The dating carousel in wrestling is often hard to keep up with, as it's constantly changing. Jim Ross revealed his biggest advice to new wrestlers entering the company was that blending love with business can only lead to a negative ending. Still, relationships within the business are a common thing and it makes sense when you really think about it. Wrestlers live a very unique life on the road and spend the majority of their time away from home. It is impossible to meet people in everyday life and relationships are formed with those you spend the most time with.
Many of the current top WWE superstars are involved in relationships with other wrestlers. The majority of them are dating fellow stars in the WWE. Others are dating wrestlers that work for different promotions. A few are involved with employees in other fields within the wrestling world. Chances are, your favorite wrestler is more likely than not dating someone you’re already familiar with thanks to the wrestling world. There still a few stars with a significant other outside of wrestling such as Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and Randy Orton, who are all married to women not in the public eye. We’ll look at the more high profile stories of wrestler relationships here by naming the significant other of these fifteen top WWE stars.
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15 Big Cass: Carmella
One couple that started dating back in NXT and has continued their relationship onto the main roster is Big Cass and Carmella. Colin Cassady rose to stardom alongside his tag partner, Enzo Amore. They are perfect together with an energy that sets them apart from anyone else on the roster today. The duo saw Carmella become their manager in NXT and all three were linked together for a long time. Cass and Carmella began dating at some point while working and traveling together, developing chemistry on and off screen.
The act split when Big Cass and Enzo were called up to the main roster the night after WrestleMania 32 without Carmella. Breaking Ground filmed the moment of Triple H informing the tag team that Carmella needed to stay in NXT to continue her growth as a wrestler on her own. Carmella would then get called up to the main roster following the brand split, but was drafted to SmackDown while Cass was picked over to Raw. The two may not work on the same shows but they are still dating.
14 Bayley: Aaron Solow
Bayley skyrocketed to the top of NXT by connecting with fan of all demographics. Her character work brings in the younger fans who believe in her and her incredible wrestling skills have the diehard fans wanting to watch her matches. Bayley is currently one of the few WWE stars in a relationship with a wrestler that doesn’t currently work for the company. She is dating independent wrestler Aaron Solow.
His wrestling scheduleprimarily sees him work in the Texas area trying to make a name for himself with the hopes of eventually joining his significant other in the big leagues. Solow is on WWE’s radar as he was named as an alternative representative in the Cruiserweight Classic Series and would have replaced any potential injured competitor.
Their relationship can't very easy in terms of traveling together, like many other relationships on the list, but they live the same passion thus making them both understand what the other lives.
13 Cesaro: Sara Del Rey
Cesaro's talent has always made him stand out on any show he wrestles on. WWE may not view him as a future World Champion but he definitely leaves an impact on the fans with his incredible in-ring skills. This was also true during his independent wrestling days in Ring of Honor. Cesaro worked in a tag team with Chris Hero as "The Kings of Wrestling." Their manager in the company happened to be wrestler Sara Del Rey.
Cesaro and Del Rey work together today in the WWE despite Del Rey retiring from in-ring competition. She has become an important figure in the company, helping to train and improve the female prospects in NXT. Triple H considers her a pivotal part of women’s wrestling growing in the company. Del Rey also works as a producer on the main roster making it easier to travel alongside Cesaro. You have to commend their commitment to the relationship, as Del Rey and Cesaro have been dating from ROH to WWE through all the changes.
12 Rusev: Lana
One of the rare instances of an on-screen romance carrying over to real life is the story of Rusev and Lana. The two are tremendous together on television with true chemistry that makes it easy to believe they're together offscreen. Rusev and Lana have dated for quite some time and recently got married. WWE tried separating them on television with the intent of pairing Lana with Dolph Ziggler and Rusev with Summer Rae. All four suffered for it and the WWE was forced to put Lana and Rusev back together.
We will likely get a closer look into their personal lives as Lana has joined the cast of the E! reality television series Total Divas. The real life romance of Lana and Rusev is expected to be a major factor of the upcoming season with their wedding being filmed for the show. They are likely going to be paired together on WWE TV for quite some time as well. For their sake, we hope their relationship will last or things will get quite awkward for their professional lives.
