It's no secret that it takes a special kind of person to make it in the wrestling world, let alone make it to the top of the food chain. You have to have a mix of selfishness, a big ego, but still be able to work with whomever you get put in the ring with to make sure that both guys come out of the match looking better than they did going in. Unfortunately that's not everyone's mind set when they enter the business, as for them there's only one thing that really matters, their position on the card. It doesn't matter what the other guy looks like or where he goes from there, as long as they come out on top of the feud and can move onto bigger and better things.
While the vast majority of professional wrestlers don't fall into that group, there are a few noteworthy Superstars who find themselves on here multiple times. These are times where Superstars pushed to keep the title on themselves or one of their friends, the times where they made a complete joke out of a match out of spite, or the times when wrestlers were punished for previously working for the competition. These are the instances where the mindset of those few individuals was pushed to the extreme, whether it is in matches or an incident backstage these are the most selfish moments in the WWE.
18 Cena's First Encounter With Lesnar
Ever since his return to the WWE following WrestleMania XXVIII, Brock Lesnar was booked as an unstoppable force, a monster that no one wanted to be trapped in the ring against. Except John Cena apparently. With the entire WWE Universe incredibly hot to see The Beast Incarnate back in action, it only made sense to pair him with the resident top dog. What didn't make sense, however, was having Lesnar do the job to Cena in his first match back with the company.
17 Vince Books Himself To Win Title
It's hard to get much more selfish than when you have creative control and give yourself multiple titles, even though you aren't a wrestler. Vince McMahon apparently had no problem with that, as he made himself the World Champion at one point. Granted he did give the belt over one day later, but he still is in the history books as one of the very select few who get to say that they carried the top title in wrestling.
16 Triple H Politics To Get Title Off Angle
For as long as he's been in the WWE, Triple H has always held some power in backstage proceedings. Shortly after arriving in the company he joined up with The Kliq who are among the most notorious backstage politicians of all time, keeping a voice in Vince McMahon's ear in order to keep themselves at the top. Even after his Kliq brethren had left the company, Triple H still found himself with influence over the boss, marrying his daughter tends to have that effect, and he was not too happy when Kurt Angle found himself as the WWE Champion.
15 John Cena Finishes The Nexus
In a story that became infamous thanks to Chris Jericho and Edge, the finish to the SummerSlam match up between Team WWE and Team Nexus all came down to John Cena and they made a mess of it. While The Nexus was red hot and dismantling everything that the WWE could put in front of them, it all came down to Cena to put the final touches to their rocket push and establish them as the biggest thing the company has seen in a long time.
14 The Kliq vs. Dean Douglas
While it's safe to say that the Dean Douglas character was never going to get over as a main event talent, there was still plenty of potential there for a solid mid card heel for years to come, until The Kliq got involved. The story goes that Shawn Michaels was set to defend his Intercontinental Title against Douglas at an In Your House pay per view but instead Shawn got himself beaten up by a group of servicemen in a bar the night before and decided he'd rather give the belt up instead of drop it to Douglas.
13 Michaels Multiple Title Forfeits
It's no secret that Shawn Michaels has struggled with some personal demons throughout his professional career and putting people over for a title change seemed to be one of his biggest problems. Whether he lost his smile or got manhandled by military men, there always seemed to be an excuse for him to hand the title over instead of wrestling and losing the title.
12 Triple H And The Summer Of Punk
Arguably the biggest thing in recent wrestling history, the summer of Punk was a red hot angle involving one of the most over wrestlers of the past ten years. CM Punk came in demanding change, saying he was going to turn the whole system on its head while he was champion and ensure that things were never going to be the same again, and then Triple H had to involve himself in it.
11 Hulk Hogan Needs The Spotlight
In the mid 1980s until the early 1990s, there was only one thing that mattered in wrestling and it was Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster was indeed running wild all over the landscape of professional wrestling, somehow always managing to come out on top, no matter the situation. Take WrestleMania IV for example, where Hogan was eliminated from the tournament to crown a new champion in the first round, yet still managed to find himself in the ring after Randy Savage won the title, handing the belt over and stealing the thunder from Macho Man. Or you could look at the main event of WrestleMania VI when Hogan actually did the job to The Ultimate Warrior, but much like the Randy Savage incident, Hogan made sure to grab the belt himself and slowly hand it over to Warrior, before proceeding to hang out on the entrance ramp to make sure the camera's stayed on him.
10 Vince's Treatment of WCW Stars
There's one constant throughout Vince McMahon's time as the head of the WWE, if you got over in a different company, you're going to get buried when you step in his ring, though this seems to be changing now. The best example of this selfishness was the failed Invasion angle after Vince bought out WCW in 2001.
