The life of a WWE Superstar is certainly a busy one. Vince McMahon is notorious for keeping his talent on a very tight and full schedule throughout the year, with much of the roster working as much 300 days or more, between house shows, Raw, SmackDown Live and pay-per-views. A lot of the pro-wrestlers find it difficult to maintain any semblance of a social life outside of the WWE. It’s for this reason that so much of the talent dates and marries within the business. This can end up causing difficulty, because once a relationship ends, you still have to travel alongside, work with and see your ex on an almost daily basis.
We often see dating, marriages and unions of people that work in similar realms of the entertainment industry, and sports entertainment is no exception. The Superstars find it necessary to pair-up with someone that they will actually see often and that understands their hectic and job-centric lifestyle. This can mean dating within the industry or similar industries, like mixed martial arts, actors, musicians or other athletes.
In some instances, there have been Superstars that date outside of the wrestling industry, but it’s a rarity. In fact, even most of the Divas that have dated outside of the industry have also dated within it. Here, after much painstaking effort, we’ve actually managed to uncover 15 WWE Divas who dated outside of the wrestling business!
15. Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler may have the most impressive dating resume of any former Diva. The former cheerleader and model moved into the world of wrestling through a Nitro Girls search that WCW was holding near the end of the company’s run. She would begin working as a valet and eventually as an in-ring talent. Stacy made her WWE debut during the WCW Invasion angle and would go on to participate in a lot of the landmark matches of her era, like the bra and panties matches.
She would gain mainstream attention when she had a run on Dancing with the Stars. Having a taste of show business outside of wrestling, she would leave the company shortly thereafter. Stacy would gain more notoriety when she struck-up a romantic relationship with actor George Clooney for two years in 2011. She would later marry Jared Pobre, the CEO of Future Ads.
14. Rosa Mendes
The WWE signed Rosa to a developmental contract after she competed in the Diva Search in 2006. Rosa was inspired to join the business by the in-ring work of Trish Stratus. She worked primarily as a manager and valet for a while, with Superstars like Beth Phoenix, Primo & Epico and Fandango. She retired from in-ring action in the WWE this past February.
Fans became very familiar with Mendes and her partner when they had a stint on the E! network reality series, Total Divas. She has a baby with Bobby Schubenski, owner of BlackCraft Cult clothing. You have seen WWE Superstar Seth Rollins wearing his t-shirts and hoodies recently at NXT Takeover and on Monday Night Raw.
13. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch is one of the hottest new talents in the WWE. She paid her does down in NXT as a part of the Four Horsewomen faction and has made a name for herself on the main roster as the first ever Smackdown Live! Women’s champion.
The fans don’t have any actual confirmation on who Becky is dating, but she is rumored to be seeing mixed martial artist Luke Sanders. The two have been pictured together getting cozy on numerous occasions, so they’re either dating or absolute besties. The idea of a WWE Superstar dating another athlete makes perfect sense. They understand the lifestyle and workout routine, as well as the life goals, but in the case of a mixed martial artist, they likely don’t have the touring schedule that the WWE Superstar will need to engage in, creating a balance between expectations and free time.
Paige has been the subject of much mainstream attention lately, thanks to an unfortunate hack of her personal iCloud and subsequent leak of nude images and videos of her. This is an awful event for Paige, who had no intention of making these public, but to find a silver lining, it will make her the hottest free agent in pro-wrestling, should the WWE let her out of her contract.
Paige often dates inside of the business, but there are times when she strays outside of wrestling for a boyfriend. You may have seen her relationship with A Day To Remember guitarist Kevin Skaff chronicled on the E! Network Total Divas series. The show featured the downfall of their relationship and reflected the struggle of dating outside of the business, even when it’s with someone that is also in the entertainment industry.
11. Eva Marie
We have been acquainted with Eva Marie’s love life almost as long as we have with her character. Eva is the last remnant of the Divas era, having been discovered through a Divas search contest at the tail end of the era a few years back. The women’s wrestling division is what dominates in the WWE now, with serious athletes and competition, so Eva has had to scramble to learn how to wrestle and keep-up in the ring.
Eva has been a part of the Total Divas reality series for years and on that show, we have seen numerous interactions with her now husband, Jonathan Coyle. Coyle is an interesting character, he’s listed everywhere as an “athlete”, but no one seems to know where or what he plays. He appears more to be a fitness model, a “bro” that likes to hit the gym and endorse stuff.
10. Dawn Marie
WWE Diva Dawn Marie started her pro-wrestling career in the legendary ECW back in 1998. She would later join the WWE and perform from 2002 to 2005. She had a good career in pro-wrestling and was even engaged for several years to wrestler Simon Diamond. Dawn Marie would eventually marry and have kids with a man named Matthew, who works outside of “the business”.
There has been a boatload of controversy surrounding Dawn Marie, as she sued the WWE claiming she was fired for getting pregnant. She would later start a charity for wrestlers that are in need of healthcare called “Wrestlers Rescue”. An extremely noble idea, but the word is that the money from the charity may not have found its way to any of the wrestlers that it was touting to help.
