The art of romance is one of the most powerful tools in storytelling. Love is the most relative thing in life. We all experience it, search for it and relate to the emotions behind. Wrestling is a form of art like any other and this has been spotlighted in the storylines for many years. We have seen many couples through the years in an effort to add another dimension to the program. While athletic competition and the matches are what everything culminates towards, getting there is a tricky road. The use of on-air couples have provided storytelling to set it up in an efficient manner.
Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth showed the power of love in a positive light. The usually tough Savage became a more sympathetic figure and even more popular. Miss Elizabeth utilized her soft spoken presence and innocent demeanor to add another layer to Savage and they both benefited from each other to become a collective success. The heel dynamic also works as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon blossomed into incredible heel characters when becoming a couple. Both parties seemed to lack the character depth needed to become a true main event level act and their pairing brought the memorable McMahon-Helmsley era.
Those two and many other on-air couples have led to great results in both individual and collective success but not all work out that way. For every one great wrestling couple, there are about five that completely flopped. It takes talent from both performers, good writing and chemistry for a wrestling couple to become a successful act. Any of these failing to connect will lead to potential disaster and sink both performers. Chemistry is most key as it’s something that can never be predicted or perfected but an innate thing that clicks. We’re going to look at the less successful stories of the twenty worst wrestling couples of all time.
19 Debra and Steve Austin
18 Sable and Vince McMahon
17 Christy Hemme and Lance Hoyt
16 Beth Phoenix and Santino
15 Stacy Keibler and David Flair
14 Tara and Jessie Godderz
13 Chastity and Hak
12 Torrie Wilson and Billy Gunn
11 Gail Kim and Daniel Bryan
10 Miss Elizabeth and Lex Luger
9 Trish Stratus and The Rock
8 Sara and The Undertaker
7 Vickie Guerrero and Edge
6 Terri Runnels and Meat
5 Nattie and The Great Khali
4 Dawn Marie and Al Wilson
3 Billy and Chuck
2 AJ Lee and John Cena
1 Mae Young and Mark Henry
The worst couple in WWE history was Vince McMahon and Trish Stratus for a multitude of reasons. McMahon developed a larger ego that would make its way onto television with various storylines showing it and this was the best example. Stratus was the most physically attractive woman in the company and McMahon clearly booked it to give him the opportunity to make out with her on a weekly basis. The storyline would get tackier as Vince made out with Trish in front of his "comatose" wife Linda. At one point, he made Stratus strip to her underwear and get on her knees to bark like a dog in the middle of the ring. It’s very rare for every single segment in a storyline to come off poorly but the McMahon and Stratus couple did it.
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