As New Day close in on WWE record…are the legendary trio the greatest stable of all time?

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THE NEW DAY are closing in on another WWE record as they reach their sixth birthday as a group.

The legendary trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are already one of the most decorated teams in the history of Vince McMahon’s company.

The New Day are approaching six years together in WWE without breaking up
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The New Day already holds the record for the longest tag team championship reign in WWE history at 483 days.

They also boast the most reigns as SmackDown Tag Team Champions at six and are eight-time tag team champs overall.

As well as hosting WrestleMania 33, the New Day have been one of WWE’s top merchandise sellers since their formation on July 21, 2014.

In just three weeks, they will have stayed together six years, the longest tenure for a group without breaking up in WWE.

But where do the New Day rank in a list of greatest professional wrestling stables of all time.

With honourable mentions to the Heenan Family, the Hart Foundation, and the Nation of Domination, here are SunSport’s top-five of all-time.

Ultimately, we want everybody in New Day to hold the highest accolades in the company.


Kofi Kingston

THE NEW DAY

While they are not yet worthy of the greatest of all-time crown, the power of positivity has allowed Kingston, Big E, and Woods to deserve a spot on this list.

A rarity in modern wrestling, the New Day has survived numerous injuries, brand switches and social media to become a staple of WWE.

Through the entirety of their six-years together they have remained intact, including Kingston’s six-month reign as WWE champion.

In a recent interview with SunSport, Kofi confirmed that they never want to split up and all three members have ambitions to hold the top titles.

He said: “Ultimately, we want everybody in New Day to hold the highest accolades in the company.

“That’s really what the group is all about, it’s being able to push people to do their desires, their goals into the tip-top of the industry.”

Ric Flair and Triple H gave Randy Orton and Batista the platform to build Hall of Fame careers after Evolution
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EVOLUTION

The best wrestling stables help solidify main-event stars of the face of the business while boosting the careers of young talent.

No group exemplified that more than Evolution, who were one of the WWE’s dominant factions during the 2000s.

The group, which included Ric Flair, was inspired by another of the Nature Boy’s creations that also features on the list.

Yet the 71-year-old’s time in Evolution remains special for reinvigorating the 16-time champion’s career towards the end of his historic wrestling run.

Flair, who represented “the past”, was flanked by Triple H,  the “present” and then “future” stars Randy Orton and Batista.

At its peak, Evolution held onto every male-based championship on RAW brand with Triple H as World Heavyweight Champ, Orton holding the Intercontinental title and Flair and Batista wearing Tag Team gold.

D-GENERATION X

Notable Members: Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna, Mike Tyson, X-Pac, New Age Outlaws

WWE’s response to WCW’s cool heels of the New World Order, DX has become the most popular and well-known stable in recent memory.

Utilising controversial pair in Shawn Michaels and Triple H (along with their associate Chyna), the group became the poster boys for the 90s Attitude Era in defying authority.

Following the arrivals of the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac, DX provided some of WWE’s best moments in the Monday Night Wars when they famously invaded WCW Nitro.

The faction, which was revitalised years later upon Michael’s return from injury, also boasted Evolution level of championship success with HBK as WWE champ and Triple H holding the Intercontinental title.

D-Generation X gained mainstream success for pushing the boundaries during WWE’s Attitude Era
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THE FOUR HORSEMEN

The blueprint that hundreds of wrestling stables, including Evolution, have attempted to replicate since it’s original 1985 inception.

The Four Horsemen are the group credited with popularising the concept of the heel faction.

The group consisted of multiple formations over 13 years between the NWA and WCW but all varations have been led by Ric Flair, who is normally always joined by Arn Anderson.

The Four Horsemen of the Nature Boy, Arn, Barry Windham and Tully Blanchard is widely accepted as the best version as all four men were accomplished technical wrestlers who held all the major NWA titles of the time at once.

The New World Order transformed wrestling’s biggest babyface into Hollywood Hulk Hogan

THE NEW WORLD ORDER

The stable that transformed the world of professional wrestling forever, the nWo drove WWE to the brink of bankruptcy.

After WCW snatched Scott Hall and Kevin Nash from Vince McMahon, the duo played a major part in Eric Bischoff reigning atop the TV ratings for 84 consecutive weeks from 1996 to 1998.

Yet it was the infamous “Third Man” reveal of Hulk Hogan that became the most shocking heel turn in wrestling history.


The group helped shape the cultural peak of professional wrestling in North America and the nWo was responsible for the greatest heights of WCW.

Unfortunately, the promotion’s over-reliance on the faction would ultimately play a part in the company’s own demise.

But it did allow Hogan to wind up back at WWE for that WrestleMania 18 icon match against the Rock.

 

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