The professional wrestling industry in the US has changed over the years, for the better in some ways, but for the worse in others. One such way that it has changed for the worse, at least in my opinion, is in the disappearance of the stable. Traditionally, a stable consists of three or more members, but when I think of the term stable, I think of groups with four or more members, with the leader being a main eventer, and his followers being a mid-carder and a tag team, with a women’s competitor sometimes thrown in for good measure, so for this article, I will focus on the 4+ member stable.
In the US, the wrestling landscape used to be filled with 4+ member stables, like the Four Horsemen, the Hart Foundation, the Von Erich family, the New World Order, Evolution, The Dudley Boys (ECW), and D-Generation X just to name a few. Practically every promotion had at least one long-term stable. Nowadays, smaller indie promotions have them, but the three major US-based promotions, namely WWE, ROH, and GFW (Formerly TNA), have only two stables between them, the Bullet Club and Sanity, if you consider NXT part of WWE. With longevity in mind, that goes down to one, since 2017 has killed off some tag teams already. The Bullet Club will stay, but Sanity may not. If you go by the traditional 3+ man definition, there are more, but even then, the number is notably lower than you would have seen in, for instance, the 1980s. Additionally, stables formed now generally don’t have anywhere near the longevity of older stables. Exactly why this has changed is above my paygrade. This makes me think, though, if 2017 WWE was more like the 1980s, what stables could we see?