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View Poll Results: Which betrayal will go down in history as WWE's greatest?
Festival of Friendship 1 3.03%
The Implosion of the Shield 6 18.18%
Chris Jericho Accuses The Idol 2 6.06%
The Mega Powers Explode 6 18.18%
The Rockers Split 7 21.21%
Something else (go for it if you feel like it!) 11 33.33%
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:27 PM
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So a little while back I made a poll comparing two recent breakups, Chris and Kevin's and Enzo and Cass's. Needless to say, it was a blowout in favor of the Festival of Friendship.

One person suggested that a better comparison would be this and Chris turning on Shawn Michaels back in 2008, and I can see the idea. But it got me thinking, we've seen a lot of betrayals and turncoats over the years on WWE, but out of them five have stuck out as well written and executed.

1. Festival of Friendship- We all know what happened by now.

2. Seth Rollins's Betrayal- The moment that ended a stable and kickstarted three careers into a whole new level.

3. Chris Jericho's Deception- Which lead to Chris Jericho becoming an 'honest, decent person' against his former idol Shawn Michaels.

4. The Explosion of the Mega Powers- When Randy Savage turned his back on Hulk Hogan for jealous reasons.

And 5. The Rockers Split- Everyone and their mother knows what happens, Shawn and Marty weren't getting along; so they went to the Barber Shop and looked to be making up...then Shawn drove him through a glass window.

All of these betrayals have something to them, they lead to some of the best told stories ever told by the WWE. But throughout all the rubble, dust and tears, one has never asked...which one was the best?
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Being a huge Shield mark, the way that one happened with the group seemingly on top of the world, only for Traitorface to show how much of a slimeball he was. It is one of very few moments in the past few years of watching that brought out genuine emotion.

For the record, nothing has happened since to make me get behind babyface Seth Rollins. I actually cringe everytime I see photos or videos of him teaming up with Reigns or Ambrose as the Shield mark in me has never gotten adequate storyline closure of either guy forgiving Rollins nor has he gave a promo admitting clearly that what he did was regrettable.
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Being a huge Shield mark, the way that one happened with the group seemingly on top of the world, only for Traitorface to show how much of a slimeball he was. It is one of very few moments in the past few years of watching that brought out genuine emotion.

For the record, nothing has happened since to make me get behind babyface Seth Rollins. I actually cringe everytime I see photos or videos of him teaming up with Reigns or Ambrose as the Shield mark in me has never gotten adequate storyline closure of either guy forgiving Rollins nor has he gave a promo admitting clearly that what he did was regrettable.
Not only that but they're having Roman call him his "little bro". Like GTFO of here. They never did that with Orton and in fact Orton's feud with Triple H lasted for 4 freaking years and it was again brought up during the Authority thing. And now Roman and Rollins are teaming up because they're brothers. You can have them team up, but what the heck. This guy stabbed you in the back and sold himself out of money.

On topic, I really don't know. Truth is I lived only two of those listed, so I'm going with Seth Rollins as well. It was out of nowhere and led to a great feud with Ambrose.

Also, how can Triple H betraying Orton in 2005 not be on the list?
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Also, how can Triple H betraying Orton in 2005 not be on the list?
True, one of the best ever. Orton celebrates on Batista shoulders, HHH gives him thumbs down and Batista bombs him. That is got to be one of the best ever.


Also, Michaels/HHH deserves to be there too. Enzo/Cass seems like rerun of that.
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The Orton one was by far the best. Because the true violence and unexpectedness made that a moment to remember forever. Should've replaced him in the group though and kept Evolution at 4 guys in my opinion.
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The Shield one was probably the best all bias / nostalgia aside. From WM 30 all the way until the last quarter or so of Seth's title being relinquished was good to absolutely classic on an insanely consistent basis. It was so good that people cant even see Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns equal in today's light even if they're having 4 / 4.5 star matches bi monthly. They got dealt a lot of hard cards to play with as well and made do. I definitely have seen more people discuss wrestling when The Shield peaked. It's fueled weekly conversation and endless fantasy and actual booking for years at this point and was a thing for a long, long time that kept the boat afloat. In pure WWE terms it was definitely the *best* in the long run.
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I voted for "Something else" and it's a two-parter really. But for me, while there have been some fantastic betrayals in the past, I will always love the dissolution of Evolution. I'm not so fussed about the final feud between Ric Flair and Triple H, but particularly with Randy Orton in 2004 and then Batista in 2005.

