The professional wrestling industry has been responsible for some memorable bromances over the years. Some of these duos have been absolutely beloved by fans because they were so comical and entertaining. Others, however, were beyond obnoxious and lame and left television viewers searching for remotes in order to change the channel. Maybe the best part about both good and bad bromances is that fans know it will only be a matter of time before one of the individuals involved in the team turns on the other and creates a new feud. Promotions hope the idea of two former friends battling with each other, sometimes over a championship, will draw money and lead to multiple tremendous matches that can headline shows such as Pay-Per-View events that occur inside of bigger arenas and stadiums.
It can be frustrating when an organization doesn't provide fans with definitive finales for these types of storylines. Truth be told, a lack of adequate booking regarding such teams can play a part in a wrestling bromance being remembered poorly by diehard followers of the product. Arguably the best bromance in the history of North American pro wrestling is one that featured two real-life friends who came together to form one of the top factions in World Wrestling Entertainment history but who also feuded with each other for multiple years. Wrestling fans, like followers of any product, like a happy ending to a story, and that's why we were thrilled when those two performers came back together and had a second successful run as a duo.
15 Best: A.P.A.
We admittedly didn't love the duo of John Bradshaw Layfield and Faarooq working as the Acolytes and part of the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness, but the team became miles better performing as the Acolytes Protection Agency who beat people up for money, gambled on card games and drank beer during events.
Furthermore, the two men appeared to be legitimately hurt when they were first broken up during the roster split that occurred in 2002. That proved to be a great decision for Bradshaw and the WWE, as he became a top heel as the J.B.L. character. Faarooq never enjoyed that type of success working as a solo worker in the WWE, but he did manage to get over with fans and sell merchandise because of a single word: Damn!
14 Worst: John Cena & Bull Buchanan
Some fans out there may not even remember this bromance, and that's one reason why it checks in among the worst mentioned in this piece. John Cena was performing a lame character who really wasn't anything special when he teamed up with Bull Buchanan, who became known as “B-Squared,” for a bromance that seemingly ended almost as quickly as it began.
Buchanan never flashed the personality or the promise Cena showed during the early days of his “Thuganomics” gimmick, and the two were split up once the WWE decided to make Cena more of a serious wrestler capable of feuding with the likes of Brock Lesnar over the WWE Championship. Nobody out there yearned for the bromance of Cena and Buchanan after it disappeared, and those of you who missed this portion of WWE programming don't need to go back and watch this short-lived duo.
13 Best: Enzo & Cass
We love the duo of Enzo Amore and Big Cass for multiple reasons, one of which being anybody who has spent any amount of time in the New Jersey area actually knows two people who are exactly like the characters portrayed on WWE programming. It's obvious to a fan who actively follows the WWE that it is only a matter of time before the WWE ends this bromance and pushes Cass as a solo act because he's seven-foot tall – and you can't teach that – and that's why we're happy to enjoy this duo for as long as we can.
Knowing how the WWE works, we feel that Enzo will struggle to work as a solo act once this bromance ends, but the hope is that the two will put on some good matches whenever their inevitable feud begins.
12 Worst: Steve Austin & Triple H
So much about the “Two-Man Power Trip” that was the bromance shared between Triple H and Stone Cold”Steve Austin in 2001 was just plain bad. For starters, fans did not want to see Austin turn heel and have any sort of positive relationship with the Mr. McMahon character, and that was proven in the fact some tuned out and chose to abandon the product.
Things were made even worse when Triple H famously suffered a torn quadriceps during a tag team match on an edition of Raw, an injury that ended the duo and erased the bromance from future WWE shows. Worst of all is that the storyline never had a true ending, as Triple H didn't feud with Austin when he made his return after the failed “Invasion” storyline ended in November 2001.
11 Best: Spirit Squad
Some wrestling fans out there who don't have fond memories of the original Spirit Squad may have forgotten how awesome this bromance was when the team was serving as muscle for Mr. McMahon. During an era when some heels were cheered as fan-favorites while supposed babyfaces such as John Cena were booed by pockets of audiences, the Spirit Squad were thoroughly hated by just about everybody who attended shows and who watched WWE shows on television.
They generated real heat, especially when they feuded with Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and it was somewhat of a letdown when Michaels hilariously “sent” them back to Ohio Valley Wrestling during an episode of Raw. It isn't inaccurate to say the WWE has not had as good a heel bromance since the Spirit Squad.
10 Worst: Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
To this day, we're not completely sure what the bromance between Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder was about other than the fact that the two were, in storylines, big fans of Edge. This bromance never had any real official ending, as Ryder eventually ended up separated from Hawkins as part of the Extreme Championship Wrestling brand.
What's humorous about this duo being listed among the worst bromances in wrestling history is that Ryder had a similar working relationship later in his career when he and Mojo Rawley combined to be the Hype Bros. That bromance came to an end after Ryder suffered a real-life injury in late 2016, and it looks like the WWE has since moved on from the gimmick. We're hyped, excuse the pun, to see what bromance Ryder will be in next.
9 Best: Too Cool
The WWE could use more bromances such as the one had by Brian Christopher and Scotty 2 Hotty when they worked as the team Too Cool. Essentially, Too Cool was a team of two jobbers joined together largely because they both were dorky characters who thought they were cool, but the duo found new life for their WWE careers once they were joined up with Rikishi.
