WCW is often credited with having two of the absolute best stables in wrestling history: The Four Horsemen and the New World Order. Each was terrific as a gathering of major-level heels beating up the competition and holding several titles. The problem was, WCW would go to the well far too often by trying other stables to limited success. That was especially true in their final years which were a creative mess and just tossing guys together at random. Some have become famous for how bad they were such as the Misfits in Action and the Dungeon of Doom.
But other stables didn’t even achieve that level of infamy. A few were forgettable because of the low-level guys involved and how little time they lasted. Others had some famous names but somehow just have faded from memory of even fans of the time. A few were bad but others had major potential WCW couldn’t pay off on. Here are 10 stables of WCW even some die-hard fans have forgotten to remind fans how much that company loved their super-groups.
10 The Desperados
1991 WCW was not a pretty sight. The departure of Ric Flair just increased the messy creative stuff with cartoonish characters that made WWE look serious. The Desperadoes were the worse as long-time journeymen Dutch Mantel, Deadeye Dick and Black Bart were thrown together thanks to all sharing a cowboy gimmick.
The trio were then shown in horrible mini-movies where they’d scour “Old West” towns looking for Stan Hansen to lead them to glory. That didn’t happen because Hansen took one look at the videos and refused to have anything to do with this. The trio were even worse in the ring so fans were grateful when the Desperados rode into the sunset.
9 Diamond Mine
Before becoming a full-time wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page had been a manager in the AWA. There, he created the Diamond Exchange and when hired to WCW, decided to revive it. Now named the Diamond Mine, DDP had the Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin), the Diamond Studd (Scott Hall), Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash) and Scott Flamingo (the future Raven).
It had a lot of potential but Hall and Nash both left WCW over a lack of a serious push with the Freebirds also departing. It pushed DDP to train to be a wrestler himself and thus the Mine laid the seeds for a major WCW star.
8 The Deadpool
No, this is not a reference to the Marvel comics character as few knew who he was in 1999. It was a last attempt by Ravel to revive himself in WCW by allying with the Insane Clown Posse. The group of rappers were known for their wild antics and clown faces and had a cool look with Raven.
Raven also had Vampiro with them as he needed more attention with fans not taking to his look. The potential was there but WCW didn’t care for more than ICP doing rapping while Raven just stood around. Raven literally walked out on WCW not long after so this group died almost as soon as it was created.
7 Team Canada
Most remember the Team Canada in TNA that actually dominated for a while. But WCW was there first and the group wasn’t too bad. Lance Storm was the leader with the fun touch that when he won the U.S. title, he slapped a Maple Leaf on it to call it the “Canadian championship.”
Elix Skipper and Jacques Rougeau also joined to make it work and Bret Hart for a time. But it soon lost appeal when they added Americans Jim Duggan and Major Gunns, marring the whole “Canadian” gimmick. For once, TNA actually improved on an idea WCW had first.
6 The Jung Dragons
Kevin Nash gets a bad rap as WCW booker and looking down at smaller guys. But to his credit, Nash saw some potential in the Jung Dragons in 2000 to give them a push. Kaz Hayashi, Jamie Noble (then called "Jamie-San") and Yang had a cool look and a fun touch of playing up the entire “Japanese star” gimmick to make it work.
It helped they were also fantastic high-flyers in the ring to make their matches notable. While they never captured titles, their antics won over fans and helped fire up some shows. They were active to the company’s end to show a Nash idea actually working.
5 Natural Born Thrillers
In 2000, WCW finally started doing what most thought they should have been doing for years: Actually give the younger guys a shot. The Natural Born Thrillers were a pack of rookies from WCW’s Power Plant joined together to make their mark.
Chuck Palumbo, Mark Jindrak, Shawn Stasiak, Johnny The Bull, Sean O'Haire and Mike Sander all had talent and some success with Stasiak, Palumbo, O'Haire and Jindrak all holding the tag titles. But WCW really didn’t have much use for them due to the creative mess the company was at the time and they broke apart just before the company did to end this “youth movement.”
4 Stud Stable
Over the years in Southeastern Championship Wrestling, Robert Fuller was fond of forming a heel group called the Studd Stable. In WCW, Fuller became Colonel Robert Parker, a plantation-owner style manager who crafted a new Stable.
This included Arn Anderson, Terry Funk, Bunkhouse Buck, Dick Slater and Meng as Fuller’s bodyguard. They had limited success with Slater and Buck holding the tag titles and feuding with Dusty and Dustin Rhodes. That included a War Games match with Fuller himself forced to participate. They also feuded with Harlem Heat which included a bizarre love/hate relationship between Fuller and Sheri Martel. They split up in 1995 to make this forgettable by WCW standards.
3 Alliance to End Hulkamania
In early 1996, WCW was still trying to push Hulk Hogan as the beloved superhero champion. To that end, two groups would come together to try and stop him. The Dungeon of Doom was infamous for its array of weirdos like the Shark, Zodiac Kamala, Barbarian, Meng and Z Gangsta (aka Zeus from “No Holds Barred”).
Ric Flair and Arn Anderson then decided to drop the Horsemen to join up alongside Lex Luger. Their one main effort was a “Tower of Doom” match at Uncensored where Hogan and Randy Savage overcame a nine-to-one disadvantage to win with Luger joining them. The whole thing was disbanded fast and astonishing how WCW would have the New World Order just months after this mess.
2 Jersey Triad
Having turned heel to win the WCW title, Diamond Dallas Page decided to get some backup. Bam Bam Bigelow, acknowledged as one of the toughest guys around, and Chris Kanyon were chosen on the idea all three boasted being from New Jersey (actually, Kanyon was from New York) to make them sound tougher.
The trio actually didn’t do too bad as they held the tag titles under the “Freebird Rule” while Bigelow and Kanyon pushed DDP in his quest to regain the title. They just weren’t at the right time with WCW a wild mess and disbanded far too soon to make a serious impact.
1 Magnificent Seven
Going into 2001, WCW had no idea they would be out of business in just a few months. As such, they thought the Magnificent Seven were going to be a big deal. WCW Scott Steiner had entered into an alliance with Ric Flair that would lead to the creation of what they called “the Elite.”
That included Rick Stiner, Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell and Road Warrior Animal and clearly yet another attempt to recreate the NWO. Their matches were rough and some nasty booking didn’t help but of course, the true death knell was Vince buying WCW. Thus, this stands as the last attempt by the company at a “Super Stable.”