The idea of creating a feud that everyone loves to watch on television is how the WWE makes big money. The company spends millions of dollars each year building and promoting these feuds, many of which culminate at some of the biggest pay-per-views of the year.
Behind the scenes, it’s important that the talent get along to make the feud seem believable. Putting on solid wrestling match takes coordination, understanding, and a belief that each respective wrestler can go out there, do their job and not hurt one another. Not everyone likely loves everyone, but, at the very least, a mutual respect is key to safety and entertainment value.
With all that said, there are some talents in the wrestling business, who simply do not get along. Here is a list of five current behind-the-scenes feuds that almost outshine anything WWE can pop on TV.
5. Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss
The Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks’ heat stems back to their days in NXT when Banks accidentally broke the nose of Alexa Bliss during a match where “The Boss” got a bit too stiff. That hasn’t really ever left Bliss’ mind, and it manifested itself again in some recent matches between the two.
Both stayed professional to work with each other, but on episodes of Raw Talk, Banks decided to call out Bliss for not being a true student of the wrestling business.
4. Steve Austin and Dean Ambrose
If Dean Ambrose didn’t appear on the Stone Cold podcast, there likely wouldn’t have been a beef, but he did and since then, Ambrose has not been a fan of the Texas Rattlesnake.
While Steve Austin isn’t an active WWE wrestler, he’s not going anywhere else to wrestle and he’s still a part of the WWE family. When he was interviewing Ambrose, he called the Lunatic Fringe out for not having that extra gear and appearing less than motivated to take the next step in his success. Ambrose took great offense to the comment.
3. Lana And A Lot Of The Female Talent
For some reason, Lana has had issues with a ton of the female talent in WWE. She hasn’t gotten along with Paige, Sasha Banks, and others. Her most notable feud was with Summer Rae who went out of her way to knock Lana on Twitter and call her roast beef (look it up if you don’t know how disrespectful that slang term is).
It got so bad Rusev had to step in. Lana isn’t the most talented in-ring worker either and because she’s still one of the most popular females in the company, that doesn’t often sit well with the other ladies.
2. Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is not shy about sharing his feelings. He’s not shy about getting into it with fans, management, and other wrestlers. In a way, he deserved the right to do so since he’s one of the more veteran talents in any wrestling locker room and has offered more to the WWE than most. Other wrestlers look to him for advice and he feels, in a way, their protector.
So, when Jericho went to bat for his good friend Randy Orton after Brock Lesnar cut him open for real in a match, Jericho had no qualms about getting in Lesnar’s face and calling him out for being unprofessional. The finish of the match was planned, however, so Lesnar didn’t care what Jericho thought and the two had a mini-fight backstage. Neither was punished, but neither are big fans of the other now.
1. Enzo Amore and Roman Reigns
The reason a list like this probably exists and is relevant right now is because of a guy like Enzo Amore. His nuclear heat with a lot of the boys backstage is on an unprecedented level. And, it all started with Roman Reigns who had enough and kicked Amore off a WWE tour bus to teach him a lesson.
Amore has no love for people who don’t like him, but it seems like he’s less concerned with who he offends if it’s making him money and getting him the spotlight. Meanwhile, Reigns is trying to find his way as the new locker room leader. He’s got a responsibility to ensure people are treating the company and the industry with respect.
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