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Top 20 Wrestlers Who Have Bashed The WWE

A common refrain heard throughout professional sports holds that the more success you enjoy, the bigger the target gets on your back. Vince McMahon and the WWE know this to be all too true, as they have reigned as the top dog ever since McMahon Sr. emerged from wrestling's territorial era with national ambitions. Sure, there was the once-formidable challenge from Ted Turner and WCW, but WWE has, for the most part, been rather ruthless in their reign atop the professional wrestling empire.

That sort of dominance is bound to make you some enemies. McMahon Sr. led an emergence that crippled many a local promoter, leaving indies with fewer available touring wrestlers thanks to exclusive talent contracts. Since then, his son has overseen continued gains of the now-global corporation, often coming at the expense of potential rival federations. The WWE has not been shy about stealing talent away from competitors, nor have they shown any qualms about mocking the opposition.

As the dominant force in the business, WWE has to step on its fair share of toes - and not just those of rival promoters. Countless wrestlers have been "future endeavor'ed," as being fired is known in WWE parlance. Others have been de-pushed, cast aside or simply just never gotten a real shot at the big time, leading to plenty of feelings of resentment and ill will.

Among the following list of 20 wrestlers who have bashed the WWE, many of the names listed here are familiar to the Universe. Such is the nature of the wrestling business that, if you stick around long enough and have the right talent and look, you're likely to cross paths with the big dog. If these wrestlers and wrestling personalities haven't previously been tied to WWE, chances are they have tried to crack the roster or may even be active WWE superstars at present time.

21 Terry Funk

via chinlock.com

20 Randy Orton

via wrestlingnews.co

Third-generation superstar Randy Orton has spent his entire wrestling career under the WWE umbrella, but even he's been known to express vocal frustration over the direction of the product. The outspoken Viper openly campaigned for a heel turn in 2013 (and eventually got his wish) and hasn't been shy on critiquing the direction of his character on social media. More recently, Orton responded to a Twitter question about why non-John Cena merchandise was unavailable for children by tweeting:

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18 Davey Richards

via dailywrestlingnews.com

17 Stacy Keibler

via pinterest.com

16 Josh Mathews

via bleacherreport.com

15 Gail Kim

via wwe.com

There reportedly exists a current rift within WWE between McMahon and Triple H over the direction of the Divas division. While McMahon is happy to maintain the status quo of the afterthought division, his son-in-law wants to enhance the division and give women more exposure on WWE TV. This rift was recently highlighted by former WWE Diva and current TNA star Gail Kim, who took McMahon to task on Twitter over what she felt was a sexist attitude.

14 Rhino

via wrestlingrumors.net

13 Honky Tonk Man

via myemail.constantcontact.com

12 Bobby Fulton

via prowrestling.wikia.com

11 Vince Russo

via sportskeeda.com

10 Jesse "The Body" Ventura

via buzzquotes.com

9 Sting

via sportskeeda.com

8 "Superstar" Billy Graham

via examiner.com

7 Bruno Sammartino

via allwrestlingsuperstars.com

6 Stone Cold Steve Austin

via business2community.com

5 Chyna

via my9tofive.blogspot.com

4 Batista

via wwffansmh.deviantart.com

3 Brock Lesnar

via wwe.com

2 CM Punk

via WWE.com

1 The Ultimate Warrior

via independent.co.uk

There aren't many relationships that McMahon has had with wrestlers that became as toxic as the one he had with The Ultimate Warrior, who left under bad circumstances on three occasions. Typically angry over money, the Warrior and WWE engaged in back-and-forth litigation throughout the mid-90s between 1996 and 1998. While WWE felt that he had held them up and manipulated them for more money, he believed that he hadn't received money that he was owed. Fortunately, Warrior and WWE made amends in advance of a Hall of Fame induction and Raw appearance just days prior to his death in 2014.

 

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