Top 10 Real Life WWE Enemies of All Time

Over the years, we have witnessed a lot of interesting and intense feuds in WWE. Most of these feuds took place on-screen in order to entertain fans and for storyline purposes, but plenty of Superstars didn’t see eye to eye in real life as well.

Some of these rivalries were turned into storylines, which led to a lot of great feuds and matches in WWE. Whether it was because of jealousy, ego or lust, these Superstars became enemies in the real world. Here’s a list of the ten real-life enemies in WWE.

#10. Alberto Del Rio and Sin Cara

Both of these Mexican wrestlers didn’t get along much with each other

Former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio didn’t like or get along with his former Mexican colleague Sin Cara. The two wrestlers were stars in Mexico, and when they arrived in WWE, they were pitted against each other in several matches.

In nearly every case, the matches were bad. Del Rio made it known that he did not like the masked superstar. In an interview, the former even joked that Sin Cara got injured just by talking.

He added that the latter had great potential, but was prone to too many injuries. Perhaps there may also have been a bit of envy. Unlike Alberto, Sin Cara never had to go to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), which was WWE’s developmental territory.

Del Rio took a shot about this in an interview, saying that FCW was ultimately for the best because people who didn’t go to FCW are “where they are”. It was a reference to Sin Cara being isolated in nothing at the same time as Del Rio was in the title picture.

The biggest Alberto Del Rio/Sin Cara break off came in a 2013 match where Cara couldn’t continue after injuring his finger. Del Rio felt that the injury was minor and  Cara should’ve finished the match.

 It drove the former crazy and he yelled at Cara right in front of the live audience. The referee legitimately had to stop Del Rio from continuing so that he could work on the injured star.

#9. Randy Orton and Mr. Kennedy

Image result for Randy Orton & Mr. Kennedy
Randy Orton got Mr. Kennedy fired from WWE

Randy Orton and Mr. Kennedy were involved in a real-life feud which was possibly caused by jealousy. The latter could have had a very successful career in WWE. He was chosen to star in a movie and was also on the verge of becoming a World Champion after he won the Money in the Bank contract.

This all started after Mr. Kennedy returned after recovering from an injury. Kennedy’s return lasted only one night. During a match with The Viper, he accidentally dropped Orton on his head and almost injured him.

The Apex Predator reportedly yelled at Kennedy in the locker room following the match, and the latter was fired a few days later by the WWE. Orton even admitted that he complained to the WWE management about Kennedy’s in-ring work.

In an interview with WrestlingInc., Kennedy also revealed that he believes John Cena also had a hand in him being fired. He stated:

“To be honest with you I kinda had a weird vibe all day. Randy Orton and I had become very good friends…we rode together, we were tight, we were buds…when I got to the building I ran up behind him and gave him a big bear hug from behind and he treated me like I was just an acquaintance of his.

And then the fact that he made such a big stink about supposedly dropping him on his head. He literally blew up in front of all the talent including Vince and Stephanie and began to lecture me about how I had to be careful and his health was very important. It just doesn’t make sense to me. And I think Cena had a hand in that too. Like, Cena helped out, and he said, ‘hey, we need to go to Vince.’ I didn’t get along with him too well.”

#8. Chris Jericho and Taz

Chris Jericho developed a hatred for Tazz in real life because of the Tazz’s podcast

Taz (or Tazz in WWE) and Chris Jericho have had very little ring time together. They squared off several times during their stints in ECW and WWE. When they were both active wrestlers, there was never any tension between them.

This quibble derives from their time outside the wrestling business as hosts of their respective podcasts. Jericho claimed that his show “Talk is Jericho” got millions of downloads and plays.

Taz, who hosts his own show, “The Taz Show”, publicly expressed skepticism regarding Y2J’s claim on both his show and on Twitter. When Jericho interviewed Samoa Joe after the latter left Impact Wrestling, he promoted it as the latter’s first interview since departing the promotion.

Jericho was unaware that Taz actually interviewed Joe the week prior, and the oversight didn’t sit well with Taz. He threw some shade at Jericho and he even said that he doesn’t think Y2J is even aware he has a podcast.

#7. Triple H and CM Punk

Triple H & CM Punk never saw eye to eye, they both disliked each other like greatest enemies.

CM Punk & Triple H feuded not only on TV but in real life as well. The two Superstars had big egos, which made it difficult for them to come to terms with a lot of things.

As Punk himself stated on the Art of Wrestling podcast alongside his former best friend Colt Cabana, the relationship between himself and “The Cerebral Assassin” was full of negative vibes.

