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Editorial72 Real-Life Wrestling Relationships In Pictures (1/3)

72 Real-Life Wrestling Relationships In Pictures (1/3)

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With shows happening all year around, there often isn’t time for dating. So it’s understandable that many wrestling relationships spring up on the road. Some may blossom in to marriage and living happily ever after with kids. Others may fizzle out quietly, or end with a thunderous crash. Since wrestling news sites became a thing, they have drawn the curtain back on the wrestling world, as they are quick to share the latest scoops of who is dating whom. After some digging around, it surprised me to find out there are at least 72 current wrestling couples!

With that said, I chose not to include Liv Morgan/Tyler Bate or Cesaro/Sara Del Ray, because there isn’t anything confirming these relationships outside of 2+ year old reports. There are likely more, but I reckon some relationships are close kept secrets to anyone who knows. What I am trying to portray by sharing this list is how much wrestling brings people together. I hope you can feel the love tonight (yes, that’s The Lion King), as I bring to you this staggering aviary of love birds in picture form.

1. Adam Cole & Britt Baker

Some undisputed facts for you: a) Adam Cole is the longest reigning WWE NXT Champion of all time, and b) Britt Baker is both an AEW Wrestler and dentist! What an amazing pair.

The cool thing about Baker is she’s the only AEW talent who comes to NXT to see her partner perform. She is also the one wrestler to have appeared on both shows, although NXT showing her face on camera was said to be accidental.


2. Aiden English & Shaul Guerrero {Married}

It has been known for years that Aiden English married in to the Guerrero family. Shaul is the daughter of the legendary Eddie Guerrero and widow Vickie Guerrero. She wrestled in WWE’s FCW & NXT development territories, til she left in 2014 to deal with an eating disorder. In 2020, she announced for the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament.

Aiden English is a former tag team wrestler in WWE, before moving on to a commentary role. He was released earlier this year with many others due to cutbacks amid the coronavirus pandemic.


3. Aleister Black & Zelina Vega {Married}

They may have known each other beforehand, but it was their time in NXT which led them along the path to marriage.

They tied the knot in 2018 and have since enjoyed success on WWE’s Raw brand; although WWE likes to keep their characters apart where possible. They recently stated an interest in working together in the near future, but is not something they will push for.


4. Allie & The Blade {Married}

While Impact Wrestling fans experienced The Blade (going by the name Braxton Sutter) being set up to marry Laurel Van Ness (AKA Chelsea Green) in an awkward storyline, it should be known that he & Allie were married in 2013; two years before they signed with Impact. Going by the names Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks, they found each other on the independent scene and fell in love.


5. Awesome Kong & Dan Ouellette {Married} (?)

It isn’t easy finding information on the couple, but there are some reports they were engaged in 2011 and was married later; although it is not confirmed.

Dan Ouellette is an independent wrestler, while Awesome Kong is known for her run in TNA Wrestling. Ouellette regularly shares her tweets to his page, so it’s clear the relationship is alive and kicking.


6. Bayley & Aaron Solow *Engaged*

Debuting as a professional wrestler in 2008, Bayley was introduced to Aaron Solow. By 2010 she was 21-years-old, and they got together and have been ever since.

Bayley got her big break in WWE in 2012, but the couple stayed together despite her moving on from the independents. By 2016 they were engaged. In 2018, Solow posted the following to Twitter, sharing his feelings about fans only caring about him being engaged to Bayley, instead of appreciating his skills. Reby Hardy responded by saying that’s the life of most females who marry a guy who is popular in the business.


7. Booker T & Sharmell {Married}

King Booker & Queen Sharmell are one of the most well-known acts here, having worked as a duo on-screen for WWE & TNA.

Many may remember Sharmell for repeatedly announcing “KING BOOKER!”, although she did also wrestle occasionally. They have been married since 2005 and have 3 children. Now can you dig that, sucka?!!


8. Bray Wyatt & JoJo

Their relationship was a little controversial as it began as an affair. Wyatt’s divorce from his wife looked like it could get messy, but mediation was set up and they were able to work through their differences. While Bray & JoJo do have children together, they are not married or are engaged to be.

JoJo is known for her ring announcing and singing, and wrestled a couple of matches after debuting on Total Divas. Braun Strowman was named as the godfather to their son Knash. Their daughter Hyne was born in May.


