The art of professional wrestling is one that involves two or more athletes completing what one could call a makeshift dance while inside of a ring. Matches are a matter of give-and-go between the performers, and both have to be in the same book and on the same pages throughout the contest to avoid making noticeable mistakes that will draw jeers from those watching. Criticism is not all that the athletes have to worry about during such scripted battles. A wrestler being out of position even an inch or so for a spot could lead to either he and/or his opponent suffering a serious injury.
Nobody, not even the biggest optimist out there, should believe that every performer behind the curtain in any organization or federation are friends. They are, after all, competitors, and everybody inside of a pro wrestling locker room wants to be at the top of the card so that he can make the most money possible and also, depending on where he is working at the time, potentially receive better gigs from a different company. Getting over among fans and also among promoters who produce storylines and who sign off on checks is the top priority for anybody who breaks through into the business.
Sometimes, just as at any office or any place of work, emotions get the better of the employees either behind the scenes or inside of the ring, and thus chaos ensues. Such real-life feuds have, in certain instances, led to matches that are featured on national television being clunky and ugly. In other scenarios, however, storylines have had to be changed and rewritten due to performers being unable to put animosities aside for the good of all involved. Just to be clear, some of these wrestlers ended up working together, but either refused to work together for a period of time or wrestled them and decided to never face them again.
12 CM Punk and Ryback
11 Hulk Hogan and Jake Roberts
Here is one of the stories featured in this piece that has been confirmed to be true by one of the men involved. Hulk Hogan and Jake Roberts were on the verge of feuding for the WWE Championship when Roberts hit the babyface Hogan with his DDT finisher during a “Snake Pit” segment. A funny thing happened, however, as the fans in attendance cheered the supposed dastardly heel when he attacked Hogan. Hogan then nixed the feud, potentially because of fear of a similar response occurring, and he has since, on multiple occasions, admitted that he made a mistake in not keeping with that program.
10 Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart
9 Shawn Michaels and The Rock
8 CM Punk and Triple H
7 Steve Austin and Jeff Jarrett
6 Ric Flair and Lex Luger
5 Sting and the WWE
4 Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan
3 Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar
2 Chris Jericho and Goldberg
1 Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart
In what remains one of the most famous promos in the history of Monday Night Raw, Shawn Michaels vacated the WWE Championship leading up to WrestleMania 13 because he had “lost his smile.” In reality, Michaels allegedly did not want to return the favor and do the job to Bret Hart on the biggest pro wrestling stage of them all. Following successful knee surgery, the “Heartbreak Kid” returned to action as if he had never left. Michaels got his wish in this instance, according to Bleacher Report. it would not be the last time that Michaels would not have to put Hart over when requested to do so.
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