Where would the professional wrestling world be without stables? We wouldn’t have the Monday Night Wars if it wasn’t for the nWo pushing Vince McMahon to creative heights that haven’t been seen since. Superstars like Triple H and The Rock may never have stood out the way they did with their respective stables, D-Generation X and The Nation of Domination.
Stables are very important in professional wrestling because they can push storylines, feed bodies to important wrestlers, and maybe the promoter can find a diamond in the rough. For all the great factions you can remember, there are tons of stables that absolutely were a stinker. For the list, we decided that a stable had to have three active wrestlers and be part of a television promotion in the United States. The latter stipulation is because there would be too many stables no one would know of from the minor organizations.
One hitch we ran across while doing the list is the infamous roster split in WCW during the 2000 time period when it was The New Blood against The Millionaire’s Club. Are both groups technically stables? We don’t think so. Some stables that just didn't make the cut, but can be argued as being terrible are The Union, 4 Live Kru, The Corre, and Dark Carnival. With that said, prepare to drive down memory lane with the worst stables ever in professional wrestling.
30 The League of Nations
This stable had a ton of potential to make waves in the WWE Universe. Instead, they were used as the muscle behind The Authority. In November of 2015, the stable debuted with Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev, and Alberto Del Rio. The villainous group with international talent would be like most foreign stables, anti-American of course. The anti-American sentiments have become pretty stale and the fact that they didn’t really do much in the ring, hurt their long-term success.
WWE basically used them to push Roman Reigns. After Sheamus won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and declared a new stable in the WWE Universe, you would think they would become a powerhouse. As we just said, the stable was nothing more than a glorified punching bag for Reigns. Sheamus would lose his title after 22 days to Reigns cementing how bad this faction truly was.
29 The Magnificent Seven
Another failed stable at the very end of WCW, The Magnificent Seven represented why some stables just shouldn’t be. Maybe this group is on the list because of the hit movie The Magnificent Seven and TheSportster wants to be relevant, however, there are great points as to why they’re here. When you have the legendary Superstar Ric Flair as your CEO and leader, you would think it would be a success.
That wasn’t the case for this group. Flair, Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell, Road Warrior Animal, and Rick and Scott Steiner made up this infamous faction. Most of these wrestlers were single stars at this point in their careers, so it didn’t make much sense why they would unite. The stable represented the end of WCW as the company was bought by WWE in March of 2001, two months after they started up.
If we told you Eddie Guerrero and The Hardy Boyz lost to Albert, Justin Credible, and X-Pac, would you believe us? Well, it did happen during episode 94 of SmackDown in Alberta, Canada. The stable was formed in 2001 when Justin Credible saved X-Pac from Chris Jericho. They added Albert a short time later and had brief success. The faction secured the Intercontinental Championship, the Light Heavyweight Championship (twice), and the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.
A few months later the team was abandoned when The Alliance was established and took over all storylines. This stable could have developed into something better, but was regulated to the mid-card and pushing other wrestlers like Jeff Hardy, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho. If The Alliance never happened, who knows how far this faction could have gone.
27 The J.O.B Squad
The team was made up of exactly what their name means, a bunch of jobbers. In 1998, Al Snow, Bob Holly, and 2 Cold Scorpio formed a team called The J.O.B. Squad. It’s true that these three talents were regulated to the mid-card or lower in most cases before they teamed up. After forming the stable, they started to see success. As if the WWE wanted the fans to know that even jobbers can win.....
The night Duane Gill won the Light Heavyweight Championship, he would join the squad and alter his ego into Gillberg. The Blue Meanie would be the last member before the team disbanded in three months. Both Snow and Holly would then go on their epic runs in the Hardcore Division, while Gillberg and Scorpio were released.
26 The Spirit Squad
Many of us laughed when The Spirit Squad made their return on SmackDown Live just a few months ago. Kenny and Mikey are back but what happened to Johnny, Mitch, and Nicky? Nicky became the loveable Dolph Ziggler and that’s the nicest thing we can say about The Spirt Squad. They debuted in 2006 and quickly became one of the most annoying acts of the entire time period.
Of course, this had Mr. McMahon’s fingerpritns all over it. Who doesn’t want to see male cheerleaders dominate in the ring? Most thought the stable was for comedic purposes, however, the team would win the Tag Team Championships and hold them for 216 days. They would disband in November of ’06 when all the members were put in a crate stamped “OVW, Louisville, Kentucky,” the territory which they came from.