Evolution are likely the best faction of the 21st century. The success they had at the time and the success garnered by the members afterwards is remarkable (or before, with Flair). I always considered 2004 to be their storyline peak, since Triple H was at the top of his game (no pun intended), Randy Orton was a very strong Intercontinental Champion, and Batista was truly gaining momentum and coming into his own. That's why I think their betrayal on Randy Orton after he won the World Heavyweight Championship was so brilliant. Orton had risen so far so fast, and perhaps a little too fast, but the visuals are almost iconic in the recent era, with Orton on Batista's shoulders, only to have the thumbs down from H. It forced Orton to go solo and, personally, go on to have my favourite run of Orton's career in 2005, which was dominated by his feud with Taker. This was pretty unexpected at the time, though it seemed inevitable at some point. It was like Orton had become the enemy as soon as he beat Chris Benoit for the title, which of course Triple H was unable to do. Brilliant stuff.

Batista's eventual betrayal of Triple H and Ric Flair was far more expected and the writing was on the wall when he won the 2005 Royal Rumble. But fans just couldn't wait for it, and that is what was interesting about this betrayal, because most examples usually involve a heel turn, but here, it was the beginning of Batista's definitive face turn. Again, as with Orton above, I feel like what took place following Batista's turn was his greatest run in the company, until his injury in early 2006. I can see it now: the thumbs down (great continuity with Orton too), the Batista Bomb, signing the contract and raising the belt. It led to one of my favourite world championship matches at WrestleMania too which is a plus.

Ultimately I feel I can justify using both betrayals because they both involved Evolution and were only about six months apart. While Orton was the victim of his and Batista the conqueror, their individual careers were only to get better, even though their run in Evolution was so good. And that is what makes these betrayals really. Evolution had worked so effectively in getting people to absolutely hate, predominantly, Triple H, that when they turned on Orton, he immediately received sympathy from the crowd even though he had been a great heel the whole year before. Similarly, with Batista, his turn launched his career sky-high before he even won the belt. Great stuff. Oh how I miss those times.
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I'm going to go with one not listed and go with when Paul Bearer turned his back on the Undertaker at Summer Slam 96. This pair were together for 5 years and fitted each other perfectly. However when Undertaker was about to beat Mankind in the first and I believe only Boiler Room Brawl Paul Bearer refused to hand over the urn and later smacked Undertaker with it and aligning with Mankind and turning his back on the Dead Man.
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A fine list here, but some really good write-in options as well!

From the Golden Era, I remember being shocked when Orndorff clotheslined Hogan and aligned himself with the Heenan Family. But the ultimate turn was Andre turning heel. I am not saying that is the best done turn I have seen or read about. I am going by pure feeling and as an 8-year old who knew Hogan and Andre as great friends and two of the top babyfaces, this rocked me! Andre went from the lovable giant to this stone-faced, emotionless, seemingly-brainwashed force of evil. I just couldn't believe it. I actually remember the pit in my stomach. Haha. My family had just gotten in the car to go out to dinner and I said "But how could he have done this? They're friends!" Hahaha! Granted, I was 8 years old and somehow still see that pain in the faces of grown men in the crowd these days, but that's another post.

I was a big fan of the Festival of Friendship and I am curious about the Evolution turn, so I'll check that out on the Network tonight. I remember Trips' thumbs down, but not what happened before or after. The Rockers one is historic, but I never give it the credit others do because that was coming a mile away, even as a 13-year-old fan who didn't know how the business worked. I remember pointing out to my friend on either Superstars or Wrestling Challenge or maybe a PPV a week or so before "Look at Michaels, (Post-match, he was up on the turnbuckle as the Rockers always were, when trying to get the crowd pumped or to acknowledge their cheers) he's kind of looking around like this is the last time the crowd will be cheering for him." The writing was on the wall and, although the barber shop window was a nice touch, that one did not shock me in the least. I don't say that to be one of these "I knew that was coming, it was stupid." people. I don't think it was stupid. It was done well. I just don't rank it as high as others because I was expecting it.

So, personally, I would say Andre beats Orndorff as far as how hard it hit me. As for the more recent ones, I'll go with Festival of Friendship because it was done superbly.
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I am probably the only person on this board who can actually stand here and say that they remember the Territories because they used to watch when they had Territories. I chose "something else" because NOTHING can top the betrayal that came out of left field. And, made one wrestler unwelcome in certain parts of New York to this very day.

The day Larry Zbyzsko turned on Bruno was bad. It was akin to Judas turning on Christ. We were all in tears when we saw this. Parents demanded retribution. And, Zbyszko had to get out of the Northeast for sake of health. He had his car overturned, his tires slashed, someone mentioned Elmer's glue in the gas tank. He went through several equipment changes because his stuff was getting thrown off bridges. He got spat on, punched out. Several times needed security to leave a House show. People wanted to avenge Bruno in the worst way possible. It was that bad back in the day.

Now, the FoF was one of the best segments WWE did in eons. The List of KO was brilliant. However, nothing will ever top the night Zbyszko turned on Bruno.
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