9 Michaels Buries Vader
Shawn Michaels is certainly one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but that doesn't mean he couldn't be a bit of a jerk at times. Usually his shenanigans were reserved for backstage where himself and The Kliq had Vince McMahon's ear in terms of creative decisions but those antics would occasionally carry over into the ring as we saw during his title defense against Vader.
Fresh off a great run in WCW, Vader was billed as the next big thing in WWE, a huge dominating heel who would simply crush whoever was unfortunate enough to be put in his way, but that all came to a halt after his match with Michaels.
8 The Ultimate Warrior Demands More Money
While it was widely believed that The Ultimate Warrior demanded more money out of Vince McMahon on the night of SummerSlam in 1991, we now know that simply isn't true. It was a longstanding battle between the two in an effort for Warrior to try and be the highest paid member of the roster that began weeks earlier.
What is true, however, is that Warrior was willing to no show the second biggest pay per view of the year because he felt that he should be getting paid more than Hogan. If this would have happened a few years earlier, when Warrior was red hot and being groomed to replace The Hulkster as the torch bearer of the company, it would've made more sense but by this time, Warrior was past his prime and just trying to get a big payday.
7 Hogan Disrespects WWE Title While Champion
It's impossible to argue against the impact Hulk Hogan had on the WWE, considering it's entirely possible they wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for people coming in droves to see The Hulkster do his thing, but that's no excuse for the way he talked about the company's top title while promoting a show in Japan.
Towards the ends of his career, Hogan was free to chase down some dreams outside of the WWE, including acting and even competing in other organizations like New Japan. During the build to a huge clash between WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and IWGP Champion The Great Muta, Hogan made no doubt about which of the two titles meant more to him completely disparaging the title he held saying it was nothing but a toy, a trophy to hang up on the mantle while the championship he really wanted was around Muta's waist.
6 The Montreal Screwjob
The single most infamous event in WWE history, The Montreal Screwjob goes down in the books as the night that Vince McMahon became Mr. McMahon and the night that "Bret screwed Bret." While you can certainly see Vince's side of things, as not wanting his championship to show up on the competitor's show makes sense, there was no reason for him to believe that Hart wasn't going to drop the title before leaving.
Bret had been one of the most loyal WWE guys up until that point, guiding the company through some of the worst times in company history and was only going to leave because Vince McMahon wanted to take back the massive deal he had offered The Hitman. Instead of taking Hart's word, Vince pulled out all the stops to make sure that he didn't leave Montreal with the title, working in cahoots with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Earl Hebner to get the title onto HBK at the expense of the public image of the WWE.
5 Hogan Changes Rumble Finish
In the lead up to the Royal Rumble in 1991, it was clear that Mr. Perfect was set for big things in the WWE. The man had it all, as his character was easy for the fans to hate, his mic work wasn't out of this world, but it was plenty serviceable, and his in ring work was better than nearly everyone else on the roster.
4 Hogan And Michaels Don't See Eye To Eye
There aren't very many match ups that could truly be defined as a dream match, but Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels is certainly part of that elite list. The build began with Michaels turning heel on his tag partner leading up to their colossal contest at SummerSlam 2005, with the original plan being a series of matches that saw each man pick up victories over the other, but shockingly enough Hogan wasn't about to let himself be the one looking up at the lights.
3 Hogan Refuses To Put Hart Over
WrestleMania IX will live forever in infamy for a variety of reasons, from the ancient Roman theme, to the ludicrous outfits the announcers were wearing, to it taking place in a parking lot. The longest lasting image from this event though is how it somehow ended with Hogan back on top of the WWE ladder.
The night was a big one for The Hulkster, with it being his grand comeback after taking some time off and with him competing in a match for the tag team gold. Clearly that wasn't enough for Hogan, as he made his way out after the main event that saw Yokozuna capture the championship from Bret Hart thanks to outside interference by Mr. Fuji.
2 The Curtain Call
One of the most infamous non scripted events in WWE history, the curtain call was one last chance for The Kliq to make sure all anyone was talking about after an event was them. With Scott Hall and Kevin Nash leaving for rival WCW, the group that had been ruling over the WWE locker room with an iron fist just couldn't resist going out with a bang.
1 Jeff Jarrett Holds McMahon Hostage for $300,000
There are two distinct halves to Jeff Jarrett's professional wrestling career, his time in WWE spent as a struggling mid carder and his time afterwards where he was a consistent main eventer. The difference between the two sides is that his WWE run came before he had creative control and let his massive ego take over the booking decisions.
For most of his WWE run, Jarrett managed to keep that side in check, until his contract expired while he was still IC Champion. Jeff was scheduled to drop the title to Chyna, but since he wasn't under contract, he had no obligation to do so, but he did agree to do the job, if Vince McMahon forked over $300,000 that is. Jeff showed his true colors and burnt his bridge back to the WWE to the ground by holding up Vince just to line his own pockets, especially considering that no one outside of Jarrett himself would ever consider him worth that amount of money.
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