New Column: More Than A Place To Keep A Bunch Of Fly-Infested Horses

A quick look at stables.


  1. MikeCheyne says:

    I like the idea of the managerial stable (which are almost always heels) because it is such a simple way to advance numerous storylines:

    -heel turn–Face X signs up with Big Bad Manager
    -face turn–Client X is sick of Big Bad Manager’s shit, so he beats him up (you can shake it up and have Big Bad Manager turn on his client)
    -title shots–Big Bad Manager stroke and can get his clients title shots, which explains why they’re in the title picture but also shows the allure

    This is such a simple thing that was done for years–maybe it’s too simple now. Like almost all of Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart’s wrestlers went through the heel turn/face turn bit; it’s a very simple way to shake up matchups too (Wrestlers X and Y have always been part of the stable, but now one turned on the other).

    The problem of course is the lack of managers. I always thought the Miz might work as a quasi-manager of a “Hollywood” stable–call up Tyler Breeze, have him “makeover” a few guys like Slater or Maddox, have them win tag or IC or whatever, and go with it. Stables are also a good place to put more peripheral wrestlers–David Otunga is the perfect guy in some sort of corporate heel stable; he can get physical, job, or be hidden in tag matches, but this ensures we don’t see him wrestle boring singles stuff.

  2. MrHashasheen says:

    Could have done with discussing the Japanese model a little bit, where stables are bit like training camps. I think that’s an element missing from American wrestling a little, formal affiliations that don’t necessarily require always fighting with each other or against each other.