With the debut of the Shield at the Survivors Series, wrestling fans were treated with a very familiar thing in wrestling; a stable. Stables are a collection of superstars that operate together as a unit with a common goal or interests. In the case of the Shield, which consists of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns, they are a group that claims to be in the WWE to be a shield for justice.
The idea of a stable is a common one in wrestling and has created some of the most memorable and exciting moments in wrestling. Without further ado let’s look back at some of the most iconic and important stables in wrestling.
THE FOUR HORSEMAN
“Diamonds are forever and so are the Horseman.” In the 1980’s there was not a collective force in Wrestling that was more dominant than the Four Horseman. The Horseman, which consisted of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and their manager James J Dillon, were a dominant group of heels. The Horseman assembled out of mutual respect for all of them being the best at their craft and stayed together because they were the best. No one was better than the Horseman.
The New World Order
When two “outsiders” named Scott Hall and Kevin Nash invaded WCW in 1996 it was a big deal…..when Hulk Hogan joined them it became THE BIGGEST DEAL. The NWO was a collection of bad guys who were trying to take over WCW and reign in a “New World Order” Even though it failed years later due to everyone and their brother joining the NWO, the initial success of the NWO with just Nash, Hall, and Hogan revolutionized what a stable could be.
Immediately following the success of the NWO in WCW, the WWE needed to combat the successful stable with a successful stable of their own. Out of this D-Generation X was created. DX, which featured superstars Triple-H, Shawn Michaels, and Chyna, were a group of degenerates with no respect for authority. After Shawn left wrestling for four years with a back injury Triple-H enlisted X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) to keep the stable going. D-Generation X added a level of much needed attitude in wrestling that helped the WWE remain successful. And if you’re not down with that they got two words for ya; Suck It.
Started in 2003, Evolution controlled Monday Night Raw for roughly two years. Led by former D-Generation X leader, Triple-H, this collection of superstars was the finest example of Evolution in sports entertainment. It contained the past, Ric Flair, a former Horseman and record setting 16 time World Heavyweight Champion. It contained the present, Triple-H who is now a 13 time World Champion. It even contained the future in Randy Orton, a 9 time World Champion and Batista, a 6 time World Champion. This unit was downright impressive.
“You’re either Nexus or against us.” When the Nexus debuted in the summer of 2010 many wrestling fans were shocked at what was going on. A group of eight rookies came to the ring and completely tore it apart; LITERALLY. The group led by Wade Barrett, quickly went down to 7 as Daniel Bryan was fired (not storyline either, real life fired) for choking Justin Roberts with his tie during the original invasion because tie choking isn’t exactly PG. Either way this unit was a dominant force consisting of Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver, Justin Gabrial, Skip Sheffield, and Darren Young. Even though the group added new members and was eventually taken over by CM Punk, the original Nexus was it’s most dominant form.
As I look back at those stables I don’t know if the Shield can live up to the impact made by those other units but I sure hope they can because they have the talent and ability to do so.