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.
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:
@JulienBevis maybe watch my entrance and see my flip in that .. and watch Nxt and learn the product been doin it for years— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) November 25, 2016
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.
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.
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.
10 Summer Rae and Lana
Lana is regarded as one of the more controversial women backstage due to her inability to get along with multiple Superstars. One of her other enemies was revealed to be Summer Rae. They actually worked against each other during one of the worst storylines of 2015. Lana left Rusev to become a face character and Summer became his new manager and love interest.
9 Melina and Candice Michelle
Melina is another women’s wrestler that had a negative reputation in the WWE for getting involved in backstage wars with other female performers. The impressive talent of Melina made her a noteworthy star in the women’s division, but she developed a huge ego due to it. One of her backstage rivals turned out to be Candice Michelle. Many considered Candice to have quite the ego as well and they clashed.
8 Brooke Adams and Angelina Love
Two of the most successful female wrestlers in TNA history happen to hate each other, as Angelina Love and Brooke Adams could not stand each other. The public aspect of their rivalry started when Adams made a comment insulting women with visible tattoos. Love has a number of tattoos and decided to respond to Brooke by implying she didn’t know the difference between classy and trashy.
7 Sunny and Ashley Massaro
Most of the stories featuring two women loathing each other in wrestling revolve around issues taking place when they worked together. Sunny left the WWE many years before Ashley Massaro won the Diva Search and landed a job with the company. Their feud actually started when both women were semi-retired just making occasional independent wrestling appearances.
6 Ivory and The Kat
Stacy “The Kat” Carter represented everything many of the athletic female talents hated about women’s wrestling in the WWE. As the wife of Jerry Lawler, WWE hired her with no experience due to her looks. Most of the matches Kat appeared in featured her stripping or partaking in sexual antics. WWE pushed her to the moon as the top face in the division for most of 2000.
5 AJ Lee and Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon has been the most powerful woman in the WWE from the day she started working for the company. It was clear from day one that she would become one of the people running the companym with Vince McMahon believing in her. Stephanie has essentially been the second most powerful person in the WWE behind her father over the past fifteen years.
4 Nikki Bella and Maria Kanellis
The success of Total Divas has changed the landscape for many female performers in the WWE. Some of the women’s wrestlers to appear on the show have developed a new fan base of people watching the reality show series. WWE introduced the show with Nikki Bella and Brie Bella being the vocal points after coming back to the company.
3 Melina and Mickie James
Mickie James is one of the rare faces in wrestling that doesn’t have a lot of enemies. The majority of her co-workers talk about James with a high level of respect for her as a wrestler and as a person. One of the very few women in the locker room to have issues with Mickie was Melina. As referenced earlier, Melina had a strong history of rubbing people the wrong way.
2 Paige and Lana
Lana is back on the list yet again for her most high profile war with another female performer on the roster. Paige is currently in the dog house due to various issues with WWE but at this point in the timeline, she was generally viewed as one of the more popular ladies that got along with everyone. That ended when Lana took shots at her on social media.
1 AJ Lee and The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins and AJ Lee had one of the more intense rivalries that went beyond the ring in the recent history of WWE’s women’s division. Nikki Bella and Brie Bella are often criticized for being models entering wrestling for fame who received opportunities due to their relationships with John Cena and Daniel Bryan. Lee went after them for this in promos using her real feelings to absolutely trash them.
Some of the promo battles between AJ and The Bellas became a little awkward to watch. Nikki recently claimed the reason for a lot of her online hate is due to Lee convincing fans of negative perceptions being true. The Bellas definitely love working for the WWE but Lee questioned their love of wrestling. Both sides have interesting viewpoints that led to a strong hatred. AJ’s book coming out in 2017 could lead to the feud intensifying with her likely putting some unfiltered thoughts about Brie and Nikki in there.
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