WWE wrestlers play characters when they are on WWE TV, this means that this is not the real version of them and you have to meet them outside of a show to see their true character. Even if you are the biggest heel on screen, you may be the biggest softy in real life.
That being said, that also means that if you run into someone who is a “face”, that also does not mean they are always going to be their cheery self.
It’s hard to image characters like The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt just breaking out of their character to hug a child, and the same could be said for many other strange superstars who have become famous for being different over the years. But that doesn’t mean they are really bad people, because they do sometimes break character, and sometimes in really positive ways. Yet sometimes no matter how good of a character the person is on screen, some wrestlers are just a-holes.
This list is for the ones who play heel characters and live the life of a heel character, the ones who love the fame, but not the fans who come with it. The ones who truly are jerks in real life.
20. Randy Orton
The Viper comes across as one of the rudest superstars in WWE, but is it all part of a gimmick? Or is Orton really a jerk outside of WWE? Various reports suggest that Randy is one of the superstars who rarely has time to talk to the WWE fans waiting for his autograph and often is rude when asked.
Randy is thought to be one of the veterans of the company right now so perhaps this has gone to his head, or maybe the fans just caught him on an off day, but given the numerous reports, it’s hard to imagine that every day is an “off day.” Though given his dedication to the company, maybe Randy should be given the benefit of the doubt here.
19. Bubba Ray Dudley
Even though his long-time tag team partner D-Von is a big fan of making time for the WWE Universe, and many fans have stated how involved with them he is, Bubba Ray clearly does not share that level of enthusiasm for the WWE.
Ray is said to have walked away from fans before when they asked for his autograph and even told D-Von to ignore them as he has walked past. He is even said to be disliked backstage by many of the current roster because he frequently used to bully any new recruits. Bully Ray has stated before in many interviews that he knows he is a jerk and he isn’t that bothered about it.
During her time in WWE, Melina took the term Diva to the next level, but not always in positive ways. She was incredible in the ring and had athleticism and flexibility that many of the WWE Universe had never seen before, but with all that talent came an over sized ego.
Melina was well known to have had fights with many Divas in the locker room because she thought the Divas Division was supposed to revolve around her, and she was once famously kicked out of the locker room by WWE Hall of Famer Lita after she had had enough of her constant self-obsessed attitude.
17. Matt Hardy
One half of one of the greatest tag teams of the late 90s and early 2000s, Matt and Jeff Hardy had a fantastic time in WWE, but whilst Jeff climbed the ranks to the World title later in his career, it seems Matt was left behind.
It is unknown if this made him sour towards both the WWE and the WWE Universe but there are various reports that Hardy has shouted obscene things to many fans who had been waiting in the cold for him for hours. These do seem out of character for a normally humble superstar, but recent Twitter rants have proven exactly who Matt Hardy really is.
16. The Bella Twins
The self-proclaimed faces of the Divas Division and the stars of Total Divas, Brie and Nikki Bella have had a lot of things come their way since they were resigned by WWE back in 2012, but unfortunately, it seems there attitudes are still yet to change.
There were reports last year that Nikki’s boyfriend John Cena had gone to WWE officials to ensure Nikki didn’t lose her Divas title, and in turn became the longest reigning champion in the history of the belt. Despite their popularity, there are also reports that both twins have reportedly ignored or been jerks to fans on multiple occasions.
15. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar doesn’t like people. He has admitted many times that he isn’t a fan of them and he never makes an attempt to go over to fans at shows or to sign autographs or even to wave over to them to see he recognizes that they are there.
Lesnar doesn’t care what the fans think of him, he is happy to arrive for a WWE event and only talk to the people he needs to talk to. At least Brock looks like the last person that I would go up and try and have a conversation with if he looked angry!
With her spouse Brock Lesnar on the list above, it was inevitable that Sable was also going to make the list. Yet have no fear, because apparently she was a jerk a long time before she met Lesnar.
During Sable’s time in WWE she was of the impression that she was a much bigger star than she was, and as a result, came across to others as a self obsessed person who was delusional about her own level of importance. Jim Cornette is said to have many stories about Sable and her inflated ego which he often shares during his shoot interviews.
13. Kevin Nash
Nash is said to have an estranged relationship the WWE Universe and whenever they raise the fact that they dislike him, he often takes to Twitter to insult any fans that disagree with him or his views.
Nash isn’t known to stop and sign autographs for any fans and doesn’t make time for them either. Nash’s potential jerk nature also extends to his family, he was arrested for battery in 2014 after he punched his son when he came home drunk one night. Even though Nash protested that he had done so in order to protect himself and his wife, it doesn’t shout father of the year…
Batista has always had a strained relationship with the WWE Universe to the extent where he stood on the ramp and swore at the entire crowd after they booed him for winning the 2014 Royal Rumble after he had already threatened a fan.
It’s not only the fans that Batista has had an issue with, he has gotten into many fights backstage and even got into a physical altercation with Booker T. It is also reported that he cheated on his wife with Melina and then didn’t tell her until he wrote about it in his biography. Yikes!
11. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn
Along with his partner Billy Gunn, both Jesse James and the Badass are known to have been complete jerks both backstage and in front of fans.
