Sometimes being an honest & upright person can come to be a real pain in the neck. The persons who hold their morals higher than anything else tend to make some enemies at the highest places. Another way people make enemies is by trusting the wrong people in their lives.
WWE has shown their fans the meaning of betrayal and pain with their storylines throughout the years. Screwjobs, as they call it, happens very often in the WWE with the superstars getting screwed out of opportunities & championships by the authority figures and even close allies.
With that said, let's take a look at ten of the worst screwjobs in WWE history.
10 Kofi Kingston's Rough Road To Glory
It all started when Kingston replaced an injured Mustafa Ali in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match last year. Kingston lasted until the final two only for Daniel Bryan to eliminate him.
Kingston got screwed over by McMahon after replacing him with Kevin Owens in the WWE Championship match at Fastlane. He got cheated once again at the PPV as McMahon made him take on the Bar in a handicap match instead of adding him to the WWE title bout.
McMahon offered to give Kingston a WWE title match at WrestleMania if he won a gauntlet match involving five other superstars. Kingston won the match but got screwed over once again after McMahon forced him to take on Daniel Bryan as the sixth opponent and ended up on the losing side.
However, Big E & Xavier Woods won a tag team gauntlet match earning Kingston a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania putting an end to the screwjobs.
9 An Extreme Betrayal
After getting drafted to the revived ECW brand in 2006, Rob Van Dam Cashed in his MITB contract against John Cena at ECW One Night Stand and won the WWE Championship after Edge speared Cena through a table. ECW representative Paul Heyman presented RVD with the new ECW Championship on the premiere episode on June 2006.
But when things were going good for RVD, he lost the WWE Championship to Edge on the July 3, 2006, episode of Raw. He defended the ECW Championship against the Big Show the next night on ECW, and when he had the giant down for the win, Heyman refused to count the pin and screwed over Van Dam and helped Big Show win the title.
8 CM Punk Deceives The Undertaker
CM Punk entered into a heated rivalry with the Undertaker over the World Heavyweight Championship in 2009. The two superstars collided at the 2009 Breaking Point PPV in a submission match. The event took place at the Bell Center in Montreal, and WWE took the fans down on memory lane and recreated the event that took place in the same venue in 1997.
CM Punk locked the Undertaker in the Anaconda Vise, and the referee Scott Armstrong called for the bell even though the Undertaker never tapped out. Punk & the referee escaped from ringside with the Undertaker left furious inside the ring.
7 John Cena's Title Reign Cut Short
After losing the WWE Championship to Sheamus at the 2009 Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV, John Cena started a quest to reclaim the title. After a failed attempt at winning back the title at the final episode of Raw in 2009, Cena earned a spot in the Elimination Chamber match.
Cena survived until the final two with him & Triple H battling it out to win the title. Cena made Triple H submit to the STF, winning his 8th WWE Championship. But Vince McMahon walked out and announced Cena has to defend his title against Batista just moments after the gruesome Elimination Chamber Match.
Batista landed a Spear and a huge Batista Bomb on Cena and walked away as the new WWE Champion.
6 The Corporate Champion
Vince McMahon formed The Corporation in 1998, attempting to take back control of the WWE from rebellious superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin. He formed the stable with his Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson, Sgt. Slaughter & The Big Boss Man. However, they needed someone to be what they called the “Crown Jewel” of the team.
Mankind thought he could fill in the role, but that changed when McMahon screwed him over at Survivor Series 1998. Mankind defended the WWE Championship against the Rock at the event, and when the Rock put him on the Sharpshooter, McMahon called for the bell even though Mankind never tapped out.
The Rock hugged it out with the McMahon’s in the center of the ring and took his place as the Crown Jewel of the Corporation.
5 The WrestleMania 2000 Betrayal
The main event of WrestleMania 2000 had high stakes as Triple H defended the WWE Championship in a fatal four-way elimination match against the Rock, Mick Foley, & the Big Show.
It was a McMahon on all corners as the McMahon family took the sides of each superstars competing in the match. Shane McMahon was on Big Show's side, while Stephanie was with Triple H while Vince & Linda took the sides of the Rock & Mick Foley.
The match was full of chaos, and the ending saw Vince McMahon entering the ring with a steel chair presumably to attack Triple H. But he turned on the Rock and hit him twice with the steel chair helping the Game to retain the title.
4 Too Close But Yet Too Far
Linda & Stephanie McMahon named Stone Cold Steve Austin as the new CEO of the WWE for storyline reasons. Vince & Shane were irate and did all they could to regain control of the company. They challenged Austin to a two-on-one handicap ladder match at King of the Ring 1999 with the winner gaining control of WWE.
Austin had the match won taking down both the McMahons and when he attempted to retrieve the briefcase hung above the ring, it went up out of his reach. The McMahons made sure they left with the arena with full control of the WWE while Stone Cold stood in the ring perplexed.
3 The McMahons Screw HBK At Royal Rumble 2006
Remember the time when Shawn Michaels teamed with God to take on Vince & Shane McMahon? Well, it all started with the HBK getting screwed over at the 2006 Royal Rumble match.
Michaels entered the match as the 25th entrant and eliminated three superstars and was ready to win the whole thing. Vince McMahon's music started to play, and a distracted Shawn Michaels watched along as McMahon made his way to the ring.
But Vince already had a plan in his mind and had his son Shane attack Michaels from behind and eliminate him from the match.
2 The Rise Of The Authority
The WWE Universe saw the rise of Daniel Bryan in 2013 as his road to glory started with his first WWE Championship win at SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan took on John Cena for the championship after the latter hand-picked him to be his opponent for the event.
Triple H offered to be the special guest referee to make sure no one interfered in the match. Bryan picked up the win lifting the WWE Championship for the first time. But Triple H did the unthinkable when he turned heel by hitting Bryan with the pedigree and allowing Randy Orton to cash in his MITB contract.
Bryan's title reign ended in a matter of minutes, and it kick-started the beginning of the Authority storyline.
1 The Montreal Screwjob
You knew this one was coming. Every pro-wrestling fan knows what happened in that infamous moment 22 years ago defined the meaning of screwjobs, and for that who don't, here's how it all went by.
Vince McMahon knew Bret Hart was leaving for his rival promotion WCW. Hart was the WWE Champion, and McMahon didn't want him to jump over to WCW with the championship in his possession.
Hart refused to lose to Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series in his home country and accepted to drop the title at a later date. But Vince McMahon had decided to take the title away from Hart without his knowledge.
When Michaels locked in the Sharpshooter on Hart, referee Earl Hebner called for the bell while Hart never tapped out. Michaels escaped with the title as the show ended with the Montreal crowd showering McMahon with boos.