Despite photos and videos we see of WWE Superstars goofing around and enjoying each other’s company, not everyone gets along all the time. Friction over pay cheques, ideas, showcasing talent, working with others and general attitudes toward the business and the other superstars get people into a tizzy. So much so, talent butt heads and it can be difficult to work together.
How much of this friction is legitimate is another story completely. With shows like Total Bellas and Total Divas, YouTube videos and Instagram posts, the line between being in character and delivering a scripted shot across the ego and really having legit heat is blurry. When The Miz calls out Baron Corbin or Daniel Bryan, we don’t know how much of it is a real-life beef or just a character delivering his lines with such vigour that the WWE Universe falls for it hook, line and sinker.
Below are 15 pairs of WWE Superstars we believe have issues backstage. Some of these are legitimate and some of these might be (we can’t be certain they aren’t angles). Some are between the wrestlers and some between a talent and management. Some are even a wrestler wrestling more with their own personal issues than with any other person in particular. With so many over the top characters and so much access to them via social media, it’s no wonder why some of these can seem like angles but may very well be legitimate causes for concern as tension continues to mount in the WWE locker room.
In all cases, we hope that these Superstars can still find a way to work together and be professional. Here are 15 of the most toxic feuds behind the scenes in WWE right now. Think you have others? Don’t forget to comment and share.
15. Roman Reigns And Enzo Amore
It’s old news by now but Enzo Amore still seems to have a way of rubbing people the wrong way. Because Roman Reigns sees himself as a new leader in the locker room, as long as Enzo acts like Enzo, Reigns will have issues and these two may never see eye to eye.
Speculation is that Amore is still not welcome inside the regular dressing room with the rest of the talent and he seems to not care. This could wash over in time but as long as both sides continue to draw their lines in the sand, this could be a relationship that never really gets figured out. Each side will do what’s needed for the business and their own personal financial gain, but eventually Enzo will lose out here if he doesn’t find a way to make some friends.
14. Maryse And Nia Jax
If you saw a recent episode of Total Divas you’ll know that Nia Jax and Maryse came crashing into each other verbally over some wildly misread comment by Maryse that saw her lose her mind. Obviously, Jax is not the type of person to back down and Maryse would be in way over her head should Jax decide to snap her like a twig but the cameras caught everything and Alexa Bliss just stood there in awe as the two griped at each other.
This could all be for the cameras as the WWE needs drama to make this show entertaining but Maryse does have a rep for having issues with some of the women and Nia Jax just recently took a small leave to cool off and regather herself. Maybe the two things were related.
13. Booker T And The Commentary Team
Something is going on with Booker T. Either he’s losing his mind or he’s working extra hard to fit in with the commentary team on Raw but a good chunk of the Monday nights are now Corey Graves and Michael Cole poking fun at Booker T’s opinions and Booker trying hard to justify his comments.
At some point, the WWE Universe will learn that this is all planned by the WWE to make the commentary and Booker is really good at looking dumb or he’ll get fed up that Cole and Graves are outright laughing at him on television and things will come to a head. In recent weeks it’s become quite clear that he’s the third wheel on the announce team and it’s a matter of time before it boils over.
12. John Cena And Roman Reigns
We saw how badly these two went at each other during their feud that ultimately saw Reigns beat Cena and become the “new face” of the WWE. Speculation is that Cena passed the torch with respect once that match was done but he’s still not pleased that he’s not longer “the guy.”
Reigns hasn’t been without his own issues and Cena has a completely crazy outside-of-the-WWE schedule. Much like Cena and The Rock before this, Reigns and Cena are in a similar place. You can’t help but understand how giving up your throne would leave hard feelings, even if you know it’s time to do so. Cena is never too far gone though. It was just announced he’ll be part of the SmackDown Live team for Survivor Series and Reigns has yet to be added to the card.
11. The Miz And Baron Corbin
The Miz delivers promos with such animosity it’s hard to determine whether or not there are real issues between him and his opponent or if he’s just really good at running guys down. Meanwhile, Baron Corbin seems like he’s always in a bad mood and has a way of getting personal with his attacks.
It’s a tale as old as time that wrestlers will use wives or significant others to fuel whatever rivalry they’re in but The Miz seemed legitimately upset that Corbin brought his wife into this and dropped an F-Bomb during the promo which is very much unlike The Miz. You have to remember that Miz fought tooth a nail to overcome the stigma of being the “reality show guy” and earning respect. Corbin has been handed a lot and has not always shown his appreciation. That might be an underlying issue here.
10. Corey Graves And Enzo Amore
— Enzo Amore (@real1) October 1, 2017
The thing that makes Corey Graves so popular as a commentator is that he speaks his mind and his one-liners, jabs, and quips seem to come out effortlessly. The subject of many of these jabs is Enzo Amore and Enzo has been quick to respond. In one instance, Enzo took an extremely low blow at Graves who can’t wrestle any longer due to complications with injuries. Instead of keeping that off the table, Enzo went right after something Graves could do nothing about.
Graves continues to bash Enzo on television and he’s just another guy in a long line of people who have public problems with Enzo’s attitude. Graves has admitted that while he doesn’t care much for Enzo, he understands his value and would rather have him on the roster than not.
9. Daniel Bryan And Vince McMahon
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) June 25, 2017
This goes way back and it’s unfortunate for Vince McMahon because for once, he appears to be doing the right thing by one of his talents who clearly doesn’t know how to protect himself. Bryan wants to wrestle. He’s also not been medically cleared to, at least not by WWE doctors. Instead of risking his health, Vince has given Bryan a job as the SmackDown Live general manager. More often than not, Bryan doesn’t seem terribly appreciative.
