With wrestlers spending more than 300 days of the year on the road, cheating on their spouses is commonplace in the industry. Even alleged saints such as Bret Hart and The Undertaker have been rumored to have had a fling while being married at some point.
Only those who have their significant other travelling with them are the ones less likely to cheat, such as The Miz and Maryse, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, proving wrestlers can avoid infidelity. However, such cases are far and few between, and the industry has often seen wrestlers cheat on their significant other despite the couple being on the same roster.
Many insiders have stated how being the face of the company helps in seducing talents of the opposite sex, and our article justifies their claims as you will proceed to see the top dogs' names repeated throughout the article.
The following is 15 cheating scandals involve wrestlers sleeping with their colleagues’ spouses. Given the multitude of cheating scandals in the WWE and the rest of the industry, we may have failed to mention a scandal or two. As always, you can point those out in the comments section here on the website or on TheSportster's social media accounts.
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15 Stephanie McMahon — Triple H/Chyna
It's pretty well known by this point that Triple H began dating Stephanie around the same time he was still in a relationship with Chyna. Hunter and Stephanie were in a storyline on-screen where they were a couple and it wasn't long before real life imitated art. Chyna was allegedly let go from the company shortly after confronting Triple H and Stephanie about the affair, leading many to believe that this helped cause the late Joanie Laurer's personal downfall.
It's sad to think that this affair may have played a part in her demise, but it can't be hidden. We still haven't found out all the facts regarding this affair, but it's definitely one of the most infamous in wrestling history. It's hard to see one ever happening that would match this magnitude.
14 Dawn Marie - Kurt/Karen Angle
Kurt Angle's career has spiraled down the drain because of a history of drug abuse and alcohol addiction. However, there was a time when he was the only reason that WWE fans tuned into RAW and SmackDown to watch. At the height of his career, he did not only hold WWE Titles and gold medals, but also slept with WWE Diva Dawn Marie; the female talent in question also divulged their relationship in a shoot interview eight years ago.
The duo's fling only remained an internet rumour until her announcement; they were embroiling in an affair for one year between 2003 and 2004. The American hero was married to Karen Angle at the same time. His short-term fling did not result in the end of his marriage; however, the karma came back to bite him, and you will read about it later in this article.
13 AJ Lee – CM Punk/Lita
The timing of CM Punk and AJ Lee's relationship beginning along with the time of Punk's relationship with Lita ending, certainly lends credence to the whispers that Punk was in fact seeing AJ while still with Lita. Punk and Lita were together as recently as the WrestleMania XXIX Hall of Fame ceremony, but just over a year later, he got married to AJ.
A WWE insider going by the name of MetsFan4Ever on Reddit also reported at the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony that Lita's HOF induction that year would not have happened had CM Punk been around. "If Punk was there it would not have happened. That’s all I know. Their breakup and dating AJ would not have sat well with all 3 parties. It would have been even more uncomfortable for Lita,” he said.
12 Shawn Stasiak — Goldust/Terri Runnels
Goldust has enjoyed a rather glorious WWE career for someone with Rhodes as his last name. Although he has held only a handful of straps, he certainly has enjoyed one of the most successful careers for a wrestler with a bizarre gimmick -- no pun intended.
However, his personal life has seen many hardships. Dusty Rhodes accused Goldust's ex-wife Terri Runnels of infidelity. According to the grapevine, she had an extramarital relationship with Shawn Stasiak, with whom she was booked to have an on-screen relationship. The couple went through an ugly break; however, they have now agreed not to let their past haunt their present to help their daughter Dakota lead a life they never had. Given Dakota’s social media updates, it can be stated that they have made the sanest decision.
11 Christy Hemme — Triple H/Stephanie McMahon
This writer advises the readers to take this one entry with a pinch of salt, as this story has been neither approved nor denied by any of the involved parties. Rumor has it that Christy Hemme tried being inappropriate with Triple H while on the road and that they even had an affair. Stephanie McMahon, upon being aware of her advances gave her the pink slip a week after demoting her from WWE to Ohio Valley Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory.
The 2004 Diva Search winner has been questioned many times by numerous news outlets about her abrupt end to her WWE career, but she has always elected to leave some mystery behind, offering incomplete answers. It is safe to assume this will remain as undisclosed as Stephanie's rumored relationship with Randy Savage.
