Being involved in the business of pro wrestling means that you have to spend 70-80% of your professional life with the same, relatively small crop of people. Sometimes you even have to travel around foreign lands with all of them in a confined space, in buses and staying in hotels. Spending prolonged periods of time with the same people in this way is usually going to go one of two ways. One is that you become the best of friends. You'll get to know some people even better than you know yourself, and there are plenty of examples where wrestlers are affectionately referred to as each other's road wives. As most wrestlers will tell you however, you make a lot of acquaintances in the business but very few friends.
That leads us neatly on to the other occurrence that can happen when you spend all that time with the same guys and girls. If you're not good friends or indifferent, then chances are you probably rub each other up the wrong way. A wrestling locker room is made up of so many different personalities that there are bound to be some that clash. There also seems to be no one quite like a pro wrestler for holding a grudge. For every pair of wrestling best friends, there is likely a pair of enemies. This list runs down both ends of the spectrum, taking a look at who in the business have managed to remain pals and others who simply can't stand each other.
15 Besties: Beth Phoenix and Natalya
In 2017 Beth Phoenix was quite deservedly inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Although Beth's career came before the current women's revolution had been given a name or really been noticed, you can rest assured that The Glamazon laid a lot of the ground work for the current women in WWE. She didn't do it alone though, and Beth actually had a currently active WWE female performer by her side both in and out of the ring, Natalya. In fact the two of them are so close that Nattie is actually the one who inducted Phoenix into the Hall of Fame. When the pair's real life friendship manifested on screen, as The Divas of Doom, their gimmick was that they wanted to bring an end to the cute and perky persona women had in pro wrestling at the time and for years prior.
14 Enemies: Chris Jericho and Sin Cara
When WWE tours Europe, the normal protocol is for all the Superstars to ride together on buses. When you're away from home and riding around in a bus with the same people for two weeks it can get a little tense. On a recent tour, lucha wrestler Sin Cara apparently made somewhat of a nuisance of himself and made a lot of noise on one of the buses. Chris Jericho being one of the elder statesman of the locker room stepped up and told Sin Cara to be quiet. Allegedly it just snowballed from that point with the luchador taking a swing at Y2J and missing, bad move. Sin Cara was punished by being sent to travel with the SmackDown Live Superstars, not the brand he was on at the time, and due to his travel arrangements changing he had trouble getting home once all was said and done.
13 Besties: Scott Hall and Kevin Nash
Two men that changed the face of WCW and the course of the Monday Night War between them and WWE were Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The pair of them arrived on Nitro within a couple of weeks of each other, and that was no coincidence. Scott and Kevin were part of a larger friendship group known as The Kliq. Although Sean Waltman would join them in jumping ship from WWE to WCW a little later on, Nash and Hall were the only two to go and together they changed the face of the company. The pair of them began as The Outsiders and then of course brought Hulk Hogan into the fold to create the nWo. Both of them have experienced a lot of ups and downs in their lives and careers but remain close friends to this day.
12 Enemies: Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff
While most younger fans will remember Ric Flair fondly for his final run with WWE, the bulk of his career was actually spent away from the company. Throughout most of the 1990s Ric wrestled for WCW, and while he was there he butted heads an awful lot with then president of the company Eric Bischoff. Not only did Eric and other powers that be at the company make Flair cut off his signature hair, but The Nature Boy would have you believe that Bischoff made his life a living hell. After Ric no-showed an event following Eric not giving him time off, the sixteen time world champ was suspended by his nemesis. When Eric arrived in WWE years later the two actually came to blows physically back stage, although both men's accounts of the event differ somewhat.
11 Besties: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero
Speaking of WCW, that's the company where these two men would both be greatly undervalued. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were two extremely talented wrestlers who were sadly taken from us way too soon, both under very tragic although entirely different circumstances. The pair of them wrestled very similar careers and moved between companies at similar times. That coupled with their similar wrestling style led to them truly being the best of friends. In 2004 both men really got what they had deserved for years when they were WWE's two World Champions, and Eddie famously came out to celebrate with Benoit after his title win in the main event of WrestleMania XX. Less than two years after that night Eddie would pass away, something that clearly broke Chris Benoit's heart who in turn would die a further two years after that.
10 Enemies: Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels
This one is one of the most infamous real life wrestling rivalries in the history of the business. There is no pair of wrestlers that blurred the lines between an in ring feud and a real life hatred quite like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. HBK had effectively become WWE's golden boy while Bret was rapidly feeling like he was being replaced, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Shawn would infamously have an affair with WWE Diva Sunny at that time, and would try to deflect some of the blame by claiming that it was Hart sleeping with their co worker and not him. Both Bret and Sunny have categorically denied that, but it didn't help The Hitman's marriage at the time. Michaels was of course the man who would take the title from Bret as well in the Montreal Screwjob incident.
