When you know there is a beef between two professional wrestlers then you know it is going to be fun to watch. With larger-than-life characters with plenty of quotes to vex their competitors, no wonder fans keep coming back. There have been several legendary wrestling rivalries and we will look at seven of them. If you want to try betting on combat sports like wrestling or MMA then head to Fanduel.

 The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

The rivalry between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin took a while to simmer. Both wrestlers were finding their feet in 1996 yet it was a true spectacle when they eventually met in the ring. That happened in the D-Generation X: In Your House event the following year. However, it was their battles at Wrestlemania that really got the crowd going. 

The Undertaker vs. Kane

Both wrestlers had long, greasy black hair but only one could be victorious out of The Undertaker and Kane. Their rivalry spanned two decades of WWE history and got personal. Kane was The Undertaker’s younger brother, and a long-lost one at that. From their opening fight in 1997, their personal rivalry built up in momentum until their Hell In A Cell match in 2010. 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat

Few wrestling rivalries last as long as the one between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat. It began in February 1989 when Steamboat became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion at the Chi-Town Rumble. They were seen as two fundamentally different characters which helped the rivalry. Flair wanted his title back as a stylish son-of-a-gun while Steamboat was the down-to-earth underdog.

The rematch came a month later with Steamboat again proving triumphant at the NWS Clash of the Champions. There was even talk of Flair bringing Steamboat out for his final retirement match in 2022. Alas, Steamboat declined the offer.

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Mr. McMahon

This rivalry is largely better known for a speech given by McMahon to Austin. It was called the ‘Easy way/Hard way’ speech and insisted that Austin follow the rules. Of course, Austin responded with the middle finger and then applied a Stone Cold Stunner. The Attitude Era had begun and the Austin v McMahon feud had kicked it all off.

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant

At the time, an attendance of 93,173 was the largest for a live indoor sporting event in the country. It was also the largest paying crowd ever for professional wrestling. All came to see Hulk Hogan go against Andre The Giant during Wrestlemania III.

The final act of the bout became known as the slam which was ‘heard around the world’. Hogan picked up and then slammed The Giant for the leg drop and claimed victory. On 29th March 1987, wrestling was changed forever and the rivalry was cemented.

Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

For an emotional rivalry, few come close to Rey Mysterio against Eddie Guerrero. In real life, the two wrestlers were close friends yet had a classic storyline in the ring. Guerrero would play the villain while Mysterio acted as the underdog. Their most memorable bout came during 1997’s WCW which demonstrated their great chemistry in the ring. 

Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

Like Rey Mysterio v Eddie Guerrero, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were best friends in real life too. Michaels even returned after four years out and was four months into his return when Three Stages of Hell came about. Few thought that he could muster the strength for three consecutive matches, especially when there were no breaks. 

That’s a ladder match, a cage match, and a street fight yet it was the start of an intense rivalry in the ring. It seemed that Michaels trusted HHH and the rivalry pushed both opponents to greatness. That goes to show how best friends can work together to better their own performances. There was love between the two but a love for the business of professional wrestling too. 

Summary

Rivalries are one of the most fascinating aspects of sports. They can exist between teams for generations or between individuals for as long as both remain in the sport. In professional wrestling, there have been some truly great feuds that have taken the combat sport to new heights. These rivalries have sold tickets and captivated audiences watching at home as they wait to see fireworks fly.

What you may not know is that some of these rivalries can be between close friends out of the ring. That’s the case between Triple H and Shawn Michaels as well as Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. However, some rivalries have started in the ring and remained there ever since. Who can forget Hulk Hogan going against Andre The Giant or The Undertaker versus Kane?

These rivalries have gone down in history and are just one of the reasons why sports fans keep coming back. Whichever combat sport you want to bet on, head to Fanduel for the latest sports betting