The use of stables in just about any wrestling promotion has always been severely underrated. These collections of wrestlers, all under one common alliance, can inject some much needed excitement into a new storyline, that could garner more appreciation and excitement for the company as a whole. We've seen this in many different forms over the years, and there have been many examples of success stories. Often, these stables are led by one central figure, and each of the surrounding personalities compliment them perfectly. It can be an ideal shakeup to a roster of wrestlers, and create a new buzz in an instant.
On the other hand, we've also seen our fair share of stables that were undeniably ridiculous. At worst, they're synonymous with a wrestling promotion that is in the doldrums, and they can be involved with some of the worst storylines ever committed to the ring. It can go either way, but the use of stables has been a constant for decades now in the wrestling industry, and we should all hope that the practice doesn't go away. When it's done right, it can produce some truly classic material.
Ranked below are eight wrestling stables that were awesome, and seven that we'd like to forget ever happened.
15 AWESOME: Raven's Flock
Although at times The Flock was somewhat aimless as a stable, it still remains one of the most entertaining in WCW's history. Of course, they had an all-time great with Raven at the helm, and also featured numerous solid mid-carders, along with jumpstarting Billy Kidman's career in WCW. It certainly wasn't the stable that could lay claim to the most titles, but it definitely had it's place during the heyday of WCW, and is an important part of their history. The aesthetic vibe definitely fit the time period of the late-90s, and anyone who watched this era of WCW knew that The Flock were a staple of Nitro on a weekly basis. Raven went on to plenty of success with various promotions in his own right, and The Flock is by far his best collaborative effort.
14 FORGET: Million Dollar Corporation
One of the failed ideas from the mid-90s WWE, the Million Dollar Corporation was essentially a way to keep Ted DiBiase on the weekly shows as a non-wrestler. The group was cobbled together with various mid-carders of the time, including I.R.S., Tatanka and Nikolai Volkoff. It's probably most remembered for giving Steve Austin his start in WWE, as the horrid "Ringmaster" character that didn't showcase his true abilities, something he would do shortly after as "Stone Cold". This stable indicated just how lost for ideas WWE was at the time, and their dependency on old stars like DiBiase after Hogan, Savage and others had already left. There was just little rhyme or reason to the entire thing, and it's definitely something that's best left in the past.
13 AWESOME: Dangerous Alliance
Before Paul Heyman went on to make ECW an alternative phenomenon in the wrestling world, he was in the AWA and WCW, serving as an on-screen manager for the Dangerous Alliance stable. This combined a great tag team in the Midnight Express with an equally renowned name in Adrian Adonis, who had done some time in WWE around the same era. The group went on to include the likes of Arn Anderson (at a time when Ric Flair was in WWE), and "Stunning" Steve Austin, who was an up-and-coming star at the time. Pretty much anything featuring Heyman was bound to be great, and although it doesn't get as much press today, the Dangerous Alliance was definitely one of the better stables of the time period, and spanned multiple promotions.
12 FORGET: Mean Street Posse
Perhaps the comedic value was always there, but the Mean Street Posse was definitely one of the more sour factions during the Attitude Era. Most of the Posse were real-life friends with Shane McMahon while growing up in Connecticut, and their ring attire resembled them as such, with sweater vests, dress pants and other business casual attire. While it definitely wasn't meant to resemble a legitimate in-ring entity that could actually wrestle, the Posse got old pretty quickly, and took up space where legitimate wrestlers actually could have been. Under the umbrella of the Attitude Era it was pretty inconspicuous, but this was actually one of the dumber ideas that was brought along during that time. The group was together for a couple of years, and then split, which was the best decision for everyone.
11 AWESOME: The Brood
The Brood were one of the more underrated stables during the Attitude Era, and lunched the careers of Edge and Christian in the WWE ranks. While they adopted a somewhat campy vampire gimmick with gothic undertones, it worked because they could produce in the ring. It also fit in with what the beginning of the Attitude Era was trying to do incredibly well, and was probably aided by the surrounding gimmicks of the time. Again, it launched the tandem of Edge and Christian, and Gangrel was one of the more entertaining mid-carders of the time. The Brood had several high-profile feuds with the Ministry Of Darkness, that end up being one of the hallmarks of the Attitude Era. Another underrated stable that was able to make the best of their situation.
10 FORGET: Los Boricuas
Pretty much the definition of a mid-card stable that had no real stars in it, Los Boricuas were pretty much a filler stable invented to feud with other more prominent stables of the time period. It was an ill-conceived idea, and the group stayed around, usually jobbing to whoever they faced in the ring. The biggest gripe most had about it was that it was just so boring, and from the beginning never really had a chance to succeed. Out of the entire stable, Savio Vega probably had the most success and it was marginal at best. The entire stable was broken up by the time the Attitude Era had rally hit its peak. One of the more anonymous stables of the 90s for WWE, but one that proved to be a considerable failure.
9 AWESOME: The Corporation
In a way, perhaps this was the hallmark stable of the Attitude Era. Essentially serving as Vince McMahon's henchmen, it portrayed his "evil businessman" character better than it would ever be done again, and The Corporation thrived with enforcer-type members like Ken Shamrock and The Big Bossman, and stooge-like affiliates such as Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco. They all served McMahon in a different way, and made him the biggest heel in the company at the time, while feuding with the biggest face in "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It was one of the most original stables, that worked in conjunction with one of the most original feuds in wrestling history. A product of its time, but undeniably awesome all the same.
