WWE has seen some exhilarating bromances over the years. Most of these bromances were so strong that they ended up in multiple championships and awards. For example, before the group was disbanded, The Shield members Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins’ tight friendship saw them win the WWE Tag Team Championship, the WWE United States Championship, the NXT Championship, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag Team of the Year Award.
Most of these friendships occur between wrestlers who couldn’t stand one another up to that time. For example, before Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon started their weird bromance, they were bitter enemies who had feuded for close to three years. Mankind and The Rock also hated each other before forming The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. Some of these bromances are also scripted to end in marriage. For instance, Billy and Chuck were scripted to wed at SmackDown but they clarified that it was just a publicity stunt during the ceremony.
Here are 10 of the most epic WWE bromances ever:
10. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (The Shield)
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins’ bromance was so strong that they even wetted each other’s hair before going to the ring. The three were part of a WWE stable known as The Shield. The group debuted on November 18, 2012 at the Survivor Series and had an undefeated streak from December 2012 to May 2013. Their strong bond made them unbeatable, defeating teams with potent opponents such as Kane, The Undertaker, John Cena, Big Show and Daniel Bryan. During the May 2013 Extreme Rules pay per view, all the three members won championship gold with Rollins and Reigns winning WWE Tag Team Championship and Ambrose clinching the WWE United States Championship.
9. Christian and Chris Jericho
The bromance between Christian and Chris Jericho became evident when the two teamed up on October 14, 2002 and won the World Tag Team Championship. In 2003, Jericho beat Kane, Rob Van Dam, and Batista, giving him the opportunity to choose his entrance number at the next Royal Rumble match. He chose number two to battle Shawn Michaels. During the match, Shawn entered the ring first followed by Chris Jericho. However, it was not actually Jericho who entered second but Christian in Jericho’s outfit. Christian then attacked Michaels from behind, eliminating him over the top rope. The bromance was interrupted when Christian and Jericho started feuding later that year.
8. Triple H and Shawn Michaels
Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ bromance is one of the most dramatic friendships in WWE. This friendship brewed during the WWF’s “Attitude Era” in 1997. It formed the D-Generation X stable. The group included Triple H and Shawn Michaels along with Chyna, Rick Rude and Kane. The group disbanded three years later. Six years later in 2006, Triple H and Shawn Michaels teamed up together and reunited as DX for that year. This happened again in August 2009 through March 2010. During this time, the two went from being the best of pals to the worst of enemies and back again.
7. Kane and Rob Van Dam
October 2002 saw Rob Van Dam make an appearance on the World Heavyweight Championship scene. He immediately made a team with Kane, and their bromance began. Their friendship faced trials when in 2003 at Royal Rumble, Kane tricked and eliminated his ‘bro’. More tests were to come when Kane mistakenly chokeslammed Rob Van Dam when they were fighting Lance Storm and William Regal at No Way Out. However, in March, they faced Lance Storm and Chief Morley and The Dudley Boyz to clinch the World Tag Team Championship.
6. Mankind and The Rock
Mankind (Mick Foley) and The Rock ceased their rivalry to form one of the most entertaining tag teams The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. They wrestled as part of the tag team at WWF in 1999 and 2000. Their bromance, which earned them the WWF Tag Team Championship thrice, was formed when the Rock was ambushed by Big Show and The Undertaker at the August 30, 1999 Raw is War. The Rock then challenged both these beasts to a match. Since it was apparent that he would have lost to the two, Mick Foley volunteered to help The Rock out despite the abhorrence between them. The Rock halfheartedly accepted and both won against Undertaker and The Big Show.
5. John Morrison and The Miz
John Morrison and The Miz were opponents competing against each other for the ECW Championship before they were paired together in November 16, 2007. The pair faced and defeated Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) to clinch the WWE Tag Team Championship. Their friendship brewed and people started seeing them as credulous friends. They teamed up on many occasions to defend their title against the likes of Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang and Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy. These bros also entered into feuds with Evan Bourne and Ricky Ortiz, mocking them endlessly on their WWE.com show The Dirt Sheet.
4. Kane and Daniel Bryan
Kane and Daniel Bryan are perhaps the two superstars that did the phrase ‘hug it out’ some justice. Both were members of the Team Hell No tag team. The team names came from their characters. The first part of, Team Hell No came from Kane’s violent character that has always been described as ‘The Devil’s Favorite Demon’. The second part came from Bryan’s character that would always pessimistically exclaim ‘No!’ They went from being strong enemies to hugging buddies when AJ Lee, the then Raw General Manager, forced them into an anger management class. They went on to win the WWE Tag Team Championship once, and three Slammy Awards.
3. Steve Austin and Vince McMahon
Steve Austin and Vince McMahon had been feuding since 1997, but all this changed during Stone Cold’s WrestleMania X-Seven match against The Rock. Vince McMahon interfered during the match by sliding Stone Cold a steel chair. Stone Cold then hit his rival with the chair seven times. In the coming few months, Stone Cold altered his character completely and sided with Vince McMahon. He became whiny and always complained when fans booed him. He presented a shocked McMahon with hugs and gifts and even sang songs to him.
2. Billy and Chuck
Chuck and Billy struck a strong friendship after Chuck was kicked out of the Alliance. WWF then rolled out a storyline in which Billy and Chuck were very affectionate to each other. In fact, they were so affectionate that they adopted matching red ring gear. The ‘homosexual’ relationship also led to Chuck proposing to Billy, and Billy accepting. They were to wed at a ceremony on SmackDown with Eric Bischoff officiating as the priest. However, the two revealed that all of it was just a publicity stunt during the ceremony and that caused the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to condemn WWE harshly.
1. Booker T and Goldust
Booker T’s cool character and Goldust’s eccentric character provided fans with one of the most memorable bromances in the history of WWE. One of these moments was when Booker T literally wore lumberjack attire just before a Lumberjack match while Goldust sang a lumberjack song. Though odd, their chemistry made it work. The two also attempted to save the American Flag from being burned by the Un-Americans group comprised of Lance Storm, Test and Christian. Kane eventually saved the flag and Goldust patriotically waved it as the culprits escaped.
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