10 Shawn Michaels/Sunny — Chris Candido/Theresa Wood
Many knowledgeable fans should now know about Shawn Michaels’ womanizing tendencies, with our articles dwelling upon incidents such as the Heartbreak Kid urinating on women, hitting on a colonel’s significant other, etc. The one that deserves repeating here however, has always been his long-term relationship with WWE Hall of Famer, Sunny.
The duo identified themselves as a couple, with HBK even taking her to Mexico during the holidays. However, the period in which they were fooling around also overlapped with his marriage to Theresa Wood, his wife of six years. She was also in a relationship with the late Chris Candido. The result of this relationship brought good times to HBK as he reinvented himself after parting ways, whereas she now finds herself in a rut. Needless to say, neither of their relationships were the same after.
9 Sunny – Davey Boy Smith/Diane Hart
Sunny makes the list again, this time over an alleged affair she had with Davey Boy Smith. Sunny has claimed to have slept with the late British Bulldog in multiple shoot interviews, despite the fact that Smith was married to Diane Hart, Bret's sister.
Shawn Michaels made the infamous 'Sunny Days' comment that implied Bret was having an affair with Sunny, but in reality it seems it was his brother-in-law who was in fact having Sunny Days.
This hasn't been confirmed and Sunny has been known to lie before, so we have to take it with a grain of salt. Georgia Smith, the late Davey Boy's daughter, refuted the allegations, saying: "I don't want to give this topic any attention. But that is complete lies and with what my brother, my mother and what my family have been through, she should have more respect," said Smith.
What we do know, is that Davey Boy and Diane Hart separated in the late 90s not long after the time of the alleged affair.
8 John Cena/Victoria — Lee Varon/Liz Huberdeau
John Cena has now become a role model for the new generation of WWE fans, given his active involvement with Make-A-Wish Foundation and other such charities, but he has committed his share of wrongdoings, much like almost every other wrestler out there. He has allegedly slept with numerous divas while on the road, but none of his flings was as bizarre as his short-term relationship with Victoria.
Victoria has been married to Lee Varon since 1999, and the couple has remained together despite their names often hitting the dirt sheets’ headlines, with her husband recently caught fooling around with a waitress at Victoria’s restaurant. However, it has been rumored that she was disloyal to him during her late WWE years as she was fooling around with the "Doctor of Thuganomics," John Cena.
Victoria even confirmed the rumors in 2012 when she stated that she was dating the former World Champion for a month in 2002 as she was separated from her husband due to a reason she did not reveal.
7 Paige – Alberto Del Rio/Angela Velkei
No one needs to be told about the relationship involving Alberto Del Rio and Paige. Many observers are frowning upon their relationship, stating the age gap between the duo makes it odd. However, not a lot of fans seem to note the fact that the couple announced their relationship to the world – much to WWE’s anger and dismay – only weeks after the Mexican wrestler had filed for a divorce from his then-wife, Angela Velkei.
The former four-time world champion was also rumored to have had a fling with Charlotte Flair when she was still married with Total Nonstop Action wrestler Bram, with the dirt sheets stating he has been the reason for the friction between Charlotte and Paige. As long as he and Paige do not follow in the footsteps of Chris Candido and Sunny or other such wrestling couples who have faced a plethora of hardships, we wish them all the best.
6 John Cena/Mickie James — Kenny Dykstra/Elizabeth Huberdeau
Here is John Cena’s second entry. Although he now seems to be a happy man with Nikki Bella, he had been quite a player in his early days, likely much to the disappointment of his ex-wife Elizabeth Huberdeau, who stayed at home while her husband fooled around with women on the road.
This fling did not only result in the end of Cena's marriage as it also resulted in an engagement being called off. Kenny Dykstra and Mickie James were an item back in 2010 and even vowed to be hitched, but Super Cena buried their plans as he used his charm to tempt the five-time Women's Champion into cheating on the Spirit Squad member. Kenny made the affair public and even stated that Mickie googled 'Mickie James and John Cena Dating' to verify if their fling had leaked yet.
While rumors regarding infidelities in wrestling garner a lot of attention, this particular urban legend reached more people than it should have as it has been said that James' attempts to tie down the 15-time World Champion to a long-term relationship infuriated him, leading to the former Divas Champion being drafted to SmackDown and handed the Piggie James storyline before being given the pink slip altogether.
