Following this year’s Survivor Series PPV it would seem that a new stable has been born and is enjoying a successful genesis on WWE television. If rumours are to be believed then the trio of NXT ‘rookies’ consisting of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns will form a new faction under the leadership of CM Punk and Paul Heyman – an exciting prospect if the angle and the group are handled correctly. With sufficient build up this could lead to big things for the likes of Rollins who would likely be the breakaway star of the group and ultimately feud with Punk somewhere down the line. But for now all we can do is speculate on where this all is leading. To celebrate the most exciting stable in recent memory as well as the release of the NWO DVD we take a look at some of the best – and worst – stables in wrestling’s long history.
1. The Four Horsemen
Perhaps the premier stable in the whole history of wrestling, The Four Horsemen ran roughshod over the NWA and WCW for years. Usually consisting of ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair and ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson alongside a who’s who of wrestling the group originally formed back in January of 1986 as a dastardly heel group battling the likes of Dusty Rhodes, The Road Warriors and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and often served as bodyguards for Flair who was NWA World Heavyweight Champion at the time. Over the years the group were used as a way to get over top names who would join the stable only to split and feud with them over several high profile PPV matches.
A version of The Horsemen would eventually go on to feud (albeit briefly) with the New World Order when they attempted to take over WCW. The final incarnation of The Four Horsemen was in 1999 and they wouldn’t reunite until they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Most Notable Members: Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, Barry Windham, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard
Good, Bad or Ugly? Very good
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This article was first posted on November 24, 2012