Paige and Alberto Del Rio have become one of the best-known couples over the past few months because of how much attention the duo have been given by the media since their relationship was made official.
Del Rio is a former World Champion with WWE while Paige herself is a former NXT Women's Champion and two-time Divas Champion. If Del Rio had decided to stay with WWE after his contract ended a few weeks ago, then there is no doubt that these two would be seen as a power couple within the company.
Right now Paige is out injured and could be on the treatment table for quite a while after successfully undergoing neck surgery earlier this week. Del Rio decided to leave the company a few weeks ago after sitting out his 30-day suspension for his first violation of WWEs Wellness Policy.
This was the second time that Del Rio had returned to the company after he was fired when he slapped a WWE employee after the employee made racist comments about him. It seems that Del Rio will not be making the same mistake again after another departure from the company that was not on good terms.
Paige is contracted with WWE until 2019 so despite how unruly she has been over the past few weeks, the company want to keep her on their books and could even add time on her contract to cover the time she is out injured right now.
This couple may be mismatched but there are some things you need to know about these two athletes before you can be allowed to make assumptions.
15 Drama After WWE Money in the Bank
Paige wasn't even on the card at this year's Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View, but after the event, the talk was all about the former Divas Champion on Social Media. Photos of Paige were leaked onto Twitter and they showed the star in handcuffs as rumors of a fight between her and Del Rio spread through online dirt sheets.
It was later confirmed that Paige and Del Rio had visited Caesar's Palace to watch a variety act and began being heckled by a couple nearby. This then led to Paige being accosted and so the police were called. All parties were handcuffed while statements were taken and Paige was then taken into an ambulance to check that she wasn't hurt. Del Rio and Paige were then allowed to leave the scene without being charged.
14 Paige And Del Rio Have Matching Tattoos
Paige has been very outspoken about her relationship with Alberto Del Rio and took it to the next level merely weeks after their relationship was made official when she revealed that she had the word 'Papi' tattooed on the side of her finger in honor of her new boyfriend.
She showed this off when she was a part of Superstar Ink with Corey Graves and then last month she shared a picture of her new 'Alberto' tattoo which she has on her ribs. This was posted to her Instagram account and there were also rumors that Alberto himself had a Paige inspired tattoo as well even though he hasn't posted a picture of this online. Couples that get inked together, stay together? Good thing for laser removal surgery.
13 Del Rio Went To The UK To Meet Paige's Parents Following WWE Departure
Alberto Del Rio's WWE departure was made official at the beginning of September and it seems that one of the first things that the former United States Champion did was head over to the UK to meet Paige's parents.
Paige's family run their own Wrestling Promotion in Norwich and managed to involve Del Rio in the show. Paige and Del Rio were a part of the show with Del Rio making his first appearance since he departed from WWE. It would seems that while he was over there he managed to spend time with Paige's parents and get to know the couple that could go on to be his mother and father-in-law. And as you will see further down the list, he made quite the impression.
12 The Couple May Not Last
This won't be breaking news to many fans, but Paige and Del Rio as a couple may not be together for that much longer. As seen on many episodes of Total Divas, Paige is a free spirit. She had a different boyfriend in the first season she was a part of and then she was engaged to Kevin Skaff, the guitarist for A Day To Remember, for a while before she decided to break this off.
Paige said yes to the engagement when she didn't actually want to be engaged to Kevin and then broke up with him when she was finally able to. Add that to the fact that Del Rio is actually still married to his wife, and you will see that this relationship is quite obviously not one that is destined to last.
11 Their Romance Was Confirmed At Disney Theme Park
It was one of the most shocking announcements that Paige had ever made, but photos of the couple at Disneyland with Del Rio's kids began to surface online and many fans thought that Paige was just there as Del Rio's friend to help with the children.
Their relationship was then confirmed when more photos of the couple surfaced, this time with them kissing and holding each other's hands. They looked happy in the photo and despite all of the negativity that their relationship has been forced to withstand, the couple always looked happy when they are pictured together. However, Disneyland provides a world of fantasy, so perhaps the life this relationship will soon face reality. Then again, this could turn out to be a fairytale romance after all.
10 The Couple Became Engaged At A WWC Show
It was the biggest wrestling news of the day last Monday when word broke that Paige had attended a WWC show that Del Rio was wrestling at and following his match she had got down on one knee and asked Del Rio to marry her.
Del Rio looked just as shocked as the WWE Universe by this but promptly accepted the proposal and the couple then announced their engagement in a video. The sad part of this is the fact that Paige is currently under suspension from WWE and she could have actually been fired for attending a rival event and being filmed in the ring with her boyfriend. WWE have released talent before for attending rival shows so Paige has been very lucky to keep her job after this latest stunt.
9 WWE Attempted To Split The Couple Up During The WWE Draft
It's a well-known fact that Vince McMahon doesn't like couples to be happy,. If he thinks that a couple is together who shouldn't be, then he will attempt to step in and force them to rethink their relationship. He did this with Lana when he thought that she was too attractive for Rusev and that backfired. Now, it seems the same happened with Paige and Del Rio.