5 Batista/Melina – John Morrison/Angie Bautista
While the WWE Universe or the Internet Wrestling Community dwelled upon the fact that Melina cheated on John Morrison with Batista, the fact that the Guardians of the Galaxy himself cheated on his then-wife Angie Bautista has largely gone under the radar. Their marriage ended discreetly in 2006 in the wake of the affair reaching Angie's ears.
Batista and Melina have since gone their separate ways, with Melina still wrestling and rumored to have reconciled with the Johnny Mundo (again); however, she has now become a widely hated figure primarily because of ruining Morrison’s chances of becoming a credible main-event talent in WWE. Batista, on the other hand, has become a polarizing figure, with many fans hating on him for delaying Daniel Bryan’s ascension while a considerable number of fans thank him for being the obnoxious heel that put the American Dragon over.
4 Jeff Jarrett/Karen Angle — Kurt Angle
As the platitude goes, karma always comes back to get you. Many years after Kurt Angle’s extra-marital relationship with Jacqueline and Dawn Marie ended, his wife Karen Angle responded with an extra-marital relationship with Jeff Jarrett. The marriage ended shortly after in 2008, and although the now-Karen Jarrett and the Double J now distance themselves from the Olympics gold medalist, they allowed the TNA creative to spin a storyline out of the drama to make for good television.
The four-time WWE Champion married Giovanna Angle after his drug abuse spiraled out of control for a few years. The Jarretts now run a wrestling promotion called Global Force Wrestling, whose growth has been stalled after a bright start because of NXT’s rapid raid of independent promotions in the recent past.
3 Chris Benoit/Nancy Sullivan — Kevin Sullivan/Martina Benoit
At World Championship Wrestling’s peak, Kevin Sullivan, a lead booker and a wrestler, devised a story line that saw his real life wife woman, real name Nancy Sullivan, have an extra-marital relationship with late wrestling legend Chris Benoit. However, the scripted romance resulted in the on-screen couple falling for each other in real life, much to the dismay of the man – and woman’s husband – who orchestrated their romance.
The Sullivans parted ways in 1997, ending their 12-year marriage. The affair also ended Benoit’s 17-year marriage with his then-wife Martina Benoit. The new Benoits seemed happy despite bidding adieu to their long-term spouses, but their marriage was brought to an abrupt end in 2007 in the most tragic way possible.
Numerous conspiracies have been put forward online, which state Nancy’s ex-husband orchestrated their deaths although nothing concrete has been obtained to support that theory.
2 Edge/Lita – Lisa Ortiz/Matt Hardy
Before being broken, Matt Hardy’s only relevant moment in wrestling featured his real life girlfriend Lita turning on him after succumbing to Edge’s charm. The whole segment made the fans uncomfortable as the WWE chose to make the obnoxious heel in Edge win the feud, as opposed to the babyface.
However, while the wrestling industry and the fans talked about Lita’s betrayal and Hardy’s release and feud loss, what they overlooked was the fact that Edge’s infidelity cost him his marriage as his then-wife Lisa Ortiz sought divorce shortly afterward.
A few years into Edge’s relationship with Lita, they broke up, with Lita dating CM Punk and Edge marrying Beth Phoenix, who just happens to be Punk’s ex-girlfriend. In other news, the Broken Matt Hardy has been happily married to Reby Sky, who is also the mother of his son, Maxel Hardy.
1 Vince McMahon/WWE Divas Division – Linda McMahon
Vince McMahon is undeniably the craziest man to ever be embroiled in the wrestling industry thanks to his bizarre business and booking decisions, and the way he ribs his own talents. He has openly admitted to cheating on his wife Linda McMahon in an interview, but the couple are unwilling to let his infidelities rattle their marriage. While there isn't any true confirmation of who McMahon has cheated with, it's no doubt that his lifestyle is what contributed to the act.
In addition to his escapades behind closed doors, he has also never shied away from booking himself in racy segments with his female talents such as Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, and Stacy Keibler. For unknown reasons, his wife still chooses to stay with him, but given the love triangle involving Stephanie McMahon, Chyna, and Triple H, being loyal in relationships may not be in the McMahons' genes.
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