11 Austin Aries: Thea Trinidad
Austin Aries worked his entire adult life towards getting to the WWE and it finally happened this year. Triple H hired him to be one of the top names in NXT, with their top stars moving up to the main roster. Aries had a stacked resume before joining the WWE creating a legacy for himself alongside companies ROH and TNA. Finally, he is on the WWE roster as a top heel helping keep the NXT brand strong.
Aries' personal life sees him involved in a relationship with independent wrestler Thea Trinidad. Many know her for her time in TNA as Rosita and she has continued working for various promotions all over the country. At some point along the way, Trinidad and Aries linked up and decided to start a legit relationship. Aries took bookings with her as his manager before signing with the WWE. Trinidad eventually joining Aries in the company wouldn’t be too shocking if they think Aries could use a manager.
10 John Cena: Nikki Bella
The most high profile relationship in the entire WWE has to be John Cena dating Nikki Bella. Cena is by far the biggest star in the industry and his relationship with Nikki created news stories in the wrestling world. They made it work with the inception of the reality show Total Divas which documented their off-screen relationship. The main incentive of the show was the prospect of cameras being able to follow the dates and romantic issues between Cena and Bella.
Things worked out so well for the couple that E! Network decided to start the spin-off reality series of Total Bellas. The show mostly focuses on the relationships of Cena and Nikki along with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. Cena and Nikki have never been linked together on WWE television, but it’s openly acknowledged that the two are dating. Rumors have circulated over the years that Nikki has used Cena’s political power to her advantage in getting pushed and holding the Divas Championship for a record long reign.
9 The Miz: Maryse
Maryse returned to WWE television this year after a length absence to finally find her best role in the company. The French bombshell did a decent job wrestling, but it was clear she’d be better suited for managing. Despite dating The Miz at the time, WWE felt he didn’t need a manager holding him back. Maryse was paired with Ted DiBiase and the two had zero chemistry, sinking her managing career at the time.
Fast forward to 2016 and Miz was struggling to remain relevant. The idea of Maryse returning was pitched to bring their real life marriage to the on-screen product. It's completely resurrected Miz’s career and made Maryse stand out more than she ever did in the past. The two are among the best heels on WWE television and Miz has never been better. Working with your wife every night definitely adds motivation and inspiration to one’s career.
8 Alexa Bliss: Murphy
The rise of Alexa Bliss over the past few years has been impressive. At the young age of 25, Bliss is already a fixture on the main roster and is arguably the best female heel on the SmackDown brand. Bliss worked her way up through improvements and character progression down in NXT. Her heel turn in NXT was a career changing moment when she became the manager of Blake and Murphy leading them to the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Bliss and Murphy found a real life relationship during their stint working together. Many relationships on this list started from a storyline and the fact that people spend so much time working and traveling together means they truly get to know each other on a personal level. That was true for Bliss and Murphy, as they continue their relationship. Murphy likely has to be putting in extra work looking to find enough momentum to join his girlfriend on the main roster.
7 Dolph Ziggler: Dana Brooke
Dolph Ziggler is still an active member of the WWE roster after winning his Intercontinental Championship match against The Miz. Rumors circulated that Ziggler would be hitting the free agent market with his contract running out, but Ziggler had extra motivation to remain in the WWE landscape due to his relationship with Dana Brooke. The relationship between Ziggler and Dana has been going on for quite some time and it started when Brooke was in the WWE developmental system working her way through NXT.
Ziggler and Brooke are on different shows due to the brand split separating them, but they at least get to work on the same co-branded shows. WWE views Dana as a future star due to her athletic background, while Ziggler is getting another chance at relevancy with his recent program against Miz causing fans to cheer for him. Both have optimism for the future professionally in the company and can only hope for the same personally.
6 Johnny Gargano: Candice LeRae
The NXT signing of Johnny Gargano has made him one of the most exciting performers on the program. Gargano’s tag team work with Tommaso Ciampa impresses us every single time, which makes sense, as Gargano's reputation on the independent wrestling scene was similar to guys like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Many diehard independent wrestling fans are aware that Gargano has been involved in a relationship with Candice LeRae.
