Sports entertainers known best for their time in tag teams would probably agree that in professional wrestling, two is better than one. Add any more members than that, and it almost feels like cheating. Of course, that’s often the entire point of a stable, a group of three or more grapplers working together for a unified goal. Or at least that’s the point, as there have also been plenty of stables in WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA or elsewhere that didn’t accomplish all that much, and lack of definition was generally the reason for their failure.
When done correctly, a stable can make the career of every member that joins, at least for a short while. That said, name recognition alone is not always enough to turn a jobber into a superstar. Take for example something that happened with a few of The Four Horsemen, the group responsible for the term stable. We aren’t going to tell you which members prove that point, though, because this time around, it might be more fun to see if you can do that yourself. To someone new to the sport, these are pictures of random wrestlers, but an expert will know the real story. Test your knowledge with this quiz on what these famous wrestling stables were named.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton, Kane, et al
Active: 2013-2016 Goal: Keeping the McMahon family in control of sports entertainment. Regardless of what era of wrestling one is talking about, the name at the peak of the industry was usually McMahon. Be it Vince, Sr.’s silent control of the World Wide Wrestling Federation, Vince, Jr. taking over the world entirely, or Shane and Stephanie keeping that dominance going today, there’s no slowing down wrestling’s greatest empire. Of course, they always had plenty of help along the way, most recently this collection of established stars.
Konnan, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Billy Kidman, Torrie Wilson, et al
Active: 1999-2001 Goal: Having fun together both on and off camera. One of the biggest complaints levied against WCW from the day they were created was that many of the company’s biggest ideas seemed shockingly similar to what WWE was doing at the time. This particular group was kind of a mishmash of several popular stables kicking around in WWE at the time, combining Team Extreme's high flying, innovative work inside with the crazy antics of D-Generation X. Add some focus on Eddie Guerrero's penchant for lying, cheating, and stealing, and WCW might have been on to something.
Mr. Yamaguchi-san, Sho Funaki, Dick Togo, MEN’s Teioh, et al
Active: 1994-2001 Goal: Celebrating Japanese culture and being EEEVIL. Certain stables are meant to be jokes from the word go, and that was certainly the case when this foreign stable from Japan made their way to the WWE Universe. Most fans are probably more familiar of the group in their later incarnation as a tag team, and for good reason—their accomplishments as a larger unit were far more dubious. Yet again, all they wanted to do was spread pure EEEEEVIL.
Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Syxx, et al
Active: 1996-2002 Goal: A complete takeover of the professional wrestling industry. It was the most shocking moment in wrestling, and it nearly caused Vince McMahon to lose his empire. Hulk Hogan turning his back on the fans to join Kevin Nash and Scott Hall is the sort of inspired move that can only happen once in a lifetime, and the results were appropriately game changing for the Monday Night Wars. Suddenly, WCW was the hottest show around, and it looked like Hollywood’s gang of thieves might even achieve their goal.
Mankind, The Big Show, Test, Ken Shamrock
Active: 1998-1999 Goal: Demanding respect from Vince McMahon and his cronies. Given that roll call, most fans would probably give this collection of wrestlers all the respect in the world whether they were forceful about demanding it or not. In addition to two WWE Champions, there was also the World’s Most Dangerous Man and, well, Test. Despite their collective pedigree, this stable barely managed to make an impact, yet alone do much to catch the McMahon family’s attention. The fact they barely lasted a few months was probably responsible.
Vince McMahon, The Rock, Shane McMahon, et al
Active: 1998-1999 Goal: Showing off the extent of Vince McMahon’s power over the WWE Universe. Employees of World Wrestling Entertainment already have no chance in hell when they dare cross Vince McMahon, so imagine how hard tough things could get for them if he built an army if supporters. That’s exactly what happened at the height of the Attitude Era, when it seemed like wrestlers were either with the McMahon family trust or against them. There were pros and cons to both sides, as win or lose, being near McMahon meant lots of screen time.
Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart, Brian Pillman
Active: 1997 Goal: Bringing Bret Hart and Canadian wrestlers back to the top of WWE. Enough was enough and it was time for a chance. Bret Hart knew this best of all, and that’s why he told his brother Owen and brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith to stop the fighting and start working together for a greater goal once again. Throw in their other brother-in-law Jim Neidhart and family friend Brian Pillman and they made a serious force to be reckoned with.
Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, et al
Active: 2001 Goal: Destroying WWE in the name of WCW and ECW Combining the forces of Vince McMahon’s biggest competitions, his children Shane and Stephanie looked to take over his wrestling empire. To accomplish this task, they also stole away his biggest stars, naming Steve Austin their figurehead leader. Ultimately, the combined forces still weren’t enough to defeat the almighty WWE Universe, and the group disbanded at Survivor Series after losing a winner takes all contest. And nothing of value was lost.
CM Punk, Serena, Luke Gallows, Joseph Mercury
Active: 2009-2010 Goal: Arguing that straight edge means they’re better than you. Look, no one is going to dispute this organization’s underlying belief that abstaining from drugs and alcohol can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Especially for a sports entertainer, treating one’s body like a temple can be highly beneficial to their continued existence at work and in general, and people suffering from addiction might be able to learn a thing or two from their promos. But, gee, did they have to be such jerks about it?
Big Stevie Cool, Da Blue Guy, Hollywood Nova
Active: 1996-1997; 2005 Goal: Painting the town of Philadelphia and then the WWE Universe their favorite color. Not every stable is looking to change the world. Some of them just want to dance, have a good time, and color the world in a more beautiful hue. With The Blue Meanie on board, it should be obvious which color these clowns considered the best, even if he was calling himself Da Blue Guy in a parody of “Da Bad Guy” Scott Hall at the time.
The Undertaker, Paul Bearer, The Acolytes, The Brood, Mideon, et al
Active: 1998-1999 Goal: Getting people to accept the Lord of Darkness as their savior. The Undertaker is the sort of figure who could easily inspire a cult to form around him, so if anything, the most shocking thing about this particular stable is how long it took for that to happen. From the Dead Man’s debut at Survivor Series 1990, his Creatures of the Night have been flocking to his side in and out of the ring. Of course, they were never as menacing as those who joined him when the heat was on.
Raven, Stevie Richards, The Blue Meanie, Kimona Wanalaya, et al
Active: 1995-1997 Goal: Worshipping and celebrating all things Raven. It takes an extremely self-obsessed individual to require a posse of whack jobs everywhere he goes, and Raven has just about made a career of doing just that. He’s created armies of fools in ECW, WCW, TNA, and various independent promotions, so to be clear, we’re talking about the very first group that started following him. His main cheerleader wasn’t the lovely Asian woman, but Stevie Richards, which might have been the source of his misery all along.
Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, et al
Active: 1985-1999 Goal: Representing the peak of excellence in professional wrestling. So famous the very concept of stables was birthed from their name, the loyal comrades of Nature Boy Ric Flair more than accomplished their goal of always being the best of the best in sports entertainment. Granted, not all members were as meaningful as the others, and joining this group alone couldn’t save a career—just ask Paul Roma. However, the good ones were amongst the best in the history of wrestling,
Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko
Active: 2000-2001 Goal: Getting a fair shake in WWE after being burned by WCW. One of the biggest mistakes WCW ever pulled was ignoring dozens of their most talented stars, and when four of them jumped ship at the same time, it was like a gold mine opening up for Vince McMahon. All four of these men would go on to a certain level of championship success after making the move, definitely improving upon their careers when working for Ted Turner.
Paul E. Dangerously, Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, et al
Active: 1987-1995 Goal: Destroying Sting’s Squadron and enhancing Paul E.’s ego. Every manager worth his name in ink has built a stable at some point in their career, and Paul Heyman was no different. In fact, back when he was calling himself Paul E. Dangerously, he did so wherever he went, meaning the AWA, NWA, WCW, and finally ECW. Most fans would likely agree it was actually the WCW incarnation that was best, largely due to the incredible War Games match that caused them to implode.
Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, A.J. Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, et al
Active: 2013-present Goal: Cashing checks and breaking necks. Japanese wrestling has always been called more serious, traditional, and for lack of a better term “old school” than the American counterpart. That said, the Land of the Rising Sun has seen as many stables as WWE or anywhere else, and yet none of them were quite like this particular group of stone cold villains. Taking the American mentality overseas, they interfered in matches to keep on another on top from their inception to the present.
