Wrestling is definitely one of the most difficult career choices one can ever make, with the wrestlers expected to be on the road for the better part of their active years. It has been murmured that most wrestlers spend more than 300 days a year away from their homes, and it is definitely not an exaggerated number as the wrestlers are constantly on the move.
Wrestlers hardly manage to spend time with their spouses, and the distance often breeds infidelity and divorce, as evidenced by a recent article of ours. Accordingly, most of the happily married wrestlers have managed to find their spouses inside the industry as traveling together is the only alternative to being single or in an unhappy marriage.
Unsurprisingly, those who have married outside the industry have not had a happy marriage — or marriages — with John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and even Charlotte going through divorce — or divorces — at some point.
Unlike yesteryear, many talents find their significant others on the same roster, and unlike in the past, talents do not essentially use each other for intercourse, as they have lately been able to build meaningful relationships. For instance, most of the female talents' partners are also employees of the WWE, with Sasha Banks, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Maryse, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Dana Brooke, Natalya, and Carmella all either dating fellow wrestlers or are married to one.
The following article discusses 15 such wrestling couples. The list will only include couples where both are currently involved in the wrestling business, so couples like Taker and Michelle, as McCool is retired. As always, if you are unhappy about any entry, you can always let us know who you felt should have been here.
15 Paige and Alberto del Rio
Alberto del Rio and Paige’s relationship is easily the shortest of any couple listed in this article, but the attention they have mustered since the announcement has earned them a spot on this list. Although their relationship essentially ended the Mexican wrestler’s marriage to ex-wife Anglea Velkei, they now remain supportive of each other, with Paige seemingly ready to break ties with the WWE after her boyfriend’s departure.
14 Alexa Bliss and Buddy Murphy
Buddy Murphy and Alexa Bliss both signed for NXT in 2013, and love blossomed between the wrestlers while on road. Although he boasts decent wrestling skills, he finds himself in the developmental territory. On the other hand, she has been fortunate to see the 2016 Draft come at the right stage in her wrestling career as the WWE top shelves promoted her to SmackDown Live to make up for the absence of credible female talents on the main roster. She now finds herself in the SmackDown Women's Championship scene, while he only has a single NXT Tag Team Championship reign to gloat.
13 Emma and Zack Ryder
Destiny has often been credited with bringing two people with identical interests together. Destiny has managed to do the same by bringing together Zack Ryder and Emma, who can be placed in the under-utilized main roster stars category.
Despite Ryder's charisma, he finds himself teaming with Mojo Rawley to form Hype Bros, a tag team that was never designed to win major titles. Emma, on the other hand, got off to a fine start, wearing cool aviators, shoulder pads, and a tough looking wrestling costume, but WWE has chosen to make her RAW's answer to SmackDown Live's Eva Marie as they plan to transform her into Emmalina.
12 Mickie James and Magnus
After a rather controversial exit from WWE — she underwent an ugly break-up after cheating on then-boyfriend Kenny Dykstra with John Cena in the final few weeks of her contract — she took refuge in TNA. The wrestling promotion ensured she remained relevant enough to earn a return to WWE six years after departing. However, TNA did not just offer her the opportunity to revamp her career, but also to find her future husband.
11 Velvet Sky and Bubba Ray Dudley
Bubba Ray Dudley has been known to be an abominable individual, who possesses sociopathic tendencies. Many fans have attested to the claim, stating he hardly even wears a smile during Meet and Greets. However, the man whom the fans come across may be a false representation of his real self as he is in a committed relationship with Velvet Sky, who is easily the hottest woman in wrestling today.
10 Angelina Love and Davey Richards
Angelina Love is easily one of the most popular female wrestlers never to have had a proper run with the McMahon Empire, although she spent three years at Deep South Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling. Davey Richards is another accomplished star on the independent scene having lifted PWG World Championship and ROH World Championship besides numerous tag team titles with NJPW and TNA. Accordingly, it seems fitting for the two to be hitched.
9 Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett
Although Mike Bennett, a well-known mid-card talent on the independent scene, and Maria Kanellis will soon lose their wrestling couple tag, with her announcing that she would retire shortly to resume her academic pursuits, they definitely rank among the top 15 couples in the business as of today. They married in October 2014 after living together for more than three years; she also stepmothers Mike Bennett’s son from his previous relationship.
8 Brandi Runnels and Cody Rhodes
Many expected Cody Rhodes to fall off the map in the wake of his departure from WWE, but he has been able to revamp his wrestling career, which was gradually going down the drain while he was wrestling as Stardust. His new valet’s work is as surprising as his own, as his wife and valet Brandi Rhodes has ditched the ring announcer’s microphone in favor of wrestling gear.
7 Lana and Rusev
Rusev and Lana, who were married in July 2016, are as matched as a body slam challenge between Hornswoggle and Andre the Giant, but the couple seems to enjoy each other’s company as much as Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens do. Signed as a main character in the sixth season of Total Divas, Lana will likely cast light on their relationship that has only been limited to their social media account so far.
6 Maryse and Miz
After being irrelevant for many years, The Miz managed to revive his WWE career thanks to his excellent and believable microphone work and the fact that his exquisite wife Maryse accompanies him to the ring. With the Intercontinental Championship permanently residing around his waist, the couple seems an important part of SmackDown Live.
They were married in February 2014 after being together for several years. Their marriage should look bizarre to the long-term fans of the product as The Miz was initially booked to stalk then-active wrestler Maryse not so long ago.
5 Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is a living proof that success, money, and beautiful women automatically knock at your door with a ridiculous amount of hard work. Making his way through the demanding indie wrestling circuit, he is easily the most beloved figure in the whole of the WWE today.
4 Renee Young and Dean Ambrose
Although fans complain that Dean Ambrose portrays his persona poorly, his real life persona has a few similarities to it as he allegedly does not even know how to handle Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. However, his real life girlfriend Renee Young has often stated that Jonathan Good — Ambrose's real name — is completely different from the Lunatic Fringe he portrays on the television screen.
3 Nikki Bella and John Cena
John Cena has been married before, with his marriage to an outsider allegedly ending after she became aware of Cena’s infidelities. However, the 15-time world champion now seems incredibly happy with colleague and long-term girlfriend Nikki Bella.
The former Divas Champion has often brought up the topic of marriage – as evidenced by the numerous Total Divas and Total Bellas segments about the same – but he seems uninterested in binding himself to her legally, stating he was unsure if he could be a good husband or father.
2 Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon easily form the most powerful couple in the wrestling business today. After entering a relationship in a rather controversial fashion – it is believed that Hunter cheated on his girlfriend Chyna with McMahon – the couple spent three years together before getting married in October 2003.
1 Reby Sky and Matt Hardy
While Stephanie McMahon and Triple H have control over the WWE and John Cena and Nikki Bella remain the poster couple for casual fans, one couple that hardcore fans adore and never get tired of is Matt Hardy and Reby Sky. While most other entries on this list have chosen to keep their kids as far away from the cameras as possible, the Hardys have made their son Maxel Hardy a crucial part of the hottest thing in wrestling today. They are so awesome that fans have been thanking Lita for cheating on the Broken Genius with Edge.
Total Deletion and the Hardys’ bouts with The Decay did not only elevate professional wrestling to a different level, but also kept TNA relevant during some the hardest times in the promotion’s history. It would not be long before Reby and Matt surpassed the previous two entries as the most notable wrestling couple.
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