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 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.
29 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.
28 28. X-Factor
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.
27 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.....
26 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.
25 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.
24 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.
23 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.
22 22. Serotonin
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.
21 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.
20 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.
19 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?
18 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.
17 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.
16 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.
15 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.
14 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.
13 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.
12 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.
11 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.
10 10. The Dungeon of Doom
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.
9 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.
8 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.
7 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.
6 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.
5 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.
4 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.
3 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.
2 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.
1 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.
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