Over the last decade or so, Twitter has become the premier place for people from all corners of the world to come and argue with each other, in a series of 140-character messages.
Many WWE superstars were early adopters of the social media platform and over time began to really use it to further their in-ring angles by blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Of course, many have also used it pick fights with other people in the business who they don't like. This article will look at the 10 best WWE Twitter wars of all time.
10 BECKY LYNCH AND RONDA ROUSEY - 2018/19
Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey have been engaged in a Twitter feud for the ages for months. In the leadup to their match at Wrestlemania 35 (which will also include Charlotte Flair), 'The Man' and Rowdy Ronda have thrown increasingly personal barbs at each other and recently went a little too far for WWE's tastes.
It's pretty much accepted that WWE wants the two superstars to use Twitter to hype their match and is fine with blurring the lines between storyline and real life, but when Ronda began using sexual swear words and called Becky's finishing move 'fake,' it wasn't a good look for anyone.
9 CONOR MCGREGOR AND THE ENTIRE WWE ROSTER - 2016
UFC superstar Conor McGregor angered almost the entire WWE roster in August 2016 when he called wrestlers some incredibly insulting words on a conference call hyping his rematch with Nate Diaz. He then took to Twitter to say he'd 'slap the head off' the entire roster.
It prompted a host of WWE superstars to respond, including legends like Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, and Chris Jericho, as well as current wrestlers like Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, and Sasha Banks. Whether he was being entirely serious or not, it was obvious McGregor got the rise he wanted and it was even more obvious that wrestlers hate the idea of their toughness being called into question.
8 CHRIS JERICHO AND THE MIZ - 2009
Chris Jericho and The Miz proved that they were ahead of their time in the social media game when they engaged in a Twitter beef way back in July 2009. For seemingly no rhyme or reason, they went off on each other, with Miz making fun of Jericho for being old and teasing him about his heavy metal band Fozzy, while Jericho fired back by lampooning Miz' in-ring skills.
In reality, the two have a great relationship these days, with Miz being a multiple time guest on the Talk Is Jericho podcast, so perhaps this was simply an example of two forward-thinking guys realizing Twitter was a viable platform for expanding WWE's storytelling?
7 THE ROCK AND JOHN CENA - 2011/12
John Cena and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson wrestled back-to-back main events at Wrestlemania 28 and 29, and the first match was booked almost a year in advance. This put the two men in the position of having to keep fans interested for a year, all while Johnson was off filming movies and sporadically appearing on Raw.
They mostly stoked the fires in a legendary Twitter battle that got very personal, with fans coming to believe there was genuine dislike there. It seems there was beef, and perhaps things got too personal. Cena later apologized for criticizing Rock for abandoning WWE for Hollywood, saying he was 'ignorant' and 'stupid'.
6 PEYTON ROYCE AND DAVE MELTZER - 2018
In August 2018, Pro Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer got himself in hot water when he intimated on a podcast that WWE's Peyton Royce wasn't as attractive on the main roster as she had been on NXT, when she was 'lighter.' Royce was understandably upset at what many would call body-shaming and angrily asked Meltzer on Twitter if she should 'starve herself' before adding that the women in his life 'must be proud.'
Meltzer was then called out by many members of WWE's roster and apologized profusely on the platform, even going so far as to encourage his fans not to defend him, as he was wrong. To his credit, he did seem genuinely sorry, but it left a bad taste in everyone's mouths.
5 BRET HART AND HULK HOGAN - 2011
This Twitter beef was a particularly bad one and the 'Excellence Of Execution' Bret Hart didn't come out of it looking good at all. He was asked on Twitter about how he would improve TNA's product, so took a shot at Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. He then added that Hogan was a 'two-faced, backstabbing steroid freak who deserved everything he got.'
Hogan's riposte was that Bret has also done all these things, to which Bret responded 'That's not what John Graziano thinks, dickhead,' referring to the friend left in a vegetative state after Hogan's son Nick was involved in a serious car accident. Hogan only responded once more, saying he hoped Bret would find happiness and that he had forgiven him.
4 AJ LEE AND STEPHANIE MCMAHON - 2015
AJ Lee called out her boss on Twitter in 2015 and fans lost their minds. Stephanie McMahon had retweeted actress Patricia Arquette, who at the Academy Awards had called for equal wages for female actresses in Hollywood, thanking her for having the courage to fight for women's rights.
AJ responded to Stephanie and said that WWE's female wrestlers had record selling merchandise and had starred in the highest rated show segments, yet their wages and screen time were a fraction of the male wrestler's. Stephanie replied with a curt thank you, saying she appreciated AJ's opinion. It was just what fans wanted in the wake of the '#GiveDivasAChance' hashtag and a change was on the horizon for women's wrestling in WWE.
3 CM PUNK AND CHRIS BROWN - 2012
Never one to back down from a war of words, CM Punk engaged in a vitriolic beef with singer Chris Brown in 2012. Fresh off a controversial Grammy win for the singer, Punk tweeted that he'd like Brown to fight somebody who could defend themselves, adding that 'me curb stomping that turd would be a Wrestlemania moment.' Punk was referencing Brown's felony assault charge relating to ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown came back with an ill-advised barb, saying that Punk couldn't pleasure a woman because of the 'roids' he was on. This made it clear that Brown had no idea who Punk was, as he lives a straight-edge lifestyle and would never use steroids. Punk then challenged Brown to 'put the gloves on' and fight him for charity.
2 BATISTA AND ALBERTO DEL RIO - 2014
When Batista made his ill-fated WWE return in January 2014, his first opponent was Alberto Del Rio and the two had a Twitter beef in the leadup to their match. Batista derisively asked 'Who the hell is Alberto Del Rio?' to which ADR responded that he was the one winning titles while 'The Animal' was getting his ass kicked by his plumber.
This was a reference to Batista's one and only MMA fight. Batista sent a devastating riposte, saying that 'some C-level stars in a B-level star era' were beginning to believe their own hype. He later deleted this tweet as it reportedly angered many backstage in WWE, who believed it signaled Batista was bringing a big ego with him upon his return.
1 CM PUNK AND KURT ANGLE - 2012
At a Q&A held during the Chicago Wizard World Comic Con in 2012, CM Punk was asked which indy wrestler he'd like to see sign with WWE. He said Samoa Joe (which would, of course, come to pass in 2015). Kurt Angle, who was TNA's headline star at the time, took exception to Punk labeling the company an 'indy', saying 'If I ever See You Punk, Hide B****!'
Punk didn't respond to the Olympic legend, who added that 'Punk disrespected TNA. He has a lot to learn about fame and responsibility.' Perhaps Angle held on to the beef, but the two never even crossed paths in WWE, as by the time Angle returned in 2017 Punk had already been gone for nearly three years.