Wrestlers, like rock stars and actors aren’t exactly the most monogamous bunch. Perhaps it is the long travel schedules, the adoring fans, or the eccentric nature of the people involved, but for whatever reason, wrestling marriages don’t seem to last. Wrestlers tend to cheat on their spouses and sometimes, even when two wrestlers marry each other, they will each cheat on the other one all the same. Heck, they even cheat with other wrestlers who are cheating on other wrestlers. It’s a little ridiculous but highly entertaining to read about.
Now with women’s wrestling becoming more popular and more women on the road with the men, this trend is only increasing. Whether or not this is a bad thing depends on your perspective.
Sometimes high-profile love-triangles end with the couple staying together despite the circumstances from which their relationship began. These tend to be the exception rather than the rule. In this article, we shine a spotlight on eight different couples in wrestling who stayed together despite at least one member of the couple having been in another relationship when they first got together. We’ll also feature seven wrestling couples who split after their love-triangle had been exposed. Enjoy folks!
15. Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes – Stayed Together
Rob Van Dam left his wife of 18 years and then ended up with indie wrestler, Katie Forbes. One glance at Forbes helps to explain why this change took place.
During divorce proceedings from his ex-wife, it was revealed that RVD’s history of concussions will prevent him from ever returning to WWE. According to forms that he filed, a concussion he suffered on the independent scene also caused vision loss. This has led to a substantial reduction in his earnings from professional wrestling. At the moment, RVD attends various autograph signings and conventions and does continue to wrestle sparingly. In 2017, he’s wrestled overseas in Australia, Italy, and Scotland.
Forbes, on the other hand, just started her wrestling career and has the kind of look that WWE tends to value. She made her pro debut in 2015 under the name Khloe Hurtz and performs for the Women Of Wrestling promotion.
14. Edge and Lita – Split
Edge and Lita never really became a couple despite their affair. They later became an item on WWE programming but they didn’t actually stay together after the love triangle became public.
WWE turned the whole thing into a storyline, however, and it is said that doing so really hurt Lita’s motivation as a performer. In the past, she has referenced the angle as one of the reasons she opted to retire early from the business.
As for Edge, the storyline would play a major factor in how he was used for years to come as well. When they could no longer put him with Lita, WWE opted to put Edge with Vickie Guerrero. It was as if there always had to be a sinister woman behind Edge’s actions.
13. Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett – Stayed Together
While Kurt Angle may have had some difficulties with monogamy in his relationship with Karen Angle, she would repay the favor eventually by leaving him for Jeff Jarrett.
Complicating matters at the time was the fact that Jarrett was a top executive with TNA Wrestling at the time and Angle was the promotion’s biggest star. Somehow this seemed to lead to very little drama with Jeff and Kurt even working a program against one another.
Unfortunately, 2017 has been a rough year for the Jarrett family. Although it looked as though Jeff would be once again running a major wrestling promotion, personal demons led to his release from Impact Wrestling. As of this writing, Jeff is currently in rehab dealing with a substance abuse problem. Hopefully, Jeff will be back to his old self in no-time at all.
12. Batista and Melina – Split
In 2006, Melina and Batista began an affair. At the time Batista was married and Melina was either in a relationship with John Morrison, just finished a relationship with John Morrison, or had an open relationship going with him. Batista claims that he and Melina only started dating after his divorce was finalized however.
Then there is this weird rumor involving Vince McMahon’s opinion of John Morrison after he found out about the affair. The rumor goes that Vince felt John wasn’t standing up for himself to Batista. Others say, however, that Morrison simply didn’t care. Whether or not that story is true has never been confirmed.
What we do know is that Batista married another woman in 2015 and John Morrison is now with Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling star, Taya.
11. The Undertaker and Michelle McCool – Stayed Together
Michelle McCool and The Undertaker became public about their relationship not long after both had finalized their respective divorces. McCool, who graduated from WWE’s developmental territories in 2006, finalized her divorce the same year. The Undertaker would finalize his divorce from the woman whose name used to be tattooed on his neck, Sara, in 2007.
It’s one of those things where you can’t prove that they had gotten together and then divorced both of their spouses, but boy does it seem like that was the case. They appear to be a happy couple now and had their first child in 2012.
As of this writing, it’s being said The Undertaker is considering coming out of retirement. Some say this would be a mistake considering the epic moment his nonverbal retirement at WrestleMania this year created.
10. John Cena and Mickie James – Split
John Cena was still with his high school sweetheart and Mickie James was engaged to Kenny Dykstra (a.k.a. Kenny from the Spirit Squad) when the two began an affair.
The timing is somewhat in question, but around 2006 and 2007 is when Dykstra and James were engaged. Kenny would say later that their engagement ended when he caught James searching online to see if word of her affair with Cena had leaked.
Unfortunately for the former Spirit Squad member, once word leaked that James and Cena had been seeing each other, WWE had Dykstra switch brands and eventually released him the following year. As for James, she too would be released not long after Cena made it clear he was not interested in taking their relationship to the next level.
9. John Cena and Nikki Bella – Stayed Together
John Cena’s divorce from Elizabeth Huberdeau became official in 2012. That just so happened to be the same year he and Nikki Bella went public regarding their relationship.
Cena’s former wife was his high school sweetheart who he had married in 2009. Considering Cena has been linked to several WWE female performers in the past, it’s fair to say there may have been some extracurricular activities going on in Cena’s private life during this relationship.
Nikki and John got engaged at WrestleMania this year, seemingly giving The Miz and Maryse more ammunition for their claims that their relationship is built for the cameras. All the same, however, Cena and Nikki Bella appear to be a happy couple with a long future ahead of them. Cena now appears to be transitioning to more of a part-time schedule and neither are on WWE TV much at the moment.
