Professional wrestling, or "sports entertainment," is notorious for creating some heated feuds in the ring. Yet sometimes, the best entertainment comes from what happens off-screen, in the locker rooms and beyond. The WWE has quite a lengthy list of real life, off-screen feuds throughout the decades, some more well-documented than others. From contract disputes to love affairs to general animosity outside the ring, we've seen our fair share of heat, some of which has even been captured and brought into wrestling matches and story lines.
The entertainment value of these feuds certainly adds an extra level when brought on screen, even though it sometimes comes at the expense of the superstars' personal lives and relationships. Always the businessman, Vince McMahon tends to use every feud and every opportunity to his advantage to boost ratings and dollars. Let's look at some of the greatest WWE feuds in the new millennium.
10 John Cena vs. The Rock
9 Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon
8 Mick Foley vs. Ric Flair
7 Big Show vs. Great Khali
6 Chris Jericho vs. Bill Goldberg
5 Edge vs. Matt Hardy
4 Vince McMahon vs. CM Punk
Did he quit, or was he fired? After months and months of silence, CM Punk emerged to publicly clarify and explain his departure from the WWE. Punk cited inadequate medical care and the company's disregard for his life and health as his main reasons (among others), for wanting out. In incident after incident, Punk had just about had it with the lack of concern for his health by the WWE.
3 Curt Hennig vs. Brock Lesnar
2 Booker T vs. Batista
1 Stephanie McMahon vs. Chyna
Another love triangle in the WWE? Say it ain't so! Stephanie McMahon certainly had some cojones to steal Chyna's man away. I guess being the boss's daughter gives you a sense of invincibility. After finding a love letter from Stephanie addressed to her then-boyfriend in his briefcase, Chyna's fears about reality and fiction colliding turned out to be true. Going to Vince was futile, as he apparently seemed to already know about the affair, long before Chyna's discovery. Stephanie clearly had no remorse for stealing the love of her co-worker's beau, sending Chyna into a rage, hurling threats and insults at Stephanie. In the end, Chyna was released by the WWE, sending her career from sports entertainment to the adult entertainment industry.
Sources: wikia, wrestlinginc, foxsports
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