Tag Teams and Stables have been a huge part of the history of WWE over the past few years, the company knows how to build up superstars as groups and when the team has run its course there is usually a member of the team who decides to turn on the others and split the group forever.
Teams never last, most recently it was revealed that Big Cass was the one who was attacking his long time friend and teammate Enzo Amore in what was one of the biggest swerves in a long time after the WWE Universe thought that The Revival were behind the series of attacks.
This team is not the first group in WWE to break up under controversial circumstances and they definitely won’t be the last. There have been a few teams in WWE history who have parted and managed to stay friends, but this rarely happens and these are usually groups that the WWE Universe then fails to remember years after their split became official.
The following is a list of the 15 most heartbreaking betrayals in WWE history when one superstar decided that they were too big to be part of a team anymore.
15. Tomasso Ciampa Turns On Johnny Gargano
Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano took the NXT brand by storm throughout 2016 and won the NXT Tag Team Championships from The Revival in a match that was voted the NXT match of the year. The duo proved that they could even fight against each other by putting on a five-star match at the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic as well, but it seems that being part of DIY wasn’t enough for Tomasso.
In the build up to NXT Takeover Chicago, it was rumoured that Ciampa was injured and the WWE Universe began thinking about replacements for him against The Authors of Pain. This didn’t sit too well with Ciampa and it seems that when DIY lost their match to Authors of Pain and failed to reclaim the Tag Team Champions he let his frustrations boil over and attacked Gargano in one of the most heartbreaking scenes in NXT history.
14. Paige Turns On PCB
Paige doesn’t exactly have a great history when it comes to being able to work with others. AJ Lee and Paige had many run-ins during the year that they were together before AJ decided to retire. Paige was then put into a group with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
The trio was doing great things on WWE TV until Charlotte defeated Nikki Bella at Night of Champions back in 2015 and won the Divas Championship. Paige’s jealousy over this win saw her ruin Charlotte’s Championship celebration and deliver a pipe bomb similar to how AJ Lee had a few years earlier. This also lead to an intense feud between the two former friends that ended up being quite entertaining.
13. Stephanie McMahon Learns To Play The Game
Back in November 1999, Triple H revealed that he had secretly married Stephanie McMahon which didn’t go down too well with her father, who he then faced at Armageddon the following month. Stephanie was on her father’s side throughout this feud and acted as though she wanted nothing to do with The Game.
Throughout the match, Stephanie asked to hit Triple H with his iconic sledgehammer but when it came down to it The Billion Dollar Princess couldn’t deliver. Triple H took advantage of her apprehension and defeated Vince. He was then forced to watch Triple H and Stephanie embrace in the ring as she showed where her loyalty truly lies.
12. Christian Turns On Edge
Christian and Edge became one of the most popular tag teams in WWE during the Attitude Era because of their incredible showings in extreme tag team matches. In the early 2000s, Edge and Christian were joined by Kurt Angle and Rhyno and they became a foursome instead known as Team RECK.
When Edge managed to win the 2001 King of the Ring competition it seems that jealousy once again became a huge problem for the team and Christian showed his true colours when he turned on Edge and hit him in the head with a chair twice. Luckily, the duo got past this and remained great friends in real life and still work together on the WWE Network’s The Edge and Christian Show.
11. Eddie Guerrero Turns On Rey Mysterio
Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio were best friends for a number of years and their partnership eventually led to a Tag Team Championship run, but in the middle of this run, it was decided that Eddie and Rey should face each other at WrestleMania.
The duo then lost their Tag Titles to MNM and a lengthy feud between them began. There was also the story of Rey Mysterio‘s son Dominik’s real father and an incredible ladder match for the right to Dominik at SummerSlam in 2005. It was an incredible story that was sadly cut short by Eddie’s untimely passing back in November 2005.
10. Paul Bearer Leaves The Undertaker
Paul Bearer and The Undertaker were always side by side, that was until SummerSlam 1996. At this point Mankind’s feud with The Undertaker had reached the boiling point so it was right that they ended up facing off in a Boiler Room match where the winner had to escape the boiler room and pick up the urn that was held in the ring by Paul Bearer.
It was Undertaker who managed to escape the room and run to the ring but when he tried to take the urn from Paul Bearer, he shocked the world when he hit Undertaker with it and then gave it to Mankind instead. It lead to a deeply personal feud and was one of the most shocking betrayals that WWE have ever presented on live TV.
9. Shawn Michaels Turned On John Cena
In the lead up to WrestleMania 23, it was decided that John Cena and Shawn Michaels would work together as they took on the team of Undertaker and Batista, another two men who would go on to face each other at WrestleMania as well. Michaels and Cena managed to win the Tag Team Championships while they were teaming together and it seemed like a complete accident.
After Cena defeated Michaels at WrestleMania it seemed as though Michaels took it to heart and cost the team the Tag Team Championships in a battle royale by eliminating himself. It was a great build up to a match that could have been lost in the WrestleMania shuffle but it was also a great way to prolong the feud after WrestleMania. Cena and Michaels worked well as both friends and enemies.
