If the WWE has taught its fans one lesson it's this: Don't get comfortable because you can't trust anyone. Right as fans become content looking up to a superstar, basking in that wrestler's light, the latter turns to the dark side and becomes a heel. The same can be said for a heel who has done everything to make themselves hated, but with one saving grace--usually by saving a "face," they suddenly become a fan favorite. And we can certainly say the same about tag-teams, which inevitably have a much shorter life span than individual talent.
Usually, wrestlers form groups to support each other. Sometimes they are new in the business or their storylines have begun to fade as individuals, so by teaming up with others in a similar situation they can reinvent themselves. For awhile it's good for business, but eventually members begin to clash. Dissention forms in the ranks and the group explodes in spectacular fashion usually in the form of betrayal.
For the most part this list deals with tag teams or groups, but it does have the occasional, lone wrestler. For these wrestlers, their betrayal is a little different from those who betray group members. Some have betrayed their family and others an entire universe of fans. In any case, fans feel the same way whether their wrestler has betrayed them or a group member. They are shocked, often disappointment, but sometimes excited.
In wrestling, the act of betrayal is exhilarating. It ends old storylines and begins new chapters in both wrestler's lives. Betrayal has ended careers and made careers, and you'll see on this list how many of your favorite superstars rose to new heights because they betrayed their partners.
18 Eddie Guerrero Betrays Rey Mysterio
17 The Mega Powers Implode
16 Kane Loses His Only Friend in X-Pac
15 Kane Sets Fire to His Brother
14 Paul Bearer Deserts The Undertaker
13 Austin Turns His Back on the WWE
12 Owen Turns on Bret
11 Christian Betrays His Brother
10 Batista Drops Orton From Evolution
9 Triple H Rebels Against D-Generation X
8 Shawn Michaels Can't Regain His Former Magic
7 A Massive Family Feud Brews
6 Shawn Michaels Kicks Jannetty Out of The Rockers
5 Stephanie McMahon Turns to The Dark Side
4 Stone Cold Snubs The WWE Universe
3 St. Slaughter Commits Treason, Betrays USA
2 Andre the Giant Sides With "The Brain"
1 The Curtain Call
While the Curtain Call wasn't kayfabe like others on this list, that's exactly why it is the worst betrayal in WWE and wrestling history. By 1996, The Kliq, considered by many to be the WWE's most powerful group of all time, had dissolved and its members had begun to clash. On May 19, 1996, during a house show at Madison Square Garden, many of its members stepped into the ring for the last time to face each other. Some, like Kevin Nash and Scott Hall were leaving to join WCW, while the remaining members stayed behind to form the nucleus of D-Generation X. During the house show, most of its members fought individual matches. However, they broke protocol when they gathered in the ring and congratulated each other for the last time.
The incident was controversial and unacceptable. It lowered Triple to jobber status and delayed his prominence to stardom, but it also helped a future star rise--a star that would help the WWE defeat the WCW in the Monday Night Wars. Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin ended up receiving the push that Triple H was supposed to get, and the WWE got their super star.
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