The WWE wrestlers might be portrayed as enemies on screen with the “faces” always having problems against the “heels”, but in reality, almost everyone is friends with each other in the locker room area. While they might be the worst of enemies on-screen and be entangled in a heated rivalry, those wrestlers actually tend to become best of friends in real life and get along really well in the back.
While the reputation of the locker room has improved over the years and with most of the wrestler’s friends with one another in the backstage area. But there are certain individuals who are not really liked by their peers, as their arrogance and role they play in the company is something for which much of the locker room despises them for. There are wrestlers who are loved by the entire locker room because of their ability to blend in and enjoy with anyone in the back, but there are individuals who many do not like at all.
There is a wide range of personnel in the WWE right now with some, in particular, being loved and some being hated in the locker room, as we take a look at the 10 WWE Wrestlers Who Are Loved and 10 Who are Hated In the Locker Room.
20. Loved: R-Truth
R-Truth may be entering his final days as a professional wrestler, but he has always remained as an entertaining, lovable guy in real life. Quite like his hilarious, likeable in-ring attitude, Truth is also a darling in the locker room and is loved by everyone for being such an amazing guy despite his age and experience. Truth is this fun-loving guy who loves to hang out with his colleagues after the shows are over and everyone respects him because of how nicely he treats everyone and is the complete entertainment package in real life as well. A video of everyone in the locker room celebrating his 44th birthday was posted on the internet a few years ago, as it showed just how much everyone loves Truth including Vince McMahon himself, and it’s because of how much of a fun-loving, good-natured fellow he is in reality.
19. Hated: Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella has had quite the rise to fame in the past few years, with the Bella twin gaining a lot of popularity in the recent years due to “Total Divas”. But despite being having her popularity, Nikki also has her share of haters not only amongst the WWE fans but also in the locker room where many don’t like the way she rose to fame. Also, her association with the Golden Boy of the WWE in John Cena is something many in the locker room do not like, as they think she used Cena as a stepping-stone in her WWE career. This came under fire during Nikki and Cena’s feud with The Miz and Maryse when the latter parodied Cena and Nikki’s relationship and said a lot of ugly words about Nikki’s rise. It seems like that can be something which is believed in the locker room, where Nikki is disliked because of how she got to the top in the WWE.
18. Loved: Nia Jax
Nia Jax is definitely not like most girls, and on WWE TV she isn’t liked by anyone because of that and is built like this destructive monster heel who needs nobody’s help. Despite being a loner in the WWE, Nia Jax is one of the more friendly members of the WWE Locker room where she has grown as a very popular figure ever since a debut in the past few months. Jax is a really fun-loving girl who loves to hang around with her fellow ladies and is really good friends with most of the locker room because of her friendly and lovable attitude. She also got much praise and love from her colleagues after she slammed body-shamers in a social-media post showing her in a revealing dress, and despite looking like a loner in the WWE, Nia is actually a much-loved figure in the locker room right now.
17. Hated: Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal might be one of the surprising breakthrough superstars of Smackdown Live ever since being drafted to the blue brand, but he is disliked by many because of how he climbed the ladder so quickly. Mahal even got a WWE Title opportunity against Randy Orton at Backlash, and he actually WON. It’s quite the climb for the Canadian-born Indian. Despite his push, not everyone believes that he got so buffed up that quickly because of his “training and hard work” and believe that he took steroids to attain this type of figure. He is probably hated amongst his peers because of his dubious methods of becoming this ripped which got him the big push, and you can’t really expect anyone to like the guy if he truly did steroids and took the ugly way to attaining this fame.
16. Loved: Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho had one of his best stints in the WWE before signing off to his personal ventures recently, but Y2J has over the years become a highly respected and loved member of the locker room. Jericho has become not only a smarter wrestler but also a great mentor for the new-comers in the company in his recent stint, as he’s much loved because of how good a person he is in the locker room area. Jericho not only produced one of his most entertaining stuff in his recent stint with the WWE but was loved by his colleagues because of some heroic incidents. Jericho helped to end his match with Neville where the latter suffered a terrible injury and him standing up to Brock Lesnar after his SummerSlam match got him a lot of respect in the locker room, who also loved the Gift of Jericho behind the curtains.
15. Hated: Sin Cara
The character of Sin Cara has hardly been the success the company would’ve wanted it to be, as the character isn’t even portrayed by the man who created the gimmick. It’s actually Hunico who has been donning the mask ever since the original Sin Cara left the WWE; while he has been doing a good job entertaining audiences with his high-flying skills, he hardly has any respect in the locker room. Hunico has become a person nobody wants to stay associated with because of his controversial backstage incidents in the past year, where he had fights with Simon Gotch and even with Chris Jericho on a European Tour. WWE even thought of sending him to anger management classes and because of this, Sin Cara has become a disliked wrestler in the WWE.
