8 Pairs of wrestlers who couldn't stand each other in real life

Andre the Giant vs. Macho Man Randy Savage
Andre the Giant vs. Macho Man Randy Savage

Sometimes, they are not faking the hatred.

At this stage of the internet age, it's common knowledge that pro wrestling is a scripted performance. No matter how many steel chairs rattle brain cells, no matter how much blood is spilled, at the end of the day the wrestlers are just pretending to hate each other, right?

As it turns out, this is not always the case. Sometimes bad blood develops between wrestlers and they carry their feud into the real world. It might be because of a botched performance, or a clash of personalities, or some other reason, but the end result is the same.

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Sometimes these hatreds boil over into acts of aggression, and sometimes the enemies just play politics with each other backstage, but it always leads to speculation on the part of the fanbase.

Here are eight pair of wrestlers who legitimately didn't like each other.

#1 Roddy Piper and Mr. T

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These days, when celebrities choose to become involved with a wrestling show, they are often greeted with open arms by both the management and the wrestling talent. This is because all parties know that the celebrity will bring in extra attention and income for the whole promotion.

In the 1980s, however, kayfabe was alive and well, and the wrestlers didn't take kindly to outsiders coming into their arena. This was especially true with Mr. T and Roddy Piper.

During the very first Wrestlemania, Piper and Bob Orton (Randy's father) were set to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in a tag match. However, Piper and Orton had reservations about involving a non-wrestler in the match. Those concerns were exacerbated when Mr. T didn't put much effort into preparing for the match. Orton and Piper ended up guzzling Mr. T by putting him in real wrestling holds and not allowing him any offense at all.

Mr. T was so upset by this experience that the WWE gave him a fixed shoot boxing match against Piper at Wrestlemania 2 so T could 'hit Piper for real.' The match is considered an embarrassment and rarely referenced today.

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Edited by Shruti Sadbhav
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