Professional wrestling promoters, especially Vince McMahon, find ways to sell tickets and pay per views by knowing what will resonate with their audience. Fans obviously love a good fight. Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant, Ric Flair vs Sting, John Cena vs The Rock, and The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar are just a few examples of big money, compelling match ups fans have seen throughout pro wrestling history. Somewhere along the way, promoters figured out that the relationship between a man and his significant other had very lucrative potential in the world of professional wrestling.
Relationship stories in pro wrestling have included romance, betrayal, jealousy, estrangement, and reunions among others. Some of the most interesting pro wrestling storylines involving couples has revolved around their rivalries. What adds a little spice to these stories is when the couples are in or have been in real life relationships. The ability of the promoter to blur the lines of reality and fantasy can make these types of storylines especially appealing to fans. Some couples have had lasting in ring rivalries over years and multiple promotions, which adds fuel to fans’ curiosity and speculation about them. When these couples get in the ring to solve their differences, fans can’t help but be intrigued about the true nature of some these relationships. Let’s take a look at 15 Wrestling Couples Who Scrapped It Out In The Ring.
15. Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth
Randy Macho Man Savage and Miss Elizabeth were the first couple of professional wrestling for many years. They were married from 1984 until their divorce in 1992. They had a very rocky pro wrestling relationship throughout their careers in both WWE and WCW. During Savage’s early 1980s WWE heel run, he was notorious for his mistreatment of his valet and real life wife, the lovely Miss Elizabeth. Savage often used her as a human shield while defending his Intercontinental Championship. Savage also humiliated her during back stage interviews and other show segments. On an episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event, Savage embarrassed Elizabeth by throwing her into a pool to teach her how to swim. Elizabeth would eventually get storyline revenge on Savage multiple times in the following years. Elizabeth refused to be in Savage’s corner for his WWE title defense against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V. During the mid to late 1990s, Elizabeth turned on the Macho Man a few times in WCW. She betrayed Savage twice by joining the Four Horsemen and then nWo Hollywood.
14. Goldust & Terri Runnels
Goldust aka Dustin Rhodes was married to Terri Runnels from 1993 until their divorce in 1999. Their pro wrestling relationship has been volatile at times in both WCW and WWE. Their differences have also come under several different characters over the years. A few years before they were married, they engaged in a heated feud in the early 1990s in WCW. Terri as Alexandra York was the leader of a faction called the York Foundation. York used a computer to give her wrestlers a competitive edge over the competition. York recruited veterans such as Mike Rotunda, Terry Taylor, Ricky Morton, and Tommy Rich in to her stable with the promise of giving them that technological advantage. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes feuded with various members of the York Foundation after he spurned an offer to join the group. Rhodes jumped to WWE in 1995 as his most famous character, Goldust. Terri Runnels would soon follow but this time as her husband’s valet, Marlena. This alliance would soon fall apart. On WWE Raw in 1997, Rhodes publically humiliated Terri by dumping her during an interview segment with Jim Ross. It was a surreal moment given the fact that the couple was on their way to a real life divorce. Terri would then manage Val Venis in a feud with Rhodes and his new valet, Luna Vachon.
13. Rusev & Lana
Rusev and Lana were recently married and the couple, for the most part, has been a united front in WWE. However, their brief on screen breakup ended up being extremely controversial both in and out of the ring. After about a year of being one of the hottest heel couples in recent WWE history, Rusev and Lana were inexplicably broken up. Rusev was paired with Summer Rae in a feud with Lana and her new “boyfriend” Dolph Ziggler. Most fans were puzzled by the break up and odd pairings. To add more bizarreness to the storyline, Summer Rae began dressing like Lana and Lana started dressing like Lita Ford. It was painfully obvious that these new couples had zero on screen chemistry. It also became apparent that Rusev and Lana weren’t fans of the storyline break up, either. The real life couple decided to flush kayfabe down the toilet when they publically announced their engagement in the middle of the storyline thus killing it. Rusev and Lana paid the price by spending some time in the WWE doghouse. However, the cream always rises to the top and they are once again one of the top heel couples in all of professional wrestling.
12. Tyson Kidd & Natalya
Tyson Kidd and Natalya have been married since 2013. They were a part of the successful Hart Dynasty along with David Hart Smith. Following the break up of the Hart Dynasty in 2010, Kidd and Natalya have had their on screen ups and downs. In 2015, Natalya reunited with Kidd for his brief but successful singles run before he started teaming with Cesaro. However, during this time, Kidd was using Natalya as a human shield to gain advantages in his matches. It was also at this time that their marital problems were the focus of the Total Divas reality television show. Kidd was definitely the heel and deserved a little retribution from his wife. Those fans looking for some justice can find it during a six-person tag team match on WWE Superstars in 2011. Kidd teamed with William Regal and Melina to take on Natalya, The Great Khali, and Mark Henry. Natalya’s team got the win and the post match festivities included her slapping the Sharpshooter on Kidd.