Whether it’s because they are classed as veterans and so they feel like they are a cut above the other superstars is unknown, but there does seems to be an ego problem between both members of The New Age Outlaws and the rest of the roster.
Gunn also made headlines back in 2010 when it was leaked that he was having an affair and he then went on to blame his mistress for breaking up his marriage, because I’m sure his decision to cheat on his wife wasn’t a big factor.
Another superstar with an overly inflated ego, Goldberg was a big star in his own right in his day, and rightly WWE are hoping to see him return of only for one match, but hopefully without the ego.
It was reported that Goldberg got into a lot of fights backstage after he made the change from WCW to WWE. One of these included one with Chris Jericho that Y2J, despite being the smaller man, actually managed to win. Needless to say this did not exactly rub Goldberg the right way. It is too bad because the biggest thing that got in the way of Goldberg’s career was his ego.
9. Shawn Michaels
Back in the ’90s Shawn Michaels was one of the biggest stars in the company following his various WrestleMania appearances. But this new sense of confidence made Shawn impossible to work with and impossible to support as a fan.
There were reports that during his early days that Shawn was an egotistical superstar and he made little time to interact with fans and didn’t care about how he treated them. Coupled with an addiction to pain pills and other substances and you get a person that is not the easiest to be around. This was before Shawn found Christ and was re-born, so looking back now he would probably hate the person he was during his early years, but the fans will always remember Shawn.
8. Stacy Keibler
Stacy was a big superstar in WWE during the attitude era and even though she never won a title of any kind, she was a very self-entitled star.
She was aware of how attractive she was and was rather self-righteous when it came to interacting with fans or having to lower herself from where she thought she belonged.
It could be the fact that she once dated Hollywood star George Clooney that would have completely inflated her already huge ego, or it could be that she always thought she was a bigger star than she actually was, who knows.
7. Mick Foley
Foley has come up a lot during research for this article as a guy who doesn’t care how he is perceived by his peers or the WWE Universe.
Even though the Hardcore legend currently has family who work within WWE, he doesn’t mind constantly ripping the company apart on Social Media and showing the WWE Universe the way he would have booked the relevant shows if he was in charge.
He is also another star who is said to be rude in the presence of fans and thinks he is a lot higher up the ladder than he actually is.
6. Mark Henry
The world’s strongest man has just been involved in a great tribute by the WWE after it was revealed that this year could actually be his last. He has always come across as a guy who had a heart the size that he is, but other fans’ stories differ.
Many fans have reported that Henry will not sign autographs unless paid for it and has also been quite rude to some members of the WWE Universe when they were waiting outside for him in the cold. It’s sad to think a guy like Henry could have another side, but the continual fan evidence is hard to ignore.
5. Triple H
The COO of WWE is obviously going to ruffle a few feathers being that he is the boss of NXT and owns their creative control.
He has made a lot of enemies over the last two decades as he has climbed the ranks in WWE to become one of the most successful superstars of all time. But he has annoyed a lot of people en route to this, with CM Punk being perhaps one of the most outspoken about the fact that Triple H wouldn’t be where he is today if he didn’t marry the boss’ daughter.
It was said that Triple H knowingly tarnished a lot of wrestlers’ careers during his early days in WWE through sheer jealousy, which is a jerk thing to do.
4. Hulk Hogan
The Hulkster is the most famous wrestler of all time, and at one time he was the biggest wrestler in the world. This fame must have gone to Hogan’s head because he seems to have been paying for it over the past few years.
Hogan has made a lot of enemies due to his inability to keep his mouth shut! He was recently removed from WWE’s website, and Hall of Fame section and all stars were warned not to mention him on WWE TV after racist comments he made earlier in his career were made public. Hardly the type of attitude that the WWE wants to be promoting!
3. Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon has turned WWE into the world wide phenomenon that it has been over the past three decades, so rightly he is going to have an inflated ego.
His career has been tarnished with many allegations, mostly made by former Divas that were brought into WWE and McMahon then reportedly abused the power he then had over them. He plays a believable heel character on WWE TV as part as The Authority, but it is easy to believe that he is a bad guy outside of WWE given all the accusations and stories many former superstars have shared after their release or departure.
2. The Miz
Maybe a lot of Miz’s jerk tendency transfers across from how well he play’s The Miz character on WWE TV.
He is now a movie star as well as a WWE Superstar and he is married to one of the most attractive Divas in WWE history (Maryse), so you have to at least understand where his ego may be coming from.
That being said, there is never a reason to be rude to the fans and there are various reports of Miz doing this when asked for autographs. He has reportedly refused fans who had waited for hours to see him, which is just plain wrong.
1. CM Punk
He is perhaps one of the most talked about wrestlers of the current generation, it is only natural that some people are going to think that Punk is a jerk. Yet he is not doing very much to change their opinion!
Many wrestlers complained that they didn’t like to wrestler Punk because he would call out wrestlers on their mistakes, and because he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, it may have ruffled some feathers. Punk is now set for his UFC debut and it seems he has been just as rude to the UFC fans as he was to the WWE Universe, so it will be interesting to see their reaction, especially if he gets knocked out.