Two of the most likable personalities in the wrestling world getting together makes you root for them to last. Gargano and LeRae recently got married to start the next chapter of their lives together. The talent of Candice is up there with Gargano and the WWE would benefit from bringing in Mrs. Gargano for the women’s division. As the moment, they work for completely different parts of the wrestling world, but remain closer than ever.
5 Paige: Alberto Del Rio
Remember how we mentioned earlier that wrestling romances can lead to trouble? Well, if you need proof, look at Paige's decision to date a fellow wrestler. It was shockingly revealed earlier this year that Paige entered a relationship with Alberto Del Rio. The age gap of Paige being 24 years old and Del Rio being 39 made it a little weird to the average person and WWE was not happy when they found out.
Rumors suggest that the company tried to break them up by separating them in the draft. Del Rio quitting the company and Paige being on the injured list just gives them more time to spend together, ruining WWE’s plans. While Paige’s relationship with Del Rio is strong, things have fallen apart with the WWE as of late. The company has given her two suspensions for violating the Wellness Policy, adding insult to the entire situation. Paige went on the defense trashing the WWE for their handling of the situation. This isn't going to end well.
4 Zack Ryder: Emma
There’s a popular belief among fans that Zack Ryder has never been given what he deserves in the WWE. Ryder is a loveable underdog that never seems to get a legitimate push that lasts beyond a couple of weeks. Aside from making a good living doing what he loves, Ryder proves he doesn’t need any sympathy from fans as he is dating Emma. She is currently on the injured list and scheduled to return soon under the new name of "Emmalina."
Ryder and Emma have been an item for over the past year. They have been spotted with other wrestling couples such as Cody and Brandi Rhodes at various theme parks on double dates. Ryder is currently on SmackDown and Emma is slated for a Raw return. The brand split is a good thing for opening up new career opportunities for the two talents, but it can hurt them as well, by splitting up a couple that no longer travels together. It is a catch 22, but both Ryder and Emma are likely happy with their situation nonetheless.
3 Sasha Banks: Mikaze
The ascension of Sasha Banks is a major reason why WWE fans are viewing the women’s division as equal to the men's division. Banks has the talent, charisma and character work to be a huge star for the company and it's starting to come to fruition. WWE had something special with Banks from her days in NXT and Sasha may be the most valuable women in WWE today, as she has a bright future with many more big matches ahead of her.
We have witnessed Banks team with Enzo Amore and Roman Reigns on television, but her tag partner in real life is Mikaze. Not many know of Mikaze despite his wrestling career on the independent scene for many years. Mikaze currently works in the WWE as the costume designer, helping make and design the gear for various top stars, including Banks. The couple met on the independent scene and remained together into the WWE. Banks and Mikaze recently got married, proving they believe they can last together in the wrestling world.
2 Dean Ambrose: Renee Young
Dean Ambrose has progressed into a top face on the SmackDown brand and played a huge role in the brand split as the only World Champion during the draft. His popularity landed him matches against Triple H and Brock Lesnar earlier in the year before finally capturing the top prize in the company by winning and cashing in the Money in the Bank contract on the same night.
In terms of his personal life, things are pretty good as well, Ambrose is dating WWE’s outstanding broadcaster Renee Young. The two have been together for a couple of years and Young finally went public with it a couple of months ago. Young ranted in an interview about some members of the Ambrose fan base sending her rude messages due to her relationship with their favorite wrestler. Ambrose rarely speaks about the relationship, choosing to keep that side of his life on the down low. Renee is a new member of the Total Divas cast and Ambrose will be forced to have his love life out in the open.
1 Brock Lesnar: Sable
The most surprising relationship involves a top star in Brock Lesnar linked with a former WWE bombshell Sable. Lesnar met Sable during her second run in the company in 2003 and the two hit it off despite the ten year age gap. Brock decided to leave WWE due to his hatred for the travel and Sable joined him a couple of months later. The two continued their relationship and eventually got married in 2006.
Sable and Lesnar have a couple of kids together and have remained married as of this writing. Brock would have Sable in the audience for some of his big UFC fights during his MMA career. They currently live a secluded life on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Lesnar rarely talks about his personal life and Sable is completely out of the public spotlight. They try to keep their relationship as private as possible.
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