Wrestling stables stretch way back before the territory days of the Four Horsemen vs. the Von Erich family, and if booked correctly in modern wrestling, can bring chaos, unpredictability and excitement to any show. They have been a staple of WWE story lines since the turn of the century, with at least one significant group being present within the product at all times, whether good or bad (e.g. the Alliance…bad).
The stable can serve many purposes, and contain all different types of members mixed together, like Evolution which was made up of the past (Ric Flair), the present (Triple H) and the future (Randy Orton & Batista), or the Shield containing three young members from developmental looking to make a name for themselves on the main roster. However, the most exciting part of a faction, apart from the overall demise, is when they find another hot group to engage with, leading to explosive confrontations (e.g. NWO vs. DX at WrestleMania, the Shield vs. the Wyatt Family or the Shield vs. Evolution).
Like with all phases of wrestling, the stable format depends on solid booking and exciting storylines, which has significantly cost many groups in recent memory. WCW over booked the NWO, WWF under booked the Alliance, and the less said about the Social Outcasts the better, yet overwhelmingly, the fans are drawn in and fascinated by the group mentality more often than not.
Since the arrival of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, the anticipation and excitement of a possible reunion with AJ Styles or Finn Balor has the audience glued to the product, a clear example of the effect a ground breaking stable can have on the fans. With that in mind, here are the 15 best stables across the entire landscape of professional wrestling, which stand out as the best, and most unique of the last decade.
15 Straight Edge Society
14 Mount Rushmore
13 Aces and Eights
10 The Wyatt Family
9 La Familia
8 Main Event Mafia
6 The Authority
5 The New Day
4 Los Ingobernables
2 The Shield
1 Bullet Club
Perhaps the most popular stable in wrestling today, the Bullet Club, and its former members now have a strong presence in 4 major wrestling promotions world wide: NXT, ROH, WWE and of course the original base of the Club, NJPW. Originally forming with Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) and Karl Anderson, the group has added stand out performers like AJ Styles, the Young Bucks, Luke Gallows, Kenny Omega and more, their NWO like antics have made them ultra popular, and merchandise selling machines all over the world. Now with the departures of some top stars, Omega and the Bucks have formed ‘the Elite’ of BC, keeping the future of the club alive, as they look to dominate the entire wrestling world into the future. Their popularity and old school antics endear them to the world, and their in ring work is second to none, making them the best wrestling faction of the last decade.
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