Compared to previous eras in pro wrestling history, today’s Superstars seem to get along quite well with one another. While there might be the occasional backstage incident and real-life rivalry amongst today’s WWE roster, it’s nothing compared to what used to be the case.
Vince McMahon was once a proponent of instilling a legitimate sense of competition among his Superstars, feeling that this would add to the on-screen drama. In recent years he has begun doing this less however, most likely because of the negative consequences he has seen it lead to in the past.
This isn’t to say there aren’t cases of real-life hatred in the storybook pro wrestling world currently however, as there are a bunch of them. When drama hits in wrestling, it tends to hit hard, and many examples mentioned in this article are proof of that.
The current generation being less prone to real-life rivalries might be more of a reflection of the times than it is the wrestlers themselves. Nowadays bullying and mean-spirited ribs are looked down upon by many facets of society, and as such have become less commonplace in WWE’s locker room as well. JBL can probably speak at length on this fact.