So far in our first two parts of this month's countdown of the top 10 wrestling stables we have looked at numbers 10 through five, in part one the bottom three, and part two, the next three, now we move to the top tier stables. These groups had some of the greatest influences on pro wrestling as will our number one next week.
Number Four: Evolution
Triple H formed this faction in January, 2003 based upon the influence of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, who was part of the greatest group ever, and wanted to utilize "Evolution" as a means to elevate two young "lions" to super-stardom, which would wind up being Dave Bautista (Batista) and Randy Orton. Evolution, during late 2003, would have all four members holding championship gold as Triple H was the World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton the Intercontinental Champion and the combo of Batista and Flair holding the (Raw) World Tag-Team Championships. Triple H utilized the assistance of Evolution in his feud with former D-X member Shawn Michaels after Michaels had returned to in ring action after a several year hiatus. The crack that started the demise of the group was when Chris Benoit was the World Heavyweight Champion and Randy Orton defeated him for the title at 'SummerSlam' in 2004, becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion at that time. The following night on Raw was the infamous thumbs down during the celebration with Orton on Batista's shoulders, being unceremoniously dropped and given a beat down by the rest of the group. Triple H would go on to win back the World title from Orton only to later lose it to Batista after 'Royal Rumble' in 2005 since Batista stayed on the Raw brand, challenging and defeating Triple H for the World title at 'WrestleMania' 21.
Number Three: DeGeneration X
As we all know the original group was Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna, but after Michaels left WWE, Triple H recruited X-Pac (Sean Waltman) and eventually the New Age Outlaws ("Road Dogg" Jesse James and "Bad Ass" Billy Gunn) to round out the group. This incarnation was short lived, only about two years at the end of the 90's but there influence can still be felt today. Triple H would hold the Intercontinental Championship, X-Pac the European title, and the New Age Outlaws the WWE Tag-Team Championship during there run together. The group started out as heels, but became so popular with the WWE Universe that the becames faces and would feud with the Nation of Domination, then lead by The Rock, and eventually Mr. McMahon's "Corporation." The Corporation would be aided by Chyna defecting to there faction, and the commissioner, who was Shawn Michaels, as the group began to show signs of coming apart. Billy Gunn also left because he felt he was being "held back." Despite those loses the group morphed back to being heels when Triple H "married" Stephanie McMahon beginning the McMahon-Helmsley era. By late 2000 though the group broke up due to the lack of success of X-Pac and Road Dogg as a tag-team, plus Triple H was seeing much success in singles competition.
Number Two: nWo (New World Order)
Going back to mid-1996 after the contracts of Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) and Diesel (Kevin Nash) expired with WWE they began appearing on WCW Monday Nitro. As part of there storyline they would add a third member, who was yet to be revealed, as "The Outsiders" would battle Sting, Lex Luger and "Macho Man" Randy Savage at "Bash at the Beach" for "control" of WCW. That third man was Hulk Hogan, who turned on his "Hulkamaniacs" and declared he was done with all the charity events and such that he did for WCW. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan would lead the nWo against the powers of WCW, eventually winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and spray painting the nWo letters upon it, making it the "nWo" World title. Many wrestlers would go on to join the group, including Ted DiBiase as it's "financier", The Giant (Big Show), Brutus Beefcake, and so many more (too many to name all here). The biggest swerve as part of the whole storyline was that announcer Eric Bischoff, who had been power-bombed through the stage by Hall at "Bash at the Beach" during the group's formation was actually the man who orchestrated the whole thing. The nWo even broke into two groups, with the nWo "wolfpack" being lead by Kevin Nash, and instead of the trademark black and white colors, they went with red and black. This was by far the greatest storyline in pro wrestling turning Hulk Hogan into a villainous heel and splitting the WCW roster into two large factions continuously vying for control and titles, throughout the rest of the 90's, until WCW was eventually bought by WWE in 2000.
Now we have counted up from our number 10 wrestling stable all the way to number two. That means we leave only one for the top spot, and there own separate article to describe them. If you haven't figured it out by now it should be fairly easy to tell which faction that will be…the one that spawned all the rest. Hold up four fingers on one hand and you will know what we mean.
- Top 10 Wrestling Stables: Countdown Part Two
- Top 10 Wrestling Stables: Countdown Part One
- Top 10 Wrestling Promotions: Countdown Part One
- Top 10 Wrestling Promotions: Countdown Part Three
- Top 10 Wrestling Promotions: Countdown Part Four, Who’s Number One?
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