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna, X-Pac, New Age Outlaws
Active: 1997-2010 Goal: Promoting chaos and generally acting like a bunch immature children. Initially, all they did was cause quite the ruckus. Thanks to how things have gone done in the WWE corporate structure, revisionist history is calling them one of the most important units in the history of sports entertainment. Though their impact on the Monday Night Wars may have been overstated to say the least, there’s no denying this group was one of the most popular of the Attitude Era in both forms.
Faarooq, Rocky Maivia, D’Lo Brown, Kama Mustafa, Mark Henry, et al
Active: 1996-1998 Goal: Getting more respect for black wrestlers. Fans have long debated whether or not there was a race problem within the WWE Universe, especially considered how long it took the company to name a black World Champion. This group indirectly led to said wrestler winning the gold, and have since become an important part of sports entertainment history for that reason. Even before The Rock took over, they may have been on their way there. It also didn’t help that their main rivals were pretty important to history, as well.
Terri Runnels, Ryan Shamrock, Jacqueline, Meat
Active: 1998-1999 Goal: Being mean to men and abusing their Meat. Being in a stable isn’t necessary a good move for a wrestler’s career, and all four of the people involved in this one didn’t much care for it. This probably has to due with the fact WWE’s unfortunate penchant for misogyny was kicked into high gear for their brief reign, the sole justification for most of their actions being that women are evil and unreliable. Then again, Shawn Stasiak may have seen some personal benefits to it al...
General E. Rection, G.I. Bro, Lt. Loco, Major Gunns, et al
Active: 2000-2001 Goal: Sex jokes? Maybe. Real goal is unconfirmed. On paper, this group could have pushed its members from their longstanding position in the midcard to the main event. Because Vince Russo was writing their actions, though, the real focus became turning all of their established characters into cheap puns on either military terms or slang words for penises. Unsurprisingly, this didn’t make them stars, and totally derailed the momentum of Booker T along the way by forcing him to change his name.
Ax, Smash, Crush
Active: 1987-2017 Goal: Winning WWE Tag Team Championships and being walking disasters. Here comes the Ax, and here comes the Smasher! (And when Ax couldn’t go, Crush got the job done faster). Only a stable in the most technical sense, this group started out as a tag team and was forced to branch outwardly when one of the older members was too broken down to keep the group together. He eventually returned, though, indeed making these brothers in paint worthy of this quiz.
JBL, Orlando Jordan, The Basham Brothers, Amy Weber
Active: 2004-2006 Goal: Putting business sense against all other interests. Mimicking the archetypal cliché of an oppressive conservative government was the perfect concept for JBL when he broke through as WWE Champion after years of being a mid level performer. Granted, his aides and assistants weren’t quite as impactful as Bradshaw himself, although this wasn’t exactly out of line with the political pun this group was based on. That said, they did all earn some gold while together, syphoning their leader’s fame.
The Taskmaster, Zodiac, Shark, Meng, et al
Active: 1995-1997 Goal: Aligning to end Hulkamania once and for all. Creepy, weird, and covered in seemingly random colors, this particular stable ultimately became one of the biggest jokes in WCW history. It would have been bad enough were these cartoon characters always relegated to the midcard, but they were supposed to be a pretty major deal, feuding with Hulk Hogan for nearly an entire year. The results were less than satisfactory, causing fans to seriously lose interest in the Hulkster and require a major change.
Steven Richards Ivory, The Goodfather, Bull Buchanan, Val Venis
Active: 2000-2001 Goal: Cleansing the WWE Universe of filth, violence, and naughty language. Sporting the most annoying entrance theme in WWE history, this group infuriated fans before they even stepped into the ring. Everything Richards and his cohorts said was just as irritating, telling fans they were horrible people for daring enjoy the sport he dedicated his life to. If there’s any upside, at least the RTC didn’t accomplish much, never winning more than the Tag Team and Women’s Championships.
