The drama in the wrestling business tends to be stronger than any other sporting field. We frequently read stories about various talents having issues with each other due to silly reasoning most of the time. It’s often more high profile when it comes to the guys, given how many male wrestlers on the roster have to share the same locker room and work with so many different opponents over time. However, the opposite sex can also have their issues. Female wrestlers in wrestling having fewer members on the roster meaning tensions can easily rise with the competition being closer between them all vying for the few noteworthy spots.
WWE, TNA and any other promotion to have a deep roster of women’s wrestlers have seen the talent get as petty as the men. That has given us plenty of backstage rivalries through the years. Most of them don’t make their way on the screen however. The juicy stories go down behind the scenes, but get leaked from sources backstage or the talent themselves in shoot interviews. We’ll look at the most fascinating issues to go down between some of the best female performers in the business. These are fifteen pairs of women’s wrestlers who hated each other behind the scenes.
15. Sunny and Sable
The first big stars in the WWE to usher in the era of “Divas” were Sunny and Sable. Diva could be used as a branding term or as a reference to their backstage attitudes. Both women were stunning and hugely popular with the fans. Sunny and Sable competed for the spot as the top female in the WWE for quite some time.
Sable eventually won out with the opportunity to pose in Playboy and hold the WWE Women’s Championship. Sunny’s career in the WWE faded out with her leaving to work for ECW and later WCW. Sunny’s various shoot interviews over the years have featured her trashing Sable constantly. Everyone with first-hand experience working with them admits the two Divas got into backstage bickering battles constantly. Sable has refrained from participating in tell-all interviews, but all the evidence points to her hating Sunny as much as Sunny hates her.
14. Dana Brooke and Lana
A recent instance of drama between women on the WWE roster featured Lana getting frustrated with Dana Brooke. The two apparently worked together training at the Performance Center as Lana hoped to move into a role as a full-time in-ring wrestler. On Total Divas, Lana accused Brooke of stealing a move she worked on in training. The cartwheel splash was planned to be Lana’s finishing move until she saw Dana start using it on Raw.
Lana went off backstage, ranting to Natalya about Brooke stealing her idea. Total Divas is scripted most of the time, but Dana isn’t part of the show and played no other role in the story other than being referenced. Brooke ranted on social media saying:
— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) November 25, 2016
The Raw locker room is home to two women that clearly can’t stand each other due to a single wrestling move.
13. Chyna and Stephanie McMahon
The love triangle between Triple H, Chyna and Stephanie McMahon changed the lives of all three people. Triple H and Chyna were an item for many years until he started a storyline on television where he married Stephanie. The on-screen story started to become real-life as Triple H left Chyna for Stephanie. Not only did Chyna lose her man, but the WWE stopped negotiating her contract, essentially firing her in fear of drama backstage.
Before her recent passing, Chyna spoke out against both Triple H and Stephanie for many years with the implication that they started her downward spiral after the heart break. Stephanie tried to come off as the bigger woman by never addressing Chyna directly. However, the WWE never reached out to bring Chyna back into the company despite her legacy as a major legend and pioneer. Stephanie’s feelings towards Chyna were likely a major reason for that.
12. Francine and Dawn Marie
ECW didn’t have a women’s wrestling division, but they did have a few female performers on the roster. The ladies were typically used as managers rocking scantily clad outfits and battling it out in cat fights. Two of the few female performers to last many years in the company were Francine and Dawn Marie. Francine was the manager of Shane Douglas for most of her career and Dawn is remembered for managing The Impact Players tag team.
Considering both women were arguably the only popular female stars in the company, they started to battle for the top spot. Francine and Dawn had arguments during their time working together and clearly didn’t get along. Each lady has insulted the other in shoot interviews following the ECW run. There was almost a fight at ECW’s One Night Stand reunion PPV when Dawn felt disrespected by Francine refusing to greet her.
11. Awesome Kong and Reby Sky
The TNA locker room is always viewed as being up and down. TNA tends to have uncertainty surrounding it at all times and it puts people on edge. A backstage incident in the women’s locker room saw the hatred between Awesome Kong and Reby Sky come to a head. Kong insulted Sky before they both worked in TNA via a shoot interview, claiming Sky was disrespectful.
Reby responded with more insults online, implying allegations of Kong having an addiction to drugs. This all led to the TNA fight with Kong going after Sky and allegedly throwing her around. Some stories claim that Reby’s infant son Maxel was in the room when it happened. TNA let Kong go and continued to employ Sky as part of Matt Hardy’s storylines. The two clearly can’t coexist in the same locker room ever again.