Stables in wrestling always make the sport more entertaining. Story lines write themselves when a federation has a few great stables.
The story can read like who is entering the stable, who is leaving, is there friction, will the stable cash in and win a title, will the stable beat down the fan favorite, and will the hero finally get his revenge.
There are basically four models for a group to emulate. There is the Horseman model, the D-X/n.W.o. model, the greedy manager model, and the terrorist organization.
A fifth model is the family, but usually the family stable is not a true stable because they are after different goals and only come together for certain purposes.
Let me explain the four models in the next few slides, then go on to some proposed stables which may work in the organizations to make wrestling fun again.
The perfect stable to conquer any federation. The groups main purpose is to keep the World title. Then there is a secondary champion, who could eventually break off to challenge for the World title, and there is the tag team.
The team usually acts as the enforcers or like in the case of Evolution, a member is being groomed by one of the elder members.
Examples of this stable are The Four Horsemen and Evolution.
The purpose of this stable is to have fun and make money. The stable could break out and win a few titles along the way and in the process make more money. Usually, they are put together to have fun and make someones life a living hell, whether it is the fans, the boss, or the local fan favorite.
Examples of this stable is D-X and n.W.o.
The third model is the greedy manager. The manager will continue to bring in wrestlers with the hope of winning titles, making money, and taking out the top fan favorite. The manager does not care who wins the belt, just as long as someone is champion. In this group, the manager is the main mouthpiece.
This type of group was extremely popular in the early years of the WWF through the mid 1980s.
Examples of this group are Heenan's Family, Fred Blasse's stable, and the Grand Wizard's stable.
This stables sole purpose is to make the areas fan favorites lives a living hell. The group is not interested in winning titles as they are in making mayhem. The leader usually has a vendetta against the top hero and will do anything to take him out, from issuing bounties to recruiting the hero's best friend.
Examples of this group are the Army of Darkness, Devastation Inc., and Shiek Adnan al Kassie's group.
There are other groups who really do not fit into one particular group. They have characteristics of all the major groups or just come together every now and then to battle a common enemy. The grouping usually does not last very long and does not seem to have a set agenda.
The groups are usually formed due to perceived lack of opportunity, ethnic identity, and/or family relationship. Members come and go and usually one is moved into the main event. In recent years, two groups, M.E.M and the Millionaires Club, were put together with the purpose of keeping the status quo.
Examples of this type are the Von Erichs, l.W.o., J.O.B. Squad, Filthy Animals, and Main Event Mafia.
Now that we have the education portion of the slide show complete, let's get on with some proposed stables.
Vince McMahon probably already trademarked or copyrighted the Four Horsemen name, so unless you want to call this group, Flairs Little Ponies, the Thoroughbreds may be the next best name.
This group seems to quietly forming and by years end, may be making life miserable for Hogan and company.
The group seems poised to follow the Horseman pattern, but I would rather see Rob Terry recruited, instead of Desmond Wolfe. Terry has the potential and with Flairs grooming could become a breakout star in a few years.
A few necessary steps need to happen for this group to get together in TNA. Lets exclude HHH, because unless he divorces Stephanie, no way in hell will he ever leave the WWE.
HBK comes out of retirement and joins TNA. This would set up nicely for Hall, Nash, X-Pac, and HBK to reunite as the Kliq. Since Nash is pretty fragile and HBK wants a lesser role, then have those two team up. This leaves X-Pac to go after the X-Division title and if Hall could get back into wrestling shape, then he could challenge and finally win a World title.
This group was set in motion when Ted Jr. spoke of the Fortunate Sons. The group is formed by the sons of the past. Hopefully, this will work better than the last incarnation, Legacy. What would make this group even better is to have Ted Sr. as the manager and mouthpiece.
Legacy's weaknesses were the group really did not have a great mouthpiece and the stable really needed the fourth member. When Manu and Snuka Jr. appeared to join the group, the stable seemed prime for conquest over the WWE. But those two were kicked out.
The Fortunate Sons will have the Dibiase Brother along with Joe Hennig and Ted Sr. leading and managing. The group potentially recruit D.H. Smith, Ricky Steamboat Jr., Manu, or Snuka Jr.
Reid Flair could be included if he would clean up his personal life. Another outside chance could be the son of Vader, no not Luke Skywalker, but Leon Whites son, as I have read he is impressing quite a few in his pursuit of a wrestling career.
The first group action would be to ask Cody Rhodes to join, and then do the traditional beat down as the Million Dollar Man berates the Rhodes name. This could set up for Dustin to come out make the save and form a team with his brother.
I would prefer to call this group the Panthers as an homage to the Black Panthers.
A pissed off Ron Simmons is awesome. This group could form when Benjamin loses his 1,000,000 match and Simmons comes to talk to him about how the white man has kept him down for all these years and Shelton should already be a World Champion by now. Of course the blonde hair has to go.
Simmons then can recruit Cryme Tyme after a match which Shad just destroyed JTG by saying telling the two they should be united instead of beating the hell out of each other. Then Simmons tells the two to get serious and be a responsible not some stupid Vaudeville act. Ezekial Jackson will then be recruited.