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Big E
Active: 2014-present Goal: Having a good time and sharing laughs with the audience. Worried you’ll get this question wrong? Don’t be sour! Clap your hands and feel the power! Not too long ago, three once promising careers seemed to be on the downslide, and there was no upswing in sight. Pooling their resourcing together, these three wrestlers soon became such an incredible team they were setting WWE Tag Team Championship records, turning them into one of the most popular acts in the game today.
Mike Sanders, Chuck Palumbo, Sean O’Haire, Mark Jindrak, et al
Active: 2000-2001 Goal: Stepping out of the Power Plant and instantly making an impact. One of the more controversial elements seen in WCW was their alleged training ground the Power Plant. Few of the wrestlers to go through the system have many good things to say about it, and the lack of success in trainer DeWayne Bruce’s career speaks for itself as to why he may not have been suited for the role. This graduating class looked to shed that reputation, but WCW closed before they could do so.
Sasha Banks, Naomi, Tamina Snuka, et al
Active: 2015-2016 Goal: Supporting The Boss during the women’s wrestling revolution. When Stephanie McMahon made a call to arms for women in the WWE Universe to start acting revolutionary, just about every female in the promotion was ready to make an impact. Of course, a few personalities stood out as the strongest and thus became figurehead leaders, such as Sasha Banks getting the Anoa’i family cousins-in-law to serve as her generals in the war with Paige, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and The Bella Twins.
“Diamond” Dallas Page, Bam Bam Bigelow, Chris Kanyon
Active: 1999 Goal: Banding together in the name of their home state. Some stables get together for money, others try for power, and typically the least successful of them have minimal reason for pairing up in the first place. This group in particular mostly combined because they were all reasonably big stars with nothing else to do, and for the most part, they all suffered for it. Only “Diamond” Dallas Page really recovered, which may have been the point for DDMe.
Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Darren Young, et al
Active: 2010-2011 Goal: Dominating the next generation of World Wrestling Entertainment. Presumably agreeing with the complaints about WWE failing to make any new stars in the modern era, this group of rookies from NXT decided they were ready for the mainstream and they had no room for patience in taking it. Immediately upon their debut, the whole crew made a major impact by attacking John Cena, one of the last truly shocking moments to occur in the modern era of Monday Night Raw.
Sting, Scott Steiner, Booker T, Kevin Nash, et al
Active: 2008-2009; 2012-2013 Goal: Keeping the top stars of Total Non Stop Action in their position of power. There’s something to be said about consolidating power, and few groups had as strong a pedigree in this regard as the one pictured here. Granted, each wrestler found the peak of their success in either WCW or WWE, and this unit didn’t start wrecking havoc until they all arrived in Total Nonstop Action. If anything, the fact they still entertained in that company was just another sign of their greatness.
Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Héctor Garza, La Parka, Damien 666, et al
Active: 1998-1999 Goal: Taking over World Championship Wrestling in the name of Mexican wrestlers. For as much success as the concept had initially, critics eventually complained that WCW relied too heavily on stables and factions, and this group went a far way at causing those grievances. Essentially, the company looked at the nWo and decided to do the exact same thing with a few of their most popular and talented luchadores. Given their talent, could it have worked? Absolutely. Did it? Because of the booking, nope.
Shane Douglas, Chris Candido, Bam Bam Bigelow, Francine, et al
Active: 1995-2005 Goal: Proving that ECW’s violent atmosphere alone wouldn’t stop technical wrestlers from being the best in the business. Anyone who assumes this group was really about their stated goal should dig a little deeper for the truth. As with just about everything in Shane Douglas’s career, the real point was proving his superiority over Ric Flair. Instead of an army of horsemen, all Douglas needed was two great wrestlers backing him up, and they could take over the world in the name of extreme.
Alexandra York, Michael Wallstreet, Terrence Taylor, Richard Morton
Active: 1990-1992 Goal: Using advanced technology to dominate WCW. Brains versus brawn will be one of those debates that never really gets an answer. In certain situations, pure intelligence can definitely give a person an edge in any medium. That said, it could be possible that in pro wrestling and other physical sports, strength could indeed be more important. Don’t tell that to these brainiacs, though, or Alexandra will hit you with her oversized 1980s computer. Hopefully she won't break her glasses when doing so.
