The Greatest Stable of All Time?
by, 01-12-2012 at 02:37 AM (6115 Views)
Hey guys Knox here. Despite seeing my favorite of all time Edge being announced as a 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee, I was even more excited to see the greatest stable of all time, The Four Horsemen be announced as an inductee as well. Yeah I said it, "Greatest Stable of All Time"
What made the Horsemen so great?:
This is an easy one. They had a real life persona about them. Everything about them was just plain real life. They really gave you an idea of what the road life was like. Parties, limousine riding, drinking and definitely the ladies. They were perfectly equipped with the perfect balance of stars.
Ric Flair was the leader and the main camera drawer. His name was in the lights. He had the girls and everything else as far as that stable went.
Arn Anderson was the "Enforcer". He was the muscle and in my opinion the better wrestler out of the group.
Tully Blanchard was the pure ladies man which to me is so real. Its always a ladies man in every click even in school.
They lived this life that was not only duplicated on screen but also behind the cameras. Lets not forget they had whom I consider the greatest manager of all time and that's J.J. Dillon.
You talk about a man that knows this business and that's J.J. Dillon. What made him perfect is because he knew how to draw heat just by telling the damn truth and telling these people how it is. He didn't play the typical annoying Bobby Heenan, Vickie Guerrero, Slick or Jimmy Hart type of heel.
Those managers above I mentioned were great but they also were annoying. They drew heat because they had over the top personalities that just made the crowd boo. I'm not saying that's a bad thing at all.
Now J.J. Dillon didn't have an annoying voice or wore loud flashy colors. He was a stright forward type of guy that made you hate him and his crew because they were everything you wanted to be. They lived a lifestyle that we could only wish we could live.
The Additions to the Horsemen:
This was a great addition in my opinion. I feel like he had that cowboy mentality and persona that fitted in perfectly with the group. He definitely in my opinion just defines old school wrestling. I hope he's doing ok with his personal problems today.
I never thought he fit well with the group but I've always been a huge Luger guy. He has the persona of a heel but he played the babyface role for the majority of his career and actually played it well. There was so many reasons to hate Luger but he always kept his spot for good reason.
Steve "Mongo" McMichael:
This by far was the best addition the group ever made in my opinion. McMichael was an all out natural in this business even after being a successful NFL player. He had that natural swagger of a wrestler and did it better than alot of the seasoned wrestlers. He was a bit green but his charisma and mic skills could light up any room. One of my all time favorites.
I know I missed out on alot of guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko and others but honestly I didn't enjoy the Horsemen too much when they were involved.
Why the nWo isn't the greatest stable of all time?
Simple and plain, bad booking, too many egos and too many people. That's it in a nutshell right there. Classic Russo at his best.
I can write a book on why I hated the nWo so much. To be honest, I'd prefer the Nexus over the nWo any day guys. Hogan was the leader, yet Nash was just a pure manipulator in the back and wanted to be the leader as well.
Too many things went wrong with this stable. Scott Hall could never get his act together and definitely failed miserably as the 3rd man behind Hogan & Nash. Aww man don't get me started on the booking.
They debuted as the nWo by taking out Randy Savage and spray painting him and such. Out of nowhere he joins the stable? Then they were adding random individuals like Buff Bagwell, Rick Rude, Curt Hennig, Scott Norton. It was too much. Hogan & The Giant (Big Show) were brutal rivals and next thing you know the Giant's in the nWo as well.
The writing was just played. They did the same thing every single show which was interfering in every main event and ending the show in chaos. It got so old at an alarming rate.
Probably the biggest joke ever is when this stable split and up and formed "nWo Hollywood" and "nWo Wolfpack". I could not believe this mess when I saw it happen. The Wolfpack members were cool but it just ended up being a joke.
We still today see Russo's classic played out stable writing in TNA with Immortal and a couple years back with the Mainevent Mafia. I love TNA but Russo destroys is with all his nWo spin offs and the same huge stable interference in every mainevent.
Should Lex Luger be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Horsemen?
You damn right he should. Luger was there for a good part of the Horsemen. Luger had a great enough career to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on his own but I still feel he should be with the Horsemen on that stage in Miami on March 31, 2012.
Luger has indeed burned some bridges with the WWE that's for sure. I mean he turned his back on the company back in the day for WCW. But the fact of the matter is he is currently employed with the WWE with the Wellness Policy and to me it would be a slap in the face to him to not have him on that stage.
This will be an everlasting debate for a long time. nWo or the Horsemen. You guys just read my opinion and I'm sticking to it. The Horsemen were classic and defined what it was to be a wrestler going from territory to territory. They branched off and added new members but made sure they didn't make it an absolute wrecking machine like the nWo whom damn near had 20 members.
Thanks guys for reading and I can only hope you guys agree with me. I had so much fun writing this. Thanks guys and please leave feedback. We can debate till the wheels fall off. The Horsemen for life.