The act actually got over among casual audiences who cheered whenever they danced and then worked as babyfaces in peril during encounters, and their matches were rather decent. Sure, there was never chance either member of this bromance was ever going to win the WWE Championship, but we still loved this mid-card act while it existed. Admit it, you'd pop if Too Cool came back for a one-off in 2017.
8 Worst: Billy & Chuck
The worst thing about the bromance between Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo is that the WWE ran away from the storyline that the two were actually in a relationship with each other. For whatever reasons, those making the decisions for the WWE got cold feet and decided that the two were just good friends and had pretended to be together for publicity.
There was no payoff to this, as the duo were separated after Gunn suffered an injury that ultimately led to him returning to the “Mr. Ass” character and working as a solo act. The least the WWE could have done was have Gunn and Palumbo feud so that those of us who invested time following the story would have seen a conclusion to what should have been a historic bromance.
7 Best: Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
Even though everybody watching knew the bromance between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens was going to end with Owens turning on his supposed best friend, we still loved watching the entire storyline play out during editions of Raw. Jericho is undeniably one of the best performers to ever work in the WWE, in part because he has found so many ways to change his character over the years.
A small and simple thing of Jericho putting people on a list turned into a gimmick that fans popped for at house shows and during television programs, and it also had a role in the break-up of this bromance when Owens put Jericho on his own list. One would think wrestlers would know by now that they shouldn't have any sort of relationship with the dastardly Owens.
6 Worst: Kane & Daniel Bryan
Anybody who doubts the WWE actively worked to make Daniel Bryan be nothing more than a mid-card act should go back and re-live some of the moments of his on-air bromance with Kane during their run as Team Hell No. The segments where the two went to anger management were downright painful to get through, and it was clear to even casual fans Bryan deserved better due to his in-ring talent and abilities.
Perhaps worst of all about this bromance is that Bryan was made to be the weak link of the team, a ridiculous notion considering the WWE eventually pushed him as somebody worthy of closing a WrestleMania by winning the world championship in the final match of that show. The WWE wasting Bryan time and time again is one of the worst decisions the company has made during the current decade. On a positive note, their real life bromance seemed to be much cooler.
5 Best: Sting & Lex Luger
One of the best things about the bromance between Sting and Lex Luger is that fans were able to believe the two were best friends even when Luger worked as a heel. Luger was loyal to Sting at this time even when it seemed as if he was going to turn on the babyface, and, thus, it was a big shock when Luger believed Sting had turned on World Championship Wrestling and joined the New World Order during the summer of 1996.
This storyline resulted in Sting becoming the company's version of the “Crow” character, and it helped elevate him to a new level as the top babyface in the company until the promotion wasted his feud with Hulk Hogan because WCW ultimately got everything wrong. It's too bad, because a lengthy feud between Sting and Luger following the end of their bromance could have made for good television.
4 Worst: Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake
One could argue the wrestling business has never seen a worse bromance than the one shared between Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake if only because it was a relationship we couldn't escape for years. Beefcake followed Hogan from the WWE to WCW when the Hulkster made the move in the 1990s, and that resulted in Beefcake playing multiple awful characters during his sting with WCW.
He was Brother Bruti, The Butcher, The Man With No Name (seriously), The Zodiac, The Booty Man and The Disciple, and literally none of his character changes had any real impacts on fans. It's good for Beefcake that he had such a close friend in pro wrestling, as this allowed him to get paid for years and remain relevant in the business to this very day.
3 Best: Scott Hall & Kevin Nash
The storyline and real-life bromance of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash was fascinating to follow. Hall and Nash made the jump together from the WWE to WCW in 1996, and that led to the creation of the New World Order and one the best summers the industry ever saw. Hall's personal demons and struggles with addiction affected the wrestling portion of this bromance multiple times, but these two and the rest of the Kliq remain friends today.
The Kliq is a faction that is fondly remembered by fans for all of the good they did in the ring and during television even if we know they weren't always positive influences behind the scenes. Say whatever you will about the Kliq. There's nothing like it in the WWE as of 2017.
2 Worst: Vince McMahon & The Stooges
So much about the Mr. McMahon character feuding with Steve Austin was awesome, so we'll forgive the bromance McMahon had with his corporate stooges, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson. Watching Brisco and Patterson work as two old men well past their primes was awkward, and the gimmick of the two legends of the industry embarrassing themselves while feuding with babyface wrestlers got old very quickly.
It's hard to believe, nearly two decades after the fact, Brisco and Patterson had a hardcore match while wearing evening gowns. Those of you who weren't into the product during the bulk of the Attitude Era should feel lucky you didn't see such terrible storylines play out on WWE programming. That period of time had plenty of rough patches we've allowed ourselves to forget.
1 Best: Triple H & Shawn Michaels
The bromance had by Triple H and Shawn Michaels is the best in wrestling history for multiple reasons. First of all, D-Generation X remains an iconic faction that would probably be the best thing in the WWE in 2017 if the duo were to reunite. Michaels and Triple H also had several great matches while feuding with each other after Michaels returned from a serious back injury in the summer of 2002.
Michaels and Triple H have played different characters over the past two decades, but the two were seemingly always at their best when working alongside each other in some capacity. It's a shame, in a way, the two never had an all-time great match at a WrestleMania, as they could've produced a wrestling clinic performing at a massive stadium.