There are plenty of great couples in wrestling. They take two forms: One are the on-camera couples, the ones who hang out as part of a storyline. The other are the real deal, actual couples who are often better known off screen than on it. Through its history, WWE has shown plenty of both types, couples who are fantastic and fans love to know about. Some are better than others and a few times, fans prefer to ignore some couples. Others are great to watch however and provide entertainment value. Yet, there are some couples WWE prefers fans not to know as much about today. That’s because of how they’ve left WWE but also because of some of the darker issues surrounding them and they often had an ugly exit from the company. Today, there are plenty of great couples and others in the past the company pushes but others they tend to overlook.
True, WWE can be surprisingly frank on some of their past but they still tend to whitewash a lot of stuff. Thus, quite often, when a couple is meant to be ignored, they will be. Today, with the Network and other places, you can recall some of these couples but WWE prefers to push some over others as their harsh ends and their rough times can bring up some bad memories. Here are eight couples WWE wants fans to know and remember and seven they want to forget about.
15. Know: Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
Daniel Bryan is a fascinating case for WWE. A man who didn’t have “the WWE look” won fans over in a major way. A brilliant worker, Bryan soon got fans on his side in 2014 for his emotional title victory and thus fans were heartbroken when he had to give it up due to a neck injury. An attempted comeback in 2015 was also cut short and so Bryan has settled in today as SmackDown general manager and fans enjoy watching him in that role. He and Brie Bella began dating in 2011 and were married in 2014.
The two announced Brie’s pregnancy in 2016 and are soon expecting their first child. So while Brie isn’t on air as much today, “Total Divas” still showcases her obvious care for her husband and how well they click as a couple. With Bryan still so popular, fans enjoy knowing about him and WWE loves to push the family man settling down.
14. Forget: Sunny and Anyone
Tammy Sytch was a revelation when she came to WWE. Bright, blonde, bubbly, gorgeous, Sunny was an instant winner with fans. She loved to flaunt herself and in many ways paved the trail every “Diva” since would follow. But behind the scenes, Sunny got in trouble a lot for her ego and drug use. That’s led to issues of WWE pushing her in programming today, not aided by her infamous romantic past. She and Chris Candido had a troubled relationship with constant cheating and antics on the road. Sunny also had affairs on the road with numerous wrestlers, most prominently Shawn Michaels.
Indeed, Shawn called Bret out on air as “having Sunny days” and Bret was outraged he insinuated that, leading to a wild backstage fight. She walked out on the company in 1998 and her life since has been rough. While WWE honors her legacy, they try to ignore Sunny’s romantic past and how much trouble it brought.
13. Know: Tyson Kidd and Natalya
Historically, Tyson Kidd is known as the final graduate of the infamous Hart Dungeon. Known for his toughness as well as good high-flying skills, he, David Hart Smith and Natalya Neidhart formed the Hart Dynasty, paying tribute to their extended clan. Kidd and Nattie were soon getting together a lot more, having known each other since they were kids and began dating in 2001. The first season of “Total Divas” focused on their engagement and culminated in the duo’s wedding. The show enjoys focusing on them, Nattie helping her husband through his serious neck injury and him helping her with her own injuries and issues in wrestling. They make a good couple on screen, carrying on well and Tyson seems like a good supportive husband.
Nattie remains a major player in the Women’s division, feuding with various stars and her great skills in the ring on good display. This couple helped make “Total Divas” a hit and WWE loves to push them.
12. Forget: John Morrison and Melina
MNM were a breakout tag team from the start as Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury forged a great unit. Aiding was Melina as their manager with her famous split-legged ring entrance. After Mercury got a brutal face injury, Nitro was moved to singles work as John Morrison and soon began clicking with fans. They loved his amazing style and parkour work for reigns as IC champion and a great tag team with The Miz. Melina meanwhile transformed into a great women’s wrestler with reigns as Divas and Women’s champion.
They got along well as a couple but hit a major rough patch when Melina had an affair with Batista. Things were tense for a long while, not helped by Melina’s ego leading to her being hated backstage. They both left in 2011, Melina reportedly fired while Morrison left to recover from injuries and frustrations with creative. Both are barely talked of today as Melina seems to have had a toxic air about her and thus these are two folks WWE prefers to ignore.