Nunzio, Tony Marinara, Johnny The Bull, Chuck Palumbo, et al
Active: 1996-2000; 2005 Goal: Telling all non-Italians that they need to fuhgetaboutit! Outside of their leader Little Guido, none of the original members of this group were actually Italian, and that was the entire joke. When they evolved from their ECW origins to a rebirth in the WWE Universe, however, Guido switched his name to Nunzio as more of his actual fellow Italians joined into the fray. Unfortunately, their success level remained relatively low, never achieving more than a few ECW Tag Team Championships.
Shane Helms, Evan Karagias, Shannon Moore
Active: 1999-2000 Goal: Becoming the best boy band in WCW. Female fans of pro wrestling during the Attitude Era couldn’t get them out of their hearts…or at least that was the point. None of these wrestlers should be too bummed it didn’t pan out that way, as a secondary point was making a hilarious joke of the boy band craze taking over America. Sadly, they never quite reached their potential because of the usual WCW pitfalls. At least we'll always have the music and the memories.
Ted DiBiase, Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, et al
Active: 1994-1996 Goal: Proving once again that everybody has a price. Ha ha ha ha ha! If everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man, imagine how much Ted DiBiase could get done by outsourcing some of his work. That was the point of this stable, another group based around achieve a manager’s interests above those of the individuals wrestlers he hired. While not particularly successful, this bunch of wrestlers was at least mighty menacing. And if nothing else, they almost certainly always traveled first class.
Captain Lou Albano, André The Giant, Masked Superstar, et al
Active: 1986-1987 Goal: Hiding their identities when “banned” from active competition. Once in a blue moon, a world famous pro wrestler needs to hide their fame for storyline purposes. In the case of André The Giant, this happened when he had to film The Princess Bride. Bobby Heenan protested that his then enemy was missing in action, so Jack Tunney suspended him as a result. Lo and behold, a few weeks later, Captain Lou Albano shows up with these guys…
Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, et al
Active: 2007-2011 Goal: Doing whatever it took to make Total Nonstop Action a more attractive place for its employees. Looking at the various members of this particular stable, one might say they accomplished their goal the second they started teaming together. Total Nonstop Action has been giving it their all with the Knockouts Division since it’s inception, as well, with these lovely ladies some of the most integral competitors in the brand—all three original members have been Knockouts Champion at least once, as have several future hangers on.
Kevin Sullivan, Rick Steiner, Mike Rotundo, et al
Active: 1987-1989; 2000 Goal: Telling wrestling fans amateur credentials were more important than anything else. The extent to which an amateur wrestling background will help a sports entertainers career will always be up to debate. Sure, knowing the fundamentals can absolutely help, but on the other hand, plenty of WWE superstars have become massive stars without ever grappling in the traditional sense. This selection of former collegiate athletes wanted to end the debate once and for all and prove just how important a strong background can be.
Paul Jones, Shaska Whatley, The Barbarian, The Warlord, et al
Active: 1982-1986 Goal: Keeping Paul Jones in power and taking down the Boogie Woogie Man. Unlike a Bobby “The Brain” Heenan or Jimmy Hart, the stable based around “Number One” Paul Jones doesn’t have the most enviable place in history. In fact, his band of freaks barely won any gold in the many years they were together, nor did they even challenge for it. Jimmy Valiant, who was also passed his prime as this stable existed, took up all of Jones’s attention, making most of what they did a total bust.
Bully Ray, Devon, D’Lo Brown, D.O.A., et al
Active: 2012-2013 Goal: Wrecking havoc in Total Nonstop Action while warring with Hulk Hogan. Plenty of WWE fans castigate TNA as feeling like a cheap imitation, and this far too long lived group mostly consisting of expats and also-rans really didn’t help that reputation. Just about everyone also feels the more this stable “accomplished,” the less bearable the storyline became, like an annoying card game you knew you were losing, but didn’t have the tenacity to simply end. Wait...does this mean TNA should have folded long ago? Hmmm...