14. Loved: AJ Styles
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles has had quite the amazing time so far in the WWE, as he was the best in the company in 2016 when he did some of his best work in his wrestling career. Styles was this egotistical heel who couldn’t care less for anyone after being drafted to Smackdown Live!, going on to win the WWE Championship and holding it for a long time. Despite being showcased as an arrogant heel, Styles is actually a much-loved figure in the WWE Locker Room because of how friendly and helpful he really is. Styles has blended into WWE perfectly and loves to hang out with his colleagues whenever possible, as his appearances on Xavier Woods’ Youtube Channel “UpUpDownDown” showed how much of a fun-loving guy he is and one can’t help but love the Phenomenal one, be it a co-worker or a fan.
13. Hated: Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke looked like a really promising heel on NXT but was pushed way too early to the main roster. She has been a face who has somehow managed to appear on WWE TV almost every week, which has kept some more deserving women out of the fray. Dana has had a lot of backstage heat from the locker room because of that, as some of the women think that Brooke is still very green to be ahead of them in the pecking order. She has been an ever-present face on Monday Night Raw when she doesn’t deserve to be.
12. Loved: Seth Rollins
“The Man” Seth Rollins has had quite the triumphant face turn ever since his return from injury, as he slayed the King at WrestleMania and is looking to get back into the main event. Despite being a face in the past year or so, Rollins was always remembered as the conniving heel as many thought someone like that can never have any friends in the back. But that isn’t true at all, as Rollins is one of the loved members in the WWE Locker Room right now. Despite his personal controversies, Rollins is an extremely friendly and cool guy in the locker room and seems to get along well with almost everyone. He is loved by everyone because of how fun-loving he is, as “The Man” is the kind of a person you cannot help but love in real life.
11. Hated: Baron Corbin
“The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin is someone who doesn’t really care for anybody and does not get along well with anyone else in the WWE, and it seems that he isn’t all that different in real life either. Corbin has often spoken about how he works best alone in the WWE, and apparently uses that ideology in the back as well. Corbin hasn’t really bonded with anyone in the WWE so far in his years at the company and is disliked by many of his colleagues for being such a mean individual who refuses to mingle in the locker room. He only likes to hang out with a couple of his old friends, and can never be seen with any of his colleagues. That kind of nature is hated in the locker room, as he strays far away from his colleagues mostly because of that reason.
10. Loved: Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman is on quite the rampage right now in the WWE, as the “Monster Among Men” has no allies on WWE TV because of his destructive nature. Despite being portrayed as this monster heel who decimates anyone who comes along his path, Strowman is actually an awesome guy in the locker room and loves to hang out with his colleagues whenever he can. He has a quirky sense of humor and loves to party hard with his co-wrestlers, which has made him such a beloved figure in the locker room ever since he began his rampage on Raw. Strowman might be this violent person in the ring, but he’s quite the friendly giant in real life and the range of non-kayfabe pictures of Braun show just how much of a fun-loving person he is in real life and that is why he’s one of the most beloved wrestlers in the locker room.
9. Hated: Sheamus
Sheamus has been a top WWE superstar for a long time now, as he was pushed from the get-go and despite not being in main-event feuds all the time, he’s been treated pretty well by the company. Sheamus also isn’t really liked by everyone in the back, as he has this bad reputation for being quite the loner or arrogant person who only likes to interact with specific people in the locker room. He’s also disliked by many in the locker room because of his terribly stiff style of wrestling, which has sparked criticism from many people. Sheamus has this terrible style of wrestling stiff and hard-hitting matches, which has often resulted in injuries to other wrestlers. Some even blame him playing a part in Daniel Bryan’s career ending injuries, as the Irish star is heavily disliked in the locker room and doesn’t do much good to change that.
8. Loved: Xavier Woods
Xavier Woods has been quite a cheerful part of the New Day for a long time now, and he has a lot of fans not only in the WWE Universe but also amongst his own colleagues in the locker room area. Woods has seemingly gone along with the members of the WWE Locker Room ever since he debuted, as he is this similar fun-loving, friendly person who really likes to hang around with his friends in the locker room. The Locker room’s love for him has increased ever since he started his hit Youtube gaming channel in “UpUpDownDown” where he invited many guests to showcase their non-kayfabe side for fans. Not only has the channel being a massive hit, but Xavier is also one of the Locker room’s beloved wrestlers who loves to have fun in the locker room area and keep everyone happy all the time.