25 The Disciples of Apocalypse
The Disciples of Apocalypse represented the beer drinking, Harley Davidson riding, and rock ‘n roll theme that was missing from the “Gang Wars” in the Attitude Era. After The Nation of Domination got rid of Crush, he decided to start his own band and raise chaos on the WWE Universe. Debuting in the summer of 1997, the faction was formed by Chainz, Skull, 8-Ball, and their leader, Crush.
Fans wanted to root for a renegade biker club, but the WWE didn’t really give them a chance to fully blossom. They would rarely have promos for any of the members to get naturally over with the fans. Their in-ring work wasn’t that great and not one member went on a dominant run. They received the "Worst Feud of the Year" award by Wrestling Observer Newsletter with the next stable on this list.
24 Los Boricuas
During the WWE's “Gang Wars” of the Attitude Era, Los Boricuas debuted in 1997. The team was led by crafty veteran Savio Vega and consisted of Jesus Castillo, Jose Estrada Jr., and Miguel Perez. It doesn’t take much to figure out what kind of stable this was supposed to be, which was to job while having a Hispanic stereotype gimmick. This stable came about after Vega was kicked out of The Nation of Domination.
He wanted revenge and what better way than to have your own faction. The stable had wrestling talent. Both Perez and Estrada were second-generation wrestlers and Vega could hold down his own in the mid-card. The execution and the purpose of the stable was a big question mark and that made the fans lose interest. Their most memorable moment was stealing the bikes of another infamous stable, The Disciples of Apocalypse.
23 The Social Outcasts
It was Heath Slater’s fourth stable (The Nexus, The Corre, and 3MB) during his time in the WWE and will probably be known for that more than anything else. Sadly, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Adam Rose, and Slater were lumped together to form a faction in January of 2016, but only lasted until July. WWE creative team booked the stable by giving them promo time, showing backstage vignettes, and letting them have time in the ring on major programs like Raw.
You can tell the WWE was allowing them to have impromptu talking points, similar to the New Day, however, it was a bust. It was a bit confusing as to who had the traditional roles of a stable, such as a leader, the tag team, and the enforcer. They didn’t collect a single belt or partake in any important feuds. They basically were cannon fodder to other Superstars and The J.O.B Squad of the new era.
A lot of TNA stables haven't lasted long and were pointless. Serotonin might take the cake with Raven, Havok, Kaz, and Martyr representing the group. You can argue the concept was interesting because it was an off-shoot of the likable Raven’s Flock from WCW or even Raven's Nest from ECW. In 2006, the faction debuted with all the members having a different look and gimmick than what TNA was used to seeing.
Their leader, Raven, would come out after each match, win or lose, and proceed to strike his followers with a kendo stick. It was part of Raven’s mantra that torture builds success. The team was used in the mid-card, but never won anything special. The team lasted for a short time and it can be argued they didn’t get enough air time to develop into something more memorable.
21 Thuggin' and Buggin' Enterprises
The only reason this stable is on this list is because of “The Man.” With social and civil unrest at all-time highs in the United States, we doubt this stable could even make it on television today. The Enterprise started under D-Lo Brown and the best playa around, Theodore Long, in 2002. In 2003, Long would kick D-Lo Brown to the curb and align with African American talents such as Rodney Mack and Jazz.
They claimed racism and “The Man” was holding them down from being successful. Christopher Nowinski, a white guy, eventually got into the group because he claimed “The Man” was holding him down because he was too intelligent. Mark Henry would also join the stable before it disappeared for good. Mack’s “White Boy Challenge” may have been the best thing going for this stable until Goldberg completely squashed it.
20 National Wrestling Alliance
The National Wrestling Alliance has a long and rich history of spectacular wrestling all over the country. When Vince McMahon and Ted Turner decided to push out the competition through television deals and pay per views, the NWA was left in the dust and had to work with both companies. In 1998, Jim Cornette brought over NWA stars to WWE’s Raw is War to help make NWA relevant in the industry again. Jeff Jarrett and Barry Windham faced each other for the vacant NWA North American Heavyweight Championship.
Along with Jarrett and Windham, the stable also included Bodacious Bart (Bart Gunn), Bombastic Bob (Hardcore Holly), Dan Severn, and The Rock n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson). They would wage war against WWE wrestlers, but nothing came out of it. The Rock n’ Roll Express lost the NWA Tag Team Championship to The Headbangers of all teams. Jarrett would leave the stable and it would crumble in less than a year.
