The wrestling industry will create strong friendships between performers you would never expect. Considering the unique nature of wrestling and the grueling schedule, everyone develops their own unique friendships. The current WWE roster shows more friendships than prior eras since the talent is more respectful. Prior eras would see performers trying to stab each other in the back to get ahead. The competition is still strong today, but most wrestlers seem to prefer showing respect for their peers. Sasha Banks and Bayley, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and Finn Balor and Karl Anderson are some of the well documented friendships going down behind the scenes. However, there are many surprising ones that fly under the radar.
We will look at the friendships between current and some former WWE personalities that you wouldn’t have expected. These wrestlers have developed close relationships that seem to be in it for the long haul. It proves you can’t make assumptions, especially when it comes to the world of wrestling and which personalities will be able to get along. Find out if your favorite has an unlikely ally backstage. These are fifteen current behind the scenes friendships involving WWE Superstars that you likely never knew about.
15 Paige and Zahra Schreiber
Two controversial women’s wrestlers met in WWE developmental and have remained friends through the years. Paige is still on the WWE roster after having her struggles and may be unable to ever compete in the ring due to a severe neck injury. Her close friend Zahra Schreiber is not with the WWE after working in developmental for a short time.
14 Paul Heyman and Goldberg
One friendship to completely fly under the radar is the bond between Paul Heyman and Bill Goldberg. Heyman apparently was one of the few people Goldberg trusted behind the scenes during Goldberg’s first WWE run in 2003-2004. It was a horrible run for Goldberg with mostly everyone having a hostile relationship with him due to his loner personality.
13 Lana and Naomi
Lana has a negative reputation of having drama with most of the women backstage in WWE. Paige, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Summer have been just a handful of the women to get annoyed by the actions of Lana. Between making snide comments on social media and seemingly throwing shade at others, Lana is viewed as a rare ‘Diva’ in the era of women’s wrestlers.
12 Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles
A friendship to form over the past year has seen Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles become close pals. Styles was already a close friend of Charlotte’s dad Ric Flair going back to their days in Impact Wrestling. Charlotte and AJ have the common bond of being managed by Ric at different points in their careers. Their friendship started to form when Charlotte was moved to SmackDown in the Superstar shakeup.
11 Apollo Crews and Ricochet
Ricochet recently signed with WWE as one of the biggest free acquisitions of the early year. The WWE is new grounds for Ricochet after wrestling for countless promotions all over the world. It shouldn’t be a tough transition since many of his friends are already in NXT and on the main roster. Ricochet’s best friend is Raw star Apollo Crews.
10 Steve Austin and Bayley
The wrestling characters of Steve Austin in the 90s and Bayley today are opposites, but they are friends in real life. Bayley initially linked up with Austin when her best friend Sasha Banks appeared on Austin’s podcast. This later extended to Bayley having her own interview with Austin along with a trio team with Banks joining them for a later show.
9 Dolph Ziggler and Natalya
A long-time friendship in WWE has seen Dolph Ziggler and Natalya become close pals. Both Ziggler and Natalya have been on the WWE roster for almost a decade. They have gone from newcomers trying to get any television time to veterans today. Total Divas and various interviews have shown the two hanging out backstage as good friends with a solid rapport.
8 Johnny Gargano and The Revival
The harsh words during the on-screen feud between DIY and The Revival did not show their genuine feelings about each other. Gargano recently appeared on the Edge and Christian Podcast to discuss his best moments in NXT. The series of matches between Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa versus Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson were referenced.
7 Mark Henry and Peter Rosenberg
A bizarre story to surface in recent weeks showcased the close friendship between Mark Henry and Peter Rosenberg. There have been rumors circulating online that Rosenberg paid to get a gig on the pre-show panel before WWE PPVs, but Rosenberg received the job through a friendship with Henry. Jerry Lawler revealed that he almost got into a fight with Henry due to the friendship with Rosenberg.
6 Braun Strowman and Dana Brooke
Braun Strowman and Dana Brooke have one of the most random friendships you’ll ever find in wrestling. Strowman’s character is the most unstoppable monster in wrestling. Brooke is essentially a comedic act in the women’s division with her new role of the statistician for Titus Worldwide. The nickname of Dana is actually “country strong” which helps link her to Braun.
5 Kevin Owens and John Cena
Anyone to predict this friendship coming to fruition as recently as five years ago deserves a prize. Kevin Owens and John Cena represented different worlds of wrestling from their -ring style to presentation to fan bases. However, Cena and Owens developed a friendship during Owens’ first feud on the main roster. A win over Cena in his first PPV match helped cement Owens as a credible WWE star.
4 Big E and Kaitlyn
Big E is one of the friendliest wrestlers in the business. Despite being in the WWE bubble for his entire wrestling career, Big E has multiple friends outside of the company. Various videos have shown Big E wearing the t-shirts of Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks backstage after they formed friendships. However, the bond we will look at is one that started in WWE.
3 Sasha Banks and Mika Rotunda
Mika Rotunda is not a wrestler, but she is involved in the wrestling world due to her family. As the daughter of former wrestler I.R.S., Mika is mostly known for being the sister of current WWE stars Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas. Sasha Banks and Mika formed a close friendship at some point when getting to know each other.
2 Carmella and James Ellsworth
The recently released James Ellsworth spent most of 2017 as the sidekick and manager of Carmella. Ellsworth was coming off his involvement of a main event storyline between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose. Following a heel turn, WWE didn’t know what to do with him until Carmella pitched the idea of having him as her lackey and it worked out well.
1 Shinsuke Nakamura and Greg Hamilton
Shinsuke Nakamura is arguably the coolest wrestler in the world. It would only make sense his best friend in WWE is the ring announcer. Nakamura’s charisma is off the charts, and he has the “it factor” based on his walk to the ring alone. Despite being so cool, Nakamura doesn’t seem to have many close friends in the WWE locker room.
Since coming to WWE, Nakamura’s social media has seen him develop friendships with the likes of Greg Hamilton, Sin Cara and James Ellsworth. Hamilton seems to be the closest friend of Nakamura as they go out to eat after shows. Nakamura even appeared on the first vlog of Hamilton showcasing life on the road. The unlikely friendship between Nakamura and Hamilton is one that no one would have been able to guess.
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