8. Matt Hardy turns on Jeff Hardy
History will tell that the brotherhood and tag team of The Hardy Boys has been a little rough. Over the years, we have seen the brothers betray each other multiple times. They have gone through many wars during their careers including a match at WrestleMania and a “Final Deletion” match in IMPACT Wrestling. For this list, we are talking about the betrayal that led to their WrestleMania 25 encounter.
A part of what makes this moment so shocking is who Matt inadvertently helped out. While it wasn’t his goal, Matt’s turn on his brother helped lead his old rival Edge to victory. Matt seemed to come to his brother’s aid. He handed a steel chair to Jeff before grabbing another for himself. They planned to hit Edge with a “one-man-con-chair-to” as Vickie Guerrero pleaded with them.
Jeff placed a chair under Edge’s head and rose up to be drilled with a chair shot by his brother. Everyone was stunned by his actions, including Edge who sold the moment with his shock and confusion. The two went on to compete in an “extreme rules” match at WrestleMania 25. To the surprise of many, Matt came out on top in that one.
7. Randy Savage turns on Hulk Hogan
The explosion of the “Mega Powers” is a story that has reached mythic status. “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan aligning was the birth of an unstoppable team. You look at a team like Savage and Hogan and you can’t imagine any combination of wrestlers that could best those two. However, everyone waited for the eventual downfall of the two.
This was a clash of two of the biggest stars and egos in the company. Though many saw this implosion coming, you wouldn’t have expected a woman to come between the two. Miss Elizabeth managed both Hogan and Savage during this time. When Elizabeth was injured, Hogan carried Elizabeth to the back.
Randy claimed that Hogan had lustful eyes for Elizabeth and this led to Savage attacking his partner. This led to a match between the two at WrestleMania V, with the main event billed as “The Mega Powers Explode”. In the end, it isn’t surprising that Hogan would defeat Randy Savage. That notwithstanding, the feud between the two would live on for years to come.