In the wrestling world, maintaining a healthy marriage isn’t the easiest thing to do. Wrestlers are on the road for two hundred, and in WWE’s world three hundred plus days which means the amount of time they see their significant other is severely limited.
As a result, it isn’t exactly uncommon to see a wrestler get divorced. But, there are divorces that are amicable and then there are those that are unharmonious and downright ugly. For instance, The Rock was first married to a woman named Dany Garcia from 1997 until 2007. Once the couple split, they remained such good friends that Garcia currently serves as The Rock’s business partner along with sharing responsibilities in parenting their daughter, Simone.
Unfortunately, not all divorces are as hunky-dory as The Rock’s and Garcia’s. On the contrary, there are those divorces that are quite confrontational. Here, we take a look at fifteen ugly divorces that wrestlers had.
15. Randy Orton
On November 15th, 2015 the “Apex Predator” Randy Orton was married for the second time to a woman named Kimberly Kessler. The two welcomed a baby girl into the world a year later in November of 2016 named Brooklyn Rose Orton. Orton’s first marriage lasted five years and was to a woman named Samantha Speno. The banter between Orton and Speno during divorce proceedings wasn’t visible in the media as the two did well to stay out of the spotlight despite Orton’s star appeal. However, this doesn’t mean it wasn’t ugly for Orton’s pockets. In the settlement Speno received $4,500 monthly for child support, full custody of their daughter (with Orton receiving visitation rights), a bank account worth $654,317, her 2013 Infiniti and all of her jewelry which includes both her wedding and engagement ring. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness?
14. Charlotte Flair
At just thirty years old, Charlotte is giving her old man Ric a run for his money in the divorce department as she’s already racked up two divorces. In case you were wondering, Ric has four divorces to his name. Charlotte’s also not a stranger to failed relationships as she was arrested in 2008 when she assaulted a police officer as a result of being involved in an altercation with her boyfriend at the time. In 2013, Charlotte wed TNA talent Bram. In 2015, Charlotte and Bram divorced. In their settlement agreement the documents state, “each party waives any right, title, or interest in the wrestling career of the other party, including but not limited to all entertainment, promotions, movies advertising, etc, now and in the future”. The two don’t seem to want to have anything to do with each other and are equally focused on protecting their own brand.
13. Kurt Angle
Two years after he had won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Kurt Angle got married to Karen Smedley. The two remained married for over a decade and have a daughter, Kyra, born in 2002 and a son, Kody, born in 2006. In September of 2008, Smedley filed for divorce from Angle. While Smedley filed for divorce in 2008, the writing may have been on the wall is early is 2007. Numerous reports indicated that TNA’s Jeff Jarrett and Smedley were seeing each other in 2007 after Jarrett’s wife had passed away. If things couldn’t get more awkward, TNA actually played up a storyline in 2007 which featured Smeldey playing the victim of emotional abuse via Angle. In August of 2010, Smedley and Jarrett tied the knot and remain together to this day. It must’ve been pretty awkward for Angle to see the two together during his time in TNA.
12. Ric Flair
Ric Flair’s no stranger to marriage and he’s no stranger to divorce either. The Nature boy first walked down the aisle in 1971, with the marriage ending twelve years later in 1983. He was married to his second wife for almost double that, as the two were married for twenty-three years. His third marriage only lasted three years and his most recent marriage lasted four years. Flair’s forth wife, Jacqueline Beems cited the reason for the two’s divorce as Flair’s acts of illicit sexual behaviors according to TMZ. The divorce documents further state, “husband has had numerous intimate relationships with other women during the parties’ marriage, to the embarrassment and humiliation of wife”. Some people never learn and the then sixty-three year old Flair lived his sixties just like he lived his twenties- young, wild and free.