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Top 10 Wrestling Stables: Countdown Part Two

February 13th, 2014 at 1:55 PM
By Peter Schifani

Now we move ahead on our countdown of the top 10 wrestling stables with the next three groups, numbers seven, six and five. Again we remind you that we did not include any three man groups in this countdown, only those with four or more. In case you missed part one you may read it here.

Number Seven: Main Event Mafia

The original version of this group lead by Kurt Angle, along with Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Booker T with Sharmell is what we will focus on. The group formed in 2008 in TNA wrestling due to these veteran former World Champions feeling as if they had been disrespected by younger talent, namely AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Christian Cage (among others.) Both Sting and Kurt Angle would hold the TNA World Heavyweight Championship during the group's reign, Booker T would introduce the Legends Championship, which Nash would go on to hold as well, and the TNA World Tag-Team Championship would go to the combo of Booker T and Scott Steiner. There feud with the TNA Frontline, as the group of younger talent would be known as, would go throughout 2008 and 2009. Then they would go on to form an alliance with the World Elite group (Eric Young, Douglas Williams, Magnus, Rob Terry and more) but that alliance was short lived and World Elite members capturing titles away from members of the MEM. Sting did have a leadership role during the middle of the group's overall life span, but Kurt Angle would win that role back becoming the group's "godfather." In the end Angle acknowledged the hard work of wrestlers like AJ Styles and the group was dissolved in late 2009.

Number Six: Radicalz

Just months before WWE bought WCW, four "free agent" wrestlers made there way from down south to appear in the audience of Monday Night Raw on January 31, 2000. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko were guests of Mick Foley at the time, and went on to attack the New Age Outlaws after Road Dogg Jesse James was thrown over the barrier onto the group and he went after Benoit when he regained his footing. Dean Malenko would win the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship which infuriated Benoit who was vying to win a singles championship since being denied the WCW World Championship before he left that organization. Eventually Benoit went on to be forced from the group when Benoit was battling Kurt Angle, and Eddie Guerrero briefly became the group's leader. Eddie Guerrero would also turn "face", as Benoit had, and Malenko retired to become a road agent for WWE since 2001, with Saturn being released in 2002. While they did not remain together for long there impact still lingers today among the fans who fondly remember Eddie and Chris's championship reigns at 'WrestleMania' XX.

Number Five: (New) Hart Foundation

In 1997, Bret Hart would become a "heel" once again after his tremendous match with Stonecold Steve Austin at "WrestleMania" 13. Bret Hart was upset over the fans siding with Austin and America since Hart was from Canada, so the group would go on show there Canadian pride throughout there run in WWF. Bret's brother Owen, former tag-team partner Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, brother-in-law "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith and Brian Pillman rounded out the stable. During there time together they held all of the titles in WWF at the time, with Bret being WWF Champion chief among them. Prior to Bret leaving WWF for WCW, he dropped the championship to Shawn Michaels at 'Survivor Series' in what everyone knows as the "Montreal Screwjob." Neidhart and Smith joined him, leaving Owen the lone remaining member in WWF since Pillman had died in October of 1997 of an undetected heart condition.

Well now we have looked at more than half of our top 10 wrestling stables with numbers four, three and two coming in part three next week and finally part four for the number one group the week after that. Please feel free to comment and debate us on the list contents so far, and feel free to speculate who will make those final four.

Tags: AJ Styles, Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero, face, heel, Kurt Angle, Sting, Tag-Team, TNA, World Heavyweight Championship, Wrestling, WWE

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