It has been a long while since professional wrestling was exposed to the general public as being a pre-determined sport. During the 70s and the 80s, wrestlers were expected to keep kayfabe alive at all times. A fan would never see a babyface and a heel traveling together or hanging out in a bar.
An incident during those times saw "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and The Iron Sheik get arrested together. Vince McMahon was reportedly furious at both wrestlers, as Duggan was a babyface and Sheik was a heel. The news broke out and confused fans as to why the two were traveling together. Duggan was temporarily dismissed while Sheik was fired by Vince.
The incident took place back in 1987, and things have drastically changed more than three decades later. Let's take a look at 5 instances where hated heels broke character and praised their opponents.
#5 Charlotte calls Becky Lynch her "best friend"
After Becky Lynch won the Raw and SmackDown Live Women's Titles at WrestleMania 35, she got into a feud with Lacey Evans on Raw. On the blue show, Lynch resumed her feud with Charlotte Flair and the two women faced off at Money In The Bank for Becky's SmackDown Live Women's Title. Taking advantage of an exhausted Becky, who had just retained her Raw Title against Evans, Charlotte managed to get an easy win over "The Man".
My best friend is Becky Lynch. It was very challenging fighting for the same thing because we always travel together, eat together, work out together, share everything. So when we started competing against each other, I lost that one person that I relied on. But it made me stronger in the process.