7. Hated: Randy Orton
Randy Orton might have just lost his WWE title, but he’s looking to be in the best shape of his life right now ruling over Smackdown Live. Despite al that, he is still a person who is not liked at all in the back. Orton has had his issues in the locker room in the past, as he used his backstage influence very wrongly in the past. Orton got Mr. Kennedy fired from the WWE after complaining to Vince McMahon about him being “stiff”, while there have been numerous reports of him harassing WWE wrestlers in the locker room. That is why he’s remained as a despised individual in the locker room and doesn’t seem to have many friends in the back either because of that exact reason. Everyone hates him for how he uses his backstage influence wrongly, as they do not want to cross him and risk getting fired from the WWE.
6. Loved: Bayley
Bayley has to be one of the most adorable wrestlers to have embraced the WWE in the past decade or so, as she’s just so good as a face and her fun-loving nature makes it almost impossible to hate her. Bayley is not only a favorite amongst the fans but is also loved by her colleagues in the locker room, as the Huggable one’s delightful nature helps to lighten up the mood of anyone around her in the locker room. Bayley is an extremely friendly person in real life as pictures of her hanging out with wrestlers can be seen almost every other day, and her happy attitude makes people love her even more. The Huggable one is somebody who can lighten up the locker room on her own and is someone who is needed in the back for keeping a happy vibe in the area.
5. Hated: John Cena
John Cena has been “The Face that runs The Place” for a long time in the WWE, as the 16 time World Champion has worked his butt off to be where he is right now. But despite his admirable work for the company, Cena is still heavily disliked in the locker room because of his history with misuse of backstage influence and his arrogance in the locker room. Dean Ambrose spoke in an interview about how Cena would not change clothes or dress up in the same locker room as the others, and how he generally just doesn’t hang out with anybody else. His terrible attitude in the back makes him someone who is despised in the locker room, and while Cena might be a “veteran” in the WWE right, he hasn’t earned the respect of his colleagues over the years and is a heavily disliked individual amongst his peers.
4. Loved: Luke Harper
Luke Harper might be this crazy person who doesn’t really have many friends on the WWE shows because of his quirky behavior, but it’s quite the opposite in real life. Harper is a really nice person in real life, which is why he is loved in the locker room so much. Harper apparently loves to hang out with his colleagues in the back and has a delightful attitude because of which everyone loves him. Chris Jericho even posted a picture of the “Luke Harper Fan Club” members which show many WWE superstars wearing Luke Harper t-shirts and flexing along with the man himself. The crazy individual seems to be a lovely guy in the locker room and has a lot of fans because of that, as he’s actually a very sane person who has attained the love of his peers for being an awesome guy to hang out with.
3. Hated: Brock Lesnar
“The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar may have a lot of admirers in WWE’s management because of his beastly looks and power to attract audiences, but Lesnar is still a hated figure in the WWE locker room. As many wrestlers have voiced over the past few years, nobody likes a part-timer making all that money and get all the glory despite working limited dates in a year while these wrestlers have to work their butt off 24×7. Lesnar also has his privileges which include a personal locker room and is hated by the locker room members because of how of his arrogance and selfishness. The Current Universal Champion gets to sit at home while the other top talent works hard to make sure he isn’t missed, and that is something for which he is heavily despised among his colleagues in the locker room.
2. Loved: Finn Balor
Finn Balor has been quite the revelation ever since arriving in the WWE, and his “Demon” form and cool attitude makes him someone you can’t help but cheer for. Finn is also one of the nicest guys in the back, as he has quite a great reputation in the locker room because of his delightful nature. Balor loves to hang out with his colleagues in the back after matches, as pictures can be seen of him doing his “Finn Freeze” with gradually every other superstar in the locker room area. Finn is a really cool and fun-loving guy who loves to hang out with his friends in the locker room and is loved by everyone because of how friendly he really is towards everyone despite his status in the company. He treats everyone equally well and is loved because of this friendly nature which will take him a long way in the company.
1. Hated: JBL
Even though JBL has retired as a wrestler in the WWE for a long time now, he still has to be one of the most hated figures in the WWE Locker room right now because of his terrible reputation in the company over the years. Now everyone knew about how JBL was a terrible bully back in the days and used to attempt awful pranks at the rookie’s when he was still a wrestler, but he shocked everyone when it was revealed that he had bullied fellow commentator Mauro Ranallo. Many in the company (including JBL himself) knew how Ranallo had a history with depression, but JBL bullied him in the back so badly that it sent Mauro into depression again and he was later released by the WWE to keep the bullying allegations hushed up. JBL is just a bully who needs to be taught a lesson and is duly despised by the locker room because of his terrible reputation which only got worse recently.
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