The world of entertainment and professional sports is littered with stories about broken homes and short marriages. On one hand, it is suggested that the schedule and life of a professional athlete is not conducive to establishing a solid home life. While an athlete’s spouse is at home, an athlete experiences the highs and lows of his or her professional life in virtual isolation, sometimes succumbing to the vices that present themselves on the road.
The world of wrestling is a bit different. Some wrestlers have been able to successfully negotiate to create opportunities to travel with their wives – often resulting in the couple becoming characters on television. Of course, this can create a whole other slate of challenges for relationships that can be equally difficult to navigate, as you will soon learn.
The following list showcases 20 professional wrestling couples – some which have endured the test of time and others which have suffered the predestined fate that seems to be written for celebrity marriages. Maybe you’re familiar with some of these wrestling couples who share a common connection through the "squared circle."
Check out how 20 of your favorite real-life wrestling couples have fared in the unpredictable world of wrestling.
20 “Exotic” Adrian Street
Long before Goldust was making audiences squeamish in the WWE with his Goldust character and the cigar-smoking Marlena in his corner as the director, “Exotic” Adrian Street was prancing through taboo territory on the independent scene and creating a memorable legacy with his soon-to-be-wife Linda at his side. Originally from England, Street had laid a solid foundation for his ring career, but it wasn’t until he came to America, donned flowery and colorful ring gear, feather boas and elaborate robes, and portrayed himself as an effeminate homosexual that he broke through as a marquee attraction that promoters wanted to have in their territory.
19 Jerry Lawler
One of the most dramatic situations in the storeyed career of Jerry “The King” Lawler came about when the WWE elected to release his wife Stacy “The Kat” Carter from her contract. Though Lawler was an embedded fixture in the company as a member of the broadcast team and an occasional attraction between the ropes, Jerry walked out of his job to stand by his wife. Up until that point, the two had been separate on WWE programming, though they were frequently visible together for independent appearances and autograph signings.
WWE fans may remember the ghoulish Gangrel as a featured character in the WWE’s Attitude Era, partnered with Edge and Christian as The Brood upon their respective debuts. Gangrel had been signed along with his wife, Luna Vachon, and while their interactions together on screen were somewhat limited, they were included in a feature about wrestling couples on the WWE roster during that era.
17 Chris Candido
Chris Candido and his longtime girlfriend Tamara Sytch first made a name for themselves while appearing for Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling in Tennessee. Candido may have excelled under the current configuration of the WWE, which has opened a division for the smaller wrestlers on the roster. Candido could deliver between the ropes and his partner had a talent to whip an audience into a frenzy. Upon their signing to the WWE as The Bodydonnas in 1995, it was soon apparent that Tamara was destined for greater things in the company under the name Sunny.
16 Massive Damage
Canadian independent wrestling mainstay Massive Damage first met his wife while touring for Winnipeg promoter Tony Condello in 2001. In their case, it was a matter of love at first sight and upon the conclusion of the tour, Samantha Slides relocated from her native Vancouver to Edmonton, Alberta to pursue the relationship. The couple has appeared for almost every promoter in western Canada and have also made select appearances as a couple in the United States.
15 Davey Boy Smith
Stu and Helen Hart had never intended for their daughters to find themselves connected with professional wrestlers, yet each of their four daughters found themselves married to the grapplers that shared the ring with their brothers. However while Jim Neidhart, Ben Bassarab and B.J. Annis found themselves connected to the Hart clan through marriage, only Diana Hart would find herself showcased front and center in the WWE.
14 Bobby Sharp
If you’ve heard about 2013 Cauliflower Alley Club Future Legend award winner Bobby Sharp, chances are you’re aware that he is just one half of an ambitious wrestling couple with his long time girlfriend, Kat Von Heez. The pair met while both were touring for Winnipeg’s Canadian Wrestling Elite and have been inseparable since – often appearing in intergender tag team matches as partners. Both are avid fitness enthusiasts and proponents of innovative health nutrition and see as much time together in the weight room, as they do wrestling locker rooms.
13 Chris Adams
The late Chris Adams may be known for many things related to his professional wrestling career. Certainly, the British-born grappler made his presence felt in World Class Championship Wrestling as well as the Universal Wrestling Federation and other stops in the U.S. along the way. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame will be as the trainer that launched the career of Steve Austin. Adams’ greatest visibility in the wrestling media may well be from a lengthy feud against his protégé, one that involved both wrestlers’ wives as not only valets but also participants.
12 Eddie Gilbert
Eddie Gilbert started his wrestling career in his teens, and was a fixture in wrestling arenas in the southeast for years as a photographer before launching his own career. One of the most decorated stars of the dying days of the territories and active internationally on the independents, Gilbert never appeared to be closer to success than when he was managed by his own wife, Missy Hyatt. Though Hyatt has been romantically linked to a number of wrestlers over the years, her connection to Gilbert legitimized his monicker of “Hot Stuff” as the brash second generation wrestler made his ascent from the territories to a spot with Bill Watts’ UWF and later with WCW.