11. Know: Edge and Lita
They’re not together anymore but WWE still likes to remind fans of them. Several shows on the network have touched on how this was the most amazing blurring of real life and on-camera actions. Amy Dumas had been with Matt Hardy for several years but when he was out with an injury, she started to hook up with Adam Copeland. When Matt found out, he blew his stack, exposing the affair on social media and getting huge attention which led to him being fired. With fans hating them already, Edge and Lita embraced it and the push led to Edge finally becoming a main event star. Matt would return for a big feud before they moved on with Edge clearly the one getting the push off of things.
He and Lita would break up, but this pairing was a key moment in Edge’s career and thus WWE enjoys discussing it with all parties to let fans remember how Edge took off.
10. Forget: Chris Benoit and Nancy
It’s not at all surprising WWE wants to ignore this. The story of how they got together is unique as Nancy Sullivan had been married to Kevin Sullivan when he booked himself to “lose” her to Benoit. Sullivan pushed them to keep it up by hanging out together only for them to fall in love for real and Sullivan got dumped. Their relationship continued, with Chris Benoit often talked up as being a real family man. That was what made it so shocking when he ended up killing Nancy, their son and himself in 2007. Since then, Benoit has been just about persona non grata in WWE’s history. They mention him in books and his matches are on the Network but otherwise, the company tries to make it as though he never existed.
Even a decade later, it still hurts, that Benoit did such a horrific act and while some fans try to push the “remember the performer, not the man” idea, others think WWE is right not to give reminders of the man who did such huge damage to the business.
9. Know: Randy Savage and Elizabeth
True, their ending was sad but the “First Couple of Wrestling” is still one WWE loves fans to know about today. In his prime, Randy Savage was one of the single greatest workers in all of wrestling and sensational on the mic. Elizabeth was his real-life wife, introduced as his manager. Their act was genius with Savage berating her but also jealous whenever someone came after her. They split on-screen when Savage went heel but reunited on camera at WrestleMania VII. This set up their “wedding” at SummerSlam ’91 and Elizabeth became a focus in Flair’s feud with Savage in 1992.
However, behind the scenes it wasn’t that fun and they divorced later that year. They had an on-screen reunion in WCW but never reached the same heights. Indeed, most agree Savage was never the same after Elizabeth’s death in 2003, showing they still had a unique bond. WWE loves to promote Savage’s past and how Elizabeth was a part of his life and that, for a time, they looked like the real fairy tale couple of wrestling and one fans love to remember.
8. Forget: Stone Cold and Debra
Steve Austin had been struggling in WWE in 1996, trying to change his image with a shaved head but missed something. His then-wife Jeanie Clark was the one who made the “tea will get Stone Cold” remark that made Austin a star. They divorced in 1999 as Austin was already moving on to Debra Marshall. Their relationship was made an on-air fact in 2001 during Austin’s heel turn as Debra hung with him in various backstage bits and enjoyed the fame. However, in 2003, the two divorced amid some very ugly incidents involving Austin reported for domestic abuse. Austin has had his own ups and downs with the company including a walkout and a few other arrests.
His time with Debra was a huge thing in its prime but it’s one aspect of Stone Cold’s otherwise strong legacy that WWE prefers fans not to remember that much about.
7. Know: Lana and Rusev
Lana is a delightful throwback to the days where Americans played evil Russians. The gorgeous leggy blonde was a hit with fans as soon as she and Rusev were pushed, her short skirts and accent helping put her over. While Rusev has gotten decent pushes, it really is Lana who steals the show a lot more. She doesn’t do much in-ring work but knows her strengths are in her attitude and while they’ve tried her as a face, she just works out so much better as a heel. They’ve been at odds with the wild program of Lana being with Dolph Ziggler but she and Rusev work better together. Their chemistry makes it no surprise the two are married in real life and while WWE doesn’t publicize that fact, it’s still out there. They are a top couple, better off together now and a pairing WWE enjoys fans knowing and hating in the right way.
6 Forget: Triple H and Chyna
Triple H was on the rise in 1997 but still needed something to break out. He and Shawn Michaels were talking about it at a hotel when Joanie Laurer came up interested in joining WWE. Impressed, the two talked Vince into the idea of Chyna, the imposing female bodyguard. She was a hit and boosted Triple H as the duo were soon a regular couple behind the scenes. Chyna had her own star rise with pushes as Intercontinental Champion and an appearance in Playboy.
