The backstage aspect of wrestling that we don’t get to see is as fascinating as anything that takes place inside the ring. Wrestlers have been known to have egotistical mindsets over the years, causing drama and tension in the locker room. Some personalities disrupted the backstage environment by trying to politic for a bigger push. It can come from harming the careers of others to stay ahead or by just being a jerk to others. There are also the instances of backstage bullies abusing power to make life difficult for any peers they have an issue with.
Wrestling has always had an environment similar to high school with pettiness and pointless negativity. We'll look at some of the names that have become synonymous with drama in the locker room. There is the belief that becoming a backstage pain will cause one’s career to go downhill. Others have the mindset that it helps as the power being used to disrupt the backstage dynamic is a sign of holding down a top spot. Each individual story will be discussed to see just how things ended up going for the following names. These are fifteen of the biggest backstage disturbers in wrestling history and where they are now.
15 Scott Hall: Non-wrestling Appearances at Indie Events/Meet & Greets
Scott Hall's talent was always impressive, but his personal issues always prevented him from reaching main event status in both WWE and WCW. Hall’s ego grew with his association to The Kliq in WWE and the New World Order in WCW. The latter saw him use his guaranteed contract and high profile spot to create tension in the locker room.
14 Ric Flair: Podcast Host/Appearances
Many wrestling pundits name Ric Flair as the greatest in-ring performer in wrestling history. Flair saw great power come backstage along with his success in the ring. WCW allowed him to have power at different stages of his career as the only major Superstar in the company before the Monday Night Wars led to other huge names joining.
13 New Jack: Indie Circuit/Shoot Interviews
One of the more intimidating backstage disturbers in wrestling was hardcore wrestling legend New Jack. The ECW star made his name by pulling off crazy stunts during his matches and having a persona that made you believe he was really a dangerous dude. That's because he actually was dangerous, with a very long rap sheet of violent incidents in his past.
12 Goldberg: WWE Superstar
Bill Goldberg is not remembered as negatively as many other wrestlers on the list. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a pain to deal with backstage. Goldberg entered the business with the biggest push in wrestling history by going 173-0 before suffering his first loss. With such a big push came a huge ego, making him treat others poorly.
11 The Nasty Boys: Indie Events
Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags overachieved for many years in the wrestling industry. Both WWE and WCW employed them as The Nasty Boys for successful runs in the tag team division. However, Knobbs and Sags developed the reputation for being annoying personalities backstage. Anyone to witness Knobbs’ behavior on the microphone can see how his could've personality rubbed others the wrong way.
10 Sable: Motherhood
The gorgeous Sable was one of the first major female stars in WWE history. Fans showed more interest in Sable than the wrestlers she managed leading to a huge push coming her way. Her success saw a rise in her ego. A few female wrestlers from that time period in WWE have spoken out over the years to discuss how Sable treated them poorly to cause tension in the locker room.
9 Jim Cornette: Podcast Host/Meet & Greets
Jim Cornette is known for hating just about everyone he has worked with through the years. Unfortunately, he has burned all of his bridges leaving no options available for the controversial personality. Cornette has never shied away from speaking his mind and it led to drama with quite a few wrestlers. The memorable incident of him slapping Santino Marella backstage following a segment he disliked led to a firing from WWE.
8 Teddy Hart: Indie Events
Teddy Hart's athletic ability should have made him a wrestling star. WWE signed him at a very young age due to the fact that he was a member of the highly respected Hart Family. Unlike his uncles Bret Hart and Owen Hart, Teddy was not reliable and did not do what was best for business. Teddy constantly butted heads with other wrestlers and showed no respect to promoters.
7 Kevin Nash: Meet & Greets
Kevin Nash's cool demeanor and charisma allowed him to get away with being a jerk for many years. Nash and Shawn Michaels were the main players in The Kliq and used their power to harass the other wrestlers in the WWE locker room. A move to WCW saw Nash become even more powerful by changing the entire dynamic there with the success of the New World Order.
6 Scott Steiner: Indie Circuit/Shoney's Restaurant
Scott Steiner is unlike anyone else in the wrestling business. He was never one to be messed with, but a change of appearance and attitude in the late 90s added to that. Steiner was no longer a tag team wrestler and became Big Poppa Pump. His personality became confrontational, as he would verbally attack others on the microphone with shoot promos, completely blindsiding them.
5 Triple H: WWE's Excutive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative
The polarizing reputation of Triple H sees the negative side come from his antics backstage. A romantic relationship with Stephanie McMahon at the height of his career allowed Triple H to use political power to stay on top of the WWE. Wrestlers like Rob Van Dam, Booker T and CM Punk were all buried by Triple H at various points of his run on top of WWE.
4 JBL: WWE Commentator For SmackDown Live
Backstage bully is a term no one wants associated with them today, but it was a real thing for many years in the past. JBL was one of the most well-known bullies back when he was in the lockeroom. Anyone JBL disliked or felt didn’t show proper respect backstage would be harassed and picked on by Bradshaw for quite some time.
3 Melina: Indie Circuit/ Meet & Greets
The women’s division in WWE was treated with little to no respect for many years. It meant the ladies would only get one short segment per television show. Competition for the few spots that would be pushed caused tension in the locker room. Melina is one name that was always associated with drama during his time in WWE.
2 Shawn Michaels: WWE Employee
Shawn Michaels is a nearly flawless wrestler that always put out a tremendous performance in the squared circle. His only issue took place backstage, as he was one of the worst humans to deal with during the 90s. Michaels often picked fights with others, abused his powers and sabotaged the careers of those he didn’t get along with. Bret Hart, Shane Douglas and Bryan Clark were just a few to feel his wrath.
1 Hulk Hogan: Appearances
No one spent as much time and effort using political power backstage as Hulk Hogan did. The iconic wrestler became the first massive mainstream star for the industry. That saw him become the most powerful person as well. Hogan often used it to dominate the main event scene in both WWE and WCW. Numerous wrestlers have complained about Hogan holding them down.
Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels saw Hogan refuse to do the job for them, twelve years apart, to show he never changed his ways. The entire WCW locker room were forced to work under him with a creative clause in his contract allowing Hogan to do whatever he wanted. Today, Hogan has finally retired, but wants to return to WWE in a role outside of the ring. A racist rant in the embarrassing sex tape leak led to Hogan being black-listed from WWE. Time will tell if he ever returns.
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