Every so often in WWE, there is a rivalry between two Superstars that blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
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In recent years, it's become well-known that Dean Ambrose doesn't have much time for Brock Lesnar after he was "met with laziness" by his opponent when attempting to discuss plans for their match at WrestleMania 32, while the off-screen battles between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart have become the stuff of legend.
But did you know that Hart has been locked in a war of words with another prominent wrestling personality from the 90s over the last 12 months? And have you heard about the popular 2013-2017 tag team who haven’t spoken in almost a year?
Well, with so many real-life feuds being discussed in out-of-character interviews in recent months, we decided to round up the best of them and take a look at five legitimate WWE rivalries that you might not know about.
#5 Chris Jericho and Scott Hall
Chris Jericho was still trying to make a name for himself in the wrestling business during his time in WCW between 1996 and 1999.
At the same time, Scott Hall was on the roster as a member of the NWO and he had firmly established himself as one of the most recognisable guys in the industry.
Speaking recently on a WCW-themed episode of his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Y2J revealed that “to this day, there is no love lost” between himself and Hall, who made several derogatory remarks towards Jericho during their WCW days.
On one occasion, Y2J’s match against Jerry Lynn at a live event ran long. When he returned to the back, he was told by Hall, “Get in there, do your five or 10 minutes and get out. Nobody wants to see you.”
Jericho said Hall was “almost bullying, in a way” until he finally stood up to the NWO member one day backstage, telling him, “Don’t ever ****ing talk to me like that ever again.”
#4 Maryse and Brie Bella
Maryse and Brie Bella used to live together earlier in their careers during their first run in WWE. However, after both women were contacted to return to the company in 2013, their friendship fell apart when Maryse felt that Brie blocked her opportunity to go back.
According to Brie, WWE offered her, Nikki Bella and Maryse “a really great work opportunity”, presumably the Total Divas reality show, but the company then decided that they only wanted The Bella Twins to return.
Maryse did eventually show up on WWE television again but not until 2016, three years after Brie and Nikki re-signed and became the stars of Total Divas.
A heated argument between the two former Divas champions was broadcast in November 2016. You can check it out for yourselves below before deciding how much of it is fiction and reality!
#3 Bret Hart and Eric Bischoff
In 2017, the war of words between former WCW star Bret Hart and former WCW executive vice president Eric Bischoff reached new heights when Hart claimed his former boss rejected the chance to use Mike Tyson on WCW programming before the boxer’s appearances in WWE.
In response, Bischoff tweeted that Hart’s claim was “absolute nonsense” and advised him to undergo a dementia check, while he later stated that the former world champion was “like a broken toy” after he signed him for WCW in 1997.
Never one to shy away from an opinion, Hart hit back on The Sam Roberts Wrestling podcast, insisting that he “wanted to take on the world” during his time in WCW before labelling Bischoff “the worst loser maggot that ever got into wrestling”.
#2 Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss
There had been persistent rumours throughout the years about a real-life feud between Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss, dating back to their early days in NXT when Sasha apparently broke Alexa's nose.
The off-screen rivalry transitioned on-screen in 2017 when the two women fought over the Raw Women’s Championship, leading to “The Boss” cutting a promo after the Great Balls of Fire PPV which blurred the lines between storyline and reality.
The four-time Raw Women’s champ accused Bliss of making up “fake little stories” about being a childhood wrestling fan and claimed her rival didn’t even know the difference between Matt and Jeff Hardy.
Asked in an out-of-character interview in August 2017 if their rivalry was legitimate in real life, Alexa told German Suplex Talk, “The way I see it, Sasha can think or say whatever she wants. As long as it fuels her fire to have a good match, I’m fine with it.”
#1 Big Cass and Enzo Amore
In the days following Big Cass’ release from WWE in June 2018, there were plenty of suggestions from fans and former WWE performers that the 7-footer could reunite with Enzo Amore and continue to make big money on the independent scene.
Time will tell if Cass decides to pursue a wrestling career outside of WWE, but it certainly doesn’t look like he will be getting back together with Enzo any time soon.
Speaking recently to The Store Horseman, Real1 (fka Enzo) revealed that he hasn’t spoken to his former tag partner since they fought in a Brooklyn street fight the night after SummerSlam 2017.
The match was supposed to be the big payoff to their long-running summer rivalry. However, Cass was unable to continue after suffering an ACL injury and the victory was awarded to Enzo due to forfeit.
While the former Cruiserweight champion said he has no ill-feelings towards Cass, he added that he "will never be able to forgive him" for not finishing the match, regardless of how much pain he was in.