9. Brian Cage & Melissa Santos {Married}

Brian & Melissa first met during their time in Lucha Underground in 2016. After moving on to Impact Wrestling, they were married in 2019, and also had a humorous mock wedding on TV conducted by Father James Mitchell.

Melissa has worked primarily as a ring announcer, although she has taken part in two matches. She also serves as the host for Impact’s Twitch channel. Although Brian Cage has moved on to AEW, he makes sporadic appearances on the Twitch channel because Melissa broadcasts live from their family home.


10. Brian Kendrick & Taylor Matheny {Married}

I could not find any pictures of the couple together. Many will know who Brian Kendrick is, but Taylor Matheny not so much. For anyone who remembers the first-ever Tough Enough, she lost in the Final to Nidia (manager of Jamie Noble).

Unlike winners and runner-ups Nidia, Maven, Josh Mathews & Christopher Nowinski, WWE did not give her a role in the company. The last time we saw her on anything related to WWE was in a YouTube video of Kendrick training Eva Marie. They do not appear to have any children together, but have been married since 2008.


11. Brock Lesnar & Sable {Married}

It seems likely that their relationship began late in to their WWE runs. Conveniently, they both left WWE in 2004, and appeared in New Japan Pro Wrestling together in 2006.

They have since had two children together, although Brock has twins to his former wife, and Sable has a daughter to her first husband (not Marc Mero, she has been married three times). The key thing to take away from their relationship is they like their privacy living on a farm in Maryfield, Saskatchewan, Canada.


12. Bubba Ray Dudley & Velvet Sky

Their relationship began several years ago during their time with Impact Wrestling. At The Dudley Boyz WWE Hall of Fame induction, we could see Velvet Sky supporting her boyfriend in the only time she has appeared on anything WWE related.

The last noteworthy thing to be reported was Bubba Ray getting on Twitter and saying Velvet was “stiff” in bed. Ok, it’s not what you think. He was making a joke about Sky headbutting him during her sleep, and that she needs to learn how to work. Since Bubba Ray left WWE, he & Sky have worked mostly for Ring Of Honor.


13. CM Punk & AJ Lee {Married}

After CM Punk left WWE in 2014, he soon married his girlfriend AJ Lee in the summer. She continued working with WWE for over a year, despite being in the middle of the controversy surrounding her husband’s exit. In February 2015, she publicly called out Stephanie McMahon on Twitter about the gap in pay and opportunities between male and female superstars in WWE. Plugging women’s rights, Stephanie McMahon had no choice but to talk to her father Vince McMahon about changing the way they deal with their Divas division. This was the spark to encourage WWE to start the “Women’s Revolution”.

AJ Lee retired from wrestling after WrestleMania the same year, due to permanent damage to her spine, and wanting to pursue other goals like writing. In 2019, CM Punk formed a bridge with WWE by commenting on their product via their talk show Backstage. He would only do so under a Fox contract. He has not ruled out a return to wrestling.


Wrestling Relationships14. Carmella & Corey Graves

As a father to 3 children, he sparked controversy in early 2019 when it was revealed by ex-wife that he had an affair with Carmella. The couple are still happily together as of mid-summer 2020, and the relationship with his ex-wife was discussed on Total Divas. Corey Graves is extremely active on WWE television, while Carmella is absent for an unknown reason. She is known to have previously been in a relationship with Big Cass.


Wrestling Relationships15. Cedric Alexander & Big Swole {Married}

Adam Cole & Britt Baker are not the only married couple working for WWE & AEW. Alexander & Swole were married in 2018 and have a daughter together. Cedric has been in the business since 2009, working in Ring Of Honor before WWE signed him for their new cruiserweight division.

Big Swole is still a relative newcomer to the business, as she only made her debut in 2015. After working on the independent scene, AEW noticed her potential and signed her to a deal. She had her biggest win to date this month, defeating Britt Baker in her dentist’s office at All Out.


Wrestling Relationships16. Charlie Haas & Jackie Gayda {Married}

Pictured above is Rico (left), Jackie Gayda (middle) and Charlie Haas (right). After a successful run with Shelton Benjamin as the World’s Greatest Tag Team (AKA Kurt Angle), Haas stayed in the tag team division and found a new partner in Rico. With the help of Miss Jackie, they won the WWE Tag Team Championship.

