The carousel of wrestling romances has seen many couples start and end through the years. Many people in the business like Vince McMahon and Jim Ross believe wrestlers should avoid dating within the industry. However, wrestlers often date due to the convenience of the situation. It is an extremely unique business that requires a peculiar schedule and understanding of it from a partner. That leads to many wrestling relationships forming. There are currently more public romances in wrestling than any other time period. The risk can be quite high in terms of things falling apart in dramatic fashion.
Wrestling has created some of the most shocking relationships you likely wouldn’t have expected. Living in such a bubble brings people together in sharing interests and building connections. Unfortunately, many of them are not lasting in the long run. Some of the wrestling romances to end quickly or just not go public have flown under the radar. We'll take a look at some of the relationships that the average fan would have no idea existed. These couples didn’t make a loud impact due to their low profile at the time or the ability to keep it private. Let’s take a look at fifteen weird wrestling couples you didn’t know dated.
15 Stacy Keibler and David Flair
One of the most shocking relationships that took place during the 90s was David Flair landing a romance with Stacy Keibler. As the son of Ric Flair, David received a great contract to work on WCW television with little to no experience. David may have been a horrible wrestler, but he ended up dating Stacy for a short time period in the final few years of WCW.
14 Charlotte Flair and Alberto Del Rio
Another member of the Flair family to end up in a shocking relationship that flew under the radar is Charlotte Flair. During her early career on the main roster, Charlotte entered a relationship with Alberto Del Rio. To make matters more shocking, Del Rio was still married to his prior wife while dating Flair. This relationship only lasted a few months and didn’t leak until afterwards.
13 AJ Lee and Trent Baretta
A relationship to go down when two wrestlers were in developmental featured AJ Lee dating Trent Baretta. Both wrestlers were from the Tri-State area and had strong passions for wrestling that brought them to FCW. Lee and Baretta dated before coming up to the main roster. It isn’t known when exactly they broke up but it clearly happened before AJ started dating her now husband CM Punk.
12 Torrie Wilson and Nick Mitchell
Nick Mitchell played Mitch in the Spirit Squad as the high point of his career. Most fans have forgotten about him considering he was a secondary name in a lackluster faction. Mitch however did find one huge victory in WWE when he entered a relationship with Torrie Wilson. Most people agree Torrie was one of the most beautiful and popular women in the wrestling business at the time.
11 Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes
A current wrestling relationship that is quite odd features Rob Van Dam dating independent wrestler Katie Forbes. Van Dam was with his wife Sonya for the majority of his career in ECW, WWE and TNA. It wasn’t until recent years that he ended up splitting with her leading to a divorce. The timing conveniently came around the time that he started dating Forbes.
10 Joey Mercury and Christy Hemme
Everyone knows that Johnny Nitro dated Melina during the MNM team years together. A little known relationship featuring the other person in the team, Joey Mercury dating Christy Hemme. Both wrestlers were new to the WWE main roster at the time. Mercury was wrestling for years to get to that point. Hemme was new to the business after winning the initial Divas Search contest.
9 Alicia Fox and Wade Barrett
The relationship between Wade Barrett and Alicia Fox went so under the radar that you likely don’t know it ever happened unless you watch Total Divas. One of the episodes of the reality show following the women of WWE focused on Fox’s love life. Alicia was struggling to find a new relationship due to not being over her old ex-boyfriend. It was then revealed that this ex was Barrett.
8 Jimmy Jacobs and Becky Bayless
An independent wrestling romance story featured Jimmy Jacobs dating Becky Bayless during their time together in Ring of Honor. Jacobs is in the news lately following his controversial release as a writer for WWE due to taking a picture with members of the Bullet Club. The wrestling career of Jacobs started on the independent circuit wrestling for over a decade.
7 The Kat and Kizarny
You would assume her relationship with the significantly older Jerry Lawler would be the weirdest relationship of her wrestling life, but Stacy “The Kat” Carter had another bizarre one. Kat spent the best years of her career in WWE during the Attitude Era during the time period when women were utilized in roles that required taking their clothes off more than wrestling.
6 Robbie E and Brooke Adams
One of the weirdest relationships in wrestling featured the romance between Robbie E and Brooke Adams. The two wrestlers met in TNA and started dating. Brooke was viewed as one of the best looking women in the company. Robbie was viewed as a comedic wrestler usually putting over others. They ended up forming a connection backstage and started dating.
5 Mike Knox and Melina
Melina is one of the most controversial women in WWE history due to many stories working against her. Most of the stories featured her getting into drama with the other women in WWE. A few of them however focused on the romantic drama in her life. Melina dated John Morrison on and off for many years throughout their careers from their time in developmental to their time after WWE.
4 Sunny and Davey Richards
Tammy “Sunny” Sytch has been involved with various wrestlers throughout her career. The relationship with Chris Candido and the affair with Shawn Michaels are the ones she is most remembered for. Sytch getting arrested for attacking another boyfriend Damian Darling also made headlines. One of the relationships to get left under the radar is her time dating Davey Richards.
3 New Jack and Terri Runnels
There’s no wrestling fan that could have predicted New Jack and Terri Runnels would became an item years after their prime in the 90s. New Jack was a huge star for ECW as one of the most unpredictable men in wrestling history. Terri reached success as a manager with ex-husband Goldust and other wrestlers benefiting from her looks and personality.
2 Kelly Kelly and Test
Kelly Kelly signed with WWE as a late teenager barely into her adult life. One of the more dangerous aspects of entering the wrestling business at a young age is the romantic landmine. The first relationship of Kelly in WWE saw her date Test. Despite a 12 year age gap, Kelly started dating the older wrestler.
1 Michael Hayes and Rosa Mendes
An extremely bizarre and borderline creepy relationship in WWE featured Michael Hayes dating Rosa Mendes. Hayes has been a writer, producer and one of the most influential minds backstage. Mendes was a talent that didn’t have much talent or success as a wrestler or character. The relationship seemed problematic given the different roles each person and their drastic age gap.
There were rumors going around that Mendes remaining with WWE so long was due to Hayes protecting her from the cutting block. Many employers would fire someone in Hayes’ position for dating someone he is basically the boss of. Instead, Hayes remained in his spot and still works for WWE today. Rosa received a few more years before she and WWE agreed to release her after she gave birth to her first child.
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