The personalities behind the scenes in WWE have seen many people clash against each other. Professionalism will see wrestlers work together when asked to by management, but there are many instances of talent just not getting on the same page. For whatever reason, there are certain wrestlers that don’t enjoy working together. Some people just have different wrestling styles that lead to tension in disagreeing on how to execute their story together. Others just can’t stand each other as human beings and it causes them to despise having to work together.
We'll take a look at fifteen specific legendary WWE stars. All of these performers have endured tremendous careers and some of them are still going. The objective opinion would view these stars as big names. However, each of them hated working with at least one of their peers. This list will explain the story behind each instance of a legendary star hating to wrestle someone else on the roster. There are a few lifelong hatreds stemming from this. Others get along but just couldn’t get on the same page when it came to wrestling style. These are fifteen top huge WWE stars and opponents that they hated working with.
14 Triple H: Rob Van Dam
The career of Rob Van Dam was highly successful in WWE, but most fans felt he should have been pushed harder. RVD’s popularity was red hot from 2001 to 2002 as a singles star. Van Dam would lose his PPV title shot to Triple H, lose an Elimination Chamber match and then get moved back down into the lower card picture for a long time.
13 The Rock: Shawn Michaels
The Rock is now one of the biggest names in the world due to his box office success as a movie star. However, he was a young new wrestler in 1996 struggling to get any fan support. Many reports have indicated that Shawn Michaels was one of the backstage voices trying to hold him down. Michaels wanted to hold down Rock in order to make Triple H the next big star in WWE. Bret Hart and a few other wrestlers have confirmed these reports.
12 Andre The Giant: Kamala
The drawing power of Andre the Giant as a heel saw him become the monster villain Vince McMahon has tried countless times to replicate. Andre was special in the sense that he legitimately felt like a giant that other wrestlers had to find a way to overcome. One wrestler that apparently hated working with the big man was Kamala.
11 John Cena: Alex Riley
John Cena has a pretty clean reputation for being the golden boy. That is one of many reasons why Vince McMahon spent about a decade marketing the company around Cena. However, there are a few wrestlers to have negative run-ins with Cena backstage. Alex Riley may have been the wrestler most impacted from being someone that Cena hated working with.
10 Davey Boy Smith: Dynamite Kid
The British Bulldogs tag team in the 80s gave us a great combination of talents. Davey Boy Smith was a talented power wrestler using his incredible strength to his advantage. Dynamite Kid was smaller in stature and worked a more intense style to make up for it. Both men had noteworthy differences in their size, styles and personalities.
9 Hulk Hogan: Bret Hart
Hulk Hogan not wanting to work with Bret Hart is what started one of the biggest rivalries in wrestling history. The decision of Hogan to leave WWE in 1993 coincided with the timing of Vince McMahon getting ready to make Hart the new face of the company. Hogan however refused to put over Hart in a singles match. The two never had issues but Hogan apparently didn’t view Hart as being worthy of working with him, let alone winning.
8 Chris Jericho: Chyna
The WWE career of Chris Jericho made him a legend in the world of wrestling. Jericho always had the talent, but no promotion ever gave him both the spotlight and the booking to truly get over. Things weren’t always easy for Jericho in WWE as his early days were horrible. Jericho entered a storyline with Chyna as the co-Intercontinental Champions.
7 Batista: Booker T
Batista entered the wrestling industry later than most but managed to make a huge impact. WWE went all the way with Batista in 2005 and beyond by making him one of the faces of the company. It seems that Batista’s ego got out of control and it started rubbing some of the veterans the wrong way. One person that had enough of Batista was Booker T.
6 The Undertaker: Diamond Dallas Page
The one wrestler no star wanted to piss off in WWE over the past 25+ years is The Undertaker. WWE viewed Undertaker as the leader of the locker room and the person that could influence Vince McMahon to give up on a wrestler based off his word. Diamond Dallas Page learned this the hard way when coming to WWE from WCW during the Invasion storyline.
5 Steve Austin: Jeff Jarrett
Steve Austin is without a doubt one of the biggest names in the history of WWE. No one drew more money as Austin during his time leading the Attitude Era. Wrestling changed and WWE reached a level of dominance in the industry that they would never lose. Austin got a lot of power in the company to come with the unbelievable success he gave in return.
4 CM Punk: Ryback
The controversial personality of CM Punk made him an enemy of quite a few wrestlers. One wrestler to specifically get on his bad side was Ryback. WWE placed Ryback with Paul Heyman to enter a feud with Punk. The hope was to have Ryback become a top heel by working against one of the most popular wrestlers in recent memory.
3 Jeff Hardy: CM Punk
The storyline between Jeff Hardy and CM Punk in 2009 centered on the real life personalities of both men. Punk was straight edge and used that to become a heel character that talked down to the fans and other wrestlers. One wrestler to feel his wrath was Hardy. Jeff was known for his risk taking decisions in the ring and real life. Hardy failed multiple drug tests up to this point with his personal demons holding back his career.
Bret Hart was regarded as one of the best in-ring performers in wrestling history. The WWE Championship reigns of Hart in the mid-90s gave us the first instance of “the guy” actually having strong work rate. One person that Bret felt he didn’t have great matches with was Vader, and he blames the big man for them being lackluster.
2 Shawn Michaels: John Cena
The most common name brought up when discussing the all-time great wrestlers is Shawn Michaels. Whether you are looking at run in the 90s or 2000s, Michaels definitely did a great job at getting the most of his opponents. The issues he had in the 90s held him back from truly ascending to another level in the legend stratosphere.
1 Randy Savage: Hulk Hogan
The relationship between Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan went back and forth for years. There were months where the two were inseparable best friends that loved hanging out in real life. Other times saw them absolutely despise each other as bitter enemies. Savage definitely didn’t like working with Hogan given how many negatives would become attached to it.
Miss Elizabeth and Savage reportedly split due to Hulk and Linda Hogan talking her into leaving him. Savage allegedly pulled a gun out on Hogan at one point when the tension grew. They would go back and forth in WCW as well with Savage always losing. Hogan seemed to want to hold him down as always being beneath him and Savage knew it. This is the reason Savage actually wrote a rap song dissing Hogan and held a grudge for many years.
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