11. Jimmy Uso & Naomi
Jimmy Uso and Naomi have been married since 2014. In the short time they’ve been in WWE together, Uso and Naomi have been allies and rivals as well as having their relationship on display as part of the Total Divas reality television show. Naomi assisted the Usos in a feud with The Miz and Damien Mizdow when Alicia Fox joined Team Miz. Naomi also teamed with the Usos in their feud with Natalya, Tyson Kidd, and Cesaro. The couple has also been on opposite sides of the ring. Naomi along with her Funkadactyl teammate Cameron and Tons of Funk ( Brodus Clay & Tensai) had a brief rivalry with the Usos and the Bella Twins. Although the matches were under mixed tag team rules, Naomi and Uso had the opportunity to mix it up a little bit. With the Usos recent heel turn there could be a chance that husband and wife could again end up in the ring together.
10. Sasha Banks & Kid Mikaze
Sasha Banks married Sarath Ton aka Kid Mikaze recently. Banks and Ton met during their independent pro wrestling days in New England for promotions such as Chaotic Wrestling,New England Championship Wrestling, and Beyond Wrestling. Ton briefly wrestled as Kid Mikaze in WWE. With a tag team partner, Mikaze tangled with Ryback in a handicap match. Mikaze and his partner were victims of a double Shell Shocked. Ton has since moved on to working as a WWE costume designer. However, it was during their indy days that the couple did actually cross paths inside the ring. The match took place for Beyond Wrestling in 2012 and was an inter-gender four-way match that also included Brian Fury and Nick Fahrenheit. Banks was then known as Mercedes KV. Mikaze nailed Banks with a devastating kick to eliminate his future wife from the match. Despite not picking up the win, The Boss’s potential was on full display during this match.
9. Billy Kidman & Torrie Wilson
Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson were married in 2003 and divorced in 2008. Their in ring relationship began in WCW. Wilson turned on David Flair to join Billy Kidman and the Filthy Animals faction in 1999. Kidman eventually got a taste of the same medicine when Wilson turned on him at the Great American Bash 2000. Kidman had a chance to retire the legendary Hulk Hogan per match stipulation. The traitorous Wilson ruined Kidman’s chance to end Hulkamania. Wilson and Kidman continued on opposite sides in a mix tag team feud. Wilson sided with Shane Douglas while Kidman recruited Madusa as his partner. The teams met in a wild scaffold match a Fall Brawl 2000. The match saw Kidman thrown off the scaffold by Douglas after receiving a sickening low blow from Wilson. Apparently the couples’ in ring differences were settled when WWE purchased WCW. They joined forces to defeat John Cena and Dawn Marie at Rebellion 2002. All’s well that ends well, at least in the ring, for Kidman and Wilson.
8. Diamond Dallas Page & Kimberly Page
Diamond Dallas Page and Kimberly Page were married in 1991 and divorced in 2005. They began their in ring relationship in 1994 when Kimberly joined DDP as his WCW valet, the Diamond Doll. The couple was very successful before a falling out led to Kimberly becoming the valet for the Booty Man aka Brutus Beefcake. DDP was on his own when his feud with the nWo began. Kimberly finally returned to DDP’s side during his epic feud with Macho Man Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth who were both nWo members. It was during this feud that it was revealed on the air that they were married. Despite their brief falling out years earlier, DDP and Kimberly were one of the tightest on screen couples in all of professional wrestling. That’s what made the events of Spring Stampede 2000 all the more shocking. With DDP on the verge of becoming WCW Champion, Kimberly blasted him in the head with a guitar to help Jeff Jarrett win the championship.
7. Linda McMahon & Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon and his wife Linda over the years have been bitter rivals on WWE television. This real life married couple had various storyline power struggles over control of WWE. Linda once conspired with Stone Cold Steve Austin to make him majority owner of WWE to the dismay of Mr. McMahon. As a matchmaker, Linda put the screws to Vince by signing him to a six-man tag team match with him, Shane McMahon, and Triple H against The Rock, The Undertaker, and Kane at King of the Ring 2000. In her defense, Linda made the match after Vince called her a “strew of a wife”. The insults and gamesmanship culminated in the McMahons scrapping it out in the ring at WrestleMania X-Seven. Leading up to WrestleMania, Vince threatened to divorce Linda causing her to end up “catatonic”. Mr. McMahon went on to have a very public affair with Trish Stratus while poor Linda remained in an unresponsive stupor. Shane McMahon attempted to defend her mother’s honor and show his father some respect. Father and son met in a street fight at WrestleMania X-Seven. During the match, Vince brought the “comatose” Linda into the ring to witness Shane’s beating first hand. However, to Vince’s surprise, Linda saved the day by kicking Mr. McMahon right in the grapefruits.