Daniel Bryan has used social media to comment on the day he’s allowed to leave WWE and go where he’ll be cleared to wrestle. It’s not showing much love to a company that’s trying to do the right thing for him and keep him safely employed. We all understand Bryan’s frustration but he’s barking up the wrong tree and he risks burning a bridge.
8. Dean Ambrose And Stone Cold Steve Austin
If you saw the Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network where Steve Austin interviewed Dean Ambrose you saw the moment Ambrose head almost exploded. He was reserved but obviously bothered by the fact that Austin would call him out live on the network for not living up to expectations and having a little more to give than he had shown up to that point.
Speculation is that Ambrose still hasn’t gotten over that and Austin has done very little in the way of podcasts for the WWE Network since. You can tell now that Ambrose seems to have something to prove as he reunites with the Shield, but it was kind of a lame move on Austin’s part, even if it worked to motivate Ambrose.
7. Nia Jax And The WWE Schedule
After a string of talents left the WWE, including Austin Aries and Neville, rumors were that others wanted out of their contracts and all of a sudden Nia Jax disappeared. She’d left the WWE and there was wild speculation that she was boycotting the company over pay, character direction and her not being appreciated for her unique talents.
It turned out that Nia Jax was just burned out and needed some time off. Alexa Bliss (a good friend of Jax) said that all WWE Superstars need a breather and the schedule is gruelling. Nia Jax clearly hates it and if she walked away, she risked taking a much-needed break while angering some very important people.
6. Kevin Owens And Randy Orton
For some reason, Randy Orton decided to tweet about Kevin Owens weight on social media. He posted a picture of some McDonald’s food and then directed an insult to Owens, insinuating McDonald’s was a regular part of Owens’ diet plan. For a guy who is supposed to have calmed his backstage antics, Orton still knows how to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Owens wasn’t impressed and responded with a comment about figuring out Randy’s game by watching paint dry. The two have traded jabs at each other and it seems clear that neither is a big fan of the other. Orton needs to learn that things are just better left unsaid. Especially if you choose to take on Kevin Owens who is about as good a social media knockout artist as he is a wrestler.
5. Mauro Ranallo And Everyone Not Named Triple H
Mauro Ranallo almost left the WWE permanently because of issues backstage with JBL and the WWE culture that existed which allowed for bullying people in a way that led to some depression and health issues. He wouldn’t have come back if it weren’t for Triple H convincing him that things had changed and for JBL’s removal from full-time employment.
Still, Ranallo is leery of all things WWE and you can tell he’s a bit on edge just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It doesn’t sound like he’s fully on board that WWE is fixed but he’s giving it another try. He’s now the play-by-play guy on NXT and an instrumental part of that show. The good news is that his relationship with Triple H seems solid and that’s important moving forward.
4. Lio Rush And The WWE Locker Room
You aint gonna make it here with the wolves, kid.
— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) October 29, 2017
Independent wrestling star turned NXT hopeful Lio Rush just stuck his foot in his mouth in a major way. Still fresh on the scene in NXT and hoping to make a name for himself in WWE, he used social media to make a comment on some of the releases in WWE, namely Emma. Forgetting all sense of sensitivity, he made a joke about Emma losing to Asuka before her release and the timing was terrible.
A bunch of WWE Superstars immediately responded and scolded him for his unprofessional behaviour. He immediately apologized, but it appeared half-hearted and it didn’t matter. He was almost fired and his bio isn’t on the WWE website. He’s too new a talent to be making enemies so quickly. It could have cost him his WWE contract.
3. Neville And Vince McMahon
No one seems to know the official status of Neville and the WWE. He’s still listed as an active member of the roster of the WWE website but it was widely reported he walked out of the WWE over issues with his character, pay and direction in the company. If there’s one thing we know about Vince, it’s that he doesn’t like people walking out.
Steve Austin knows first hand how that goes and Neville is probably somewhere pouting that WWE won’t let him out of his contract. If Neville chooses not to come back and likely pay a fine, Vince will make him sit around and stew until his contract runs out. Both sides probably could have done things differently but now it’s ugly.
2. Dolph Ziggler And The Writing Team
If there’s one talent in WWE who should have a beef with the writing team it’s Dolph Ziggler. He’s been floundering for the last couple years on WWE programming trying his best to get over stupid idea after stupid idea and nothing has seemed to work. WWE finally put some attention on a new “anti-gimmick” character and then stuck him in a feud with Bobby Roode (a feud Roode couldn’t lose without hurting his push).
Now Ziggler needs to reinvent himself again and come up with something fans will actually care to watch. He’ll do this knowing that the WWE doesn’t really have his back and they’ll throw him to the wolves again. It’s only a matter of time before Ziggler asks for his release and is granted it.
1.Chris Jericho And Triple H
Word is just now coming down that there may be some issues between Chris Jericho and the WWE, namely Triple H. Jericho is one of those guys who intentionally keeps his options open by having no real contractual commitment to WWE but giving them priority and considering himself a “WWE guy.” WWE calls on him when they need him and he works limited dates.
Jericho had an idea for a wrestling cruise that he’s funding with his own money. He pitched the idea of WWE getting involved and using NXT guys to give the attendees some cool value and help with the cost of the cruise. In exchange, WWE would give their NXT guys more experience and market the product. Triple H declined.
As a result, Jericho reached out to ROH (Ring of Honor) who jumped all over the opportunity and since Jericho felt a bit betrayed, he went and signed on with NJPW to wrestle Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12. Jericho is mad at WWE, Triple H is mad that Jericho would do this and the fans are hyped Jericho and Omega will clash.
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