A year later, in 2005, both Haas & Jackie were released from WWE and got hitched. They have since had four children, ranging from the ages of 8-14. Since leaving wrestling, they have worked hard on their business, the “Custom Muscle Nutrition and Smoothie Shop” in Frisco, Texas.


Wrestling Relationships17. Charlotte Flair & Andrade *Engaged*

Charlotte Flair has been married on two previous occasions. The first ended because of what she claims were multiple cases of domestic abuse. After that, she married Thomas Latimer (AKA Bram), but this ended after it was found he assaulted a woman he was having an affair with. Let’s hope third time lucky? As far as we know, Andrade has not been married before. They announced their engagement on New Year’s Day 2020.


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18. Cody & Brandi Rhodes {Married}

After working together in WWE for a while, it became known that Cody and Eden Stiles (her original WWE name) were in a relationship. In 2011, she requested her released from WWE and they granted it. Two months before returning to WWE in 2013, they got married and are still happily together 7 years later.

In 2016, they both requested their releases from WWE and began a tour of professional wrestling, starting with Impact Wrestling. After that, they had stints in Ring Of Honor and New Japan, before forming All Elite Wrestling in 2018. With management positions, it is safe to say this is where they will be for the rest of their lives.


Wrestling Relationships19. Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella {Married}

Remember the time when Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania? Well, five days later, he & Brie Bella got married. Brie is a former Divas Champion who retired in 2016 to focus on her family and other projects, but has continued working with WWE as an ambassador.

In the past few years, they have introduced a girl (Birdie in 2017) and boy (Buddy, this year) to the world. Their life has been well-documented over the years on the reality TV shows Total Divas and Total Bellas.


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20. Drake Maverick & Renee Michelle {Married}

Formerly known as Rockstar Spud on TNA/Impact Wrestling, he was the manager of EC3 and occasional wrestler. Upon signing with WWE, his name changed and he became the General Manager of 205 Live. To WWE fans, he is mostly known for chasing after 24/7 Champion R-Truth; along with his more recent success in NXT. He & Renee Michelle married in 2019, and WWE thought it would be funny to produce a mock wedding which R-Truth crashed.

Renee is a wrestler too, performing mostly on the independent scene. She’s also had two matches in WWE, the first to Candice LeRae in the 2017 Mae Young Classic. The second occurred on an episode of Raw, as she paired up with her husband in a losing effort against R-Truth & Carmella for the 24/7 title.


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21. Eddie & Alisha Edwards {Married}

Eddie & Alisha have been in Impact Wrestling together for a few years. Alisha made her TNA debut way back in 2008 as a jobber for Awesome Kong. You could say they are one of the most experienced active couples in wrestling, as Eddie’s an 18-year veteran, and Alisha debuted 14 years ago. They have one daughter together.

Most of her success has happened with other companies (Chaotic, World Women’s Wrestling), while Eddie is the only Impact & Ring Of Honor Triple Crown Champion in history.


Wrestling Relationships22. Edge & Beth Phoenix {Married}

Their relationship is well-documented, but in case you don’t know? Edge & Beth Phoenix started a relationship after Edge retired in 2011, with what everyone thought was a career ending injury. Phoenix retired in 2012 after becoming frustrated over the way WWE used the Divas Division.

She helped him through the hard times, and they had two kids together before getting married in 2016. Phoenix currently works with WWE as a commentator, and Edge made his empathic surprise return to the ring at this year’s Royal Rumble.


Wrestling Relationships23. Ember Moon & Matthew Palmer {Married}

 In 2017 during an indie wrestling show, Matthew Palmer proposed to his girlfriend (going by the ring name Athena) in the middle of the ring. They married in 2018, the same year Ember Moon reigned as NXT Champion before making her main roster debut. Palmer is still plugging away in the independents, although he has worked some tag team matches for Impact Wrestling.


Wrestling Relationships24. Erik & Sarah Logan {Married}

They likely met during their time in NXT, and the relationship flourished as she worked with The War Raiders (now known as Viking Raiders) on a special Viking themed entrance for TakeOver. This love for the Viking culture went to another level, when the pair had a Viking themed wedding in late-2018.

After working hard as one-third of the Riott Squad, WWE split them up and Logan had a short singles run. She was released from her WWE contract in April during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she announced her retirement from wrestling. In July, the couple announced they would be introducing their own little Viking to the world.

The second volume can be found at the following link:

72 Real-Life Wrestling Relationships In Pictures: Volume #2

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