We are often told "It's okay not to like somebody, you just have to work with them." Whoever came up with that concept didn't have to work with big egos, and in the world of professional wrestling, a wrestler's ego can often get the better of them. Some will voice concerns with how another wrestler works, or the value that other person brings to a feud, but ego often plays a part in a program's success. In these specific cases, wrestlers had working relationships that either didn't happen, or dissolved before they really got rolling. A number of wrestlers are concerned with doing business; the more successful the business the more money earned, and the more money earned the more all parties benefit. But for some perhaps it doesn't just come down to money earned, but rather winning and losing.
Would wrestler A be willing to lose to wrestler B? If the stakes are worth it and things are framed correctly, then there isn't a problem. But some evidently are concerned about losing to others they didn't believe worthy of getting the “rub.” There were feuds that didn't happen because of how one wrestler was perceived backstage, or long-standing animosity between two performers, a wrestler's perceived carelessness in the ring, failure to reciprocate a win, or generally failing to respect one another. Here are 15 cases of Wrestlers That Refused To Work Together:
15 CM Punk and Triple H
14 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Jeff Jarrett
13 Lex Luger and Ric Flair
12 CM Punk and Ryback
11 Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar
10 Chris Jericho and Goldberg
9 Steve Austin and Billy Gunn
8 Sting and Vince McMahon
7 Hulk Hogan and Jake "The Snake" Roberts
6 Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart
5 Shawn Michaels and The Rock
4 Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart
3 Goldberg and William "Steven" Regal
2 Shawn Michaels and Vader
1 1."Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan
After years of going head-to-head with World Championship Wrestling, WWE bought out their competitor in the middle of 2001. It was an incredible time to be a wrestling fan as the depth of the roster was greater than it had ever been. But too many, the Invasion angle and influx of talent was considered a failure. Fans believed major names would be joining the promotion to bolster their lineup, but names such as Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Goldberg and Sting were all absent. In early 2002, WWE finally brought in the original members of the nWo, with hopes of creating interest in the product. But the addition of Hulk Hogan, a founding member of the now, didn't sit well with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. According to Bleacher Report, the two men were not interested in working with one another as WrestleMania X8 approached. Instead, The Rock faced off against Hogan while Austin faced Scott Hall.
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