9. Eve Torres
Eve Torres is another Diva that came out of the dark days of the Divas Search contests. She began her career with the WWE in 2007 and got her chops training for in-ring action down at the OVW developmental territory. Torres went on to have a very successful WWE career until she left at the end of 2012. Torres married to Rener Gracie in 2014 and the two have a child together.
You may recognize Rener as a member of the legendary Gracie family. The Gracies are famous for their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools and family of well-decorated fighters. Royce Gracie is a legend in the MMA community, having been dominant in many of the original UFC pay-per-view events.
Celeste Bonin, better known to WWE fans as Kaitlyn, had a career as a WWE Diva (and champion) between 2010 and 2014. She would engage in legendary feuds with AJ Lee and Eve Torres. Kaitlyn wasn’t just a sports entertainer, she’s a bodybuilder as well. She married fellow bodybuilder, PJ Braun, a few years back, although the two are now unfortunately looking at a divorce.
The couple have numerous fitness based companies, like a smoothie bar inside of the Busy Body Fitness Center, Prime Nutrition and fitness clothing line Celestial Bodiez. Another example of a WWE Diva that dates outside of the business, but still within her common interest range.
7. Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus, real name Patricia Anne Stratigeas, was a Canadian beauty that dominated the attention of the WWE Universe, alongside her rival Lita, during the first half of the new millennium. She was one of the most decorated Divas of her era. The seven-time Women’s champion would marry her high school sweetheart, Ron Fisico, in 2006 and the two are still together to this day.
They have two children and Trish was honored in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. The next year, Trish would be the woman that inducted Lita into the Hall of Fame. The two are real-life best friends, in fact, Lita is the godmother to Trish’s children.
6. Sensational Sherri
Sherri Martel was a prolific wrestler, manager and valet during the 1980s heyday of the WWE. She joined the company in 1987 and had a great run with the Women’s championship as “Sensational Sherri”, before babyface “Rockin Robin” took it from her. The next time that Sherri would make a big impact was by managing a heel Randy Savage.
It was during this time that she would be known as “Scary Sherri”. Sherri went on to cross Savage, facilitating his reuniting with Miss Elizabeth, an epic moment in vintage WWE history. Sherri was married a few times in her life. She and her husband used to renovate homes together for a living. The legacy of Sherri Martel includes landmark appearances in both ECW and WCW.
5. Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson would begin her pro-wrestling career in WCW and when the company was bought out by the WWE a few years after she debuted, Wilson was brought into the WWE during the Invasion angle. She was paired with high-profile Superstars from the very beginning. Her first story arcs included interactions with names like Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Scott Steiner and Hulk Hogan.
She also took part in the first bra and panties match in the WWE, along with Lita, Trish Stratus and Stacy Keibler. Wilson was with the WWE until 2008. She was married to wrestler Billy Kidman for a time, but after that Wilson began to see New York Yankees third basemen, Alex Rodriguez. The two dated for four years.
Tiffany, real name Taryn Terrell, began her journey in pro-wrestling with the WWE in 2007, thanks to the Diva Search. She debuted in the FCW developmental territory alongside Superstars like the Bella Twins and Alicia Fox. She would go on to be the general manager of ECW from 2008 to 2010. She eventually moved to SmackDown and was released by the company in 2010 under, let’s say interesting circumstances.
She went on to work for TNA wrestling, becoming one of their “Knockouts”. She would eventually marry Joseph Dryden in 2015. Dryden works as a stunt driver and has no connections to the wrestling industry. Terrell has become a Christian, blaming her life in wrestling for her past indiscretions.
3. Ryan Shamrock
Ryan Shamrock, real name Alicia Webb, had a short career with the WWE. She earned her name from a kayfabe appearance as Ken Shamrock’s sister. She went on to work for the company a few times, especially during an angle that featured Val Venis and Ken Shamrock.
She went to WCW for a short time as a valet, but was released in under a year. Shamrock had a run in TNA for a short while in 2002 and has worked various independent promotions ever since. Shamrock is married to her second husband, UFC mixed martial arts fighter Ian McCall.
2. Kelly Kelly
Kelly Kelly was a popular Diva in her day. She started her career down in the OVW developmental territory and eventually moved to the failed reboot of ECW. Kelly was a part of the Divas movement that put more models in the ring for their looks instead of focusing on athletic ability and talent.
Kelly Kelly has dated a number of WWE Superstars, including names like CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Justin Gabriel, Batista and Andrew “Test” Martin. Once Kelly, whose real name is Barbara Jean Blank, was done with dating within the industry, she would look to another sport when it came to a long-term commitment. Kelly Kelly is currently married NHL star Sheldon Souray.
1. The Fabulous Moolah
Alongside Mae Young, the Fabulous Moolah is one of the greatest Women’s champions in WWE history. She was one of the first female professional wrestlers in America, having a career that began in the 1940s and was still going strong in the 1980s when the WWE started to get mainstream attention and reach a cable television audience. She would have a popular feud with WWE babyface Wendi Richter.
Molah did date, and even married, inside of the business, but she dated outside a bit too. She famously dated country singer Hank Williams back in 1952. The two had a short-lived romance and soon split due to the substance abuse problems that Williams was known for. He died of a heroin overdose just two months after they split-up.
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