WWE: The 10 Greatest Stables in Wrestling History
Currently in the world of professional wrestling, WWE have failed in their attempt to create a credible heel stable on SmackDown.
The direction of the Corre has been handled extremely poorly and now the formerly promising group looks set to disintegrate.
They have been handed embarrassing after embarrassing defeat, including the squash match at WrestleMania against the makeshift team of Big Show, Santino, Kane and Kofi Kingston.
Even though Barrett is the Intercontinental Champion and Slater and Gabriel are three-time tag team champions, the Corre is just not expected to win any more.
Now that they have lost their muscle in Ezekiel Jackson, they have lost their last hope of being considered a threat.
The angle has done nothing to further the careers of any of its members with Wade Barrett's singles push being halted as result of its formation.
TNA have also tried and failed to create a fearsome stable on Impact with the immortal group.
It started out as a NWO rehash and soon became a cluster of wrestlers who were being wasted every week in 20 minute talking segments.
It now no longer occupies any position of importance in the company and serves no real purpose.
TNA's Fortune Four have had more success as they are a present day Four Horsemen, fighting to save their company.
These TNA originals, AJ Styles, Robert Roode, James Storm, Kazarian and now Christopher Daniels, are all talented wrestlers and make sense as a group.
They have all benefited from being together and they are now the top faces in the company.
This is because a stable, when done well, can be an effective way of utilizing talent and it often leads to entertaining storylines and long feuds.
Here are the ten greatest stables ever to grace the world of professional wrestling.
10. The Nexus
The Nexus appeared on the scene in 2010 with a debut that resounded around the world of pro wrestling.
Wade Barrett, the Season 1 winner of NXT, interrupted a John Cena match on Raw and he was soon joined by the rest of the NXT rookies.
They brutally beat down on the WWE champion, they destroyed the ring and brutalized commentators, announcers, cameramen and referees.
The attack was so brutal that Daniel Bryan was temporarily given his notice for strangling Justin Roberts in full view of the camera.
Over the following weeks, the Nexus dominated Raw, delivering even more vicious beat-downs which led to Michael Cole describing them as a "pack of ravening wolves."
They did not limit their attacks to Raw superstars either. WWE legends such as Bret Hart, Ricky Steamboat and Arn Anderson fell foul of the Nexus.
The men who demanded WWE contracts also put Vince McMahon in a coma and kept him off television for almost a year.
Wade Barrett was the leader and voice of the group. His eerie promos and natural air of superiority and arrogance made him the top heel on Raw and a main event player.
Skip Sheffield and David Otunga were his two lieutenants and the muscle of the group, both impressive physical specimens.
Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Darren Young and Michael Tarver would have struggled to get over on their own due to their seeming lack of physicality, but they were able to get over as heels as part of the group.
Gabriel's 450 splash became one of the most deadly weapons in the Nexus arsenal.
Eventually, the group lost momentum after Cena inevitably ran rough shot over every member.
Young and Tarver were sent back to FCW to continue to learn their trade while Sheffield received an untimely injury.
Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty were introduced and they have since shown promise as a possible tag team.
When CM Punk took over, he introduced the huge Welshman and Batista lookalike, Mason Ryan, who has become the bodyguard figure.
The New Nexus are still in existence but they lost credibility after being buried by Randy Orton and the group no longer has its same air of dominance.
9. The Radicalz
This group had its origins in ECW and WCW where these four wrestlers, who had become close friends and traveled the world together, were first employed as a team.
Paul Heyman and then Eric Bischoff saw their potential but, with the exception of Benoit, they struggled to break into the main event scene at WCW.
Disillusioned with the poor running of WCW, they unanimously asked for their release and approached the then-WWF.
Vince McMahon decided to make use of this storyline and they entered the WWF looking for contracts.
After a series of matches against Degeneration X, they were hired as official WWF alumni when Triple H offered them contracts in exchange for turning on Mick Foley.
The two technical purists, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, were the perfect foil for the lucha libre style of Eddie Guerrero and the powerhouse that was Perry Saturn.
They eventually drifted apart with all four going on to achieve singles success with their new company.
8. The Corporation
This was the ultimate heel stable in that it represented the evil boss attempting to stop his employees from having fun.
It was created by Mr McMahon to put down the rebellious nature of some WWF wrestlers such as DX, Austin and Mankind.
Originally, it was McMahon and his two stooges, Pat Patterson and Jerry Brisco, along with Shane, Sergeant Slaughter and the group's muscle, the Corporate Enforcer, Big Boss Man.
Their crown jewel was the Rock who became the Corporate Champion when he screwed Mick Foley out of the WWF title turning heel in the process.
Ken Shamrock and Kane also joined the group, exerting their huge political power to keep the WWF title on the Rock.
The fans desperately wanted to see the Corporation get their comeuppance and, when Mick Foley bargained himself into a title match with the Rock on Raw, everyone was hopeful.
When Foley won the match, with a little help from Stone Cold Steve Austin and Degeneration X, it was to a hugely memorable crowd reaction.