19 The Kongtourage
Like many other stables, The Kongtourage was short-lived and very unimpressive. The team was held together by Raisha Saeed, Rhaka Khan, and Sojournor Bolt. They were there to serve Awesome Kong. First off, if Kong is so awesome and great, why does she need anyone to help her? Secondly, what’s the point of a stable if no one gets over in the long run?
This team quickly fizzled out and TNA had no real explanation as to why it disbanded. The faction just died without anyone even caring why. The group would feud with ODB, Roxxi, Taylor Wilde, and The Beautiful People for a brief time, but nothing came out of it. You know a stable is terrible when no one gets over and not a single member is still with the company.
18 New Brood
We love The Hardy Boyz, however, their time as part of the New Brood is forgettable to all the fans who witnessed it. The original Brood was awesome. Made up of Christian, Edge, and Gangrel, they would drench their opponents in blood and had one of the greatest theme songs of the Attitude Era. After they split, WWE decided reignite the fire and paired The Hardy Boyz with Gangrel in August of 1999. Shortly after, The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian would begin a best-of-five series that ended at No Mercy.
The contest was called the “Terri Invitational Tournament” and the winner would have Terri Runnels as their manager. That final match at No Mercy turned out to be the first ever Tag Team Ladder Match. Arguably, one of the greatest matches ever in the history of No Mercy, all four competitors would have their careers elevated to legendary status and The Hardy Boyz would disband the revived faction.
17 The Hillbillies
Before there was Duck Dynasty, you had The Hillbilly Family in 1985. The Appalachian-themed family was made up of Hillbilly Jim, Uncle Elmer, Cousin Junior and Cousin Luke. Hillbilly Jim was the main focus of the group. His towering size and charismatic personality made him a memorable mid-card performer. He got a rub from greats like Hulk Hogan and would tussle with giants like King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd.
After a leg injury, the WWE decided to bring in more kayfabe family members. Even though the family grew, Hillbilly Jim was always the main focal point. This faction resembling the Beverly Hills television show would bring a lot of joy to the ring, but nothing serious ever happened. They didn’t win any championships and no one besides Jim became recognizable.
16 The Rising
In 2015, The Rising was created to push newly signed Superstar Drew Galloway in TNA. The group consisted of Galloway, Eli Drake, and Micah. It may not have been their faults as to why the stable failed. Their first and only feudwas against the popular and dominant Beat Down Clan. It’s pretty hard to get over when the guys you’re facing (MVP, Kenny King, and Low Ki) are all fan favorites as well.
The team was a bland-babyface group that couldn’t get their foot through the front door. Don’t get us wrong, all three members are very talented, but as a group, they garnered no attention and are one of the shortest stables in the history of TNA. Galloway has gone on to be very successful in TNA, so I doubt he cares now.
15 Misfits in Action
Do you ever get the feeling that the creative department in wrestling insults your intelligence on purpose? This stable seems like another Vince Russo idea as they took well-established Superstars and gave them complete “military” makeovers. GI Bro (Booker T), Lt. Loco (Chavo Guerrero, Corporal Cajun (Lash LeRoux), General Rection (Bill DeMott), Major Stash (Van Hammer), and Sgt. AWOL (The Wall) made up the infamous group.
Once again, Vince Russo's booking puts a corsage of talents that have nothing in common together. He gave them nonsensical names and didn't have a clear plan for them. The Misfits in Action feuded with Team Canada, The Filthy Animals, and The Natural Born Killers before being axed. They do have one record, the shortest reign as WCW Tag Team Champions.
14 LOD 2000
Originally known as The Road Warriors before becoming The Legion of Doom in WWE, Hawk and Animal are arguably the greatest tag team of the 80s. They won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice and were inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. Built on a tough mean streak and no nonsense ring abilities, they ripped up the wrestling world for decades. When the WWE brought the team back in 1998, they first paired the tandem with Sunny as a valet and then later Droz as The Legion of Doom 2000.
The only memorable moment they had as a stable was an attempted kayfabe suicide by Hawk. The story paralleled Hawk's real life substance abuse issues and received terrible reviews. The team received one final shot at the Tag Team Championship against Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett, but lost convincingly in March of 1999.
13 The First Family
Jimmy Hart is one of the coolest and nicest guys in the wrestling business. You can’t talk about the history of wrestling without mentioning Hart. Since the ‘70s, Hart has created several different stables including The First Family. In the late 90s, Hart put together Brian Knobbs (one-half of the Nasty Boys), Hugh Morrus, Jerry Flynn, and The Barbarian together. It was an odd mix of wrestlers in the stable as all of the members came from different backgrounds and wrestling styles.
