Following TNA’s latest stable being formed through an alliance between MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King GiveMeSport takes a look back at some of the company’s most famous stables.
• Aces & Eights
A stable acting under the gimmick of an outlaw motorcycle club, the Aces and Eights took control of TNA last year when Bully Ray took the World Heavyweight Title from Jeff Hardy. He was joined in the stable by former two-time World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson, who would later become Ray’s Vice-President, as well as Devon, Garrett Bischoff, Knux, D’Lo Brow, D.O.C and Wes Brisco. The stable slowly deteriorated during the latter part of 2013, with Ray dropping the title to Chris Sabin, and then A.J. Styles after briefly winning it back. After turning face, Anderson defeated Ray to bring the Aces & Eights to an end.
• Fortune / Immortal
Some of the greatest years of TNA came in the early 2010’s when Fortune faced a battle for supremacy with Immortal. Fortune, originally consisting of leader Ric Flair, A.J. Styles, James Storm, Kazarian and Robert Roode – modelled after Flair’s former alliance, the Four Horsemen, teased a battle with the villainous stable originally consisting of Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Abyss, Jeff Hardy and Jeff Jarrett, before the two groups joined together, becoming collectively known as Immortal. The group was brought to an end when Eric Bischoff’s Lethal Lockdown team was beaten by his son Garrett Bischoff, and Kurt Angle lost to a now baby-face Jeff Hardy.
• Team Canada / American’s Most Wanted
These two nationality based stables gave birth to some of TNA’s biggest stars. Team Canada comprised the likes of Bobby Roode and Eric Young, two time NWA World Tag Team Champions, as well as Petey Williams and Johnny Devine. America’s Most Wanted partnered Chris Harris and James Storm, with Gail Kim acting as valet. Harris and Storm are credited with helping put the TNA tag team division of the map – winning six NWA World Tag Team Titles together.
• The Latin American Xchange
The Latin American Xchange (LAX) was a Hispanic stable consisting of Konnan, Hernandez, Homicide, Apolo, Machete, Hector Guerrero and Salinas. As members of the stable slowly departed, Homicide and Hernandez became a tag team, winning the World Tag Team Titles on three separate occasions. Homicide left TNA in 2010, while Hernandez also made his final appearance three years later.
• The Main Event Mafia
Possibly the most famous stable in TNA history, the group official debuted in 2008, when Kevin Nash, Booker T, Kurt Angle and Sting informed backstage interviewer Jeremy Borash that they were forming a group of legends known as The Main Event Mafia, with the goal of the stable to start a “war” against the younger talent to take what they deserved: respect. Scott Steiner was soon added to the group, and the Mafia began a feud with the TNA Frontline, which included the likes of A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, Robert Roode, James Storm and Eric Young.
The group enjoyed great success, and the following year at Slammiversary recruited Samoa Joe – who helped Kurt Angle win the King of the Mountain match and become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion for the fourth time, removing the title from Mick Foley who had defeated Sting at Lockdown. At Victory Road, Nash won the Legends Title from Styles and Booker and Steiner defeated Beer Money, Inc. for the World Tag Team Titles, meaning that the Mafia held three of the five major TNA titles. In August 2009, the Mafia joined with the World Elite to form a super faction. Samoa Joe then won the X Division Title – the Mafia’s fourth title – at Hard Justice, putting the stable in complete control.
However, the Mafia collapsed when Angle lost the World Title to Styles at No Surrender. The Mafia and the World Elite turned on each other, and Samoa Joe lost the X Division Title to Amazing Red. Nash lost the Legends Title to Eric Young and Bound for Glory, while at the same event Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus became the new World Tag Team Champions. Booker left the company and Angled admitted he had been wrong all along about TNA’s younger talent, turning face. When Steiner also left TNA in February 2010, the group officially came to an end.
In 2013, Sting and Kurt Angle reformed the Main Event Mafia to rival the Aces & Eights stable. Samoa Joe, Magnus and Rampage Jackson also joined the group, while Styles stood in for Angle during his enforced absence from the company between August and October. When Mr. Anderson defeated Bully Ray to officially bring the Aces & Eights to an end, Sting announced that the Mafia would be going their separate ways.
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