6. CM Punk & AJ Lee
Former WWE Superstars CM Punk and AJ Lee have been married since 2014. Despite no longer being in WWE, both former stars are still very popular with fans and very relevant names in the world of professional wrestling. A return to WWE would be the same as a king and queen reclaiming their throne. Punk is a former five-time heavyweight champion and has also claimed both the Intercontinental Championship and tag team championship. Lee is a former three-time WWE Divas Champion. They certainly have collected enough gold to be considered royalty. In 2012, this power couple was involved in a love triangle storyline with Daniel Bryan. Two of WWE’s most gifted technical wrestlers had a difficult time playing mind games with the demented Lee. On an episode of Raw, Lee used a simple kiss to set up Punk like Stone Cold Steve Austin used a boot to the gut to set up the Stone Cold Stunner. Stunned by the kiss, Punk was sent crashing through a table by his future wife.
5. Steve Austin & Debra
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Debra were married from 2000 until 2003. Debra was previously married to former NFL and WCW star Steve “Mongo” McMichael from 1985 until 1998. Debra got her start in pro wrestling as the valet for McMichael in WCW. She eventually made her way to WWE where she managed both Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart before joining the side of her husband, the Texas Rattlesnake. Debra was not an accomplished wrestler but would get into some ring action from time to time. She teamed with Austin in a brief mixed tag team rivalry with Matt Hardy and Lita. However, it was an in ring segment that led to a very surreal moment for the couple. On an episode of SmackDown, Debra was passing out homemade cookies to fans at ringside when she was confronted by her husband. By this time, their marriage was acknowledged on WWE television. Austin insulted her and attempted to minimize her in their relationship. Debra responded by slamming Austin’s skull with the metal cookie tray. It wasn’t too long before a real life domestic incident led to their divorce in 2003.
4. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
Triple H married Stephanie McMahon in 2003. The couple has been involved in WWE storylines for many years in addition to being key members of the management team and heir apparents to Vince McMahon’s empire. Over the years, the line between reality and fantasy in their relationship has been blurred at times. In 1999, they became storyline married as a part of Triple H’s feud with Vince McMahon. As a result, they started a stable called the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. In 2013, the couple started another stable called The Authority. Both stables were for the purpose of Triple H and Stephanie being able to control and dominant the WWE landscape. As successful as they have been together in the ring, the elite power couple have at times not seen eye to eye. One of those times was in 2002 when Triple H feuded with both Stephanie and Chris Jericho with the WWE Championship at stake. The feud culminated in a WWE Championship triple threat match involving Jericho, Triple H, and Stephanie. Triple H retained after his future wife took a spinebuster from him like champ and was pinned.
3. Triple H & Chyna
Triple H and Chyna dated each other during the mid to late 1990s. They were literally a power couple with their imposing physical statures. In 1997, Chyna joined Triple H along with Shawn Michaels and Rick Rude as a part of the original D-Generation X. The group was one of the most successful factions in WWE history. Chyna was a dominating force in the WWE women’s division but also did not shy away from competing with the men. She was a former WWE Women’s Champion and Intercontinental Champion. Chyna also had aspirations of becoming WWE Champion. On a 1999 episode of Raw, Chyna faced Triple H in a hard-hitting match with a shot at the WWE Championship on the line. It was a solid match by a legitimate wrestling couple. It was also sold brilliantly by the commentary of Jim Ross and Jerry the King Lawler. Chyna got the win with an assist from Mankind aka Mick Foley.
2. Marc Mero & Sable
Marc Mero and Sable were married in 1994 and divorced in 2004. In 1996, the couple debuted in WWE after Mero’s successful run in WCW as Johnny B. Badd. They immediately entered into a storyline together. Sable was initially the mistreated valet of Hunter Hearst Helmsley aka Triple H. Mero feuded with Helmsley over Sable’s mistreatment. Sable eventually broke away from Helmsley and joined the side of her real life husband. However, it wasn’t long before the couple became embroiled in a lengthy in ring feud. Mero became jealous of Sable’s growing popularity and went as far as to attempt to sabotage her career. This led to a feud that included unsanctioned physical altercations, mixed tag team matches with various partners, and even one on one matches. Over the course of the feud, Mero fell victim to his wife’s Sable-Bomb on numerous occasions. This was probably one of the better feuds between a legitimate married couple in WWE history.
1. Matt Hardy & Lita
Matt Hardy and Lita were a backstage item for quite some time in WWE during the early 2000s. This was no secret to most fans and definitely not a secret to the WWE locker room. WWE had a huge scandal on its hands when Lita cheated on Hardy with fellow WWE Superstar Edge. Hardy and Lita’s six-year romance ended in controversy. In a puzzling move by WWE, Hardy was fired while Edge and Lita remained. The result was fans heavily booing the new couple while demanding the return of Hardy. WWE decided to capitalize on the buzz created by the scandal by rehiring Hardy. Not only did they rehire him but, the love triangle was written onto WWE television. The three engaged in an ugly feud that definitely blurred the lines of reality and fantasy. Fans had a hard time telling if Hardy’s attacks on Edge after emerging from the crowd were all part of the show or not. The feud included some very physical matches between Hardy and Edge as well as Hardy and Lita getting physical. Hardy delivered his Twist of Fate finisher to Lita on one occasion while Lita’s interference cost Hardy his spot on Raw thus ending the feud. This storyline love triangle was as intense and surreal as it gets.
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