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Top five greatest long-term storylines in WWE history

Published at :May 20, 2024 at 4:00 AM
Modified at :May 20, 2024 at 4:00 AM
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Nik O'Connor

Despite being long, fans liked these WWE storylines a lot.

WWE is known for showcasing some of the biggest wrestling stars under a landscape of state-of-the-art production, intriguing characters, and a very important aspect of the television programming, storylines. While many of these stories were very short-term failing to connect with the audience, there have been some that the fans remember even to this day.

The global juggernaut has witnessed some of the most exciting and long-term storylines in history, right from the golden age to the modern era of wrestling between main event caliber stars. Here are the top five greatest long-term storylines in WWE over the years.

5. Roman Reigns vs Jey Uso

The storyline between the two Anoa’i members, Roman Reigns and Jey Uso began in 2020 at the onset of Roman’s new character, The Tribal Chief, and Jey’s singles run without his brother. This was the most important storyline to establish both stars on a completely different level. The duo battled back and forth over the Universal Championship with the first incarnation of the feud culminating at WWE Hell in a Cell 2020.

Over the last four years, both Jey and Reigns have stood by each other in The Bloodline and ultimately now stand against each other. Moreover, Uso was the first person to pin Reigns in his historic title reign, although in a tag team match, and came very close to dethroning him for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, making their storyline highly compelling for the ages.

4. Daniel Bryan vs The Miz

The Miz’s association began with Daniel Bryan when he became his Pro in the reality version of WWE NXT in 2010. Bryan then made his main roster debut at the WWE SummerSlam that year replacing Miz in Team WWE against their foes, The Nexus in a 7 on 7 man tag team match.

Over the years, the duo continued to take shots at each other and replicate each other’s moves with the most memorable segment being the Talking Smack one in 2016 where The Miz viciously sounded off on Bryan and even saw them battle on numerous occasions, with one instance also involving their respective spouses. While both stars are now in rival companies, Daniel Bryan and The Miz will always be memorable storytelling for WWE history.

3. The Shield

The trio of future main event stars, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns made their main roster debut in 2012. After two more years of utter domination, Rollins took a huge step and betrayed his brothers for singles glory. As the years went by, WWE fans witnessed a combination of rivalries between the trio, such as Money in the Bank 2016 where each member was WWE champion on the same night, or their widely appreciated triple threat match in the same year at WWE Battleground.

Moreover, the most recent chapter saw Seth Rollins prove to be an instrumental part in ending Roman Reigns’ historic 1,316-day reign as champion at WrestleMania 40.

2. The Rock vs Stone Cold

The rivalry and long-term rivalry between the two faces of WWE’s Attitude Era, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin will always be remembered by the fans in any time period. From both superstars defining their era to multiple encounters, the Austin-Rock rivalry will always be remembered for the ages. Moreover, their three memorable WrestleMania matches (15, 17, and 19) have been considered some of the greatest in-ring matches of all time.

While the WWE Universe had a chance to revisit this long-term storyline with Austin’s rumored appearance at WrestleMania 40, it did not come to fruition due to certain financial situations. However, that does not rule out the possibility that we would see two of the biggest names in WWE again.

1. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels have been heated rivals since the 1990s having multiple bouts against each other including participating in the first-ever Hell in a Cell match. Moreover, the rivalry in the modern day began in 2009 with their highly classic showdown at WrestleMania 25, considered one of the greatest in-ring matches at The Show of Shows.

The feud continued at next year’s WrestleMania when Taker and Michaels faced each other once again in a ‘Streak vs Career’ match. Much like the prior year, the match exceeded all expectations and saw The Undertaker delivering a tombstone to a defiant Shawn Michaels to extend his WrestleMania streak to 18-0 and ending his career as per match stipulation.

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