Relationships in wrestling are considered to be risky decisions made by the wrestlers deciding to date each other. The negative can create individual or collective drama to hurt the careers in play. History shows many more relationships will blow up in the faces of the partners rather than lead to great futures. An underrated negative aspect of the romances in wrestling revolves around the way they get started. Some started through controversial means that got everything off on the wrong foot. Others just appeared ready for failure due to the two personalities being a horrible mix.
We're going to take a look at some of the more disturbing relationships that made fans shake their heads when finding out about the partners uniting. Not all of these couples would suffer dooms as some of them still manage to share love. These romances overcame the odds of shocking beginnings. The majority of relationships however had poor endings due to the obvious downfall coming from the couples that never stood a chance. Wrestling locker rooms create more drama than a high school cafeteria and this list will took a look at that part of the business. These are fifteen of the most disturbing romantic relationships behind the scenes.
15 John Cena & Mickie James
John Cena has been the biggest star in WWE for over a decade now and anything controversial about his personal life creates news. The overall reputation of Cena is nearly spotless, but one decision made fans question his morals. Cena started hooking up with fellow wrestler Mickie James and the two eventually started dating. This wouldn’t have been a big deal if James wasn’t already in a relationship.
14 The Undertaker & Michelle McCool
Many of the older wrestlers in WWE have attempted to get involved with significantly younger women on the roster. The Undertaker was guilty of this with his relationship with Michelle McCool coming out of nowhere. Formerly married to Sara, Undertaker got a divorce and removed the tattoo of her name from his neck. The next high profile relationship of the legend started when working with McCool on SmackDown.
13 Johnny Ace & Kathy Colace
One of the most bizarre relationships to start in wrestling features someone that isn’t even a wrestler. Kathy Colace is the mother of Brie Bella and Nikki Bella. She has been a part of Total Divas and Total Bellas, but the most controversial moment of her time in the public spotlight came when we found out who she was dating.
12 Dolph Ziggler & Sunny
Some romances in wrestling are clearly more casual than long term. Dolph Ziggler and Sunny shared one night that linked them together. Sunny has shared the story about Ziggler meeting her after a show a few years ago to get together. The two hooked up and Sunny made sure to continue discussing the night in various interviews and in her book.
11 Alberto Del Rio & Paige
The relationship between Alberto Del Rio and Paige made them enemies of WWE from the start. A huge age gap and the negative reputation of Del Rio put fear into WWE that Paige would be influenced by him. It led to the company trying to break them up until Alberto requested his release from the company. You can’t fault WWE as the average fan could spot a train-wreck coming.
10 Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon will be portrayed as the best relationship in WWE due to the power they hold. That however isn’t true when it comes to the fact of how they actually got together. Triple H started working on television with Stephanie and it led to their backstage relationship. The problem is Triple H was already dating someone on the roster.
9 X-Pac & Chyna
Chyna did not make good decisions either following the split. The first relationship she entered was with fellow DX member and the former best friend of Triple H. That’s right – X-Pac and Chyna became an item after both were no longer in the WWE. It clearly wasn’t healthy for the two to get involved after Chyna’s ugly ending to the Triple H relationship.
8 New Jack & Terri Runnels
An odd pairing that seemed terrible from the beginning featured New Jack and Terri Runnels getting together. Both 90s wrestling stars were at the end of their careers when they started dating about a decade after their relevance. The shocking couple got to know each other at smaller independent wrestling shows and autograph conventions before falling in love.
7 Lex Luger & Miss Elizabeth
Everyone remembers Miss Elizabeth for her WWE tenure with former husband Randy Savage. The two were a perfect pair that enhanced the career of Savage and made Elizabeth the first big female star in WWE. A move to WCW would create less memorable moments in both her personal and professional life. Wrestling fans were saddened to realize Elizabeth entered a relationship with Lex Luger of all people.
6 Jeff Jarrett & Karen Jarrett
TNA finds their way on the list with one very high profile instance of how disturbing the romantic world of wrestling can go. Kurt Angle signing with TNA was a huge move by Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett to bring in the hottest free agent back in 2006 when the promotion still had high hopes. A perk given to Kurt was having his wife Karen travel to the weekly tapings as she would become a character on screen.
5 Randy Orton & Jojo
The age gap in relationships typically provides one of the more disturbing aspects of wrestling romances. This was proved with the news of Randy Orton dating new WWE talent Jojo back in 2013. At the age of 33, Orton entered a relationship with the 19 year old entering the company. Jojo was initially signed to be a wrestler and a member of the Total Divas cast before moving into the full-time ring announcer role.
4 Jerry Lawler & The Kat
The most drastic example of a disturbing age gap that stood out took place back in 2000. Jerry Lawler started dating Stacy “The Kat” Carter during the Attitude Era after meeting her at a local strip club. A relationship between the two led to Lawler getting her involved in wrestling and eventually signing with WWE. The Kat received a huge push thanks to WWE loving her look.
3 Batista & Melina
A relationship in wrestling starting off with someone cheating on a partner is always going to be disturbing to witness. Batista and Melina showed this when hooking up despite Melina’s relationship with John Morrison. The rumors circulated that Melina everyone knew Melina would see Batista behind Morrison’s back making him look like a fool. Batista all but confirmed this by referencing his relationship with Melina in his autobiography.
2 Shawn Michaels & Sunny
Another cheating scandal that came earlier in WWE featured Shawn Michaels hooking up with Sunny. The escapades of Sunny are well documented but one stands out among the rest as a disturbing moment in wrestling. Sunny was in a relationship with fellow wrestler Chris Candido for the majority of her early adult life. The lovebirds got signed together to a WWE deal.
1 Edge & Lita
Matt Hardy and Lita appeared to be the perfect wrestling couple of their time. Along with Jeff Hardy, they worked together on screen as Team Extreme with Matt and Lita clearly having amazing chemistry. It led to a long relationship that unfortunately had a bitter ending. Lita cheated on an injured Matt with Edge causing all three careers to change dramatically.
The reaction of Matt finding out was to take it public trashing both Lita and Edge for wronging him. WWE fired Matt to try to avoid drama before fans demanded him back on television with chants every week. A very personal issue became a wrestling storyline. Edge and Lita became an item on screen due to WWE wanting to get heat out of it. They both regretted the situation, but it still remains an all-time disturbing story in wrestling.
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