11 Vince McMahon
When you consider how often Vince McMahon has blurred the lines between fact and fiction (both in the wrestling arena as well as in the court room), he has been at the center of some of the most outrageous moments that we have ever seen. However, when it comes to long-time wrestling couples, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the partnership of Vince and Linda McMahon. While their efforts to build the WWE as a duo are often overlooked, what we can’t ignore are the times that Linda’s appearance on-screen helped to embolden some of the most poignant storylines in the WWE.
10 The Miz
Can you believe that Mike Mizanin has now been under contract with the WWE for more than 12 years? While perhaps the template of what the modern professional wrestler is expected to be – having the ability and appeal to cross-over from the ring to other media projects – within the realm of wrestling, he has easily become one of the most polarizing personalities of all time. In fact, not even some of the behind the scenes out-of-character programming on the WWE Network can help us to shake the smug, self-centered persona of his on-camera character.
9 Tyson Kidd
Tyson Kidd is often misidentified as a member of the Hart wrestling family by birth. His career has been so integrally tied to the family that he simply is looked at as one of the third generation of Harts. Wrestling alongside Harry Smith, Teddy Hart and others who caught the wrestling bug while still in grade school, it was Tyson and not Teddy that was called up to the WWE and signed to be a member of the Hart Dynasty tag team, taking on another Hart cousin, Nattie Neidhart, as their valet.
Many long time wrestling fans will recall that Dustin Rhodes turned up in the WWE in 1995 after being fired by WCW on the heels of the ill-fated “King of the Road” match against Barry Darsow. However, what was more significant about the jump was a period of estrangement between “The Natural” and his father “The American Dream.” While many have drawn conclusions that Goldust was originally inspired as a vicious play on the "Stardust" nickname that his father had carried during his legendary career, perhaps the most significant detail of Dustin’s WWE rise under his most recognized character has often been ignored.
7 Steve Austin
WWE fans will recognize Steve Austin as the Texas Rattlesnake whose motto “don’t trust anybody” destined him to largely work alone while on camera. However, the character was a significant contrast from his WCW work just five years earlier when he had debuted as the blonde-coiffed “Stunning” Steve Austin. Wearing glamorous robes in the style of Ric Flair and accompanied by his wife, Jeannie Clarke, who was dubbed Lady Blossom, Austin quickly captured the WCW Television title and as his star rose, the marriage began to deteriorate.
6 Kevin Sullivan
While many wrestlers experience trouble with their marriages as the road schedule often prevents them from being home to spend quality time with their significant others, Kevin Sullivan’s situation may be one of the most unique in professional wrestling. Sullivan had often worked with his wife, Nancy, who was billed as The Fallen Angel, dating back to the mid 1980s in the Florida territory.
4 Marc Mero
When Johnny B. Badd jumped from WCW to WWE, it may not have even registered with wrestling fans in a big way if Mero hadn’t arrived in the WWE with his wife by his side. Ditching the Little Richard impersonation in favor of becoming a pleather-wearing “Wildman,” Mero was initially earmarked for success with a larger guaranteed contract than Mick Foley, who was signed at around the same time. Mero did enjoy an Intercontinental title reign shortly after his arrival in the company, but unfortunately, the idea to bring his wife into the realm of wrestling might have been a mistake.
3 Booker T
2 Triple H
Back when the storyline that launched the McMahon-Helmsley era was hatched, probably few saw what the future held for Triple H beyond his ring career. The relationship of “The Cerebral Assassin” and the boss’ daughter, Stephanie, has seen its own evolution over the course of the past 20 years, with the couple now poised as the heirs-apparent to the McMahon wrestling empire and both as actively involved with the development and direction of the company behind the scenes as they are as on-screen characters.
1 Randy Savage
Is there a more memorable couple in all of professional wrestling than Macho Man Randy Savage and Elizabeth? Many fans will recall Elizabeth’s introduction to a national audience when Savage was being courted by a number of WWE managers upon his debut and he shocked the world by introducing his own wife to be in his corner. While their relationship may have been tumultuous behind the scenes, in front of the cameras, the fans were captivated by the contrast of the couple as a beauty and the beast combination.
Savage’s real life jealousy and protectiveness of Liz behind the scenes has become a regular narrative in the story of their WWE careers. Of course, the height of their on-screen partnership would come at SummerSlam 1991, when they exchanged nuptials as the co-headline feature of the pay-per-view. The two would then divorce in real life in 1992.
It was somewhat startling when they both arrived in WCW, but were each pursuing separate paths at that point.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!