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.
Yes, they seriously drove tractors called “Juan Deers” to the ring, all decked out with cultural trinkets, hiding behind the thought that all of this was just simply a parody. In reality, it was pretty insensitive to put this stable out on TV week after week. Aside from the stupid gimmick, this group really never gained much traction and quickly fell down the card as they were mainly used as talent enhancement. Backstage, Juventud had some issues and ended up getting released from the company, leaving just Super Crazy and Psicosis who tagged for awhile before breaking up entirely.
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.
From being a legit edgy group, Michaels and Triple H were pretty much relegated to awful merchandise segments and childish practical jokes. They feuded with the Spirit Squad (and Vince) literally dropping “crap” on them, among a number of other pranks that just got tiresome week after week. Not to mention these two were in their late 30’s/early 40’s acting like teenagers, it was a really weird act to pull off. In early 2007, Triple H tore his quadriceps, which put him out of action for quite some time, Michaels tried to keep up the gimmick for a few months, reverting back to his usual wrestling gear, quietly ending this forgettable DX run.
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.
Team PCB (Charlotte, Paige, and Becky), Team Bella (Alicia Fox, Nikki, and Brie Bella), and Team B.A.D. (Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Tamina) teamed up to fight against each other. Like most matches with this many people, the matches came off sloppy and didn’t really "revolutionize" anything, even though WWE said “revolution” about a million times during this period. Thanks to (legit) injuries, in-team fighting, and semi-retirements, all of the groups have been disbanded and the division has much improved since doing so.
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.
Along with Knux was Rebel (a flexible lady), Crazzy Steve (a goofy clown), and The Freak (a big… guy). The group would come to the ring with other clowns on stilts in some sort of Wyatt Family meets The Oddities gimmick that lasted about a year. They disbanded quietly with TNA just saying on one episode that the group went back to the carnival business. Knux and The Freak (also known as Rob Terry) both left TNA, while Rebel still works in the women’s division. Crazzy Steve has found success under a new stable, The Decay, now teaming with Abyss and Rosemary.
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.
Vince clearly had high hopes for them as he teamed up with the group to take out DX (which was just Shawn Michaels and Triple H at the time). They held the tag titles for over 200 days, but barely lasted a year when they were literally put in a box with a reference to their development territory for a gimmick repackage. Kenny was thought to be a future star, but he fizzled out, as did all of the other members minus Nicky, who is now known as Dolph Ziggler.
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.
The group lasted for about a year and a half, falling victim to the issue most stables have, including way too many useless people in the group. When it was all said and done here’s the list of people who spent time in the group: Bully Ray, Brooke, Garett Bischoff, Knux, Tazz, Devon, D’Lo Brown, D.O.C. (Luke Gallows), Ivelisse, Mr. Anderson, Tito Ortiz, and Wes Brisco. With in-group fighting and just too many people involved, fans’ interest in the group soured, so over time Aces & Eights was disbanded by a lot of “Loser leaves TNA” matches.
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.
They also had a fourth member named Chloe, who was Torrie Wilson’s dog and she had her own signature move called the Chloe Tush Push, which was basically a Stinkface. The group’s end came when Torrie and Candice had tension over their Playboy appearances, they had classic battles like the Playboy Pillow Fight and Wet and Wild matches to settle their differences. By now, the trio went solo and not surprisingly, WWE just ignored their time together, booking matches and segments like none of it ever happened.
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.
Even with three title reigns to their names, the group only lasted five months. The end came when they lost in an 8-man tag match at WrestleMania XXVII in only two minutes, then came out the next night to take down John Cena and The Rock, only to be destroyed by the two men. Eventually, Jackson walked out on the group, and then Barrett did the same which officially ended the stable in June of 2011. Only Heath Slater remains with the WWE as of today.
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.”
Secondly, they are a group that has hung around for far too long, from 2013 until 2016 they were almost always in the main event scene causing issues for other wrestlers. Thirdly, and probably worst of all, they had Kane and Big Show clogging up the main event scene as two of the top heels in the company. With so much talent on the roster, to see them and The New Age Outlaws (who held the tag titles for awhile) take up spots was beyond annoying for wrestling fans who just wanted to move on to a new generation of wrestlers.
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.
The group eventually brought in Ric Flair’s Fortune stable, bringing the total number of members to 122, just kidding, although it was actually 19 wrestlers who came and went in the two years the group was together. They pretty much fought Dixie for power over TNA in a litany of matches, where ultimately Hogan lost to Sting, giving power back to her. Bischoff ended up getting sent out of TNA when his 5-man team last at Lockdown further dissolving the group. In the end, this was just another group of veteran wrestlers trying to keep TNA (and maybe themselves?) relevant.
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.
To be so low on the card is never a good thing and the group was suddenly disbanded when both Mahal and McIntyre were released by the WWE in 2014. Slater was spared, but is now in yet another comedy stable known as “The Social Outcasts” (another group that could potentially be on this list, but they were spared, for now). Both Mahal and McIntyre headed back to the indy circuit, where Drew has found great success thanks to his natural talent and gimmick tweaks. He’s been able to capture not only the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but hold the EVOLVE Championship and EVOLVE Tag Team Championships, as well.
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.
The League of Nation's existence was poorly explained, they were not booked strongly, Wade Barrett was pretty much checked out as he planned on leaving the WWE, and worst of all, Lana was nowhere to be found during this time! Both Sheamus and Del Rio lost their titles and the group fell apart once they started walking out on each other mid-match. Overall, nobody really cared though, these guys individually were more interesting and putting this group together hurt them. Rusev benefited the most from his exit, winning back his US title and getting Lana back by his side. Barrett is out of the WWE trying for an acting career and Sheamus/Del Rio are both swimming around in the mid-card.
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.
Others in this stable included: Abyss, American’s Most Wanted, Monty Brown, Team Canada, Kip James, Gail Kim, Alex Shelley, Jackie Gayda, Scott Steiner, and Larry Zbyszko. This was a stable that actually included other stables as a way to protect Jarrett by surrounding himself by pretty much any popular heel on the roster. The group itself had some great wrestlers, but it was just so annoying how Jarrett manipulated things to get himself over as a top act.
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.
Starting on SmackDown, the group spread to Raw and in ECW where Chavo Guerrero (with the help of his body guard, Bam) was able to capture the ECW Championship. The whole La Familia thing came from Eddie Guerrero and because Vickie was connected to Edge (which was always a weird thing) he was included in the “family.” Honestly, the group was always just an afterthought and fans never really showed much interest, so when they broke up, nobody even really noticed.
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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