Stables are one of the foundations of professional wrestling. Formed by groups of wrestlers gathered together to advance a shared interest, stables make creating feuds, writing storylines, and elevating talent easier on a large scale. It also helps to disguise weaknesses in a wrestler that can be compensated for by other, stronger members, and provides a place for inexperienced wrestlers to learn in close proximity to established stars. When done properly, as in these examples, the best factions have created some of wrestling’s biggest stars, influenced the direction of wrestling companies, and even changed the industry itself.
12. The Corporation
One day, Vince McMahon realized that he had a problem. He really, really hated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, but as a fairly old man who had no wrestling training, it was essentially impossible for him to defeat Austin physically on his own. Fortunately, Vince also had a lot of money, and a bunch of wrestlers more than willing to take on the abrasive Austin, so he assembled a Corporation full of some of the baddest heels in the company, all with the goal of screwing with Austin, and any other babyfaces that got in their path. At times, the stable contained some of the biggest stars in the company during the Attitude Era, including The Rock, Triple H, Chyna, Kane, The Big Show, Test, and Ken Shamrock. Oh, and the Big Boss Man was there, too. Unfortunately, they never really succeeded at keeping Austin down, because he was awesome, and eventually they morphed into the darker (and far sillier) Corporate Ministry, a move which also led to significant turnover within the ranks and saw The Rock finally make his long-awaited face turn, becoming the People’s Champion in more than just name.