Stables is a group of wrestlers within a promotion who have a common element (friendships, a common manager, or a common storyline) Stables can be small alliances of three to six wrestlers or supergroups that include up to half the promotion's talent roster.
Most stables were guided by a manager and/or valet.
Managers were basically used to help promote wrestlers who may have lacked talent speaking or a gimmick.
Most of the time the manager played a tremendous role in their wrestler's matches, helping to add another dimension to the match and the storyline.
We are going to list the best stables assembled between 1980 and 2000.
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The Dungeon of Doom was a stable of wrestlers assembled due to Kevin Sullivan's hatred of Hulk Hogan.
After Kevin Sullivan defeated The Man with No Name at Slamboree 1995, Sullivan started to hear a voice calling for him. The voice led him to a cave in “Parts Unknown” where he found a mysterious figure covered in dust and cobwebs.
Sullivan immediately threw himself down in front of The Master who proceeded to tell Kevin Sullivan that from now on he was "The Taskmaster" of the Dungeon of Doom and that the task was to destroy Hulkamania.
The group initially consisted of a group of people with rather bizarre gimmicks such as The Shark (who had teamed with Sullivan before as "The Avalanche"), Kamala “The Ugandan Giant”, Zodiac (who had also teamed with Sullivan before as "The Butcher"), The Barbarian, Meng, and Vader.
After failing to rid WCW of Hulkamania, this stable quietly faded away in 1997.
The Flock was Raven's faction founded soon after his debut in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). All wrestlers in the faction adopted Raven's grunge gimmick, complete with similar ring attire.
Even though the group lost most of their matches, they were popular. The Flock is best remembered for hanging around in the crowd and then pouncing on any given wrestler. Each member of the Flock was a social outcast for one reason or another and sought acceptance within the Flock.
The group disbanded after former member Perry Saturn won the rest of the members' freedom from Raven on Sept. 13, 1998 at Fall Brawl.
Aside from Raven and Saturn, the Flock included Lodi, Reese, Kidman, Riggs, Horace, Kanyon, Stevie Richards, Hammer, and Sick Boy.
The Varsity Club existed from 1987 to 1989. They would brag about their superiority to everyone else due to their amateur wrestling background and would wear the letterman jackets of their respective alma maters.
The Club was formed by Kevin Sullivan and originally include Rick Steiner and Mike Rotunda. Rotunda won the T.V. title as a member when he defeated Nikita Koloff.
Their main feud was with Jimmy Garvin because Kevin Sullivan wanted his valet Precious for himself. Jimmy received assistance from his "brother" Ronnie Garvin and Steve Williams. The feud ended when Sullivan broke Jimmy Garvin's leg with a cinder block.
After Steiner left the club and joined forces with Eddie Gilbert and his brother Scott, Steve Williams and later Dan Spivey joined the stable.
The club went on to win both tag titles (NWA World and US).
Gary Hart was one of the pivotal driving forces behind what is considered to be World Class Championship Wrestling's "golden years" between 1982 and 1985.
During this time, Hart managed the premier heels of WCCW and feuded with the Von Erichs.
That was basically the formula to the promotions success. The Von Erichs were the superheroes, beloved by everyone, and then there were the heels.
Hart's stable included Great Kabuki, Great Muta, King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang, Samoen Swat Team, Gino Hernandez, and Chris Adams.
The initial Dangerous Alliance was formed in the AWA in the late '80s and consisted of Adrian Adonis and the "Original" Midnight Express.
In '91, Dangerously formed the WCW version which included Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Stunning Steve Austin, Bobby Eaton, and Larry Zbyszko.
The group dominated the WCW as Anderson and Eaton won the Tag Titles and Austin held the T.V. title.
Their main feuds were with Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes and Nikita Koloff. The feuds were settled in a memorable WarGames match at WrestleWar '92 which their rivals won.
