The line between reality and kayfabe in wrestling gets pretty blurred at times. We were all kids once and can probably attest to believing without a doubt that what we saw on screen was some marvellously spectacular chain of events, coincidentally happening in front of thousands of fans, with dozens of cameras capturing it all for our enjoyment. As we got older we could tell what was real and what was fake. But one thing that’s always hard to differentiate are wrestlers personal lives. They’re celebrities, so it’s only natural that they’ll have people interested in what’s going on with them. One popular topic always seems to be their romantic lives.
Both on screen and real life relationships between fellow wrestlers tend to generate some buzz. Sometimes the on-screen relationships reflect what’s going on in real life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Regardless, there are plenty of real life wrestling couples out there. Some you might know, some you might not. But they’re pretty well documented. Among the hundreds of pictures out there there are certainly some that these couples would rather you not see. Now the majority of pictures online are most likely harmless, but look hard enough and you’ll find things these people don’t want you to see. So here they are, 8 pictures wrestling couples want you to see and 8 they don’t.
16 Edge and Beth Phoenix: Want You to See
Edge and his wife Beth Phoenix might not be wrestlers anymore, but they’re still pretty close to the industry. Edge is of course busy with the Edge and Christian Show which is a pretty damn funny program, and Beth is currently busy taking care of their two children. The two officially tied the knot last year, but they’ve been together for several years and even had their first child prior to their engagement. Edge of course had a very successful fifteen year run while in the WWE as did Beth, with an 8 year long career culminating in a Hall of Fame career. Still, it seems as though these two put family first now that they’re done with their wrestling days, and this picture showing Edge and his eldest daughter, Lyric, is a sweet reminder of where they are in their lives right now.
15 Edge and Beth Phoenix: Don’t Want You to See
While Beth’s been pretty low key throughout her career, the same cannot be said about her husband. Like many young men in his position, Edge has done something’s he probably regrets. Of course, that may or may not include being a part of one of the most infamous storylines of the 2000s. The Edge-Lita-Matt Hardy, love triangle storyline is one many fans will remember to this day. It blurred the lines between kayfabe and reality and still raises some eyebrows whenever people talk about it today. It’s not something that Edge might want to necessarily discuss though, now that he’s got his wife and kids to think about. So seeing pictures like this – probably prior to all the drama – must not sit well with the Hall of Famer.
14 Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella: Want You to See
Daniel Bryan’s career in the WWE was a bit of an unorthodox one. He was the perennial underdog and had to fight for relevance among a loaded roster of male talent, eventually finding popularity and success until injuries stopped him in his tracks. Both he and his wife Brie are now retired from wrestling, but Daniel still serves as the onscreen general manager of SmackDown. Things look like they’re going pretty well for the young couple right now. They’re expecting their first child together and they couldn’t look happier. The baby – expected to be a girl – should be due sometime this month, so these two should be on the road to parenthood sooner rather than later.
13 Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella: Don’t Want You to See
It seems weird to look at now, but there was a time when the WWE had paired Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee together in a romantic storyline. The two have since found other real life partners to make them happy, both coincidentally wrestlers. While Daniel is of course busy with his marriage to Brie Bella, AJ is also busy with retirement as well as supporting her husband, CM Punk. Believe it or not, Daniel reportedly wanted no part of this storyline. Ironic considering what it did for his career. But the idea stuck and really propelled him into stardom. However it’s safe to assume that both parties involved would rather move on with their current partner, rather than be reminded of their faux-office romances in their glory days.
12 CM Punk and AJ Lee: Want You to See
This is a pretty recognizable picture of one of the most popular wrestling couples no longer involved with the WWE. We just finished talking about Daniel Bryan, so let’s move on to someone else we mentioned in the previous entry, AJ Lee. The relationship between AJ and CM Punk has been pretty well documented since it started. With Punk causing the stir he did when he left the WWE and AJ following suit soon afterwards, the couple gained some supporters in the WWE universe even though they were no longer part of it. With all the negative air surrounding Punk now that he’s left wrestling, it’s nice to see pictures of the two enjoying each other’s company so much.
11 CM Punk and AJ Lee: Don’t Want You to See
While some people revel in the limelight and seem to do anything and everything to attract media attention, others are more mindful of their privacy and wish to keep it that way. Wrestlers are considered celebrities in our society, especially those who are a part of the WWE. But both Punk and AJ seem to keep their personal lives and professional lives pretty well separated. Sure, you can find pictures of them together online, but you don’t exactly get the feeling that they’re just waiting for a photographer 24/7. This picture especially struck a nerve with CM Punk. This picture of his and Aj’s wedding was apparently not supposed to be shared with the general public, but found its way online anyways – pissing Punk off quite a bit in the process.
10 The Miz and Maryse: Want You to See
The Miz and Maryse are two of the gaudiest individuals on the WWE roster and seem to be made for each other. Though if you ask around the water cooler, you’ll find that the consensus is that Miz played way out of his league and won. But hey, good for him. The two seem pretty happy and when it comes to show biz couples, that’s saying a lot. Like a lot of their fellow wrestlers, both The Miz and Maryse participated in the WWE’s NOH8 campaign in 2011. The campaign was an effort to rally behind members of the LGBTQ community and shows the WWE’s support for them. It’s a good look for everyone involved, and these two are no exception.
