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.
Keibler was viewed as one of the best looking women in wrestling. She was a rare bright spot in the worst time period of WCW. No one could have predicted these two would become an item. The reason WCW placed Stacy in a relationship with David on screen due to the fact that she actually dated him in real life. Flair and Keibler broke up towards the end of WCW and were single by the time they worked for WWE.
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.
Del Rio started dating Paige very shortly after his relationship with Charlotte ended. The timing of this all coincided with Flair entering a feud with Paige. To their credit, Charlotte and Paige seemed to always keep it professional and never even had a falling out. It still is a shocking revelation when you find out that Charlotte and Alberto dated while in WWE together.
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.
Lee references one of her ex-boyfriends in her recently released book Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules. Many fans assumed the guy in question during this time period was definitely Baretta. Both have moved on from this relationship. AJ has left wrestling and is trying to start the next chapter of her life with this book. Trent is a big star in New Japan and Ring of Honor thriving in wrestling.
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.
Wilson was actually married to Billy Kidman during the time period when she started dating Mitch. It appears Torrie was separated from Kidman and started her relationship with Mitch before the divorce was finalized. Mitch and Wilson started their own clothing line together that turned out to be a failure. Their relationship ended after four years of being official.
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.
RVD and Katie met each other at an independent show and seemingly developed feelings for each other. The fact that Van Dam left his wife for a younger woman is rather alarming. Most people would sympathize with his ex-wife in this scenario and look down on the new couple. Forbes is trying to make it to a relevant wrestling promotion and RVD is now one of her closest references.
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.
They worked together on screen for a short time period when MNM faced off against the latest incarnation of Legion of Doom with Animal and Heidenreich managed by Hemme. It is unknown if that is when they got to know each other and get involved. The relationship ended towards the end of Christy’s run in WWE as she got released faster than anyone could have expected.
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.
Both wrestlers were employed with WWE for a long time and they met in developmental when trying to make it to the main roster. Barrett and Fox worked together following the breakup despite the awkward aftermath. Alicia is still with WWE today and Barrett has since left the company to find a new career path outside of the wrestling industry.
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.
Bayless is another personality that spent a lot of time on the independent scene. The most memorable part of her career came when she joined TNA to play Cookie, a parody of the Jersey Shore character Snookie. Jacobs and Bayless dated for quite some time before breaking up. According to one of Jimmy’s shoot interview stories, he actually cursed out Seth Rollins at one point for texting her after they broke up.
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.
The next relationship in wrestling for Kat featured her dating Kizarny. Most fans would know him for his time in WWE wrestling as the spooky carnival character. Their wedding was actually filmed for a DVD release as part of the wrestling market. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last too long and they have split up. The relationship between Carter and Lawler may be weirder considering the age gap but this one is lesser known.
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.
The most controversial aspect of their relationship together is that Robbie E actually left his wife to start dating Adams. Brooke and Robbie took their relationship to the mainstream by getting a spot on the CBS reality show Amazing Race. They eventually broke up and started taking shots at each other on social media. Robbie ended up getting back together with his ex-wife and Brooke is now married to a different man.
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.
The allegations towards Melina have seen numerous other wrestlers reveal that she cheated on Morrison with Batista. This was even confirmed by Batista in his book. However, another wrestler was in this story at some point. Melina started dating Mike Knox in a very surprising combination of dance partners. Knox and Melina apparently were an item for a short time period before Melina returned to her romance with Morrison.
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.
Sunny made a few appearances for Ring of Honor and she met Richards there. The two became an item and she claims she was in talks to manage him at ROH at one point. Sytch used to leave comments on Richards’ posts threatening any female fan leaving a positive comment. They ended their relationship and both have referenced being better off with other people. Richards must be ecstatic she never became his manager.
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.
New Jack and Terri started dating during a time period when their careers were already forgotten. The two became close at an independent show and ended up working together when dating. Their relationship however fell apart in a bad way. Following their breakup, New Jack tried selling nude private photos of Terri leading to her threatening him with a lawsuit. Sadly, anyone could have predicted this outcome given the weirdness of their chemistry as two different people.
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.
It was viewed as a controversial relationship due to Test going after one of the youngest women in WWE history quickly into her tenure. The relationship didn’t last and Kelly ended up dating a few other wrestlers. Test would get released due to his personal issues and unfortunately passing away at a young age. Kelly released an emotional statement showing she still cared for him and was heartbroken at someone she was once close to passing away.
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.