Anyone who travels extensively for their job is going to have a hard time keeping personal relationships healthy while on the road. Athletes in particular are required to travel year round, often without their friends or family members. Wrestlers however, have it rougher than any of the major sports, due to the fact that they have no offseason. On average WWE Superstars are working five nights a week, traveling from city to city in between shows. Life on the road is hard, and success in the wrestling business, often results in unsuccessful marriages.
Divorce seems to be commonplace for many of the most successful superstars in wrestling history. When you really think about it, it does make sense for the top stars in the industry to have the worst marriages. Unless you are bringing your spouse with you all of the time (which can cause its own set of problems), top stars are always on the clock. The more time and energy you put into your career, the less you have to put into your personal life.
The more famous and successful that a wrestler becomes, the more chances they have of being tempted while out alone on the road. Temptation comes in a many forms, like being tempted to drink every night, tempted to use drugs when lonely, or the temptation to cheat on your significant other. Some of the stars on the road are able to avoid all of these, but more than a few have done them all, which has lead them down a path of personal destruction.
Today we are going to look at some of the stars of professional wrestling, who were not able to keep their marriages alive. If you see someone that we forgot to mention, please feel free to sound off in the comments below. The criteria and ranking for this list will be based on the star power of the wrestler, the amount of marriages they've gone through and the circumstances causing the end of their marriages.
16 15. Kevin Sullivan
15 14. Marc Mero & Sable
14 13. Dustin Runnels (Goldust) & Terri Boatright
13 12. The Rock
It seems that even The Great One isn’t immune from a marriage ending in divorce, going through the ordeal in 2007. Though Johnson may be on this list, his relationship with his former wife is surprisingly great. Dany Garcia, going by her maiden name, was and still is The Rock’s business manager. They seem like the model divorced couple.
The two agreed prior to the divorce that they would not demand alimony from each other, and would split custody of their daughter. As for the reason the two called it quits, it’s never been confirmed, but the common theory is that Johnson’s current girlfriend may have been the cause. His relationship with Lauren Hashian is said to span back to before his divorce, and into his marriage.
12 11. Shawn Michaels
11 10. Randy Orton
Randy Orton and his former wife Samantha Speno filed for divorce in June of 2013 citing, the marriage was “irretrievably broken”. Although TMZ released details of the divorce, the WWE Superstar and his ex-wife remained friendly towards each other. The biggest nugget in the TMZ story was the release of Orton’s salary, which was reported to be $291,666 per month. Samantha, who did receive a hefty amount of $654,317 and a car in the split, is not entitled to any of Orton’s WWE earnings.
9 9. The Undertaker
The Undertaker has been married three times since 1993… I bet you didn’t know that. In fact, there are a lot of things you may not know about the Deadman, as his real life is shrouded in mystery. He and his first wife Jodi Lynn were married in 1989, and conceived a son shortly after. Following their divorce Taker married his second wife, Sara, who appeared as an on screen character in 2001.
8 8. Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth
7 7. John Cena
Former WWE Superstar Kenny Dykstra made allegations that Cena was “talking about hooking up with this chick or that chick"and that "him and Jonathan Coachman were always talking about it!". While Dykstra’s claims could be false, keep in mind that he asserts that his engagement with former WWE diva Mickie James was broken off because she was having an affair with John Cena.
6 6. Kurt Angle
5 5. Edge
4 4. Bret Hart
Bret Hart lands on here for his amount of marriages (currently on his third) and the fact he revealed quite a bit in his autobiography Hittman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling. Hart admitted in his book that his life on the road made things very tough for his marriage, including his ability to stay faithful, as he openly spoke about his affairs away from home. He and Julie, his first wife, officially divorced in 2002, the same day Bret suffered a stroke, though their marriage had been on the rocks for a long time.
Hart's ex-wife wrote her own book, Hart Strings: My Life with Bret and the Hart Family which pulled no punches. She described her reaction to reading Bret's book as:
“It was shocking to read about this person, a person I had been close to for so long, who I trusted. It was like reading about a complete stranger. All my worst fears sort of just materialised into reality."
Hart remarried in 2004 to an Italian woman, Cinzia Rota but divorced three years later after being unable to decide on where they should live. Hart married for a third time, to Stephanie Washington in 2010.
3 3. Hulk Hogan
In 2007 Hulk Hogan and his wife Linda filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage. Hogan and his family took part in a reality show called Hogan Knows Best, which detailed the inner workings of his family life. The show, which had long shooting days during production, is believed to be the driving factor in the couple’s split.
2 2. Ric Flair
Ric Flair likes being married, so much so that he has done it four times; The Nature Boy has actually been married for 41 consecutive years, marrying a new woman every year he divorced the previous one. Flair’s most recent divorce is due to “illicit sexual behavior” according to court documents, and an inability to live a normal life according to his ex wife.
1 1. Steve Austin
Steve Austin may not have had as many championship runs as Ric Flair, but he has had as many marriages. Apparently being the hottest thing in wrestling can cause a few bumps in your relationship with your wife.
Austin's first marriage to Kathryn Burrhus was short, about two years, and reportedly ended because he wanted to pursue a relationship with his on screen manager Jeannie Clark. Clark and Austin would marry the same year of his first divorce and go on to have two children together, with Austin also adopting Jade, a daughter from Clark's previous marriage. The Hall of Famer also infamously gained the name “Stone Cold” due to his second marriage, when his wife used the phrase while serving him tea.
After eight years Austin and Clark divorced, and Stone Cold began a three year marriage with Debra Marshall. The couple's relationship would play out on and off screen, but would end with Austin being charged with domestic abuse. The Texas Rattlesnake divorced Debra in February of 2003, and didn’t remarry until he met his current wife (Kristin) in 2009.
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