Do You Remember These Famous WWE Rivalries?

By: Gavin Thagard

Who did Hulk Hogan defeat at WrestleMania III?

WrestleMania III pitted the American hero against the foreign giant. When Hulk Hogan picked Andre the Giant up and slammed him, the entire wrestling world looked on in awe.

Which wrestler allowed Jake the Snake Roberts' python to bite him?

Randy Savage was known for his flamboyant attire and insane personality. He also popularized Slim Jims by doing a commercial for the company.

Who fought in "The Mega Powers Explode"?

Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage both left the WWE in the mid-'90s. They joined the rival promotion WCW. However, Hulk Hogan would eventually return to WWE in the 2000s.

At which WrestleMania did the Ultimate Warrior defeat Hulk Hogan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

This match was seen as a passing of the torch from one WWE superstar to another. Sadly, fans didn't enjoy the Ultimate Warrior as much as Hulk Hogan when it came to being champion.

Who hit Harley Race with a steel chair after losing in a "Loser Must Bow" match?

Sylvester Ritter wrestled under the name Junkyard Dog. He received the name after working in a wrecking yard before joining the WWE.

Which WWE champion claimed he slept with Miss Elizabeth in 1992, starting a feud with "Macho Man" Randy Savage?

By 1992, Randy Savage and Elizabeth were having problems in their real marriage. During this feud, Miss Elizabeth actually left the WWE after her divorce from Savage.

Who did Andre the Giant attempt to give the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to after winning it from Hulk Hogan?

Andre the Giant was a dominant force who captivated the wrestling world. Viewed as a menace by the American public, most wrestlers claim he was actually a gentle giant.

What year did Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels have their first singles match against one another?

The rivalry between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels shaped the 1990s. It was felt not only in the ring but also backstage as their personal feelings got in the way of a working relationship.

Bret Hart defeated Shawn Michaels in which type of match to retain the Intercontinental Title in 1992?

Bret Hart encouraged Vince McMahon to bring ladder matches to the WWE. This is considered the first ladder match in the company.

At which event did "Stone Cold" Steve Austin defeat Jake Roberts when he came up with his famous "Austin 3:16" catchphrase?

This wasn't the longest-running rivalry, but it was important for the direction of the company. After this match, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was on everybody's radar and a new era was about to begin.

Who did Bret Hart defeat to win his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

Ric Flair made the careers of many wrestlers. He was known for putting on great shows even with terrible partners, though Bret Hart was far from a terrible wrestler.

Who did Bret Hart feud against in 1994 that earned him the PWI Feud of the Year award?

In 1999, Owen Hart was killed when he fell from a zip line that was supposed to carry him to the ring. The WWE was blamed for negligence, and the event brought a horrifying end to the 1990s.

Bret Hart faced Shawn Michaels in which type of match at WrestleMania XII?

Despite their differences, the 60-minute Iron Man match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels was seen as a highlight in both wrestlers' careers. This type of match is almost impossible with the low attention span of most fans today.

Who was the special guest referee in the submission match between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13?

This match was unique for its double turn. Bret Hart became a villain, while the foul-mouthed Steve Austin became a fan favorite.

Where was Bret Hart screwed over by Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels for the WWE Heavyweight Championship?

The Montreal Screwjob will forever live on in wrestling lure. After losing his title, Bret Hart wouldn't return to the company until 2010.

Whose famous feud with Vince McMahon highlighted the Attitude Era?

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was the redneck you always wanted to be. After all, he drank beer all day and told his boss off. What more could you want in life?

What did Vince McMahon call himself during his rivalry with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin?

The Mr. McMahon character was the representation of the boss we all hate. He was power-hungry and controlling, but he couldn't control the Rattlesnake.

In which type of match did "Stone Cold" Steve Austin face Vince McMahon at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House event?

Vince McMahon wasn't afraid to put his body on the line as a wrestler. In fact, he's even been thrown through a table a time or two.

Who did Vince McMahon help "Stone Cold" Steve Austin defeat for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania X-Seven?

At WrestleMania X-Seven, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had one of the greatest heel turns in the history of the WWE. The anti-establishment redneck finally gave in to his boss.

Who hit the Undertaker with a steel chair that gave Bret Hart his fifth WWE Championship?

Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker had a long feud that would rise only to die down over the years. Like most things in life, it started with a steel chair shot to the head.

Which wrestler interfered in the steel cage match between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker at Badd Blood: In Your House?

Kane had one of the most frightening introductions in the history of the WWE. After weeks of buildup, the Big Red Machine was finally released on the world and on his brother.

When did the Undertaker finally face Kane for the first time after initially refusing to fight his brother?

Kane and the Undertaker have fought both with and against one another over the years. One thing has become certain during that time: These two supernatural beings refuse to die.

How many tombstone piledrivers did it take to defeat Kane at WrestleMania XIV?

The Undertaker gimmick has been a fan favorite for years. No one could pull it off quite like Mark Calaway.

What was on the line for Shawn Michaels when he faced the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI?

Shawn Michaels left the WWE in 1998 after a back injury forced him to have surgery. He was able to return to the ring in 2002 with as much ability as he had when he was younger.

Who had the Rock aligned himself with when he fought "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV?

The Rock was the ultimate heel in the WWE during the Attitude Era. He was great in interviews and just as entertaining in the ring.

Who was named the Rock's manager prior to WrestleMania X-Seven?

The Rock left the WWE to become one of the highest grossing movie stars in the world. Sometimes, the lights of Hollywood just shine too bright.

What did the Rock wear to taunt "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIX?

WrestleMania XIX would be Steve Austin's last match as a wrestler. A spinal injury from years prior forced him to hang up his boots.

Who ended the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX?

There's talk that the Undertaker wasn't the biggest fan of Brock Lesnar backstage. However, he still allowed "The Beast" to end his undefeated streak at WrestleMania.

Who did Shawn Michaels lie to about a knee injury starting a feud between the two?

The feud between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho provided some great wrestling matches. It also was one of the greatest storylines in WWE history because of the little details that went into it, like a knee injury.

The Hardy Boyz and the Dudleys had a great rivalry that also included which other tag team?

Tag team matches didn't reach their height until the 2000s. Thanks to the daring nature of these three groups, the Tag Team Championship actually began to mean something.

Who had a loser leaves Raw match with Edge in 2005?

The drama between Matt Hardy and Edge extended beyond the ring. Really, it all boils down to Lita cheating on Matt with Edge in real life. It sure made for great television.

Who did John Cena team up with to defeat Rated-RKO for the Tag Team Championship?

John Cena seemed like an anomaly in the company because no one thought he would get over. That proved false, however, as fans fell in love with the white guy who raps.

Which family member of John Cena's did Randy Orton kick in the head?

The rivalry between John Cena and Randy Orton started in the tag team division, but it exploded in the singles division. When these two went at it, they were the top baby-face and top heel in the company.

What stable was HHH part of when his feud started with the Rock and the Nation of Domination?

DX was another group of rebels who broke the rules during the Attitude Era. They never reached the popularity of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, but they sure were loved by many fans.

Who else was involved in the four-way elimination match at WrestleMania 2000 that included the Rock, HHH, and Mick Foley?

WrestleMania 2000 progressed the rivalry between the Rock and HHH as they continued the feud afterward. The Rock would win the WWE Championship at Backlash that same year against HHH.

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About This Quiz

What makes a rivalry work in the WWE? Is it a strong storyline full of drama with attention to detail? Is it two great wrestlers just duking it out in the ring? What about two contrasting gimmicks that match perfectly with each other? Does that define a rivalry? 

It's hard to tell what makes a WWE rivalry work, because great rivalries are made up of so many things that mesh together into the perfect amount of tension. Sometimes, you don't even know why a rivalry is so intense, but you are captivated by the smack talk and pure hatred that two wrestlers seem to have for one another. You can't take your eyes off of them. When they are in the ring together, the audience goes wild. Every punch, every high-flying move only adds to the story, to the intensity of the rivalry. 

How well do you know the greatest WWE rivalries? Do you know how they started, or why they grew so intense? Do you know the biggest matches the rivals had and at what wrestling events they took place? Can you remember famous catchphrases that came about because of a rivalry? Here's your chance to find out. Get started with this quiz and test your knowledge on WWE rivalries! 

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