The early days of the Nation of Domination revolved around Faarooq, and their other members consisted of the late Crush and Savio Vega but it was really when The Rock, D’Lo Brown, Mark Henry and Kama. They even had Owen Hart in the group. This group was subject to racist storylines and they could have been a little too edgy for our modern times. The best thing to takeaway is how it propelled the career of The Rock, especially when he argued with Faarooq and took the reigns.
The stable that gave young parents nightmares when their kids would go to school and throw “Suck It!” signs all over the place. Originally the birth child of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Rick Rude and Chyna, DX became the biggest stable in WWE history after X-Pac and The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) joined. They feuded with The Nation of Domination, The Corporation and also had heel turns as well. Original members Triple H and Shawn Michaels resurrected the group just a few years ago.
What made The Alliance special was the combination of ECW legends mixed with superstars from WCW – a dream stable that was highly unlikely because of the hate between the two promotions when Eric Bischoff was in charge. They were a great heel promotion and gave the WWE a scare when they looked posed to take over the company. Even prominent WWE figure Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle entered the fold.
One of the most well-dressed, playboy-looking and Hollywood-type stables to ever grace wrestling, Evolution was made up of Triple H, the legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the juggernaut Batista and the young, rising Randy Orton. It was necessary for them to disband and make their run short and sweet – with the group turning on Orton when he won the WWE Championship and eventually Batista turning on the group. This was the time when Triple H mercilessly held onto the title, and that pissed off a lot of people.
Led by The Undertaker, The Ministry (of Darkness, in full) had some of the scariest wrestlers in WWE and they had their eerie moments that could have been too controversial for television – crucifying Stone Cold Steve Austin and almost doing the same to Stephanie McMahon. The group consisted of members like Mideon, Viscera, The Brood (Edge, Christian and Gangrel) as well as The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq). They later joined the Corporation to form The Corporate Ministry.
Vince McMahon had his own stable to dethrone Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley and D-Generation X – it was fitting, since he called it The Corporation. The list consisted of a who’s who in the wrestling world, with Vince’s son Shane McMahon also partaking, alongside members like The Rock, Big Bossman, Triple H, The Big Show, Kane and Shawn Michaels. Of course, nobody could forget The Mean Street Posses and “The Stooges,” Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson.
It was amazing that The Hart Foundation could enter places like Canada and The United Kingdom and be seen as beloved heroes, but when they entered the United States that were the most hated wrestlers on the planet. Bret Hart created a memorable stable, taking the name from his tag team with member Jim Neidhart and also having The British Bulldog, Owen Hart and Brian Pillman in the mix. Imagine being bowed down to one week and the next, you are spit on while walking to the ring. A great time for wrestling.
Seen as the stable that started it all, Ric Flair started this stable in 1986 with Arn and Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard. They were supposed to be heels however everyone secretly loved The Four Horsemen – they had charisma like no other, were some of the best wrestlers in the company and were the men to beat in order to get over. They were the real stars of The War Games match, but more often lost than won. In their 13-year history, they had members like Sid Vicious, Chris Benoit, Lex Luger, Sting, Dean Malenko, Brian Pillman and Curt Henning.
The original heel stable of the early days of WWE, “The Weasel,” as he was referred to by the likes of Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan created a group of the best heels in wrestling and called them The Heenan Family. They often feuded with Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior and if Heenan managed you, it was all in the family. Members include Andre The Giant, Haku, Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Harley Race and The Brain Busters (Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson).
Hands down, the most popular and important wrestling stable of all-time. When Hulk Hogan turned heel at WCW Bash at The Beach 1996, he appeared on Nitro the next night dressed in black with his friends, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash (The Outsiders) and they were about to unleash the most dangerous stable that was out to destroy WCW. The NWO even had their own pay-per-view, Souled Out, and sold more NWO t-shirts than one could imagine. Almost everybody joined the group at one point, and they even had a rival group made by Kevin Nash called the Wolfpack (Red and Black) – but looking back, it really was not on par even though they were over. Dusty Rhodes, Eric Bischoff, Macho Man Randy Savage, Scott Steiner, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, The Great Muta, The Giant (The Big Show) and Syxx (X-Pac) were just a few names that graced the group with their presence. This stable made a WWE run, with the three founding members included and also saw Booker T and Shawn Michaels join shortly after.
Since the rejuvenated Corporation with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon is taking center stage in WWE (alongside their henchmen, The Shield, a stable in itself) and TNA has been billing Aces & Eights for a while now, here is a good time to run down the list of memorable stables we saw in both WWE and WCW. Some were obviously left out, but these 10 stables were the most memorable – and dominant – of them all. Think we left one out? Let us know in the comment section.