WCW is remembered for creating competition for WWE before falling apart in dramatic fashion. The biggest issue in WCW revolved around the egos in the locker room. Eric Bischoff gave out many high paying contracts with a few creative control clauses. Wrestlers started to backstab backstage and hold power over each other. Most wrestlers still share stories today about being miserable during their time in WCW before the company went out of business. The stars from the promotion are still remembered fondly today by fans for the success the company achieved during the Monday Night Wars.
The hostile relationships behind the scenes however caused issues to continue or even begin years later after the company closed. There are plenty of former WCW stars that still have a rivalry going today. Some trash each other for their time working together while others have developed hatred at some point through the years. On the other side of things, there are a few pairs of WCW wrestlers that are still close today. Their friendship lasted following the end of WCW or has become tight in recent years. We'll look at both sides with eight pairs of WCW wrestlers that are real life buddies and seven that hate each other today.
15 Buddies: Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall
The friendship between Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall ended up becoming one of the most important in wrestling. Hall and Page were very close during the early portion of their careers and grew even closer in WCW. DDP credits Hall as being one of the stars that talked Eric Bischoff into pushing him when the crowd started to buy into his potential.
14 Enemies: Scott Steiner and Ric Flair
One of the longest standing hatred stories in wrestling history features Scott Steiner and Ric Flair. Steiner feels that Flair held him down in WCW during the early 90s. Flair held a great deal of backstage power at the time as the biggest star in the company.
13 Buddies: Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell
A rare instance of Scott Steiner being friends with someone from WCW is Buff Bagwell. The two wrestlers grew close working together in the New World Order. Steiner and Bagwell often branched away from the nWo as a tag team within the group. Both guys had characters that added elements of the “ladies man” gimmick and they were brought together because of it.
12 Enemies: Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan
Two big names in the history of wrestling that absolutely despise each other are Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart. Their hostility started off in WWE when Hogan left the company by refusing to drop the WWE Championship to Hart as promised. Hogan felt Bret wasn’t a big enough star or a big enough human in size to defeat him.
11 Buddies: Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff did develop some close relationships in WCW and the biggest involved Hogan. The skills of Bischoff to convince Hogan to not only join WCW but eventually turn heel led to them passing WWE in the ratings war. Hogan and Bischoff became extremely close working together backstage and on-screen in the New World Order.
10 Enemies: Shane Helms and Buff Bagwell
Shane Helms and Buff Bagwell developed a hatred for each other right when WWE purchased WCW and brought some of the talent over. Bagwell was expected to be a huge star for the WCW brand going forward. Helms was going to get a chance in a smaller spot as the Cruiserweight Champion. Following his debut match stinking up the joint, Buff apparently was on edge.
9 Buddies: Raven and Chris Jericho
Raven and Chris Jericho were a part of an unofficial clique backstage in WCW along with the aforementioned friends Disco Inferno and Konnan. All four guys had the mutual interest of knowing useless trivia that made them have fun together in the miserable climate of the WCW locker room. Jericho proved he and Raven are still buddies today when he gave another podcast to a friend.
8 Enemies: Ric Flair and Paul Roma
The Four Horsemen usually gave us wrestlers successfully working as a unit partly thanks to their respect for each other backstage. One member of the group that flopped horrendously was Paul Roma. WCW placed Roma in the Four Horsemen with the hopes of his good look and athleticism leading to his wrestling star power growing.
7 Buddies: Sting and Lex Luger
Sting and Lex Luger have been extremely close friends in wrestling for nearly three decades now. They became close in the late 80s in WCW thanks to their shared passion for working out. Luger and Sting worked out and actually apparently shared investments in gyms at various points. Sting was the one to talk Eric Bischoff into hiring back Luger to start the Monday Night Wars on the premiere episode of Nitro.
6 Enemies: Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo
The decision to hire Vince Russo is considered to be among the worst decisions in WCW history that helped kill the company. Eric Bischoff’s poor decisions and allowing the locker room to get out of control led to him losing power. Russo came in and instantly proved he was significantly worse than Bischoff. WCW tried to get both fading minds to work together.
5 Buddies: Disco Inferno and Konnan
A random pair of friends going all the way back to WCW is Disco Inferno and Konnan. Both men were highly paid mid-carders throughout the entirety of the Monday Night Wars. Disco and Konnan formed a friendship backstage due to their mutual love of pointless trivia along with the party scene after shows.
4 Enemies: Shane Douglas and Ric Flair
Ric Flair had yet another enemy in WCW that remains hostile today. Shane Douglas believes that Flair is the reason his career in WCW ended poorly in the early 90s. Douglas definitely appeared to be the next big star with a world of potential that somehow went nowhere. The accusations of Douglas were that Flair held him down and tried to ruin his career.
3 Buddies: Kevin Nash and Scott Hall
The friendship between Kevin Nash and Scott Hall helped change the wrestling business on many levels. Both men made the jump from WWE to WCW together to get the first guaranteed contracts in wrestling and start the New World Order angle. Fans started tuning into WCW in droves to witness the magic of the nWo.
2 Enemies: Scott Steiner and Hulk Hogan
A very personal rivalry between two former WCW stars pits Scott Steiner and Hulk Hogan against each other. They never had personal issues in WCW and often worked together in the New World Order. Hogan and Steiner started to butt heads many years later in TNA. Steiner viewed Hogan and Eric Bischoff coming in as the death nail to destroy the company.
1 Buddies: Bret Hart and Ric Flair
Bret Hart and Ric Flair have developed one of the more surprising friendships in wrestling. Both legends hated each other in both WWE and WCW through the 90s. Despite having the similar fans that appreciated great in-ring work, neither man appreciated the talent of the other. Hart and Flair each named the other among the most overrated talents they ever faced with harsh insults being exchanged.
This all changed when they worked together in WWE for an NXT match between Ric’s daughter Charlotte Flair and Bret’s niece Natalya. The incredible match and seeing their relatives carry on the legacy led to them making peace. If your loved ones can be friends and make such magic, it can cause you to end a pointless war. Hart and Flair have nothing but kind words for one another today and consider each other good friends.
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