Even though wrestling is ruled by story-lines and invented feuds, there have been some times where wrestling got very real. Curious which WWE feuds were genuine? Find out below!
Roddy Piper Vs. Vince Russo
The death of Owen Hart shook the wrestling world, especially since many felt that his death could have been prevented. The death of Owen would also lead to a genuine feud between Roddy Piper and Vince Russo, who blamed Russo for the accident that saw Owen fall fifty feet to his death.
Things heated up even more when Piper called out Russo at TNA. He asked him: “Did you kill Owen Hart?” but did not get a reply. Roddy took it further and asked more embarrassing questions. Therefore, it is no surprise that Piper and Russo genuinely disliked each other.
Love Triangle: Edge, Lita & Matt Hardy
Everyone knows the story involving Lita cheating on her then boyfriend Matt Hardy with Matt’s friend Edge. Needless to say, things got quite heated, with genuine hate spilled all over our TV screens.
As a result of the problems between the three, Matt got fired from the WWE. However, 15,000 fans signed a petition that would see Matt rehired. Even though everything got sorted later, it is still one of the juiciest real-life wrestling feuds to date.
Paul Heyman Vs. RAW
Heyman is known not to have a filter. He does not shy away from criticising the WWE, even though he is employed by them.
One of the times where things turned very real was after CM Punk left the company. Fans were protesting the unfair treatment of punk with #HijackRaw, so the WWE was forced to address the situation.
Accompanied by CM Punk’s music, Paul Heyman came out and told the story of the Paul Heyman guy. However, he would not try to repair the reputation of the WWE, but would make some pointed comments in their direction instead.
Ric Flair Vs. Mick Foley
Everyone knows that Ric Flair and Mick Foley have had a genuine feud for years. The cause of the feud? The respective autobiographies of these legends.
In his autobiography ‘Have a Nice Day’, Mick Foley said that Ric Flair was bad where booking was concerned, but good at wrestling; this referred to the time Rick Flair spent running WCW. Foley had a horrible time at WCW, feeling he was misused.
Of course, Ric Flair would not be himself without firing back at Mick Foley. In his autobiography ‘To be the Man’, Ric Flair referred to Foley as a glorified stuntman.
The problems between Foley and Flair became very public once more when they rivalry spilled out on TNA; this was followed by a two-month rivalry and an I Quit Match.
Was there a genuine feud you were not aware of? Which feud were you most surprised about? Let us know in the comment section below, and I’ll look forward to reading it!