However, things took a turn when Triple H and Stephanie began to see each other behind Chyna’s back. When she found out, she was upset and went to Vince about it. He told her he’d take care of it but Chyna realized what he meant when she got home to find her termination letter waiting for her. It set off years of bad blood between Chyna and the company and her sad fall that ended with her death. Thus, her relationship with Triple H is something WWE skips over today.
5. Know: The Miz and Maryse
In a way, it’s a pairing that makes perfect sense. The Miz, the arrogant reality star who turned into a surprisingly good wrestler and loves being the heel. Maryse, the Diva Search contestant who turned into a good Women’s Champion. The two of them were hooking up before long and became a good team, balancing their arrogance. In 2014, they were married and while Maryse took a break from in-ring action, WWE loved to promote her still supporting her husband with his career. In 2016, Maryse made her return to help Miz win the IC title and the two were soon top heels together.
They bring out the best in each other with their arrogant ways and WWE loves to push them with their Twitter feed providing more entertainment. They’re obviously a top couple with their aftershow promos and provide a good balance to be the couple fans love to hate.
4. Forget: Paige and Alberto Del Rio
Here’s a case of two wrestlers WWE had high hopes for but neither really lived up to them. Alberto Del Rio had major pushes, WWE thinking he would be a hit with Latino audiences but it just never took with fans. Paige also had pushes with her as Divas champion and she’s been a good worker. However, both were offset by numerous run-ins with backstage people that got them suspensions, combined with their breaking the wellness policy a few times.
Paige had been connected to a few wrestlers over her tenure, while Del Rio famously had a few affairs himself before he and Paige started hooking up. This led to Del Rio’s wife filing for divorce and the two getting into some hot water backstage over it. The two got engaged shortly after both had suspensions. Del Rio is gone from the company, while Paige’s WWE future remains up in the air.
Today, WWE prefers not to acknowledge them despite the fact Paige is still under contract with them.
3. Know: John Cena and Nikki Bella
Just about anything with Cena is a big deal for WWE. Despite how the man gets his share of haters, he is the star of WWE and a major pop culture star too. He’s had his share of romances like Mickie James but since 2012, he’s been steady with Nikki Bella. The gorgeous former Divas Champion has impressed by turning from just eye candy to a good wrestler, holding the Divas title over 300 days. “Total Divas” often focuses on the duo and how they get along well.
They’ve posted Halloween videos of goofy costumes, hang at the red carpet at events and do appear truly in love. They’ve now even fully acknowledged the two as a real-life couple on SmackDown. Cena is the face of WWE today and thus they want you to see him and Nikki together.
2. Forget: CM Punk and AJ Lee
Quite obviously, CM Punk is not a happy subject with WWE today. This was a man famous for trashing the company, often right on air and while that helped make him a huge star and fan favorite, the company didn’t like having to push him. Likewise, AJ Lee was popular with her good looks and amazing skills but also did vicious promos slamming the “Divas” of the company who relied on looks rather than talent. While WWE didn’t have them together on camera too often, they were a major couple with the fans and the cheers for both were common, fans chanting their name when they weren’t around. Of course, each would have their famous walk-out on the company, the company quickly doing their best to bury them and ignore them.
In a truly spiteful move, Vince sent Punk’s termination papers to him on his wedding day. Punk’s feud with the company continues and Lee is usually with him as this was a couple that caused the company way too many headaches for their taste.
1. Know: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
A rather obvious choice for a couple WWE wants you to know about. Triple H was always going to be a star, that was totally obvious. He had the drive, the look, all of it and his star power was clearly pushing him on in 1999. Stephanie had been shown as an innocent teen much of the time but when she and Triple H hooked up, she turned into a wicked vixen and did a fantastic job of it. Their on-air coupling was a highlight of 2000 WWE and boosted both majorly as main event heels. While WWE would pull it back for a while, it was soon pushed back as part of Triple H’s feud with Randy Orton with the latter attacking Stephanie. They united again as The Authority and reveled in the fan hate of them. Today, the duo remains on top as big heels and the biggest couple in WWE and the company pulls no punches in showing how important they are.
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