9 Besties: Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax
There is some talk at the moment among fans and wrestlers alike as to how careful WWE Superstars should be when it comes to social media. That wrestlers who hate each other on television should think twice before posting photos of themselves hanging out together as friends in their free time. Two Raw Superstars who will hope those rules don't become more strict are Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. The two of them are extremely close friends who travel together and pose for photos alongside each other an awful lot. Meanwhile on Raw, Bliss is desperately trying to stop Nia from becoming number one contender to her Women's Championship. They're not the only current Superstars guilty of this in the present day, but they are one of the duos who are particularly blatant about it.
8 Enemies: Triple H and Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho made one of the most memorable debuts in WWE history. The Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla jumped ship from WCW and interrupted The Rock on Raw during on his first night in the company. It was an entrance that should have shot Jericho to the moon, yet after it Y2J sort of faded away for a little while. Well allegedly the reasoning behind that was because of some back stage politics from Triple H. The Game didn't like WCW stars coming into his locker room, pretty ironic considering there was a time where he himself had crossed that divide. Triple H made sure his dislike of Jericho became more wide spread, and when word got back to Chris what was going on needless to say the feeling became mutual between the two of them.
7 Besties: Edge and Christian
There is perhaps no greater or closer friendship in pro wrestling history than that of Edge and Christian. Not only have the two had almost identical careers that have run parallel to each other, but their entire lives have been that way. They went to school together, broke into the business together, they even had their first respective children within weeks of each other. Their closeness is what made them one of the greatest tag teams of all time. They, along with The Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz, revolutionized the tag team industry and put it back on the map. Even though the two of them have retired from in ring competition they continue to work together as closely as ever, including their show for the WWE Network and their podcast.
6 Enemies: The Rock and John Cena
For two straight WrestleManias two of the biggest names in pro wrestling from adjacent generations went toe to toe. The Rock and John Cena headlined back to back Showcases of the Immortals, but as most of you will know it wasn't as simple as the in ring action alone. From time to time the mega stars would both find themselves under the same roof, normally on Raw, and it was always must see television. Cena would slate Rock for constantly abandoning WWE while Rocky would hit back with jibes about Big Match John's colorful get ups. Turns out the two actually didn't like each other, and when Cena decided to point out that Rock had his promo notes written on his arm, well needless to say their relationship only soured even more from there.
5 Besties: Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are another couple of culprits similar to Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. The two of them are both currently babyfaces on SmackDown Live however so it isn't so bad, but their friendship isn't one that has only existed since the Superstar Shakeup. Baby Flair and Straight Fire have been extremely close friends since the two of them were in NXT together. That has meant that even when Charlotte has been doing her worst as a heel, on Twitter and Instagram her and Becky aren't doing their best to keep the façade alive as they tour the world together. Sasha Banks and Bayley are also good friends with Becky and Charlotte and complete the group affectionately known as The Four Horsewomen.
4 Enemies: Matt Hardy and Edge
One of the most infamous occurrences of WWE using real life turmoil to further an on screen story line was the love triangle between Edge, Lita and Matt Hardy. In the early 2000s Lita became the third member of Team Extreme alongside brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy. As often is the case in the wrestling world an on screen coupling manifested into a real life relationship and Matt Hardy and Lita became an item. Unfortunately for Matt, Lita became a little too familiar with someone else she was spending a lot of time with, Edge. While Edge and Lita were together Matt was released, and the fans blamed the new couple for his departure. WWE eventually brought Hardy back in with the real life affair being the heart of an in ring angle between Matt and Edge.
3 Besties: Jake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page
When someone effectively saves your life, it's hard not to consider them one of your best friends. Well that's exactly what happened between Jake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page. Jake is a WWE legend and a deserved Hall of Famer. For years however Roberts suffered with extreme substance abuse, and by his own admission he needed help. That's where DDP eventually stepped in. Page took Roberts into his home and helped his good friend get clean once and for all. It's an amazing journey you can watch as it was all filmed for the documentary The Resurrection of Jake Roberts. Jake has admitted that if it wasn't for his friend Dallas taking him in, he would almost definitely be dead by now.
2 Enemies: Vince Russo and Jim Cornette
Of all the enemy entries on this list, there's not one that has gotten out of hand quite as much as this one. As I type this the hatred between these two men rages on, with the latest twist in the tale being Vince Russo taking out a protection order against Jim Cornette. Russo and his order claim that Cornette has been stalking the former WWE writer and his family for eighteen years! It would seem that the straw that broke the camel's back for Vince was Jim claiming on his podcast that he had a 'present' for Russo that he desperately wanted to give to him. Jim also challenged Vince to a fight and has requested a meet up with him in the past, I'm assuming in order to settle their differences.
1 Besties: Triple H and Shawn Michaels
There is no close relationship in pro wrestling that has been more well documented than that of Shawn Michaels and Triple H. When Scott Hall and Kevin Nash went to WCW, it left Shawn and The Game in WWE holding down the fort. How did they do it? By creating D-Generation X, and it was a huge hit. That only brought the two of them closer together and the only blip in their relationship was when an incoherent Shawn screwed up his proposed appearance at WrestleMania X-Seven. Eventually the two were friends again and still are to this day. Triple H has brought Shawn into the Performance Center to help train his recruits, and rumor has it that Stephanie McMahon calls HBK when The Game is stressed out because Michaels is the only one who knows how to calm him down.
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