Top 10 Greatest Pro Wrestling Rivalries

Pro wrestling isn't just about the physical prowess, the high-flying moves, or the power slams. Oh no, it's about the stories, the drama, the burning tension between two athletes that turns a simple match into a legendary feud. It's about the villains you love to hate and the heroes you cheer for, the fierce rivalries that make you jump to your feet, eyes glued to the screen. And let's not forget those epic mic battles that often leave as much of an impact as the physical altercations.

You probably have your favorite rivalries, the ones that make you raise your voice in heated discussions. Those clashes that, in your mind, defined what pro wrestling is all about. Maybe it's a classic feud from the golden era that continues to be talked about with reverence, or perhaps it's a modern rivalry that's breaking boundaries and redefining the game. Each fan has their own preference, their own understanding of what makes a rivalry great, and that's exactly what makes this topic so engaging.

So here's the deal: you get to vote on the choices you believe should be celebrated as the greatest pro wrestling rivalries. This isn't just a popularity contest; it's a celebration of the storylines, the characters, the matches, and the moments that set our hearts racing. It's about acknowledging the rivalries that pushed the boundaries, that inspired awe, laughter, anger, and maybe even a few tears.

Whether it's a personal rivalry that simmered over years, or a scripted feud that was so well done it felt real, or even those real-life animosities that spilled over into the ring, your vote counts. And remember, it's not just about who won the most matches; it's about the journey, the suspense, the emotional rollercoaster that made these rivalries unforgettable.
The Top Ten
1 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock

Just the best rivalry and the most entertaining.

If this wasn't number 1, then I don't know what is.

These two helped redefine pro wrestling into greatness again.

2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon

This made the Attitude Era great.

3 Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart

Bret versus Shawn. Who is really the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be? Bret says he is, while Triple H in 1997 and even today says it's Shawn. Even if a mini Bret Hart called Shawn, John Michaels.
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A rivalry that led to the infamous "Montreal Screw Job." Former tag team wrestlers that had great chemistry with each other.

4 Eric Bischoff vs. Vince McMahon
5 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat

These two had some of the greatest technical matches ever. A rivalry that spanned the late 70s through the early 90s. They were so evenly matched.

6 Edge and Christian vs. Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boys
7 Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan

A rivalry that lasted throughout the 80s. Hogan lost to Andre several times over the years but that changed with one big body slam at Wrestlemania 3.

8 The Undertaker vs. Edge
9 Hulk Hogan vs. Sting

The greatest storyline and rivalry in wrestling history. The face of WCW versus the biggest threat to WCW in the face of Hogan and the NWO. This was epic.

Epic - from start to finish. WCW versus NWO.

10 John Cena vs. Randy Orton

This has been a rivalry for as long as they've been in the WWE and before as well!

Longest running rivalry ever.

The Contenders
11 Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
12 Kane vs. The Undertaker

Two of the darkest forces in WWE, and they're both good guys being cheered for.

13 CM Punk vs. John Cena

The dynamic of this rivalry is that Cena is the Superman of the WWE while CM Punk is Batman. Cena may have had more intense rivalries with Orton and Edge, but Punk has a conflicting personality to Cena that makes it feel more authentic. When Punk and Cena were both faces in 2011, it had a Hogan/Savage type of rivalry that was not seen too often.

In 2012, when Punk feuded with Cena as the Top Heel, it developed into a Hogan/Piper rivalry. Maybe someday Punk and Cena can complete the trifecta with Cena being the Top Heel and Punk as the Top Face to create a Rock/Austin type of rivalry.

14 The Undertaker vs. Mankind

Do you remember their Hell in a Cell match where Mankind was tossed off the cage through a table?

15 Rock and Roll Express vs. Midnight Express

Greatest tag team rivalry from '87 to '89.

16 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
17 John Cena vs. Edge
18 Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage

They had a major rivalry in and out of the ring.

19 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat

Their match at Wrestlemania 3 was arguably the best of all time.

20 CM Punk vs. MJF
21 D-Generations X vs. The Undertaker
22 Kurt Angle vs. Edge

Remember their hair vs. Hair match?

23 Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes

It was the Life Styles of the Rich and Famous vs the every day working man. A rivalry that took wrestling out of the stone ages an brought it to where it is now. Awesome times.

From 1981 to 1986, every match was for the NWA world title.

24 Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
25 Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar

If the WWE would have done it right, these two should have traded the belt back and forth for a decade or so. No other wrestlers over that era were in the same ball park with either.

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