The Shield is a top five stable? In the entire history of professional wrestling? No way. There's definitely at least five that could all outdo the Shield. The Four Horsemen, the Fabulous Freebirds, the Von Erichs, the Hart Foundation, Bullet Club, the original nWo trio, the Dudley Boyz in ECW, Team Uppercut & the Colony in CHIKARA, etc.
Maybe if you're talking specifically about WWE, then they could end up as a top five stable, but that would have to overlook some of the all-time greatest stables in professional wrestling history.
First sensible post in this thread. Either that or people are 15-20 years old.
Firstly, if a 3 person team is a stable, which it is, then the Dudleys, the Hardys and Lita are both above the Shield. They did for this organization what few others can do. Then come to the other greats like The Hart Foundation, The Von Erichs, NOD, The Corporation, The Heenan Family, Ministry of Darkness, and The Fabulous Freebirds. Mr Fuji ran a strong stable for a short while while Yokozuna was feuding The Undertaker, but maybe Shield pips them for longevity. The top Three are without a doubt The Four Horsemen, DX, and nWo.
The Corporation had the three McMahons, evil as ever. It had Test, Patterson and Brisco, The Big Bossman, Shamrock, and The Rock. Feuding against Mankind and Stone Cold. In the Attitude Era. How can you speak of The Shield in comparison?
Look, I love the Shield, but think big guys. As soon as Reigns wins the heavyweight title, they will split, if they haven't already. All the other stables above had world champions in their midst.