Romantic relationships are hard to keep up with in the world of wrestling. There are so many rumors and speculation that you can never truly believe it until enough proof exists. The majority of wrestlers now date each other, the old stigma of WWE not encouraging it has ended. Jim Ross states he used to make it an unofficial rule that talent tries to stay away from dating each other given the drama that can come from it. The love triangles of Triple H/Stephanie McMahon/Chyna and Matt Hardy/Lita/Edge each showed the negative sides of careers being impacted following ugly breakups.
Things have changed however with WWE adopting a more professional approach to business. The locker room drama is at a low. Wrestlers keep their personal issues outside of work. Relationships also just make more sense when you have the same schedule and lifestyle as a partner. Even outside of WWE, there are plenty of couples in wrestling today. We'll take a look at some of the lesser known romances. Everyone talks about Nikki Bella and John Cena or Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. This list is for the exact opposite with fifteen wrestling couples you had no idea about.
15 Zack Ryder & Chelsea
The relationship between Zack Ryder and Emma ended a few months ago. Neither of them actually addressed the break up, but it was made official when Ryder started posting pictures with his new girlfriend. Ryder is currently out of action with an injury and appears to be enjoying his off time based of the pictures on the beach with girlfriend Chelsea Green.
14 Enzo Amore & Liv Morgan
One of the rare WWE couples to not reference their relationship on social media is Enzo Amore and Liv Morgan. Enzo and Liv both come from the same state as they were born and raised in New Jersey. The relationship was discovered when fans started spotting the happy couple together after shows during the bigger WWE weekends where main roster and NXT talent all showed up to the events.
13 Alexa Bliss & Murphy
The heel turn of Alexa Bliss in NXT ended up being the best thing to happen to her. Both the personal and professional aspects of Bliss’ life changed for the better. Alexa went from a forgettable face to one of the best heel personalities as the manager of NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy. It helped add another dynamic to her wrestling work and she is now the top heel in the Women’s Division on the main roster.
12 Blake & Sara Lee
Wesley Blake was the third wheel in the group with Alexa Bliss and Buddy Murphy, but he also found his significant other in NXT. Sara Lee won the women’s competition in Tough Enough to land a highly paid contract to train at the Performance Center. WWE signed numerous other women from the show and they all did better than Sara.
11 Magnus & Mickie James
The WWE return of Mickie James has shown she's still one of the most talented women’s wrestlers. James is a veteran but manages to keep up with the stars of today. During her time away from WWE, a lot has changed. Mickie spent a few years working in TNA trying to help make the Knockouts Division a relevant time.
10 Austin Aries & Thea Trinidad
Austin Aries met his girlfriend during his recent stint on the independent circuit before coming to WWE. Thea Trinidad has been consistently wrestling on the independent wrestling scene for many years now after leaving TNA. Both wrestlers appeared to have similar vegan lifestyles that likely brought them together. Trinidad appeared at a Ring of Honor show with Aries and it appeared that they would have worked together until Aries received a NXT offer.
9 Adam Cole & Britt Baker
Adam Cole is one of the top names on the free agent market today after his contract with ROH recently expired. Anyone with any wrestling knowledge can tell he's likely WWE bound based off his talent and the way WWE is aggressively signing top tier talent. Life is good for Cole and it gets even better when you realize who he's dating.
8 Delirious & Mandy Leon
Another wrestling couple that sometimes flies under the radar is ROH booker/part-time wrestler Delirious and Women of Honor star Mandy Leon. Controversy hit the ROH locker room back in 2016 following controversy between the two. One of the officials Kevin Keenan sexually harassed Leon after a show and was fired from the company for his actions.
7 Rob Van Dam & Katie Forbes
Rob Van Dam makes the occasional appearance at an independent wrestling show when someone is willing to pay enough money. The matches of Van Dam are nothing like his ECW days, but he did manage to score a win with fellow wrestler Katie Forbes. RVD allegedly left his wife to enter a relationship with Forbes after they met at a few shows on the West coast.
6 Ricochet & Tessa Blanchard
Another relationship to start on the independent wrestling circuit features two top talents in Ricochet and Tessa Blanchard. Ricochet is one of the top stars on the independent circuit wrestling for New Japan, Lucha Underground and PWG. Tessa is the daughter of Tully Blanchard continuing the family legacy as she has become a standout performer in the women’s wrestling scene.
5 Sasha Banks & Mikaze
A lesser known relationship in the WWE world if you don’t follow the life of Sasha Banks is her marriage to Mikaze. Banks started Mikaze during their time together on the independent circuit back in New England long before joining WWE. Eventually, Sasha would get a spot in WWE developmental before becoming a huge star in NXT.
4 Bayley & Aaron Solow
Sasha Banks’ best friend Bayley also has a lesser known boyfriend in the world of wrestling. Talented independent wrestler Aaron Solow is dating Bayley. WWE even showed them together during the Breaking Ground specials on WWE Network following Bayley around in everyday life as she prepared for her big Iron Man Match against Banks. The cameras showed Bayley and Solow together at their home watching film of old matches.
3 Bubba Ray & Velvet Sky
An odd relationship to start in TNA features Bubba Ray Dudley dating Velvet Sky. Velvet was in a relationship with Chris Sabin for many years until they randomly started exchanging sub-tweet insults on Twitter. Shortly after that, Velvet appeared in pictures with Bubba Ray. They would later confirm their relationship stating that they were in love. It is unknown if Sky cheated on Sabin but the timetable does make it appear very possible.
2 Roderick Strong & Marina Shafir
NXT recently took a look into the personal life of Roderick Strong. One of the stories featured his wife Marina Shafir giving birth to the couple’s first child. Shafir is not a wrestler but she is known in wrestling circles for her work in UFC. Along with Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, she is a part of the Four Horsewomen known for their friendship in the world of MMA.
1 Finn Balor & Cathy Kelley
One of the relationships that have been based on speculation features Finn Balor potentially dating WWE broadcaster Cathy Kelley. Early reports indicated they were just friends hanging out at the same places, but a recent picture of them holding hands in New York made it appear likely that they were truly an item.
Balor spent a lot of time at the Performance Center and NXT shows during his rehab coming back from an injury where Kelley primarily works. Both appear to have down to earth personalities and have great reputations. Two wonderful people getting together is always a good thing. Balor and Kelley forming a relationship could make them one of the most likeable couples in the wrestling business. Hopefully they formally announce it sooner than later giving us more than just the sneaky hand holding picture.
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