The Attitude Era is still celebrated today for being the most successful time period in WWE history. The company achieved mainstream popularity with ratings, buy rates and overall interest reaching peaks for the company. The major reason for the success was the plethora of top names working for the company. Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, Triple H and a few others are remembered for being the biggest stars of the era. Guys like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were there when it started showing just how deep the hit list of names from the time period is.
We'll take a look at some of the relationships from the era and where they are at today. There are many friendships still going today. This list will take a look at the strongest ones that have lasted the test of time. On the flip side, there are wrestlers that absolutely despise each other due to petty drama and personal issues existing through it all. Both sides give us interesting stories showing how each duo got to this point. These are eight pairs of wrestlers from the Attitude Era who are real-life buddies today along with another seven pairs that hate each other.
15 Buddies: Trish Stratus and Lita
No women contributed more to the female talent evolving from purely eye candy models to athletes during the end of the Attitude Era than Trish Stratus and Lita. Women like The Kat and Terri Runnels had zero athletic ability and the company only showed them in half naked gimmick matches due to it. Trish and Lita were among the first two to stand out in a major way due to their talent.
14 Enemies: Sunny and Edge & Christian
An odd hatred that exists between wrestlers from the Attitude Era features Sunny despising both Edge and Christian. The Edge and Christian Show on the WWE Network featured the duo taking a shot at Sunny in a skit. A parody ad for an item called “Sunny’s Miracle Drops” saw the side effects include erratic behavior, cake fancer and multiple DUIs as hot as Sytch’s antics.
those who matter in the WWE office called to check on me in the hospital a couple weeks ago. Edge and Christian are just douchebags #ugly1s— Tamara Sytch (@WWEHOFerSunny) March 1, 2016
13 Buddies: Mick Foley and Steve Austin
Mick Foley and Steve Austin have been friends going all the way back to WCW before they even were hired by WWE. Both men had similar career paths that linked them together. WCW underutilized them, ECW helped rebuild them and WWE gave them the platform to become huge Superstars. Austin and Foley often rode and roomed together during the days of struggling in ECW.
12 Enemies: Vader and Bret Hart
Bret Hart and Vader were on the WWE roster at the beginning of the Attitude Era and they worked together on multiple occasions. Vader and Hart had good matches together pulling off the big man versus little man story very well. However, Bret hated having to work with Vader for multiple reasons. According to Hart, Vader was not a safe worker in the ring and smelled horribly.
11 Buddies: Big Show and Mark Henry
The art of the big man in WWE has seen many changes over the years. Two guys that survived it all and still remain employed today are Big Show and Mark Henry. Both guys were hired in the 90s before playing various roles throughout their long careers. They became close due to working together multiple times.
10 Enemies: Chris Jericho and Tazz
Chris Jericho and Tazz both signed with WWE during the peak of the Attitude Era after long paths all over the world. Jericho worked in Japan, Mexico, ECW and WCW before coming to WWE in a major debut. Tazz worked the independent circuit and various countries as well, but he was most known for his work in ECW.
9 Buddies: JBL and Ron Simmons
The tag team of JBL and Ron Simmons in the APA saw them bring their real life friendship to the screen. WWE placed them together due to their bond of being locker room enforcers that loved drinking beer and beating people up. Simmons and JBL found their biggest success in WWE at that point working together having fun on television like they would backstage.
8 Enemies: Ken Shamrock and The Nasty Boys
This hatred actually features two parties that never actually worked together despite being wrestlers during the Attitude Era. Ken Shamrock was in UFC when this situation occurred that saw Nasty Boys member Brian Knobbs harassing a female friend of Shamrock. The issue escalated into the two having a fight in the hotel room of Knobbs.
7 Buddies: The Undertaker and Kane
The Undertaker took a liking to Glenn Jacobs right away before he even played the Kane character. It has been rumored that Undertaker put in a good word for Jacobs to get the role of Kane as the two would start a huge feud right away. Kane and Undertaker clicked instantly becoming extremely close friends while working together almost every night for a good year.
6 Enemies: Steve Austin and Hardcore Holly
Steve Austin and Hardcore Holly seem like the weirdest pair to have issues. They rarely ever worked together on screen and very few reports ever linked them together during their careers. Holly however has gone out of his way to show his dislike for Austin over the years. According to both his book and various shoot interviews, Holly claims Austin changed as a person backstage due to his success.
5 Buddies: Shawn Michaels and Triple H
The friendship of Shawn Michaels and Triple H helped create the Attitude Era with their idea of D-Generation X. Both wrestlers were superb but found their most success of the time period working together as the heel faction of degenerates pushing the envelope. All they really did was bring their friendship to the screen and it created success.
4 Enemies: Vince Russo and Jim Cornette
The inception of the Attitude Era is what actually started one of the wrestling industry’s biggest rivalries. Vince Russo and Jim Cornette absolutely despise each other thanks to two decades of clashing. It all started when WWE started to embrace edgy content at Russo’s wishes to launch the Attitude Era. Cornette was old school and fought it every step of the way.
3 Buddies: Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels
A shocking friendship that exists today has Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels keeping in touch after years of hatred. Hart and Michaels had the biggest backstage war in WWE history during the beginning stages of the Attitude Era. The personal insults and political mind games saw them actually get into a fist fight at one point.
2 Enemies: Bret Hart and Triple H
Despite making peace with Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart still has it out for Triple H. The issues between Hart and Triple H go all the way back to the Hart/Michaels feud. Triple H was the one that actually suggested the idea of the Montreal Screwjob to Vince McMahon. Bret held on to this and has gone out of his way to bury Triple H on multiple occasions.
1 Buddies: Edge and Christian
We could all only dream of having a friendship as great as Edge and Christian. Both guys met during their childhood years and bonded in school due to a love of wrestling. Edge and Christian each had dreams of making it to the WWE. They would accomplish their goals together getting signed after working on the independent circuit.
WWE pushed Edge and Christian as the most successful tag team of the Attitude Era and scripted brothers. Following their split, we would rarely see them work together until the end of Edge’s career but they always remained close. Edge and Christian showcase their friendship these days hosting a highly successful podcast now that they are both retired. From childhood pals to tag team partners to business partners, Edge and Christian are true lifelong best friends.
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