Punk also revealed that Triple H was the main reason why new wrestlers didn’t become main eventers and that the latter never liked him in the first place. The Game didn’t like the way Punk carried himself.

The Straight Edge Superstar was unhappy that Triple H refused to put him over at Night of Champions 2011. Punk retired from pro wrestling after he was fired by WWE on his wedding day.

#6. CM Punk and Jeff Hardy

CM Punk always hated Jeff Hardy because of his medical issue

If one could build a machine to produce two completely polar opposite human beings, the result would be CM Punk and Jeff Hardy. One leads a straight edge lifestyle while the other one has been arrested several times for substance abuse and public intoxication.

The two were embroiled in a heated feud in WWE that looked so real. The feud was riddled with hatred and perhaps the reason why it felt real was that both Superstars didn’t like each other in real life.

#5. Goldberg and Triple H

Goldberg and Triple H are the most celebrated wrestlers in WWE but they really hate each other in real life 

It’s no secret that Goldberg hated Triple H’s guts, and the former Universal Champion expressed that hatred publicly on multiple occasions. The two had heat for a long time, and perhaps that heat cooled down a little after Goldberg returned to WWE in 2016.

They nearly fought in an airport years ago and Triple H stated that Goldberg had no respect or passion for the wrestling business and he is not a Hall of Fame worthy competitor.

In 2013, when a fan asked Goldberg to return to WWE, the latter responded with: “If they knew how to do business I’d consider it.” 

When another fan asked him on Twitter “If you can spear someone currently in the WWE who would it be?” the former WCW star mentioned it would be none other than Triple H.

Regardless of their feud, Goldberg returned to WWE in 2016 and he was inducted into the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame.

#4. Stephanie McMahon and Chyna

Stephanie McMahon and Chyna fought over Triple H not just in the ring but also in a real-life

Triple H is included in this list for the third, and even though he isn’t really at the end of the stick this time, he is still, however, the main reason behind Stephanie McMahon’s real-life disagreement with the late Chyna.

The Game seemingly made a point by paying tribute to Chyna at Raw 25 after he declared her an unfit candidate for the WWE Hall of Fame thanks to her pornography career after she left WWE.

The fact is that Stephanie’s sudden involvement in Triple H’s relationship with the ‘Ninth Wonder of the World’ had something to do with her change of employment. Chyna’s spiral into alcohol and drug addiction eventually led to her exit from the company where she became a sensation.

In vapid interviews and appearances after her departure, Chyna was quick to note that the expanding relationship between her former on-screen partner Triple H and ‘The Billion Dollar Princess’ Stephanie McMahon eventually lead to her departure from the company.

#3. Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, known as the Mega Powers, developed a hatred towards each other

Hulk Hogan and the late Randy Savage used to be great friends and they teamed up in WWE as The Mega Powers. Besides teaming, the wrestlers also feuded with each other in what many would call the greatest feud in the history of WWE.

They almost got into a real-life backstage fight after “Macho Man” accused Hogan of grabbing his wife Elizabeth’s breasts. Savage considered The Hulkster to be responsible for his divorce with Miss Elizabeth.

The former even released a studio album titled “Be A Man” where he took shots on the Hulkster. Savage was overly protected of his wife and he didn’t appreciate his friend making moves on her. In the end, Randy Savage reconciled with Hogan a month before his death.

#2. Edge and Matt Hardy

The animosity between Matt Hardy and Edge was because of their love for Lita

Matt Hardy and Edge were involved in an on-screen feud with each other over Lita, but actually, this was a real-life rivalry turned into a storyline. Hardy and Lita were together for years, and before they separated, Lita started dating Edge.

This eventually turned into an on-screen angle and it turned out to be a very hot love triangle angle. Matt was violent towards Edge and due to his poor behavior, he was released from the company.

#1. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels

Two of the biggest rivals in WWE history feuded not just in but also out of the ring

It’s no locker room secret that Shawn Michaels was an assh*le on-screen and off-screen back in his early days. He had an intense rivalry with Bret Hart that culminated at Survivor Series 1997, which gave birth to the infamous Montreal Screwjob.

After the incident in Montreal, Hart and Michaels became the greatest of enemies. The screwjob wasn’t the only cause of their conflict though, as HBK’s love affair with Sunny resulted in a real-life fight between the two stars.

The two former WWE Champions have since reconciled and they’re now friends again.


Leave a Comment