The world of professional wrestling is a lot like any type of work environment. People can often make friends with their coworkers at the office, warehouse or wherever they work. But not everyone can get along. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a personality conflict. Other times, it can be someone getting a promotion another person felt they deserved more.
Wrestling only has so many top spots available on the match card. That means there are only so many big paydays available with each promotion. Right away, competition can often lead to jealousy that one wrestler has; especially if someone else had any kind of creative control behind the curtain.
Tensions have arisen between so many different wrestlers. More often than not, many of the same culprits are often at the center of attention. Legends like Triple H, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan haven’t always been viewed in a positive light by their peers. Over the years, dedicated fans of the business can often recall the number of times certain superstars were accused of hurting another wrestler’s push.
For a long time, Bret Hart held a grudge against Shawn Michaels after the Montreal Screwjob at the 1997 Survivor Series. While it did last until they publicly hugged it out during a 2010 episode of RAW, it was one of the most talked about grudges in recent memory.
But while The Hitman and The Heartbreak Kid were able to hug out their differences, there are a number of wrestlers who still hold grudges with each other to this day – some have lasted a few years and others have lasted a few decades.
15 Ashley Massaro and Tammy Sytch
This grudge comes out of the “well, that escalated quickly” category. Tammy Sytch, formerly known as Sunny, was at one point a bright young women’s star in the WWE. But in the last few years, she’s dealt with money, drug and alcohol problems. This has led her to accept an adult film contract with Vivid Entertainment. But apparently, Sytch has been contacted for “escort services,” to which she tells fans to contact Ashley Massaro.
14 Konnan and Curtis Axel
Konnan had a respectable run in the WCW during the Monday Night War, mostly because he wasn’t competing under the Max Moon gimmick like he did in WWE. But he does have a mind for the business that fans respect. In October 2013, a fan asked who Konnan would write off. Within a list of six names, he included Curtis Axel. Why? Because he felt that the son of Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig didn’t have the personality and charisma needed to succeed in wrestling.
13 Paige and Lana
Being a successful female superstar in the WWE can almost be more cutthroat than it is for the men. Sometimes, the fights between WWE's women can spill out onto social media. C.J. Perry, known best by WWE fans as the Ravishing Russian Lana, decided to fire towards Paige through Twitter in 2015. Apparently, the two have a history that dates back to them spending time in WWE’s developmental brand, NXT.
12 Ken Anderson against both Randy Orton and John Cena
Mistakes can happen in the world of professional wrestling. However, one can only get away with botched moves and untimely injuries for so long. Ken Anderson was actually viewed as one of the next major stars in the WWE as Mr. Kennedy. While injuries were certainly holding him back from world titles, nearly hurting Randy Orton with a botched suplex in his return in 2009 didn’t help his case at all.
11 Melina and Candice Michelle
It was mentioned earlier how sometimes the women in professional wrestling can have some of the bigger arguments. Melina Perez was certainly known for having a bit of a difficult personality to work with. Especially when she would get into heated arguments with other WWE Divas. In 2007, Candice Michelle said in an interview that Melina had stolen one of Michelle’s moves.
10 CM Punk and Triple H
CM Punk was always known for dropping a vocal pipebomb in the wrestling community. The infamous podcast interview on Colt Cabana’s The Art of Wrestling Podcast featured a lot of them. One of Punk’s biggest beefs in the WWE was with Triple H. It was no secret that Punk wanted to be in a WrestleMania main event, but was booked to feud with Triple H at WrestleMania XXX.
9 Scott Steiner and Triple H
Scott Steiner once received one of the biggest pops when he made his WWE debut in 2002. That’s because he still had a lot of momentum from a very successful singles run in WCW as a former World Heavyweight Champion. It looked like he was going to get a big push when he was set to feud with Triple H right away. But unfortunately, the two never had a good match and Steiner would fall below even the mid-card status.
8 Triple H and Bret Hart
Bret Hart certainly was worthy of the tagline “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.” But in recent years, it seems that Bret “The Hitman” Hart has become a bit more cantankerous in his older age. This has happened despite being able to mend the bridge between himself and the WWE long after the controversial Montreal Screwjob at the 1997 Survivor Series pay-per-view.
7 CM Punk and Ryback
Not everything about CM Punk’s lengthy run as the WWE Champion from 2011 to early 2013 wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops. According to Punk in the controversial podcast interview with Colt Cabana, there were a few broken ribs and other injuries suffered along the way. While he was mostly criticizing the WWE medical staff, Triple H and Vince McMahon, Punk took some painful shots towards Ryback.
6 Scott Steiner and Ric Flair
Scott Steiner arguably had his best singles run of his professional wrestling career while working for WCW in the dying days of the company. Steiner was a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion and also held the World Television Championship and United States Heavyweight Championship a few times each. However, Steiner also had issues behind the scenes in WCW. Back in 2000, Steiner cut a promo claiming that Ric Flair stole the Nature Boy gimmick from Buddy Rogers.
5 Shawn Michaels and Jim Cornette
Shawn Michaels was once viewed as a tough guy to work with. Well, that was more of a PG-friendly version to describe how The Heartbreak Kid was viewed during the height of HBK's career. However, many people have raved about how Michaels turned his life around after becoming a born-again Christian. It was a big part of his second, more successful run in the WWE from 2002 until his retirement match at WrestleMania XXVI.
4 Triple H and Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle’s departure from the WWE initially looked to be on good terms with the company. However, there was some heat when he decided to sign with TNA Wrestling and continue working. That likely didn’t earn him any bonus points with the WWE at the time. But in recent years, Angle has talked publicly with multiple sources about how there were talks of interest between both he and the WWE for a return.
Back in 2014, Angle pitched a return to Triple H and Vince McMahon, although the latter told Angle that Triple H was now in charge of talent relations. Reports show that Triple H was not happy with Angle talking about a possible return when very little was said. A lot of this is said to stem back to their days in the Attitude Era, as there was always reported hostility between the two men.
3 Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart
Bret Hart was once a young WWE Champion going into WrestleMania IX against Yokozuna. It was not the most memorable event in WrestleMania history. The biggest “highlight” was Hart losing to Yokozuna after Mr. Fuji threw salt in Hart’s eyes. After the match, Hulk Hogan would come and “save the day,” leading to him having an impromptu match to defeat Yokozuna for the WWE Championship. The angle was initially supposed to lead to Hogan later dropping the title to Hart, but Hogan felt Hart wasn't a worthy successor to his reign over the WWE and refused to drop it.
2 Chris Jericho and Goldberg
Goldberg and Chris Jericho's problems started back in WCW, when the two began working a program. The idea was that the feud would lead to a PPV match between the two, but Goldberg balked at the idea, thinking Jericho wasn't a believable threat to his character.
When Goldberg went to WWE in 2003, those old feelings crept up and led to a backstage fight between the two. After Jericho won the altercation, the matter was taken to wrestlers court, where Goldberg was ordered to apologize to Jericho and admit he was the better wrestler.
1 Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan
While they were on separate shows during the infamous Monday Night War of the 1990s, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan each had their fair share of backstage power. Michaels was a top star in the WWE while Hogan was attracting fans to WCW at the time. So there was a risk that there would be a clash of egos when they had a feud at SummerSlam in 2005. While Hogan was okay with Michaels’ promos leading up to the match, Hogan had backstage complaints.
This led to Michaels making the decision to “oversell” all of Hogan’s offense. This included basic punches sending Michaels flying like a ragdoll. According to Michaels, this was meant to be the first of three matches with the first two being split. But Hogan would say that an unprofessional Michaels led to him backing out after SummerSlam. No pleasantries have been exchanged since.
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