The relationships to take place in the wrestling world are always a huge risk for both performers to get involved. Many old school wrestling minds believe all wrestlers should avoid dating within the business at all costs. Things can get ugly for one or both parties if the relationship ends in ugly fashion. Some wrestlers have been fired or blacklisted due to a bigger star being the person they broke up with. Others get heat for being involved in backstage drama. Meanwhile, a few have continued to working together interacting backstage. There are the former couples that just see each other every week in the back while a couple of situations have seen them continue working together on-screen.
We'll take a look at some of the stories that have featured wrestlers working together after splitting up. Some of the instances have led to uncomfortable moments that negatively impact the lives of wrestlers. Others were professional enough to continue doing business together despite the hostility that may have existed between them. The situation is extremely tough but the ultimate goal of delivering as a wrestling performer led many to get through it. These are fifteen wrestling couples that still had to work together after breaking up.
15 Matt Hardy and Lita
The most public instance of a love story gone wrong featured Lita cheating on Matt Hardy with Edge. Hardy took the information public when finding out and was fired. Fans were so upset at this decision that they chanted for Matt every week during Edge and Lita’s segments putting them together as a couple on-screen.
14 Dolph Ziggler and Nikki Bella
One pleasant instance of two people being able to get along after breaking up features the tale of Dolph Ziggler and Nikki Bella. Both dated for a few years early into their main roster careers before realizing they were happier without each other. The relationship would get referenced many years later when Nikki started dating John Cena.
13 Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky
Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky worked together for a few years in Impact Wrestling. Their relationship became a part of the show when TNA tried adding elements of realism into the product. Unfortunately, a messy breakup in real life carried over to the storyline. Velvet allegedly cheated on Sabin with Bully Ray considering they went public right after it was revealed that she split with Sabin.
12 Zack Ryder and Emma
Sometimes going public with a relationship is a terrible decision. Emma found this out at the end of her relationship with Zack Ryder. Both would post pictures together constantly on vacation or sightseeing in the locations of WWE shows. Every wrestling fan to pay attention to either of them on social media knew they were together for a couple of years.
11 Alberto Del Rio and Charlotte Flair
One relationship that went by so quickly and flew under the radar before anyone realized was the couple of Alberto Del Rio and Charlotte Flair. Del Rio dated Charlotte in between his separation from his wife and his romance with Paige. The relationship lasted a very short time period as Del Rio moved on to Paige before it would become a story.
10 Kurt Angle and Karen Jarrett
A story that will likely always be referenced when talking about the negatives for relationships in wrestling is how things went down with Kurt Angle and his ex-wife Karen. Kurt brought her with him to Impact Wrestling as an on-screen character. Management was impressed enough to make her a full-time character going forward.
9 CM Punk and Maria Kanellis
CM Punk has been involved in a couple of wrestling romances throughout his career before marrying AJ Lee. The first relationship he had with a fellow wrestler in WWE saw him dating Maria Kanellis in OVW and on the main roster. Maria claims that some of the other wrestlers would mock her for dating Punk due to the heat associated with him at the time.
8 Drew McIntyre and Taryn Terrell
Drew McIntyre and Taryn Terrell both received a lot of heat in WWE for how their real life romance ended. Terrell caught McIntyre cheating on her and aired him out on social media. Things would get worse when she allegedly assaulted him leading to her getting arrested. WWE released her first and the two got a divorce as the early marriage was a mistake for both of them.
7 Alicia Fox and Wade Barrett
A romance to not get much attention during their time together saw Alicia Fox dating Wade Barrett. Both wrestlers were in developmental together and spent a few years working together on the main roster. Their relationship ended after a few years with almost no coverage or reports about them dating as they did a good job keeping it under wraps.
6 Matt Hardy and Ashley Massaro
Matt Hardy had another relationship end on company time after the whole Lita fiasco. Ashley Massaro and Hardy became an item when Matt moved over to the Smackdown brand after ending his feud with Edge and Lita. Matt and Ashley were public about their romance and he seemed to be happy to have a new stunning love interest after the tough love situation.
5 John Cena and Mickie James
John Cena and Mickie James is a couple many wrestling fans forget about, but they were an item during Mickie’s prior run in the company. James allegedly cheated on fellow wrestler Ken Doane and left him to start a romance with Cena. WWE placed them together on Raw as a couple for a few weeks but it ultimately went nowhere.
4 Shawn Michaels and Sunny
The relationship between Shawn Michaels and Sunny started in controversial fashion. Sunny was involved in a long term relationship with Chris Candido and they worked together as an on-screen pair. However, Sunny started working personally with Michaels behind the scenes as the two would hookup backstage behind Candido’s back with the Kliq guarding the locker room door.
3 Kevin Sullivan and Nancy Benoit
One of the most public instances of a couple having to work directly together after their breakup using the story of reality featured Kevin Sullivan and Nancy “Woman” Benoit. Nancy was married to Kevin for quite some time but ended up having an affair with fellow WCW star Chris Benoit. This led to an on-screen angle using this real-life incident as a storyline.
2 Goldust and Terri Runnels
Terri Runnels joined WWE as the Marlena character to work alongside her then husband Goldust aka Dustin Rhodes. They did a great job establishing the unique act as one fans should pay attention to. Terri and Dustin struggled to keep their relationship together as more issues continued to pile up as they worked together mixing business and pleasure.
1 Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth
The first Superstar couple in the wrestling business was the real life romance of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth in the WWE. Fans loved them together and it made Savage more likeable when seeing him with the endearing Elizabeth. Every wrestling fan wanted to see them have their happy ending as a pair that just worked to perfection.
Unfortunately, Savage’s jealousy issues made it impossible for them to have a happy and healthy relationship. It ended with them getting divorced and eventually having to work together in WCW. The first storyline saw Elizabeth turn on Savage to align with Ric Flair as a heel. WCW later placed them back together as an item in the New World Order. Elizabeth entered a romance with Lex Luger at this time and working with Savage was likely uncomfortable.
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