The friendships in WWE are hard to figure out given the drastic differences in personalities between most of the wrestlers. It is similar to any other line of work where certain peers are bonded with you due to common interests or understanding each other while you can develop a dislike for those that rub you the wrong way. Various social media beefs like Baron Corbin and Finn Balor or Kevin Owens and Randy Orton show what happen when people don’t get along. However, social media also gives us a glimpse into the lives of wrestlers that like each other.
Wrestlers travel together between shows and spend their days hanging out in different places when on long tours together. You can now figure out who is close with each other based off what is posted on social media. Instagram shows the visual of wrestlers doing things together and Twitter gives them the platform to share sentiments about their friends. We'll take a look at some of the friendships you wouldn’t predict based off what is known about the wrestlers involved. These bonds will be examined when it comes to the lives of our favorites. Here are fifteen of the strangest real life friendships in WWE you wouldn’t expect.
15 Finn Balor and Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore is considered one of the least popular wrestlers in the history of the WWE locker room. The other wrestlers hate Enzo for the disrespectful loud mouth antics rubbing them the wrong way. Roman Reigns kicked him off a tour bus and the rest of the locker room banned him from getting dressed with them. One wrestler that has been friends with Amore for a few years now is Finn Balor.
14 Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan
Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan were polar opposites as wrestlers. Henry played the monster heel dominating his opponents with brute strength. Bryan was an underdog that fans rallied behind due to being the unlikeliest of heroes. Despite being opposites, they had entertaining matches against each other and became close friends backstage.
13 Jinder Mahal and Braun Strowman
Jinder Mahal and Braun Strowman have never directly worked together and appear to have very little in common from the outside looking in. Both men work on separate brands as main eventers on Raw and SmackDown respectively. A huge surprise would show fans that Mahal and Strowman actually grew to be close friends in 2016 and early 2017 when Mahal was still on Raw.
An interview with Jinder saw him reveal that he often drove with Braun before he was moved to SmackDown in the Superstar Shakeup. Mahal shared a story about the two accidentally hitting a deer and needing help from the other wrestlers driving behind them. 2017 has been kind to both friends getting the biggest pushes of their careers and becoming top heels for WWE.
12 Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt have wrestled countless times over the past few years. Both men are at the top of WWE’s new crop of talents trying to hold down main event spots in a post-John Cena world. Now that Cena is no longer a full-time wrestler, wrestlers like Reigns and Wyatt have been tasked with main eventing live events all over the world.
11 Sasha Banks and Kalisto
The friendship between Sasha Banks and Kalisto has seen them become quite close. Both wrestlers apparently live close to each other. Banks and Kalisto consistently have pictures together on social media of them hanging out together on off days. The spouses of each are always in the pictures as well as they seem to double date during their limited time off.
10 Fandango and The Ascension
Fandango and Tyler Breeze are arguably the most entertaining tag team on the main roster today as Breezango. It has been quite some time since Breeze or Fandango has wrestled on Smackdown, but they appear in comedic backstage skits parodying popular shows. The Ascension have become a regular as the forgotten tag team takes part in the hijinks with Fandango and Breeze.
9 Dean Ambrose and The Usos
Everyone knows that Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are close friends, but Ambrose is also close with a couple of Roman’s relatives. Jimmy and Jey Uso are friends of Ambrose as they often hang out together when on the same tours. Chris Jericho named them as the wrestlers he most enjoyed hanging out with at the back of the bus where the louder wrestlers would have drinks and entertain each other.
8 Nia Jax and Mike Rome
Ring announcers are the broadcasters closest to the wrestlers. Commentators and backstage interviewers typically don’t travel to live events as they are only needed for the television shows. Ring announcers however go on the tours from city to city with the wrestlers making their schedules quite hectic. It has led to a couple of strange friendships.
7 Titus O'Neil and Sami Zayn
Two wrestlers to become close through the power of charitable actions are Titus O'Neil and Sami Zayn. There was a short time feud between O’Neil and Zayn back in NXT when the former was already a main roster talent and the latter was making a name. They apparently developed a bond that would see them become friends later on when Sami joined the main roster.
6 Paul Heyman and Maria Kanellis
Most wrestling personalities stop interacting with each other when they are no longer in the same company. A true friendship will survive the company firing one or both people involved. Maria Kanellis and Paul Heyman remained friends after working together in Ohio Valley Wrestling. Heyman was running the developmental promotion when Maria was coming up leading to her viewing him as a mentor.
5 Kevin Owens and Big Show
Many fans wonder what the point of having older wrestlers like Big Show on the roster is in 2017. Big Show is rarely on television anymore and usually just loses lackluster matches to younger wrestlers. However, his backstage presence is very important in helping the morale of a younger locker room. Various new stars have praised Big Show for helping them out and Kevin Owens is one of them.
4 John Cena and Michael Cole
This generation’s version of Steve Austin and Jim Ross may be John Cena and Michael Cole. Austin and Ross were best friends outside of the ring that added an extra level of emotional attachment when Ross would call the big Austin matches. WWE started using their friendship as part of a storyline. Cena has formed a similar friendship with today’s voice of WWE.
3 Charlotte Flair and A.J. Styles
A.J. Styles joining the WWE roster has seen him make many new friends over the past two years. One of his closest friends this year is Charlotte Flair. Charlotte moving over to SmackDown in the Superstar Shakeup has seen her become a good friend of Styles. Both wrestlers have posted pictures with the other when traveling and often try to poke fun at the other by catching them sleeping on a plane.
2 Vince McMahon and R-Truth
One of the few wrestlers to form a friendship with Vince McMahon is R-Truth. Most wouldn’t expect it since R-Truth is barely on television these days and spent most of his career as a mid-carder. However, McMahon loved the work of R-Truth and has ensured he remained on the roster for the past decade. The two were seen spending time together in pictures when visiting soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
1 Shinsuke Nakamura and James Ellsworth
The weirdest friendship in WWE right now has to be Shinsuke Nakamura and James Ellsworth. Nakamura has made new friends since joining the SmackDown brand on the main roster after his call-up from NXT. The social media pictures of Nakmaura see him hanging out with comedic enhancement talent Ellsworth when they are on a long tour together.
Nakamura is an avid surfer and tried to teach Ellsworth how to surf at one point to humorous results. Most main event names hang out with other top stars, but Nakmaura found a buddy in the most random of people. Another few close friends of Nakamura are Sin Cara and Greg Hamilton. You know Nakamura is the coolest wrestler alive when he hangs out with a masked wrestler, ring announcer and jobber without losing any of his cool points.
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