8. Paul Heyman Turns On CM Punk
Paul Heyman has always been on CM Punk’s side. It was Heyman that vouched for him in ECW and allowed him to climb the ranks in WWE. He was by his side throughout his career until it came to Money in the Bank back in 2013. Punk was about to climb for the case when Heyman got in the ring and hit his friend with a ladder, costing him a chance at the WWE Championship.
Paul Heyman later explained that this was because he had done everything he could for Punk ever since 2005 when WWE had no vision for him and he had failed to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania and then thought he was better than Paul Heyman. This then led to a feud between the duo that saw Brock Lesnar become involved on Heyman’s behalf as he defeated Punk at SummerSlam a few months later.
7. Kevin Owens Turns On Long Time Friend Sami Zayn
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn wrestled all over the world before they came to WWE and when Sami won the NXT Championship, Owens was new to NXT and seemingly came out to congratulate his longtime friend on the achievement. Sadly, nothing is ever that straight forward in WWE and Owens turned on Zayn, power bombing him off the apron.
This then led to an exciting feud between the two former friends that saw Owens win the NXT Championship from Zayn via forfeit after he beat Sami so much that he couldn’t continue the match. The feud between the duo is far from over and they continue to have incredible matches on WWE’s main roster to this day.
6. Big Cass Turns On Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore and Big Cass were put together in NXT and quickly became the hottest pairing on the development roster. The duo were then promoted to the main brand and put on Raw where they wrestled for more than a year when Enzo Amore began getting attacked by an unknown assailant backstage.
Big Cass later began being attacked too. It was later revealed that Cass was the one who was attacking Enzo and made it look like he was being attacked to take the blame away from him. The seven-foot star then turned on Enzo when he was found kicking him in the face. The following week it seemed as though the group were getting back together until Cass showed his true colours and threw Enzo down the entrance ramp.
5. Evolution Turn On Randy Orton
Evolution were the future of WWE. They were four of the hottest stars in the company but Randy Orton was always the standout competitor and this lead to a lot of jealousy. After Orton managed to defeat Chris Benoit to become the youngest world Champion in history, it seemed that the tension reached boiling point.
Orton went on to defeat Benoit again in his rematch and it seemed as though his Evolution teammates were there to congratulate him on the win, but while he was up on Batista’s shoulders, Triple H gave the symbol for Batista to drop Orton and the duo then began beating down their former friend as a way to teach him about surpassing them.
4. Kevin Owens Turns On Chris Jericho
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho were two of the best things in WWE throughout 2016. Their entertainment level was off the charts and they both came together when it became apparent that there was no one else who had their back.
When Triple H made his return to TV it seems that he reminded Owens that he wasn’t there to have fun, he was supposed to be a destroyer and that is why Triple H helped him win the Universal Championship. Owens obviously agreed and later turned on Jericho in a symbolic way when he handed Jericho a list during their festival of friendship and it only had his name on it. Jericho got revenge when he cost Owens his Universal Championship in a match against Goldberg.
3. Matt And Jeff Hardy Are No Longer Brothers
When it comes to The Hardy Boyz, they were former Tag Team Champions as a duo but it was obvious that Jeff Hardy was the more talented brother and jealousy finally reached boiling point when Jeff won the WWE Championship and went on to defend it against Edge at the 2009 Royal Rumble.
Edge emerged victorious after Matt Hardy invaded the match and delivered a number of chair shots to his brother. This then led to a bitter feud where it was revealed that Matt burned down Jeff’s house and killed his dog. They also were able to face each other at WrestleMania that year.
2. Shawn Michaels Turns on Marty Jannetty
Shawn Michaels definitely doesn’t work well with others, but this wasn’t completely confirmed on WWE TV until he decided to kick Marty Jannetty out of The Rockers in spectacular fashion. Marty was kicked through a barbershop window in one of the most iconic segments in WWE when it was made apparent that Michaels wanted to go it alone.
Michaels and Jannetty had grown up together and were even signed to WWE together and had a bond like no other wrestlers at that time. Marty pleaded with Michaels to keep the group together and Michaels agreed before hugging Jannetty but he then decided to superkick him through the window and break up the team anyway.
1. Seth Rollins Turns On The Shield
Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose became one of the most dominant groups in WWE history when they were working together as The Shield. The trio defeated every challenge that stood in their way until it came to Payback 2014. The Shield completed a clean sweep of Evolution in an elimination match it seemed that the group could go no further because they had nothing left to accomplish.
The following night on Raw it seems that Triple H offered Seth Rollins a deal that he couldn’t say no to and he broke the hearts of Shield fans all over the world when he attacked his brothers with a steel chair and joined The Authority for the first time. This was a decision that Rollins would regret two years later when Triple H turned on him.
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