In the mid-'80s, the best heels were members of the Sheik Adnan's Army. They didn't win any belts during this time, but they were the heels who fought against the faces who were the AWA champs (Rick Martel and Nick Bockwinkel) plus the tag team champs (Rockers and Hall/Henning).
During this time, the members were King Kong (Bruiser) Brody, Boris Zhukov (Bolsheviks), Nord the Barbarian (Berzerker), and Mongolian Stomper.
Soldat Ustinov and Teijho Khan joined the Army later on in the decade.
Sheik Adnan went to the WWF in 1991 to join up with Sgt. Slaughter (who turned heel) and Iron Sheik to fight the Ultimate Warrior and Hogan.
The group was conceived in 1989 and feuded primarily with NWA World Champion Ric Flair and Sting. They would then feud with the Four Horsemen after that group reformed.
The group consisted of some of the toughest wrestlers ever to strap up the boots. The members were Terry Funk, Dick Slater, Buzz Sawyer, Great Muta, and the Dragonmaster (Kendo Nagasaki).
The group quietly fazed out in 1990 as Sting's departure from the Four Horsemen became the main story.
Jimmy Hart's managerial career began when he managed Jerry Lawler in Memphis.
But his peak was in the mid-'80s as a manager in the WWF. He managed then Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine during his feud with Tito Santana. He also had King Kong Bundy in his stable.
In 1986, Hart took in the Funk Family (Hoss, Terry, & Jimmy Jack) and the "Adorable" Adrian Adonis.
In 1987, Hart guided the Hart Foundation to the WWF Tag Team Titles by defeating the British Bulldogs. He then managed Honky Tonk Man to a win over Ricky Steamboat for the IC Title.
Due to his success during the year, Pro Wrestling Illustrated awarded Jimmy Hart the Manager of the Year.
Their gimmick was that of a gang of rebels who acted and spoke as they pleased, no matter how provocative.
After its original run, the group underwent several roster changes and disbanded in 1999. The members were Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna, Badass Billy Gunn, Road Dogg. X-Pac joined the group after Billy Gunn departed.
Though the group were intended to be heels, there popularity were too grand. DX was the perfect storyline to oppose the NWO Invasion scenario that was taking place in the WCW at this time.
There were various timeframes to choose from when ranking Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's Family.
In the AWA, Heenan managed Nick Bockwinkel, the Blackjacks, Ray Stevens, Ken Patera, Bobby Duncum, and the East-West Connection.
I decided to choose the timeframe of 1984-1987 to list Heenan's stable.
During this time frame, Heenan managed Big John Studd to a big feud with Andre The Giant. This feud included Studd and Patera cutting the Giant's hair during a Saturday morning program.
He also managed Paul Orndoff, who was battling Hogan for his title, prior to his alliance with Roddy Piper.
Other battles with Hogan included Bundy's WrestleMania II match in a steel cage and Andre's WrestleMania III match after turning heel.
Surprisingly, Heenan didn't manage a WWF champ until the late 80s when Rude defeated the Ultimate Warrior for the IC belt.
The nWo angle was one of the most influential forces in the late 1990s success of WCW. The brainchild of WCW Executive Eric Bischoff, and fueled initially by the unexpected heel turn of Hulk Hogan, the nWo storyline is generally considered one of the most successful angles in the history of professional wrestling.
The Four Horsemen formed in January 1986 with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard, with James J. Dillon as their manager.
Their feuds are classic, fighting Dusty Rhodes (breaking his ankle and hand), Magnum TA, Barry Windham, The Rock 'n' Roll Express (breaking Ricky Morton's nose), Nikita Koloff (injuring his neck), and The Road Warriors.
Dusty Rhodes, Animal, Hawk, Ronnie Garvin and many others fought Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Title during that time period. They always had most of the titles in the NWA, and they often bragged about their success (in the ring and with women) in their interviews.
They lived the gimmick outside of the arena, as they took limos and jets to the cities in which they wrestled.