WWE was not impressed with the relationship and decided to use the WWE Draft to their advantage. They moved Paige to Raw and put Del Rio on SmackDown as a way to show them the error of their ways. Paige then removed all the photos of her and Del Rio from Instagram and it looked like the couple had split. But Paige then updated more photos of her and Del Rio and the couple looked happier than ever.
8 WWE Threatened To Fire Paige If She Didn't End The Relationship
As already stated, Paige and Del Rio decided to leak the relationship online themselves and then face the wrath of WWE afterwards. The company was not impressed that the couple had got together and thought that Del Rio would be a bad influence on Paige so they told her to break it off with him.
There were rumors circulating that stated that WWE told Paige that she would be fired if she didn't break up with Del Rio. Obviously, she hasn't and she has managed to keep her job with the company. If WWE had done this then they would be breaching many codes of conduct. This could be one of the main reasons why Paige is getting away with as much as she is at the moment.
7 Del Rio and Paige Were Both Suspended On The Same Day
Couples who get suspended together also stay together, right? Well ask Paige and Del Rio. Both superstars were suspended on the same day earlier this year for their first violation of WWE's Wellness Policy. And this was only the beginning for Paige.
They were suspended along with Eva Marie for 30 days on August 17th, which also happens to be Paige's birthday. Some birthday present that was. It was also the day that Paige won her second Divas Championship at SummerSlam in 2014, but now it seems the day has much worse memories for the British Superstar. Paige was suspended for a second time a few weeks ago for her second violation and this time for 60 days. Is Paige simply looking for a way out of her WWE contract?
6 Paige's Dad Does Not Approve Of The Relationship
As stated above, Paige and Del Rio headed over to the UK following his WWE departure to meet Paige's parents. The couple stayed with them overnight and were a part of the family run show the same night but it seems there wasn't a lasting impression.
Following Paige's engagement to Del Rio last week, her father took to facebook to state that he doesn't approve of his daughter marrying that man. Something that many fans have tried to read into but maybe it's the age gap or the fact that he too thinks that Del Rio is a bad influence on Paige. Either way, Dads usually know best. We have to wonder if there is any lingering tension between Paige and her father following this announcement.
5 Charlotte And Del Rio Used To Date
There were rumors earlier in Paige and Del Rio's relationship that there was set to be a lot of tension between Charlotte and Paige because the former Women's Champion used to date Del Rio before he made his relationship with Paige official.
Charlotte's divorce with TNA Superstar Bram was made official back in October last year and when Del Rio returned to WWE around the same time, he and Charlotte 'hooked up.' It seems that the relationship wasn't serious and that now he's with Paige they rarely speak. Paige and Charlotte have had many awkward interactions since and it is reported that they definitely aren't the best of friends these days. Alberto Del Rio sure got around the WWE locker room, even though the divorce of his previous marriage was not finalized
4 Del Rio is Still Married
Yes, that's right Del Rio accepted Paige's marriage proposal despite the fact that he is still married to another woman. Del Rio's wife is named Angela Velkei (Pictured Above) and together they have two daughters and a son.
It seems that Del Rio's wife filed for divorce for adultery two weeks after Paige and Del Rio went public with their relationship. It is also thought that Del Rio's divorce is not yet finalized. The photos of Paige and Del Rio that were leaked online are one of the main reasons for the divorce proceedings. These proceedings are said to have turned nasty with both parties seeking full custody of their children and their possessions while a restraining order to limit contact between the two has also been issued.
3 There is a 15 Year Age Gap Between Them
People would respond to this with 'age is just a number' but is it really? Paige and Del Rio are from two completely different generations. Paige was born in the 1990s while Del Rio was born in the 1970s. They both had different upbringings and are from different countries. Could there be too many differences here for them to make it work?
Paige is just 24 years old, Del Rio is set to turn 40 in a few months if the couple decided o start a family then there would be a lot of things that the duo would clash on. Could they really make it work despite such a huge age gap? There are certainly not the first wrestling couple with a significant age gap but only time will tell if this is meant to last.
2 They Began Dating in May 2016
Yes, we are only in October now and the couple have already become engaged after just five months together. They officially revealed that they were dating back in May and have since both spent most of the last few months away from WWE TV. (We wonder what kind of reception Paige will receive if and when she returns to WWE TV.)
Paige hasn't appeared on WWE TV in months and Del Rio has been away from the company now for almost a month yet they are still the most talked about couple that is currently a part of WWE. Maybe they would have been better off keeping their relationship private because a lot of Paige's recent unruly behaviour is being blamed on Del Rio's influence.
1 Their Relationship Is Part of Total Divas
Paige was one of the main stars on Total Divas before she was forced to undergo neck surgery last week and before her two suspensions from WWE. This means that before she was on the sidelines of the company due to injury, she was a part of filming for the new season of Total Divas.
The new season is set to air in the UK and America next month and the new trailer shows that Paige and Del Rio's relationship also plays a part in the show. Paige is shown talking to Renee Young about her relationship with the former United States Champion and tells the WWE interviewer that she has no idea what she is going through. Seems that there could be an interesting insight into the couple's relationship next month.