The backstage environment in WWE leads to issues between many of the Superstars we watch perform on television every week. Many wrestlers will work together on screen despite absolutely disliking each other backstage. The current WWE roster has similar issues that become even more apparent thanks to the business being more open than ever before. Wrestlers show their hostility towards each other with social media comments. The popularity of shoot interviews and podcasts also give the opportunity for wrestlers to share their real feelings with the public. WWE even likes to benefit from the wrestlers’ real issues becoming stories.
We will look at some potential pairings of wrestlers on the WWE roster today that may have backstage rivalries going down. These cases aren’t of wrestlers that express their hatred constantly about each other. However, there have been a few small bits of speculation that allows us to get a glimpse of their personalities behind the scenes. Find out if your favorite wrestlers might have issues with each other. Hopefully there will be concrete proof either way to show how things end up between the parties involved. These are fifteen under the radar rivalries that may be taking place in WWE right now.
15 Big Cass and Enzo Amore
The on-screen breakup of the Enzo Amore and Big Cass tag team was done in storyline, but the two may have ended their real-life friendship. Enzo and Cass became close friends in NXT with their childhoods taking place in the tri-state area and sharing a lot of similarities. They found success together as a tag team since each man had different strengths that made up for the other’s weaknesses.
14 Sasha Banks and Paige
Paige’s WWE in-ring career is up in the air after suffering an injury at a live event. The incident featured Paige suffering an injury after getting kicked by Sasha Banks leading to referees stopping the match. It looked ugly and seemingly was based off the speculation. Multiple news sites have reported that WWE will not clear Paige and her career is over after the history of neck issues.
13 Carmella and Lana
Total Divas will mix reality and script in regards to the issues that come up on the show. One potentially real issue came up between Lana and Carmella that was filmed in the middle of 2017. Carmella was removed from live event matches for Lana to take her place on the SmackDown side of women’s matches.
12 Roman Reigns and Big E
Roman Reigns is a polarizing figure in WWE thanks to the fans having drastic reactions to him. Most fans either love Reigns as the face of the company or think he’s a huge disappointment. Reigns is apparently polarizing to some wrestlers in the locker room. His issues with Enzo Amore and Cody Rhodes are high profile, but one war of words took place with a wrestler he worked against. The recent New Day against The Shield match at Survivor Series saw Reigns and Big E get into a heated social media exchange.
11 Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder
The end of the Hype Brothers tag team saw the failed duo go their separate ways in lackluster fashion. Mojo Rawley turned on Zack Ryder and got a win over him in back to back matches. That was basically the end of it with Ryder and Rawley continuing to rip each other on social media. Ryder continues to mock Rawley for his failure in the NFL along with his lack of knowledge for wrestling.
10 Kevin Owens and Randy Orton
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn found their way in controversial headlines when they were sent home early from a tour of the United Kingdom. The accusations were that Zayn and Owens broke the script by refusing to get beat up by New Day after a match on SmackDown. It was viewed as unprofessional behavior that warranted punishment. Owens and Zayn claimed there was miscommunication and it wasn’t intentional.
9 Nia Jax and Liv Morgan
The women’s roster has given us quite a bit of WWE dramas to go down behind the scenes. One recent one to start on social media saw Nia Jax get into it with Liv Morgan. They are not on the same show as Jax works for the Raw brand and Morgan recently debuted on SmackDown. It all started when Bliss called out Morgan for wearing pink pigtails like she did.
8 Booker T and Jason Jordan
The commentary of Booker T is highly entertaining whether you agree or disagree with it. Booker doesn’t hold anything back and often attempts to trash some of the wrestlers. Jason Jordan has become his target over the past year since Jordan moved to the Raw brand as the son of Kurt Angle. Booker often calls Jordan overrated and attempts to make him look bad at every turn.
7 Corey Graves and Enzo Amore
Another instance of things getting heated between a broadcaster and wrestler in WWE would feature the relationship between Corey Graves and Enzo Amore. Graves has always ripped Enzo as part of his shtick going all the way back to their NXT days. The heel turn of Enzo saw Graves continue it in entertaining fashion.
6 Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks
Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks have wrestled each other countless times and would likely be the two most popular answers when asking who was most responsible for the women’s revolution in WWE. The company invested a lot of time in Banks and Flair being the two women to build the division around. It is no coincidence that Sasha and Charlotte were chosen as the first two women to main event a PPV.
5 Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle
The General Managers on both Raw and SmackDown are extremely popular. Fans love Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan for their respective careers. Bryan and Angle respect each other as well with their issues stemming from odd circumstances. It is no secret that Bryan is trying to convince WWE that he is healthy enough to return to the ring while the WWE doctors refuse to clear him.
4 Rusev and Sami Zayn
Rusev has been vocal on social media as of late regarding his feelings of others in WWE. The comedic side of Rusev is shown quite often now. Sami Zayn has been a frequent target of Rusev over the past few months. The aforementioned punishment of Zayn and Kevin Owens being sent home saw Rusev take shots at them multiple times. Rusev has called them out for not going to the gym as much as he believes a wrestler should.
3 Triple H and Shane McMahon
A forgotten rivalry in WWE is the power struggle that has gone down between Shane McMahon and Triple H for years. Both men tried to prove they deserved the spot running WWE when Vince McMahon is gone. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were unofficially chosen as they were given bigger positions in the company as Shane left out of frustration to start his own business ventures.
2 Mandy Rose and Alexa Bliss
There have been no public issues between Mandy Rose and Alexa Bliss, but there is clearly a rivalry there based off many factors. Every performer in WWE wants to have their own unique look, especially the ladies. Bliss has been the only top star in the Women’s Division with a shorter build, blonde hair and a heel persona.
1 Finn Balor and Baron Corbin
One of the most peculiar instances of social media drama came when Finn Balor and Baron Corbin started insulting each other out of the blue. Balor and Corbin are on different brands, so there’s no reason they would want to work a social media angle. During their time in NXT, Balor and Corbin never had a feud on screen to make it even more bizarre.
Corbin started it by mocking Balor’s smaller size saying it made his abs less impressive. Balor was not one to be trolled and responded by insulting Corbin for having to wrestle in a t-shirt. Corbin had the reputation for rubbing many wrestlers the wrong way in NXT. It would make sense that Finn was one of these wrestlers to develop a disdain for Corbin. Their personal rivalry would go to the next level if they end up on the same show in the near future.
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