Crush, Chainz, Skull, 8-Ball
Active: 1997-1999 Goal: Beating up rival gangs like bikers are wont to do. Without putting too much thought into the idea, bad ass bikers sound tailor-made for professional wrestling. More than a few main event worthy superstars have ridden hogs down the entrance ramp and earned great applause for it, so banding the riders together made perfect sense to combine their powers. Perhaps because of how horribly generic they all are, that’s not how it panned out for this group, which came and went without causing much of importance.
The Commandant, The Jackyl, Kurrgan, Sniper, Recon
Active: 1996-1999 Goal: Manipulating as many wrestlers into doing The Jackyl’s bidding as possible. Upon their debut, this particular group of allegedly South African grapplers offensively were based on the real life struggle that was Apartheid. Even Vince McMahon could realize that didn’t make much sense in sports entertainment in due time, so the Commandant was ousted by The Jackyl and the group became a more traditional sort based on increasing his power and spreading his influence. As it turned out, that wouldn't really happen until he found a different crew in ECW.
Bobby Heenan, André The Giant, Haku, The Brain Busters, et al
Active: 1974-1991 Goal: Increasing the power and reach of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Plenty of managers have formed stables simply by extended their spheres of influence, and as one of the best in the business, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan obviously understood this concept well. As such, Heenan had his group follow him wherever he went, from the AWA to WWE, making sure he had a strong defense system against the many babyfaces he ran afoul throughout his boisterous career—mostly meaning the Hulkster.
Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal
Active: 2012-2014 Goal: None that anyone can tell. In retrospect, all of the wrestlers involved in this particular group have vastly exceeded the expectations set for them when it formed. At the time, it looked like their pairing was due to their shared reputation as being sheer jokes, unlikely to find any future success in the business, or at least the WWE Universe. Nowadays, all they have in common is that Vince McMahon repeatedly underestimated them...unless they all suddenly start breaking through to the main event.
Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, Ric Flair
Active: 2003-2005; 2014 Goal: Proving they were a class above all other pro wrestlers. Mysteriously strong like the missing link in a certain theory expounded by Charles Darwin, the Four Horsemen successor led by Triple H was one of the most dominant groups of the past two decades. The true mark of success for a stable isn’t whether or not they support their leader properly, though, rather whether they can all remain stars after the group disbanded. It goes without saying this group did quite well for themselves.
José de Jesús Díaz Mendoza, his family
Active: 1960s-present Goal: Continuing the legend of the Mendoza family name. Plenty of wrestling dynasties like to keep their teams in the family, and the Mendozas were no different. For reasons that remain unclear, this particular group was significantly more successful in their native Mexico than when many crossed the border to compete in WCW. In fact, the Mendozas with the most exposure to mainstream America were basically enhancement talent for the cruiserweight division, but that hardly diminishes their true history.
Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Jimmy Garvin, Buddy Roberts
Active: 1979-1994 Goal: Oozing charisma and keeping the Von Erich family at bay. Pretty much wherever they went, Michael Hayes and company were stars upon arrival due to their leader’s incredible charisma. It never took them long to run afoul of the most popular stars in the promotion, however, and in Texas, that meant the Von Erich boys. While easily the most hated men in the Lone Star State, this group found second life in WCW as a tag team, winning a number of championships together.
Al Costello, Roy Heffernan, Don Kent, “Wild” Red Berry, et al
Active: 1957-1983 Goal: Spreading the message that Australians could waltz Matilda wherever they please. Regularly billed as champions upon arrival, this group of men from the land Down Under are the reason tag team wrestling is occasionally contested under “Australian rules.” Looking at how long they were in action, it’s probably no surprise the members switched up a few times over the years, and that’s whether or not you can recognize any of them. The most important part of their legacy wasn't the specific members though, but rather the famous name and gimmick.
Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, Krusher Khruschev
Active: 1984-1988 Goal: Bringing the dominance of Mother Russia to the NWA. In the 1960s, the idea of a Soviet takeover was fresh in the minds of just about every American. Whether these fears were valid or not remains up for debate, considering that not much has happened with the spread of Communism outside of pro wrestling. All that matters to other wrestlers is what happens in the squared circle, though, and with that in mind, the Koloff family and their fellow countrymen always posed a serious threat.