Wrestling stables have always tactful way to make great wrestlers even better by combining their powers into a single group, working together as a unit to gain fame, fortune, and more titles. Groups like n.W.o., Evolution, and The Shield have been able to find success through dominating the competition to get exactly what they want, when they want.
Stables are also a useful tool for singles’ wrestlers who have gotten lost in the shuffle, but once together, have found a purpose, thus making them more attractive to fans along the way. A great example of this would be The New Day with Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods, who were lost in the mid-card as individuals gained more popularity once they were allowed to do their own thing, becoming one of WWE’s most popular and profitable acts.
This list isn’t going to focus on any of these groups though; this collection is all about the worst of the worst that have graced our TVs for the past decade. Nor will it just focus on WWE, as there are plenty of awful stables that have come out of TNA over the previous ten years. The criteria for this list is pretty simple, if they were still a group in 2006, then they will be counted as one of the worst stables in recent memory.
All you have to do is look at the name and the picture above to see why this was a terrible idea right from the start. From June 2005 until November 2006, Super Crazy, Psicosis, and Jeventud banded together to fight against stereotypes perpetrated against Mexicans. They did so by parodying these themes by dressing up as labors, holding field tools, and driving tractors to the ring.
14 DX - 2006-2007 Run
Now, this technically was a tag team since it only consisted of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, but since they used a stable’s name and had such a terrible run, let’s count it! Officially, WWE went PG back in 2008, but in the years leading up to that, they had decidedly toned down their shows to be a bit more family friendly. That’s all well and good, but for a group like DX (who lived and breathed adult entertainment) they were completely stunted as a gimmick.
13 The Diva Revolution Groups
Thanks to the work done in NXT and the demand from fans, WWE finally made an attempt at improving their women’s division and lose the “bathroom break” stereotype that had haunted it for years. Last July, Stephanie McMahon introduced Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch to the main roster in an attempt to jump start the division. Rather than a tournament or just getting some individual feuds going, creative felt putting three teams together would somehow start a revolution.
12 The Menagerie
The story of how this group came together is a good one (it’s not), basically Knux (formerly known as Mike Knox) lived in a town that was decimated by a flood, which destroyed his father’s beloved carnival business. His relationship with Dad went South and instead of keeping up the family business, he connected with a bunch of other freaks and went to pro wrestling.
11 The Spirit Squad
Imagine finally making it to the WWE, and you’re sitting in a meeting, where someone from the creative team lets you know that you’ll be in a cheerleading stable called The Spirit Squad! Well, that was the unfortunate news that Kenny, Johnny, Nicky, Mikey, and Mitch received when they put on their white/green outfits and acted like fools for the WWE Universe. To be fair, the guys put everything they had into this gimmick, they were incredibly annoying, and it was a joy to see them get beat up every single week.
10 Aces & Eights
Like most stables, the beginning stages weren’t so bad, this group came together to take out some of TNA’s biggest names like Sting and Hulk Hogan, while also going after both faces and heels in an attempt to take over the promotion. The members of the group also hid their identities under masks, so that added to the drama, but they waited so long to unmask, once they did, nobody cared.
9 Vince’s Devils
Initially known as the “Ladies in Pink” Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, and Victoria banded together to be basically mean girls during a very low point in the women’s division. They would pretty much pick on Diva Search contestants like Christy Hemme and Ashley, while wrestling in a number of Bra and Panties matches along the way. Eventually, Vince got involved, because he just can’t help but insert himself into segments with women. This is when the name changed to Vince’s Devils, they didn’t really do anything different except now flirt with Vince.
8 The Corre
If the disintegration of the Nexus wasn’t bad enough, WWE took part of that group and started up another terrible stable over on SmackDown, this was due to the brand split that was going on during this time. Wade Barrett was kicked out of The Nexus while Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater both left the group soon after. Ezekiel Jackson randomly teamed up with this group of misfits to beat up the Big Show and soon after they established The Corre as their “leaderless” stable. In theory this might have been a unique idea, but to fans it was just became four guys that weren’t interesting at all.
7 The Authority
This stable had its moments and probably doesn’t really deserve to be on this list, but there are a few things that occurred that just can’t be ignored. First off, they went with the heel authority gimmick, which is probably at the top of “Most tired gimmicks ever” right under “Crazy woman” and “Evil foreigner.”
It seems like this has already happened before with Hogan and Bischoff taking control over a company with a large group of wrestlers. Yep, in 2010 those two teamed up again bringing in guys like Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, and Jeff Hardy (who debuted an absolutely ugly title during this run) to help bring down TNA. Apparently, Dixie Carter was so dumb that when she thought she was signing papers to fire Abyss, she was instead signing over control of the company to Hogan and Bischoff.
These lovable losers lasted for almost two years based solely on their ability to put other wrestlers over, usually in comedic fashion. Led by Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal rounded out the rock group that loved to play air guitar, bang their head, and taunt anyone on the roster. They were a decent comedy stable, but as we all know in the WWE, that’s usually not a good thing to be as they rarely won any matches.
4 League of Nations
Lasting only five months, this group had two strikes right from the start; they used the always boring foreign heel gimmick (only Rusev is good at it right now) and they were basically thrown together because there was nothing else for them to do. As a group, crowd interest was never really there for these guys even though Sheamus was the WWE Champion and Albert Del Rio was the US Champ.
3 Planet Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett really loves to put himself over, doesn’t he? Here we have a group that went on from February 2005 until October 2006 after TNA attempted to reboot the nWo. Once that fell apart Jarrett basically took the “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan role, but even with all of the title wins, Planet Jarret never fully got over. During this time period, Jarrett won the NWA World Heavyweight Champions a total of four (four!) times.
2 La Familia
Members of this group included Edge, Vickie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, and Bam Neely. Amazingly, in the two years this group was around they won eight titles, six of which came from Edge winning the World Heavyweight and WWE Championships. Edge no doubt was a top act during this time and was putting on some incredible matches. WWE thought it would be a good idea to help him teach some of the younger guys, even though they did nothing to help his status.
1 The Cabinet
The group was led by JBL, who was awesome in his own right, but for some reason he was connected with one of the worst set of wrestlers ever. This group included: Orlando Jordan, Amy Weber, Doug Basham, Danny Basham, Jillian Hall, and to a much lesser extent, Gangrel and Viscera. They literally set the group up like a presidential cabinet, and everyone ended up holding a title except for Amy Weber to build them up.
This was a huge time for JBL as he held the WWE Championship for nine months, beating all of WWE’s top names at the time, but this stable did nothing for him. There was a real lack of chemistry from within the group as they just seemed like they were thrown together since none of them could stand out on their own merit. Even with all title runs and time with JBL, nobody cared about watching any of the other members, which continued afterwards, as none of them did much with the WWE once the group ended in 2006.
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