This was a shining example of a heel stable helping to cement the legacy of their babyface opponents.
The group eventually warped into the McMahon-Helmsley Faction when Triple H and DX turned heel.
7. The Hart Foundation
After the historic double turn of WrestleMania 13, where Austin refused to submit to the Sharpshooter, Bret Hart began to cut anti-american promos.
This eventually led to the reformation of the Hart Foundation with Bret's old sparring partners from Stampede Wrestling joining the Hitman.
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, the British Bulldog, Owen Hart and the "Loose Cannon" Brian Pillman supported Bret in his pro-Canada stance against Austin.
It culminated in the "Feud of the Year" award from PWI which went hand in hand with Bret winning the PWI "Most Hated Wrestler of the Year" award.
This group oozed attitude, arrogance and an air of superioirity.
But as well as being able to talk the talk, they could also walk the walk with an exceptional array of wrestling talent.
They were Canada's finest and, although three of them are sadly no longer with us, they will always be remembered as the second incarnation of the Hart Foundation.
6. Ministry of Darkness
Controversy reigned when the Undertaker turned heel and formed a Satanic group that performed evil rituals and human sacrifice.
The Undertaker became a druid-like figure referred to as "He."
He first recruited Bradshaw and Faarooq who acted as his agents in recruiting Mideon and the 500-pound Mabel.
They looked the part of evil and they were very convincing in portraying minions of the Devil.
Mr McMahon broke the walls of kayfabe at this point, saying that the Undertaker actually believed in his gimmick.
This was unheard of in the business and it only served to increase the mystique of the delusional yet deadly Mark Calaway.
The two kidnappings of Stephanie McMahon were the high point of the Ministry's existence and they finally blended into the Corporation when Mr McMahon was revealed as the Higher Power.
The Corporate Ministry was an extension of both factions.
These four men can now boast 43 World title victories between them!
Ric Flair was the man; the wrestling legend who had won all there was to win and was now ready to give back to the younger generation. He was the past!
Triple H was the current main event player and had been dominant for years. He was the present!
Randy Orton and Batista were the two young talents handpicked by HHH and Flair as the next big stars. They were the future!
This formidable group dominated Raw for years and at one point held all the major titles on Monday Nights.
The memorable feuds sparked by the eventual break up of the group between Triple H and Orton, and then Triple and Batista, cemented the main event status of the two younger wrestlers.
For Orton and Batista, it was the perfect way to kick-start their WWE careers.
4. The Nation of Domination
The Nation of Domination promoted black supremacy and it was arguably Ron Simmons' finest hour as the leader of the group.
Savio Vega, Mark Henry, Crush, D Lo Brown and Ahmed Johnson were all members and the gang warfare style of the Nation made them fearsome opponents.
But its greatest achievement was in kick-starting Rocky Maivia's career which would of course see him become the Rock.
This was the first time that Rock had got over with the fans and he eventually became the leader and feuded with Austin and Triple H over the Intercontinental Championship.
3. Degeneration X
After Shawn Michaels "dropped the ball," Triple H created a newly revamped DX which included Kliq member X Pac, Chyna and the New Age Outlaws.
They were anti-establishment and characterized the revolutionary spirit of the Attitude Era.
Their countless comedy skits, including their parody of the Nation of Domination, had the fans in stitches.
DX were involved in countless feuds with Austin, the Rock and Mick Foley, and played a huge part in the WWF's victory over WCW in the Monday Night Wars.
They also helped to cement Triple H's status as a main-eventer with the company where he would go on to become a 13-time World Champion.
2. The NWO
One of the greatest storylines of all time saw the Outsiders, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, invade the WCW and threaten the very existence of Ted Turner's company.
The angle was edgy, controversial and was done with just enough realism for the fans to feel slightly apprehensive. Hall and Nash were supposed to represent the rival WWF.
The moment when Hulk Hogan turned heel and joined the group caused outrage and will be remembered as the most shocking moment in wrestling history.
Hall, Nash and Hogan attempted to take over WCW as the New World Order.
They were later joined by Syxx Pac, Eric Bischoff, Randy Savage and half the WCW roster.
It was at that point when the angle became ridiculous as Bischoff and Hogan became obsessed with the group and elevated themselves at the expense of other storylines.
But their characteristic entrance music and the black and white that was their trademark will never be forgotten.
1. The Four Horsemen
Without the Four Horsemen, there would be no NWO, no DX or no Evolution.
They were the original stable and they made a living out of making their opponents look good.
Originally founded in the NWA, there have been many incarnations over the years in WCW and, more recently, TNA.
However, it was the original four founders who are looked back on as the true Horsemen.
Ric Flair, Arn and Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard made a huge breakthrough in the business and will always be remembered as they were together.
Many fantastic wrestlers over the years can claim to have been Horsemen including Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Curt Hennig and Sting.
It is a group that has truly stood the test of time and it is the model of all other professional wrestling stables.
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