The high stakes involved in being a WWE wrestler has led to many negative relationships between the talent and the company. Everyone wants to have a strong career moving up the card and getting pushed hard. It leads to making the most money and setting up a bright future. Guys like Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are living comfortably today off their fortunes earned from being top stars in WWE. Not every top star has a great ending like that and not every Superstar gets the opportunity to have a high level career.
WWE is known for the political environment that also contributes to negative experiences. These factors have led to quite a few wrestlers having horrible things to say about WWE. Most wrestlers end up making peace and getting back into the good graces of the company. Others just stop caring with no desire to continue bashing them. We'll look at some of the wrestlers that have yet to get over their drama and still hold hostility for the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. Shoot interviews, podcasts and appearances have allowed the performers to continue the hate. These are the fifteen former stars to still shockingly bash WWE today.
15 Bret Hart
Bret Hart is over his strong hatred of WWE but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t still talk trash about the company. The legendary Canadian wrestler ended his WWE career back in 1997 in the worst of ways when the Montreal Screwjob saw Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels and Triple H all make a fool out of him. Hart returned to WWE to make peace with McMahon and Michaels but still has issues with Triple H.
14 CM Punk
One of the wrestlers that Bret Hart referenced being treated poorly by WWE was CM Punk. The same opinion goes for Punk as he ended his time in WWE in ugly fashion as well. Punk walked out of the company after years of frustration and both sides held a grudge. Unlike many others on this list, Punk does not go out of his way to trash WWE, but he does take subtle shots at the company when asked about it.
13 Teddy Hart
The nephew of Bret Hart joins his uncle on the list. Teddy Hart has been talking trash about WWE for over a decade now. WWE signed Hart to a developmental at the age of 18 due to his athleticism and pedigree growing up in the Hart family. Unfortunately, he lacked the maturity and quite frankly, the sanity to become a star.
Batista started making critical comments about WWE after his first departure. The rating change from TV-14 to PG saw Batista insult the company for watering down their product. Batista returned for a few months back in 2014 and it was a huge disappointment. Fans no longer cared for the one-time top face of the company. The booking and backstage atmosphere were blamed by Batista for the horrible stint.
11 Josh Mathews
Josh Mathews leaving WWE was surprising at the moment but it became clear he didn’t enjoy his time working there. The instant move to TNA saw Mathews get an important role in the company running social media along with his job as the play by play commentator. Mathews consistently took shots at WWE on Twitter for a few months insulting fans of his old employer.
10 Alberto Del Rio
The recent rants of Alberto Del Rio have proven he is still adamant against WWE. Del Rio has appeared in various interviews and live streams showing a disdain for his former wrestling home. Some of the claims of Del Rio range from saying the company do not treat their performers with fair financial compensation to accusing WWE of being the ones to leak the Paige sex tape.
ECW icon Sabu is one of the few top stars of the 90s to not work for WWE during the Monday Night Wars. It wasn’t until the ECW rebirth that Sabu started working for the company regularly. The stint was not very successful and Sabu bashed them in shoot interviews for not knowing how to use him well. Sabu definitely didn’t have the same dynamic from his better days.
8 Jeff Jarrett
The issues between Jeff Jarrett and WWE got very personal all the way back in 1999. Jarrett’s contract expired the day before a PPV defense against Chyna and he threatened to take the belt to WCW if he did not get paid big money. WWE ended up paying him what he wanted, but Vince McMahon claimed he would never do business with Jarrett again. McMahon has kept that promise to this very day.
7 New Jack
Shoot interviews frequently are the main source of wrestlers insulting WWE. The wrestlers to make controversial comments and strong takes usually get more popularity of their interviews. All of the wrestlers to make harsh comments about WWE will get more opportunities and bigger paydays to do more of the same.
6 Shane Douglas
Another ECW star to hold hostility towards WWE is Shane Douglas. The poor run in the mid-90s as the Dean Douglas character soured him on the company forever. Douglas was harassed by Shawn Michaels and other members of the Kliq while working an awful gimmick he knew would fail. The anger of Douglas led to him showing extra frustration in his ECW promos that made him a favorite of the promotion.
The end of Ryback’s WWE career last year saw him write a blog trashing the company. Ryback stated WWE didn’t pay their wrestlers enough and refused to follow through on their promises. You would have assumed Ryback got over his issues by now moving on to a new chapter in life. Instead, Ryback’s entire reputation today is about making controversial comments.
4 Jim Cornette
Another podcast personality to get clicks off his WWE rants is Jim Cornette. The vision of Cornette for wrestling has made him a vocal opposing figure to WWE’s sports entertainment. Cornette has ripped WWE consistently since his firing back in 2005 for striking Santino Marella in developmental. WWE’s product is what Cornette hates and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
3 Vince Russo
The rival of Jim Cornette manages to get paid for doing the same thing as him. Vince Russo has become a podcaster after getting fired from TNA. The entire gimmick of Russo is to insult WWE, WWE stars and WWE fans to try to get attention online. Russo claims WWE is killing their own future by signing independent wrestlers and not having outlandish storylines like his Attitude Era ideas.
2 Buff Bagwell
Buff Bagwell only worked in WWE for a couple of weeks but he managed to develop a hatred of the company. The presence of Bagwell was meant to make him one of the faces of the WCW brand after WWE purchased the company. A horrible attitude backstage and an awful performance in the first WCW match on WWE television led to everything falling apart for Buff.
1 Scott Steiner
The hatred of WWE from Scott Steiner at least leads to very interesting commentary from the wrestling legend. Steiner had a disappointing singles run back in 2002 when he signed with the intent to be a main event star. Following a short feud with Triple H completely killing his momentum, Steiner was a forgettable guy on the roster before getting released. Steiner has held a grudge with WWE and Triple H since then.
A recent interview featured Steiner cursing out WWE and stating he definitely didn’t watch WrestleMania 33. Steiner then made personal insults towards Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Another somewhat recent incident of Steiner bashing WWE featured him turning down a WWE legends contract and saying the company didn’t deserve talents like CM Punk and Rey Mysterio.
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