8 Wrestling Stables That Were Awesome And 7 We’d Like To Forget
The use of stables in just about any wrestling promotion has always been severely underrated. These collections of wrestlers, all under one common alliance, can inject some much needed excitement into a new storyline, that could garner more appreciation and excitement for the company as a whole. We’ve seen this in many different forms over the years, and there have been many examples of success stories. Often, these stables are led by one central figure, and each of the surrounding personalities compliment them perfectly. It can be an ideal shakeup to a roster of wrestlers, and create a new buzz in an instant.
On the other hand, we’ve also seen our fair share of stables that were undeniably ridiculous. At worst, they’re synonymous with a wrestling promotion that is in the doldrums, and they can be involved with some of the worst storylines ever committed to the ring. It can go either way, but the use of stables has been a constant for decades now in the wrestling industry, and we should all hope that the practice doesn’t go away. When it’s done right, it can produce some truly classic material.
Ranked below are eight wrestling stables that were awesome, and seven that we’d like to forget ever happened.
- AWESOME: RAVEN’S FLOCK
Although at times The Flock was somewhat aimless as a stable, it still remains one of the most entertaining in WCW’s history. Of course, they had an all-time great with Raven at the helm, and also featured numerous solid mid-carders, along with jumpstarting Billy Kidman’s career in WCW. It certainly wasn’t the stable that could lay claim to the most titles, but it definitely had it’s place during the heyday of WCW, and is an important part of their history. The aesthetic vibe definitely fit the time period of the late-90s, and anyone who watched this era of WCW knew that The Flock were a staple of Nitro on a weekly basis. Raven went on to plenty of success with various promotions in his own right, and The Flock is by far his best collaborative effort.
- FORGET: MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION
One of the failed ideas from the mid-90s WWE, the Million Dollar Corporation was essentially a way to keep Ted DiBiase on the weekly shows as a non-wrestler. The group was cobbled together with various mid-carders of the time, including I.R.S., Tatanka and Nikolai Volkoff. It’s probably most remembered for giving Steve Austin his start in WWE, as the horrid “Ringmaster” character that didn’t showcase his true abilities, something he would do shortly after as “Stone Cold”. This stable indicated just how lost for ideas WWE was at the time, and their dependency on old stars like DiBiase after Hogan, Savage and others had already left. There was just little rhyme or reason to the entire thing, and it’s definitely something that’s best left in the past.
- AWESOME: DANGEROUS ALLIANCE
Before Paul Heyman went on to make ECW an alternative phenomenon in the wrestling world, he was in the AWA and WCW, serving as an on-screen manager for the Dangerous Alliance stable. This combined a great tag team in the Midnight Express with an equally renowned name in Adrian Adonis, who had done some time in WWE around the same era. The group went on to include the likes of Arn Anderson (at a time when Ric Flair was in WWE), and “Stunning” Steve Austin, who was an up-and-coming star at the time. Pretty much anything featuring Heyman was bound to be great, and although it doesn’t get as much press today, the Dangerous Alliance was definitely one of the better stables of the time period, and spanned multiple promotions.
- FORGET: MEAN STREET POSSE
Perhaps the comedic value was always there, but the Mean Street Posse was definitely one of the more sour factions during the Attitude Era. Most of the Posse were real-life friends with Shane McMahon while growing up in Connecticut, and their ring attire resembled them as such, with sweater vests, dress pants and other business casual attire. While it definitely wasn’t meant to resemble a legitimate in-ring entity that could actually wrestle, the Posse got old pretty quickly, and took up space where legitimate wrestlers actually could have been. Under the umbrella of the Attitude Era it was pretty inconspicuous, but this was actually one of the dumber ideas that was brought along during that time. The group was together for a couple of years, and then split, which was the best decision for everyone.
- AWESOME: THE BROOD
The Brood were one of the more underrated stables during the Attitude Era, and lunched the careers of Edge and Christian in the WWE ranks. While they adopted a somewhat campy vampire gimmick with gothic undertones, it worked because they could produce in the ring. It also fit in with what the beginning of the Attitude Era was trying to do incredibly well, and was probably aided by the surrounding gimmicks of the time. Again, it launched the tandem of Edge and Christian, and Gangrel was one of the more entertaining mid-carders of the time. The Brood had several high-profile feuds with the Ministry Of Darkness, that end up being one of the hallmarks of the Attitude Era. Another underrated stable that was able to make the best of their situation.