The Stable: The Secret to Wrestling Success?
There are two elements on my list of things that I liked about the WWE in the past decade.
The first: John Cena. Hate him or love him, he's the wrestler that keeps the WWE as a top promotion. He's the most overt wrestler in the world today. You can't dispute that.
The second element: evolution and legacy. These two stables seem to radiate of dominance and strength in numbers. Neither stable has failed to make an impact on the WWE.
The evolution was led by Triple H and Randy Orton. Ric Flair and Batista were part of the group as well.
The "Cerebral Assassin" and his formidable comrades won multiple championships. Evolution was practically the pinnacle of Monday Night Raw for two years.
The group dissolved, but four years later a former Evolution member created a new group: Legacy.
Legacy was much less tenured than Evolution, and Randy Orton couldn't quite eclipse the success that his former mentor Triple H managed to obtain.
Still, Legacy had a dominant presence. Randy Orton became a three-time WWE champion as the heir apparent stable's leader.
Evolution and legacy made an impact on the WWE. Many might agree that both stables were one of the most interesting elements of Raw during their time.
I would agree, easily. Stables kept me on the edge of my seat.
For decades, the wrestling stable has always interested the audience in ways no one ever thought possible.
Though I wasn't alive at the time, I would have loved seeing the infamous Four Horsemen stable dominating NWA wrestling. Ric Flair's woo wouldn't get old for me at all.
The Hart Foundation was a force to be reckoned with. D-Generation X stood for everything the Hart Foundation would have eradicated in a second.
The Nation of Domination gave African-Americans such as myself a group to connect with. The Ministry made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
The nWo rocked the world. Even the lackluster WCW/ECW alliance kept me interested.
Stables have impacted wrestling and have created interest. There's more proof of that today in the WWE. It comes in the form of the Nexus.
Seven wrestlers who started their main roster careers as "reality show contestants" are suddenly making more noise than any other promotion in the wrestling industry today.
The new stars are suddenly receiving an unbelievable push as a dominating stable in the WWE. They're yet to be finished.
Week after week, the Nexus has taken out major figures in the WWE. Vince McMahon and John Cena are amongst the victims.
The crisis has been devastating to the veterans of the roster, which is why John Cena finally assembled a group to stop the Nexus. Even if Cena prevails, the Nexus will have made their point.
They're here to dominate the WWE. They're here to rock the world.
Is the stable the answer to quality entertainment? When I think about it, I'd say yes.
In the Attitude Era, tag teams and alliances were at a creative high. The tag team division was never better, and the Corporation opposed didn't represent the WWE.
The Ministry terrorized the Corporation from time to time. When they were revealed to be part of a bigger plot together against Stone Cold Steve Austin, tensions rose for the Texas Rattlesnake.
Strength in numbers added strength to story lines. Stables created a controversy that made people love wrestling.
Seeing The Rock take on Stone Cold in the Main Event of WrestleMania XV was one thing. Watching The Hart Foundation try to take out D-Generation X week after week was another.
I feel that the wrestling stable is never going to be a lost art. It will be a constant force for the rest of time.
The star of a promotion can never stay the same. He has to evolve. Bruno Sammartino was just a technical specialist. Hulk Hogan was the ultimate hero. Stone Cold and The Rock were rebellious, rambuncious nuisances. John Cena is the archetypal good guy who overcomes the odds.
The wrestling stable never changes. No, D-Generation X wasn't as wholesome as the Hart Foundation. Yes, Evolution was more ruthless than the Four Horsemen would have ever hoped it to be.
Legacy was the example of a semi-successful stable. They dominated, but they didn't last long.
Even so, the stable itself doesn't need to act a certain way. It can fit in whatever product it's a part of, and it will still be effective—if used correctly.
The stable has to make an impact and not create an image. The Nexus is repetitive with their strategy, but they are attacking all the major players in the WWE to show that they will take everyone down in order to become No. 1.
The wrestling stable is the key to wrestling success. It's almost guaranteed to work every single time it's utilized. Perhaps that's what sports entertainment needs: strength in numbers.
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