8 FORGET: J.O.B. Squad
The concept of the J.O.B. Squad would have been fine, but the problem was that it actually included some really good wrestlers! With Bob Holly, 2 Cold Scorpio and Al Snow in the ranks, they could have been used for other gimmicks, and given the "jobber" gimmick to guys that actually deserved it. Either way, it wasn't the worst idea for a stable, but it was definitely a humor-based one, which is fine, but the personnel should have been different. In all, it only lasted a mere few months, so its difficult to criticize it too much. It was really just an inside joke that was eventually put on screen and nothing more. The Attitude Era would end up doing things that were much funnier and more clever than the J.O.B. Squad.
7 AWESOME: The Hart Foundation
Most of the time, a redux of a past stable or tag team doesn't really work out. A notable exception however was when the Hart Foundation reformed in 1997, and provided some of the most entertaining matches, feuds and angles of the year. It turned out to be Bret Hart's swan song in WWE, just before leaving for WCW, and it was a massive success. Depending on the location of the show, the new Hart Foundation was either a heel or a face, and it was actually one of the catalysts that turned WWE around in general, and brought upon the Attitude Era. Consisting of Bret and Owen Hart, the British Bulldog, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, and Brian Pillman, it was a star-studded stable that was able to prove a success and captivate audiences all along the way.
6 FORGET: L.W.O.
Nothing more than an annoying offshoot of the N.W.O. the Latino World Order was a dumb group that did nothing but hold talented wrestlers back. It was a bad idea from the beginning and was one of the first mulligan's in WCW's downfall. There was never a reason why Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr. should have been involved in a parody group of a popular stable of the time. They should have been involved in their own feuds and angles with their own ideas. A failure to recognize things like this is why WCW went down to begin with, and why wrestlers such as Guerrero were itching to leave by the time the angle came around. This was a disaster, and many others like it would happen along the way for WCW in the late-90s.
5 AWESOME: D-Generation X
The arrival of D-Generation X essentially sparked the beginning of the Attitude Era, and it was one of the hottest things in wrestling at the time. The combination of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna, and later on Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac captured audiences attention everywhere. It was something edgier than most fans had seen in mainstream promotions, and even though it followed what the N.W.O. was doing in some ways, it was still very much original, and didn't appear to be derivative. Ultimately, it's one of the best stables of all-time, and had a large hand in turning around WWE, and eventually surpassing WCW in the ratings war that was going on at the time.
4 FORGET: J-Tex Corporation
This was essentially just another filler stable of the time for WCW in the late-80s. While some of the personnel was high quality, manager Gary Hart, Terry Funk and The Great Muta among them, there was simply little reason that such polar opposite personalities would ever align with one another. This stable was involved with the legendary feud between Funk and Flair in 1989, but that doesn't change the fact that were was little else for them to do, because it was such a random assortment of wrestlers. It was just better left alone, and the group folded after just a year or so while in WCW. Definitely a ailed experiment, even though it included some great talent. WCW had better stables before, and would add better ones on later.
3 AWESOME: nWo
There's no denying that the formation of the nWo spurred on a cutthroat ratings war, and changed wrestling forever. It set the stage for one of the most entertaining times in the business. At the time, it was the hottest thing in wrestling, and the star power involved was unbelievable. Between Hogan, Nash and Hall alone it was a phenomenon, but with Savage, Luger and others added to the mix, it was completely unstoppable for several years in the late-90s. Of course, what ultimately failed was WCWs creative team, and the angle became stale. As a result, a lot of talent left the company, and WCW was essentially a barren wasteland by the time it folded in 2001. However, the nWo is still one of the greatest angles in history, and was on top of the wrestling world, if only for a limited amount of time.
2 FORGET: Dungeon Of Doom
Led by Kevin Sullivan, the Dungeon Of Doom was pretty much the epitome of wrestlecrap in the mid-90s. Everything from the utter cheesiness, to the whole "destroy Hulkamania" angle was at best cringeworthy, and at worst alienated fans, making them turn off the television. Utilizing past-WWE washouts like John Tenta and Brutus Beefcake in ridiculous cartoonish costumes, the Dungeon Of Doom was main event material in WCW during 1995, which shows just how low the product had fallen, and how bad the N.W.O. was really needed. None of it holds up today in any capacity, and it was undoubtedly the worst stable ever conceived, involved in one of the most laughable angles in wrestling history. Thankfully, WCW would be able to rebound from such a catastrophic idea (for a while anyway), and the Dungeon Of Doom was put to rest after it had terrorized wrestling fans enough.
1 AWESOME: The Four Horsemen
The Horsemen are the best stable of all-time, and were a major draw for years. It's pretty much the model for this kind of thing, and between Flair, Arn and Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, Lex Luger, etc. etc., there have been countless legendary members. There was no weakness to just about any version of the Horsemen. Between mic skills, wrestling skills, general entertainment factor, the quality of their feuds; they had it all. It pretty much held up NWA and WCW during the difficult times, and is the single greatest collection of aligned wrestlers in the history of the business. It's the template for a successful stable, and has been copies plenty of times throughout the years, but has never been duplicated. Ask just about any diehard wrestling fan the question of the best stable or faction, and they'll flash four fingers instantly.