have been heartbreaking for the fans, but it gave an opportunity for each member to shine even brighter. As of today, they have all held the WWE Championship and main evented a number of major events. Now let’s just hope that they turn Roman Reigns heel! It’s definitely going to be a long time until we see another group as strong as The Shield.
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