This group I would really enjoy to watch and I believe it has tons of potential. Who knows, the next Rock could come out of this group.
I thought of adding Kofi, but I do not believe he could be convincing as a pissed off wrestler. R-Truth could also be a possibility for the group, but who would he replace.
This five man group will be composed of Shelton, Dolph, Chavo, Morrison, and R-Truth. The group will come out week after week complaining they never get a shot to shine. They will verbally harass Cena, HHH, McMahon, and the creative staff about being kept down. The group will constantly bitch about the writing and the direction of the show.
The five some will tell how they never get shots at the title and are put in stupid feuds against midgets and are given dumbass characters.
Eventually, when one in the group wins the World title and holds it for more than three months, the others in the group will turn on the champion about how he is hogging the spotlight and not giving the rest in the group a fair chance.
The others will then berate the champion by saying he sold out, he never did have enough talent, he sucks on the microphone, it was too soon to be champion, and his character is stale.
This group already exists by needs new blood. Bret Hart could be the manager of the group, which would allow Natalya to compete more often for the Womens title. The group would need two more members.
A new member could be Chris Jericho. He is Canadian and has roots to the Hart Family. Jericho would need to change his character a little so he would listen to Bret's teachings. Bret could tell Jericho he could be even better with his teachings and remind Chris of his Canadian heritage.
This group seemed to form a year ago with Cryme Tyme and Cena, but never fully developed. The group could either be heroes or villains. I would prefer them to be straight up bad guys.
I have pictured five, but the group will really be a foursome. If Cryme Tyme got back together as a couple of evil thugs, then Ezekial or Truth are out. If the team wanted Ezekial, then he pairs with Shad to make a monster of and evil tag team and enforcers, leaving Truth or JTG to be the odd man out.
The group could form when Cena loses the title for nth time and he comes out and berates the fans. He tells the fans he has given them his blood, sweat, and tears and they still boo him and he is tired of it. Cena then goes on to say how there is only a few who respect him and those are the guys he will be with, not the damn fans.
In a fight with Orton, HHH, or Batista, Cena's Chain Gang could come out to help him win back the title and put a serious whipping on the fan favorite, thus cementing the stable as villains. The group will then set out to win the secondary and tag title while ensuring Cena remains World champion.
This is another group I would be really excited to watch. As an evil Cena may actually be interesting. Then week in and week out see who is in store for a group beat down.
It has been a long, long time since wrestling has seen a group of evil doers who do not turn into a comical carnival.
Armando Estrada will come back to the WWE and bring with him his newest charge, a retooled Muhammed Hassan. Before Hassan was forced out of the WWE due to political correctness, he had the potential to be a World champion and a great one at that.
Hassan will be the focal point of the group, while Estrada starts to bring in monstrous villains and make every fan favorite a target. The goal of the group is to wreck havoc, make some money, win a few titles, and get the World title on Hassan.
The wrestlers pictured are just candidates for Estrada's Army. Pick any other three or four monsters and we have a stable.
Kane would need to return to the mask. Rosey needs a new name and put away the sidekick cape. Sheamus and Ezekial could make a potent tag team, but would need to put their egos in the locker room vault. Snitsky and Knox are just there to scare the hell out of people, squash a few jobbers, and aid in some beat downs.
Koslov may actually learn how to wrestle and become a second tier title contender, but before that lets get him some ring attire which actually fits.
No other villain seems to be booed or hated as much as Vicki when she gets on the microphone. Most times, the television audience and even those in attendance cannot hear what Vicki is saying as she is drowned out by the ovation of jeers.
Vicki has seem to started a women's stable featuring McCool and Layla. It is time for her to branch out and recruit a few men. Croft and Barreta are a young up and coming tag team who could use the rub of Vicki to have their careers skyrocket. Nothing gets a new team over more than having an annoying manager.
The Miz could be a possibility to be the focal point, but he seems happy to be in his position. McIntyre seems to following a good path to stardom, but potentially could use the impact of joining forces with Guerrero. Chavo is automatically in due to family ties.
The Shaman of Sexy would be the best candidate to join this group. He is hot enough for Vicki to do everything in her power to move him into World title contention. One of the major knocks on Morrison is he cannot work the microphone. Well joining this faction would definitely change the scope as Vicki would be doing the talking and Morrison would be doing the wrestling.
There you have it. Stables always make pro wrestling more interesting. Whether it is watching them beat down the hero to seeing the friction which eventually divides the faction, stables are great drama in wrestling.
In this age, the two major organizations need to employ this tactic. Stables can elevate new superstars through the stable or through their targets.
Hogan, the Rock, Stone Cold, HHH, and the Undertaker were all parts of stables very early on in their career and look at the heights they achieved. Ric Flair was part of the greatest stable ever during the prime of his career, which helped him and his stable mates be propelled to legendary status. Stables elevate ordinary wrestlers to legends if the pairing is done correctly.