Flynn had his mixed martial arts pedigree, Knobbs was the brawler, Morrus utilized power, and The Barbarian looked mean. After two months and one feud against The Revolution, the team was disbanded. They didn’t win any titles and no one was pushed to a better spot on the card, making them one of the worst stables in history.
12 Mean Street Posse
We believe Mr. McMahon popped his head up from his pillow one early morning and thought his son’s friends would make a great heel team. The Mean Street Posse was made up of two legitimate school friends of Shane McMahon, Pete Gas and Rodney, ehilr Joey Abs was the only one with real professional training.
To be fair, when they debuted in 1999, they had great comedic value and could hold their own on the mic, however, as for the wrestling part, not so much. It wasn’t rocket science as to why these guys could only win the Hardcore Championship. When two-thirds of your faction has no wrestling experience, you’re going to stink up the ring. Besides the comedy, they can best be remembered for helping Shane defend the European Title in 1999.
11 The Three Faces of Fear
Not to be confused with the tag team Faces of Fear, this stable was made up of Kevin Sullivan, Avalanche (Earthquake), and The Butcher (Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake). When Hulk Hogan signed with the WCW in 1994, they needed a few heels to throw at the big guy. A story of jealousy began to take place when Sullivan was envious of his brother Dave's friendship with Hogan.
At Halloween Havoc in 1994, the faction was born when Hogan found out his former friend, Beefcake, joined with Sullivan to destroy Hulkamania. This stable is another example of how awful WCW was pre-nWo. The flame was extinguished very fast and this stable would eventually form into the next faction on our list. Which means all three wrestlers would slide further into embarrassment and the abyss.
10 The Dungeon of Doom
Their goal: Destroy HulkamaniaThe Outcome: Epic Fail
The Dungeon of Doom could have been taken right out of a bad fairy tale. One of the last stables before reality-based programming in WCW, the team consisted of monsters and ghouls who looked like they would book rooms at Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania. Here are just a few names on the monster squad; The Yeti, The Ultimate Solution, Loch Ness, Shark, The Master, Zodiac, and The Taskmaster.
From 1995 to 1997, the team would bring on different members, including legendary Superstars such as The Big Boss Man, Meng, One Man Gang, and Konnan. The whole point of the stable was to give Hulk Hogan warm bodies to beat every week. Championships, glorious feuds, and memorable moments are not what The Dungeon of Doom were known for. We would like to point out that the greatest achievement this stable will forever be known for is the introduction of the Big Show to the wrestling industry.
9 Cosmic Wasteland
When Cody Rhodes left the WWE earlier this year, it wasn’t as a huge surprise because of his outspoken criticism of his character's development. The dirt sheets all pointed to signs of Rhodes being miserable with his Stardust character and his liberating move to leave the company enforces those claims. As Stardust was limited to the mid-card, The Ascension was given jobber duties ever since they were called up from NXT in late 2014.
In 2015, Stardust and The Ascension would be paired in a space pirate meets Mad Max stable. The outcome of this pairing was a big and juicy nothingburger. The Cosmic Wasteland feuded with Neville and the main actor of Arrow, Stephen Amell, before breaking up. Conquering the cosmic universe will have to wait another day.
8 Old Age Outlaws
When Vince Russo came to the WCW after his success in the WWE, you could see his hands all over the failed product. Several examples would be nonsensical pole matches or trying to intertwine reality with feuds. Another infamous hallmark of Russo is throwing names into a stable with no other purpose than to have a stable. Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, Paul Orndorff, and Terry Funk were victims of Russo's work when they formed the stable, The Old Age Outlaws in 2000.
The name was an obvious rip off of The New Age Outlaws in WWE and the idea of putting four old legends in a stable together to battle the nWo wasn’t sitting well with the consumers. The stable was also a contradiction to the New Blood Era, we mentioned in the intro as all four legends could have been in retirement homes.
7 The Oddities
The Oddities were definitely an acquired taste. If you think The Social Outcasts were really outcasts, check out these guys. The faction was made of a group of oddballs from all walks of life. The team consisted of Giant Silva, Golga, The Jackyl, Kurrgan, Princess Luna, and honorary members included The Insane Clown Posse and legendary wrestler George “The Animal” Steele.