9 The Miz and Maryse: Don’t Want You to See
Now married, Maryse and The Miz were an item for quite a while. They’re one of the most popular couple’s currently on WWE programming and it’d feel pretty weird to see them with other people at this point. While we’re sure that that won’t be happening, there are some pictures that the couple would rather you not see that cast a shadow on their relationship. These pictures were of course taken years ago, but show Maryse and former star Jack Swagger partying pretty hard together. The two get pretty close to each other and you can’t help but wonder if this was a problem for The Miz. Regardless, that’s all in the past, but probably something the two of them would rather not revisit. The cigarette Maryse's hand doesn't help matters.
8 Lana and Rusev: Want You to See
One of the most visibly mismatched pairs on this list has to be Lana and Rusev. Lana is a petite little blond while Rusev is a hulking figure, most would be weary of upon first glance. But Rusev actually has kind of a sweet spot, at least he does when paired up with Lana (off camera of course). The two got married last year and caused quite a stir when they did. But you can bet that they’re enjoying the married life now. In fact, they look as though they were made for each other. This picture from their wedding catches the usually devious pair in a bit of a tender moment that really separates them from their on-screen personas – in a good way of course.
7 Lana and Rusev: Don’t Want You to See
Next we’re going to focus on that proposal we mentioned. It got both Lana and Rusev quite a bit of heat from the WWE brass. At the time of the announcement the two had already been engaged for a good month. But as far as storylines went, both Lana and Rusev were involved with other partners. So when this very public announcement was made, certain individuals – Vince McMahon – for example – were not happy with the duo’s inability to maintain character. It might sound ridiculous, but the Rusev/Summer Rae storyline was being pushed at the time and the engagement sort of forced their hand in a way, into ending that. It all got way out of hand and it’s better to focus on the wedding anyways.
6 Paige and Alberto Del Rio: Want You to See
The most controversial couple in wrestling today by far is Paige and Alberto del Rio. Among the many complaints and criticisms aimed towards the couple are their sizable age gap, and their behaviour – especially Del Rio’s potentially negative influence on Paige. But regardless of all that’s said, it doesn’t look like these two care about what people think all that much. Del Rio has recently mouthed off about the WWE on several occasions, and Paige almost certainly looks like she’s going to be given the boot. But hey, at least they’ve got each other, right? Well if pictures like these are anything to go by then they’re going to be fine. They kind of have to at this point.
5 Paige and Alberto Del Rio: Don’t Want You to See
It seems that lately, Paige has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Injury, suspension and most recently a hacking scandal. Paige was the victim of having personal pictures and videos of her and some other individuals leaked. It was pretty big news when it happened and sadly, some of the pictures don’t exactly help her case with the WWE’s decision makers. One of the videos released, supposedly involved both Paige and Xavier Woods partaking in some R-rated stuff. With all the bad press she’s been receiving over the last several months, this kind of attention from the WWE is the last thing she needs. She most likely wants to put everything behind her, but pictures like this’ll certainly keep the rumors afloat.
4 Triple H and Stephanie McMahon: Want You to See
For the longest time now, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H have been the “It” couple in the WWE. Since they first started their relationship on-screen, the two have become two of the most influential people in the business and will shape the future of WWE programming for the next few decades. While both of them have pretty spotty love lives, they’ve obviously found something that works. With Vince getting up there in age, Stephanie and her husband have been gradually gaining more and more influence over what passes on WWE programming. They’ve got to keep the perfect couple image going, and what better way to do so than pictures like this? Not only does it show their commitment as athletes, but it also shows how close they are with each other.
3 Triple H and Stephanie McMahon: Don’t Want You to See
Here’s one picture that pretty much every wrestling fan has seen at least once. It serves as a bit of a look into the couples’ growing pains throughout the first few years they were together. There are always going to be the rumors involving the whole Chyna situation hanging over their heads, and between the two of them, they’ve both been caught in some pretty embarrassing situations. But this is one of the few instances that catches them in a tricky spot together. At first it seems as though nothing’s wrong, business as usual. But then you notice the look on Stephanie’s face and turn your attention a few centimeters upward. Something went very wrong, all without Triple H noticing. These things happen from time to time, but unfortunately for these two, someone got it on camera.
2 John Cena and Nikki Bella: Want You to See
Both John Cena and Nikki Bella are probably the biggest male and female wrestlers, respectfully, in the industry today. Cena of course draws huge crowds and is especially popular among younger viewers. Nikki made her name as part of a duo with her sister Brie, but has since handled herself well going solo. One of the lingering questions surrounding the long-time couple was the topic of marriage. It’s normal for those in the media to speculate on such a longstanding couple’s future – especially when they’re two of the biggest names in their industry. Well those questions were put to rest this past WrestleMania, when Cena proposed to Nikki to the glee of wrestling enthusiasts everywhere. Things look promising for them going forward now more than ever.
1 John Cena and Nikki Bella: Don’t Want You to See
At first glance, there’s nothing that special about this picture. Just Cena and Nikki at what looks to be an Apple store in some mall, Starbucks coffee on the table, and Cena holding what we can assume is Nikki’s purse. Hilarious. But the thing to focus on here is the fact that John Cena really treasures his privacy. Unlike other mega stars, Cena is pretty careful with his personal life and doesn’t like to show off too much if it isn’t necessary. That’s a pretty admirable trait. But while he’s willingly let the media into his personal life at times, this situation seems a little different. Rather than a paparazzi shot this looks to be more of an “oh sh**t is that John Cena and Nikki Bella?” shot. Which we can assume is not something the couple would appreciate.