The past decade (2000 – 2009) was a stage for some amazing feuds between rivals and enemies. With these amazing feuds, we were privileged to see some amazing wrestling matches.
Honorable Mention: Batista vs. Triple H (2005)
The honorable mention definitely has to go to 2005’s feud of the year between two Evolution partners in Batista and Triple H. I chose this feud over the Triple H vs. Randy Orton feud because this feud was built up a lot better .For months, Batista turning on Triple H was constantly being teased but the actuality of Batista tearing apart Triple H was only a dream. However, Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble and there, he challenged Triple H for his World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21 by delivering a devastating Batista Bomb on Triple H through a table. Batista went on to win Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21 and defeated Triple H two more times at both Backlash and Vengeance.
5. John Cena vs. Randy Orton (2007)
The John Cena vs. Randy Orton feud is occasionally described as the modern day Austin vs. Rock feud and for good reason, their 2007 was amazingly enthralling. After Orton was declared as the #1 contender for John Cena’s WWE Championship at Summerslam, the feud quickly became personal. Randy Orton did everything in the book to get in John Cena’s mind before Summerslam as he landed a huge RKO on Cena through a steel chair and even worse, punted Cena’s father in the skull. With the odds being stacked against John Cena at Summerslam, Cena prevailed as he defeated Randy Orton in a main event that was nothing short of spectacular. Angry, Randy Orton immediately got his rematch at Unforgiven to which he won via disqualification when John Cena refused to stop beating down Orton in a corner. After, a Last Man Standing match was made between two at No Mercy. Sadly, the world never got the oppurtunity to see this match as Cena became injured just days before No Mercy.
4. Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk (2009)
It’s a rare thing when the WWE incorporates drugs, alchohal, and tobacco in their shows but in 2009, CM Punk and Jeff Hardy engaged in a very personal feud. Their feud featured so many emotional and amazing promos about CM Punk’s Straightedge lifestyle and Jeff Hardy’s living in the moment lifestyle. After Jeff Hardy won the World Heavyweight Championship off of Edge in a Ladder match at Extreme Rules, CM Punk rushed the ring where he took the World Heavyweight Championship off of Hardy’s waist as he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. This instantly lit a spark between both CM Punk and Jeff Hardy as the two competed against each other at The Bash and Night of Champions where Hardy regained his World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, CM Punk congratulated Jeff Hardy on his title win and shook his hand. On the following Friday Night SmackDown, CM Punk attacked Jeff Hardy and announced that at Summerslam, the two would compete against each other in a TLC match. There, CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy to capture his third World Heavyweight Championship. After their amazing TLC match, the two fought once more in a Loser Leaves WWE Steel Cage match where CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy to both retain his World Heavyweight Championship and send Hardy out of the WWE.
3. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (2002)
When the news of Shawn Michaels returning to the WWE for one more match hit the wrestling world, the people erupted in joy and excitement. Triple H greeted Shawn Michaels back to the WWE by ramming Michaels’ head through a car window. After finding out that Triple H was the man behind the brutal attack, Shawn Michaels challenged Triple H to an Unsanctioned match at Summerslam where Michaels pulled through with a shocking victory after taking a pounding from Triple H. Following their hellacious match at Summerslam, the Elimination Chamber concept came to life at Survivor Series where Shawn Michaels captured the World Heavyweight Championship after kicking off Triple H’s head with a surprise Sweet Chin Music. Shawn Michaels’ emotional title run didn’t last long as Triple H regained the World Heavyweight Championship at Armageddon in a 3 Stages of Hell match.
2. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock (2003)
Although these two men were involved in feuds against each other several times, their 2003 feud was a for sure classic. From The Rock debuting his Rock Concert to Steve Austin beating the living hell out of Rock, this feud had WrestleMania written all over it. The build up to their WrestleMania 19 match was easily one of the greatest build ups of all time as every segment and promo both men produced were instant phenomenons. At WrestleMania 19, both Steve Austin and The Rock put on a show that will be remembered until the end of time as the back and fourth action and near falls put everyone on the edge of their seats. Although The Rock won the match, both men left WrestleMania 19 as a winner.
1. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho (2008)
In a feud stemming from Shawn Michaels retiring Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24, Chris Jericho did everything in his power to reveal to the fans that Michaels was nothing more than a fraud. A feud between both men came to light at Backlash when Shawn Michaels faced off against Batista with Chris Jericho as the special guest referee. In that match, Shawn Michaels faked a knee injury to land a Sweet Chin Music against Batista and win the match. Offended that Shawn Michaels lied to everyone by faking an injury, Chris Jericho called out Michaels several times but every time ended with the same result, a Sweet Chin Music to the jaw of Chris Jericho. This made Chris Jericho so furious that the two engaged in a PPV battle at Judgment Day in which once again, Shawn Michaels got the better of the two by landing a devasting Sweet Chin Music to Jericho’s jaw to win the match. Chris Jericho refused to back down from Shawn Michaels as he called out Michaels on a Highlight Reel where he rammed Michaels’ head through the Jeritron. Chris Jericho constantly told the fans that Shawn Michaels is a fraud and that Michaels’ ego wouldnt let himself retire. With this, the two had another battle at The Great American Bash where Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Michaels by brutally attacking Michaels’ eye in a bloody match. Shawn Michaels then told the fans that he needed to heed the doctor’s advice to leave the sport of professional wrestling. However, Chris Jericho drilled Shawn Michaels’ wife with a punch to her face which led to an Unsanctioned match at Unforgiven where Michaels defeated Jericho when the referee called for an abrupt ending. On that very same PPV, Chris Jericho inserted himself into the World Heavyweight Championship Scramble match to which he went on to win the title itself after pinning an injured opponent. With this, Shawn Michaels challenged Chris Jericho to a Ladder match at No Mercy where Jericho retained his World Heavyweight Championship in a 5 star main event match to end their legendary feud.