Every once in a while, WWE finds two significant characters that come together to create a friendship that can rather entertain crowds for a few months, or change the world of wrestling forever. Professional wrestling has formed the ultimate bromances, in effect giving audiences exhilarating and unforgettable performances inside the ring and behind the scenes.
Wrestling bromances are often sparked over mutual rivals or a similar sense of humor. Oddly enough, most friendships that have kindled in the WWE are between wrestlers who were once extreme enemies. However, most of WWE’s bromances have proved so strong, they have dominated in championship matches and won multiple titles and awards.
From an overall perspective, these wrestlers are merely called ‘tag-teams’. From their point of view, WWE’s most significant tag-team champions come from a foundation of mutual trust, dynamics and a killer connection. Their bromance bloomed as teammates and from there, they became partners and in some cases, best of friends. Anyone can win a tag-team match, but it is those who shaped a union that remained true and prevailing that impacted the uprising of wrestling entertainment.
There are tag-team champions that will go down in history because of their success in the ring and there are others that have created such an intense bromance, they will be remembered because of how their friendship impacted the WWE Universe.
Nevertheless, these influential athletes have spanned across wrestling history, creating legendary tag-teams and overthrowing the entertainment world. WWE’s bromances have stretched far beyond wrestling entertainment and paved the way for real life friendships that may last a lifetime.
Here are the Top 15 bromances in WWE history, proving that wrestling entertainment isn’t just about what happens in the ring.
15. Paul London and Brian Kendrick
This team of great entertainment and extreme wrestling began their journey together after being hired by WWE in 2003. Once they were SmackDown branded, Paul London and Brian Kendrick teamed together and created a bromance that the world of wrestling loved, despite that the team never settled on an official tag-team name. In 2006, they became the longest reigning Tag Team Champions in WWE history with a record of 330 days. The bromance remained as the team was drafted to RAW in 2007 and remained that way until they parted ways in 2008.
14. Christian and Chris Jericho
When the two professional wrestlers teamed up in 2002 and won the World Tag Team Championships, Christian and Chris Jericho started a bromance that was so intense, they were almost mistaken as real brothers. When Jericho chose his entrance number at the Royal Rumble match in 2003, Christian went so far as to dress in Jericho’s outfit and eliminate Shawn Michaels at the beginning of the Rumble. However, the bromance did not last forever, as the wrestling duo’s bromance had come to an end in result of a feud between the two later that year.
13. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Mr McMahon
Vince McMahon and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin were once the basis of one of the most entertaining rivalries in the history of WWE. However, after McMahon had assisted Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven in a match against The Rock, a world changing bromance was ignited. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s character had altered entirely after his positive encounter with McMahon at WrestleMania, which was an ultimately bad decision according to audiences. Nevertheless, Austin tailored his character to suite McMahon, and showered his new-found friend with hugs, gifts and even serenades.
12. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
O’Neil and Young had their their debut victory on April 20th on SmackDown and named themselves “The Prime Time Players.” The two famous wrestlers were initially rivals in the 5th season of NXT before they came together to become an unstoppable force. From there, the sustained an impressive winning streak up until May 18th of that year, where they were defeated by Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. They are a bromance that could go a long way in WWE; however they aren’t yet as comparable as other bromances in the company. They’ve recently been reunited and could start to make some noise in the weak Tag Team division.
11. The Shield
Although the bromance didn’t last as long as others, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins were one of the closest bromances in WWE and were known as the ‘The Shield’ in the world of wrestling. Debuting at Survivor Series on November 18th, 2012, The Shield were undefeated for five consecutive months, where their success is believed to be the result of their strong bond. At Extreme Rules 2013, all three men left wearing gold, solidifying their successful bromance.
10. Kane and Rob Van Dam
This wrestling duo was an odd relationship and faced a series of troubles throughout their time together. At the 2003 Royal Rumble, Kane had eliminated Rob Van Dam and at No Way Out choke-slammed his partner mistakenly. However, their bromance rekindled after they won the Tag Team titles in March on the night after WrestleMania and successfully reignited their bromance. They held their titles for a few months and had a few memorable backstage segments in the process.