8. Paul London and Ashley Massaro – Split
Back when all three of them were in WWE; Paul London, Ashley Massaro, and Matt Hardy were involved in a love triangle.
It was Hardy’s second publicized love triangle but the first for London and Massaro. Hardy and Massaro had been dating but the rumor is that she broke it off with him and had been seeing London before their split was final.
London and Hardy were said to have real heat with each other. There were even rumors Matt was trying to bury London to WWE management. Things between the two got so testy that later when both were in the Ring of Honor together, London told the promotion he would not work with Hardy even though his relationship with Massaro was over at the time.
Nowadays, Matt Hardy is with Reby Sky and has revitalized his career. London is currently wrestling under a new gimmick in Lucha Underground.
7. Velvet Sky and Bully Ray – Stayed Together
Velvet Sky was seeing Chris Sabin but ultimately would leave him for Bully Ray, a.k.a. Bubba Ray Dudley. Velvet Sky took a shot at Sabin on Twitter when the MCMG member was attempting to get verified. Sabin instructed Sky to just leave him alone. Other than that, neither has talked much about their breakup.
The 36-year-old Sky recently announced her retirement from in-ring competition. She spent the vast majority of her career with TNA Wrestling, including her most memorable run as a member of the Beautiful People. As for Bully Ray, The 46-year-old who is in Ring of Honor recently announced his retirement. He and Sky are still together both appearing to be done as active performers.
As for Chris Sabin, he’s currently one half of the ROH tag-team champions along with his longtime partner Alex Shelley.
6. Dawn Marie and Kurt Angle – Split
In a shoot interview she would give years after the fact, Dawn Marie revealed that she and Kurt Angle engaged in an affair while Kurt was married. To be clear, Dawn Marie is not Jason Jordan’s mother…
At the time, Kurt Angle was married to Karen Angle, who is now married to Jeff Jarrett. Dawn Marie also mentioned having an affair with another wrestler during the shoot interview but neglected to mention their name.
Dawn Marie was released from her WWE contract in 2005. The release was controversial as she was pregnant and on maternity leave at the time. She took the promotion to court for wrongful termination and the two sides settled out of court in 2007. The 47-year-old former ECW mainstay is now married with two children.
5. Bray Wyatt and JoJo – Stayed Together
Bray Wyatt and JoJo Offerman were discovered to have been secretly together earlier this year. Wyatt most likely did not want this information coming out as he is in the middle of a nasty divorce from his soon to be ex-wife.
The young ring announcer involved in the affair has been with WWE since 2013 and has been on the main roster since 2015. Jojo was also part of the original cast of Total Divas in 2013. Wyatt and JoJo have stayed together despite Wyatt’s ongoing divorce proceedings. Cameras have captured them entering arenas together for shows.
Bray Wyatt’s career is about to take an interesting turn. The 30-year-old is now embroiled in a feud with the recently “Woken” Matt Hardy, which should be an interesting angle.
4. Sunny and Shawn Michaels – Split
The story goes that Sunny and Shawn Michaels were involved in a lengthy year long affair while Sunny was still with her longtime boyfriend, Chris Candido.
While it is said that Shawn Michaels wanted to settle down with Sunny, she evidently didn’t feel the same. Sunny chose to end her affair with Michaels in order to attempt to reconcile with Candido. The two had been together since high school and it was Candido who got Sunny into wrestling.
Sunny rejoined Candido in ECW but things took a turn for the couple once she left WWE. Rumors of rampant drug abuse plagued both of them even as they signed with late-stage WCW.
Sadly, we lost Candido in 2005 at only the age of 33. Sunny has been more or less in-and-out of rehab facilities ever since.
3. CM Punk and AJ Lee – Stayed Together
CM Punk was speculated by fan theory to have still been in a relationship with Amy “Lita” Dumas when he and AJ Lee first got together.
In 2013, Lita and CM Punk attended the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony together. By 2014’s Hall of Fame ceremony, CM Punk was married to AJ Lee and had been fired from WWE. Lita just so happened to be a member of the 2014 Hall of Fame class as well.
Making this love-triangle even more interesting is that AJ had been a huge Lita fan growing up. There is even WWE footage of a 13-year-old AJ getting to meet her hero Lita in 2001 at an autograph signing. AJ welled up with tears during the meeting. 13 years later she would steal her idol’s boyfriend and marry him.
2. Alberto Del Rio and Paige – Split
Thankfully these two are no longer together. So far, the only thing either one will say about the end of their relationship is that Alberto wanted to stay close to his kids and Paige wanted back in with the WWE. Neither has said anything negative about the other.
Alberto did take the high road however wishing Paige all the best in her return. He had little doubt pertaining to her success with the company. Aside from the best wishes, Del Rio was on the down low when it came to revealing info about the two.
That neither is talking much about the other one is interesting. Alberto was already married with children when the two got together and his ex-wife even claims their divorce was not yet finalized when Paige dramatically proposed to Alberto at an independent show last summer.
1. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon – Stayed Together
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the most successful wrestling couple of all time. A small asterisk on their relationship, however, is that Triple H had been with Chyna when the two first got together.
Worse than their relationship starting out on such terms is what happened to Chyna as a result. Being the odd woman out of a love-triangle which also involves Vince McMahon’s daughter was not exactly a positive development for her career. Shortly after telling Vince she was having problems dealing with Triple H and Stephanie’s relationship, she was sent home to let her contract run out.
While Triple H and Stephanie were busy seizing control of WWE, Chyna’s life spiraled downward into drugs and mutually destructive relationships. She passed away of an accidental drug overdose in 2016 at the age of 48.
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