The only memorable moments to come from this group were their entrance theme and The Insane Clown Posse hyping up the crowds when they were a face. We may be wrong, but they could hold the record for biggest faction ever in wrestling. Kurrgan, Giant Silva, and Golga were well over 6’ 6” and more than 300 pounds. The stable wasn’t booked strongly and lost a lot against low tier teams. In less than a year (May of ’98 to February ’99), the team was disbanded.
6 The Truth Commission
During the WWE's Attitude Era, a lot of stables were created to appease the hunger for “gang” warfare in the ring. Thus, The Truth Commission, a white nationalist militant organization from South Africa was born. The team consisted of The Jackyl, Recon, Sniper, Kurrgan the Interrogator, Tank, and The Commandant. The gimmick was supposed to represent The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The stable was doomed from the beginning as The Jackyl quickly replaced The Commandant as the manager of the group.
While Sniper and Recon were used as a non-threatening tag team, the only real member to gain any momentum was the monster Kurrgan. Even Kurrgan’s towering presences wasn’t enough to get the stable a significant push up the card. After a short run with no success, the stable would split up in 1998.
5 No Limit Soldiers
This failed stable came out of a business relationship between rapper Master P and WCW in 1999. Named after Master P’s record label, No Limits Records, the team consisted of Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr., 4x4, Brad Armstrong, Chase Tatum, and Swoll. There are several reasons for the failed stable, one of them being that the hip hop gimmick didn’t sit well with a Southern fan base in WCW.
The only positives in the group were Konnan’s mic skills and Mysterio as the worker. The cousin of Master P, Swoll, was just a warm body along with Chase. 4x4 was a glorified bodyguard and Armstrong had the most wrestling talent after Mysterio, but nothing came from it. They feuded with The Western Texas Rednecks before being dissolved two months later.
4 Harlem Heat 2000
Harlem Heat is arguably the greatest WCW tag team ever, but like all great things in wrestling, it must come to end to revitalize storylines and characters. With Booker T becoming more and more of a singles star, WCW decided to break up Booker and his brother, Stevie Ray. In the early months of 2000, Ray formed his own Harlem Heat after attacking Booker and female wrestler Midnight.
Ray recruited Big T (Ahmed Bradshaw), J. Biggs, and Kash (also known as 4x4 in No Limit Soldiers). You know you’re a terrible stable when the biggest thing you can accomplish is acquiring the rights to the letter “T” in Booker T. That’s right, Booker feuded with the stable to keep the “T” in his name. Nothing else came from the story and Booker would eventually get his full name back....
3 Da Baldies
We had to include one ECW stable and we believe we picked the right one. Angel, Tony DeVito, Vic Grimes, PN Neuz, Redd Dogg, Vito LoGrasso, and Rod Price made up this group of wannabe extras from the hit Sci-Fi film by George Lucas called THX 1138. We understand being bald was a big thing in 1999. You had Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bill Goldberg tearing up the ratings for their respective promotions.
We guess ECW thought one of these guys could make it with their shiny heads. Let’s cut to the chase, Da Baldies were used as glorified jobbers. They tussled with New Jack, Axl Rotten, and Balls Mahoney and we’re pretty sure they didn’t win a single significant match during their time with ECW. They did have a cool catch phrase, “Thou Shalt Not Mess With Da Baldies!”
2 The Mexicools
The cruiserweight division will always have roots in the Lucha Libre style of Mexico and we’re glad the WWE is taking the division seriously again. However, before that, the WWE decided to pair three outstanding Mexican luchadores together in stereotypical fashion and call them The Mexicools in 2005.
The three stars were Super Crazy, Psicosis and Juventud Guerrero. The heel faction would hate on the “gringos” who they claimed only saw them as day laborers. Their style was great to watch as it was fast paced and there was a wide range of maneuvers and spots used. Even with all the glitz and glamor of being high flyers, the faction didn’t win the hearts and minds of the fans. The stable would end early when Juventud was suspended in 2006.
1 The Next Generation
What do you get when three sons that don’t have one tenth of the amount of charisma, technical work, and attitude of their fathers make it to the top of the wrestling industry? You get The New Generation! The stable debuted in TNA during 2003 and was made up of Brian Lawler, David Flair, and Erik Watts. The three are sons of WWE Hall of Famers Jerry Lawler, Ric Flair, and Bill Watts. Nothing came out of this stable except for making fun of Dusty Rhodes and the old NWA World Title Belt.
You would think the fathers of this stable would tell them not to do it and maybe they did, but this was a terrible stable. The whole point of this heel stable was to get out of the shadows of their fathers and we believe they accidentally did the opposite.