9. The Miz and John Morrison
Proclaiming themselves as the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, The Miz and John Morrison had a bromance that was more than entertainment when they found each other in 2007. Before their bromance, The Miz and Morrison were rivals whilst competing for the ECW Championship title. However, once they began competing together, the duo was seen as an ultimate friendship. The pair won the Slammy Awards for Tag Team of the year in 2008 and spent their spare time together, trash-talking their opponents on “The Dirt Sheet,” their WWE.com show.
8. Edge and Christian
The creators of the con-chair-to and the five second pose, these two seemed like two frat boys running around the WWE and having a great time. On top of their hilarious vignettes and incredible stunts, they were also proficient in the ring. While performing as a team, they won the Tag Team straps on seven different occasions, while also being involved in some of the best tag team matches of all-time, alongside The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz. At certain points they were actually considered brothers, but we’re talking about the point after that, when they were revealed to be childhood friends.
7. Booker T and Goldust
From an overall perspective, many believed that Goldust was more committed to the bromance than Booker T. However, in many instances Booker T would have been lost without his strange wrestling partner. Their unlikely bromance was one of the most memorable in WWE history and was famously loved by the audiences because of their humorous vignettes and unstoppable strength when they fought together. Together, they won the World Tag Team Championships in a Fatal 4-way and years later, Goldust defended his good friend in a rivalry between Booker T and Cody Rhodes, proving that the unlikely duo had a long-lasting, relentless bond.
6. Kane and Daniel Bryan
Another odd, yet successful couple in WWE was created when Kane and Daniel Bryan sparked a bromance after AJ Lee, the Raw General Manager forced them both to undergo anger management classes. From there, the unlikely duo not only went on to win the WWE Tag Team Championships and three Slammy Awards, but famously rekindled the humbling phrase, “hug it out.” The bromance furthered with their new duo name, “Team Hell No” and continued to fire up whilst winning numerous matches. They’ve since became huge rivals, but we won’t forget the bromance that was.
5. Billy and Chuck
Possibly the most intimate bromance in wrestling history, Billy and Chuck had a relationship that became so affectionate, they wore matching red outfits when performing in the ring. The loving duo sparked after Chuck was kicked out of the Alliance, and became a part of a WWE storyline that involved a very close relationship between the two. They became so caught up with each other, the storyline became stronger than their wrestling matches. Their bromance being so strong, Chuck actually proposed to Billy in the ring and they were to supposedly marry at a SmackDown ceremony.
4. The Rock and Mankind
The Rock and Mankind, after ceasing their rivalry, provided the world of wrestling with some of the most entertaining and beloved bromance segments the WWE had ever witnessed. On top of the humor, The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection became three time Tag Team champions. The Rock had his doubts at the start of this bromance, but after Mankind spent so much time trying to convince him, and literally laid his neck on the line for him, he got on board and we got some entertaining television out of it.
3. The Soul Patrol
In 1983, “Soulman” Rocky Johnson and “Mr.USA” Tony Atlas came together to create a legendary bromance and an unstoppable force known as “The Soul Patrol.” The duo became immensely popular with their charismatic relationship and used their individual skills to win matches. The WWE Hall of Famers overthrew the World Tag Team Champions, The Wild Samoans, after being together for only two months. After the Soul Patrol became the first-ever African-American World Tag Team Champions, they dominated through the WWE world and paved the way for future tag team championship holders
2. Triple H and Shawn Michaels
They may have been one of WWE’s most dramatic couples throughout their relationship, however Triple H and Shawn Michaels, the founding members of D-Generation X, are part of a long-lasting, real life bromance that began during the Attitude Era in 1997. Although they parted ways three years after they began, Triple H and Shawn Michaels reunited in 2006 as “DX” for another entertaining period of time. Their humour won over the hearts of audiences and their dominance revolutionized the world of sports entertainment.
1. Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jim Ross
They may not be wrestlers, but Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jim Ross formed a strong and moving bromance over the years, as they called thousands of matches together.. The commentators were a part of some of the best moments in WWE history and working as such an iconic team, their relationship began being seen to an extent of romanticism. The commentating duo clicked from day one and has a friendship that reaches far beyond the wrestling world. Although Lawler and Ross have passed their best moments as announcers, their experience and familiarity with each other would still create an exciting atmosphere for WWE audiences globally, if given a final chance.
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