The personal lives of wrestlers are very public, with the popularity of social media and wrestling websites on the rise. We usually know what’s going on in the love lives of wrestlers, whether we want to or not. The majority of wrestling couples share it due to the fact that no one really wants to keep something that big a secret, let alone put in the work that goes along with it. A few couples try their best to keep it under wraps due to the public reaction to it. As you’ll see in this list, some relationships lead to nothing but drama.
WWE is the only major noteworthy wrestling promotion in North America. The amount of coverage it gets makes the wrestling relationships going on outside of the ring huge stories. A large percentage of the roster has started to date within the company. It makes sense considering you find out common interests and develop chemistry with the people you spend the most time around. That has led to a plethora of relationships. Some have their relationships also work on-screen, others make it well known and a few are still trying to hide it. We’ll look at them all with fifteen of the top WWE romantic couples in WWE today.
15. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
The most obvious relationship is the most important one currently in the wrestling world. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon started dating shortly after a television storyline put them together as husband and wife. Life imitated art with the two getting married and having three daughters. The relationship between Triple H and Stephanie is very important to the storylines on television these days despite Triple H not being a full-time character.
Vince McMahon is getting older and his days in charge of WWE are starting to run out. Stephanie and Triple H hold the future of the wrestling business in their hands. Their relationship not only impacts their private life but it plays a role in the future of every wrestler and aspiring wrestler. A potential breakup could change the wrestling industry forever. Hopefully for everyone’s sake, the happy couple remains together committed to improving WWE.
14. Natalya and Tyson Kidd
Natalya and Tyson Kidd have known each other since early childhood growing up in the Hart household. As the daughter of Jim Neidhart, Natalya is officially part of the legendary Hart wrestling family. Kidd is not a Hart but grew up with them making him an unofficial member of the family long before marrying Natalya. They clearly cared about each other at a young age and both had the same goal of the wrestling dream.
WWE placed Natalya and Kidd together along with Davey Boy Smith’s son Harry Smith as a new generation version of the Hart Foundation. Basically, Kidd and Natalya have been their childhoods and their professional adult lives together. It only made sense they’d fall in love. Their wedding was featured on Total Divas for the world to see. Kidd’s severe injury has likely ended up his wrestling career but Natalya is still going strong on Smackdown Live to represent the couple.
13. Alexa Bliss and Murphy
Romance not only takes place on the WWE main roster but down in NXT. Alexa Bliss saw the biggest break of both her professional and personal life when she became the manager of Blake and Murphy. A heel turn allowed her to try a new character that made her a valued commodity in NXT. The main reason she is a huge player in the women’s division on Smackdown Live is her amazing work as a heel.
Bliss improved as a wrestler in the new role but also met the love of her life. Murphy and Bliss started to date after spending a lot of time working and travelling together. The unlikely couple expresses genuine support for each other on social media. Murphy likely has extra incentive in working towards the main roster so he can travel the roads with Alexa again and perform on the biggest stage.
12. Cesaro and Sara Del Rey
Cesaro is one of the most beloved underutilized wrestlers in the industry today. WWE may never view him as a main-eventer but at least we are able to appreciate his art in the squared circle. One relatively hidden fact about Cesaro is the fact that he is dating WWE producer and trainer Sara Del Rey. Die hard fans know her for the incredible work in Ring of Honor and various independent promotions.
The couple started dating on the independent scene. Del Rey worked as the manager of Cesaro and Chris Hero in the Kings of Wrestling tag team. Cesaro found his way to WWE as a performer but WWE did not have interest in Del Rey initially joining the women’s division. Del Rey signed on as a trainer and helped the women’s revolution through that method. Everyone watching the female stars of today have Sara partly to thank.
11. Jimmy Uso and Naomi
Total Divas changed the landscape of wrestling romances. WWE wanted to showcase it on the reality show about the lives of the female performers on the roster. Naomi and Jimmy Uso have one of the primary relationships that has been featured on the show. They are officially married now and the show gave an insight into Naomi’s new life as a stepmother to Jimmy’s children of a prior relationship.
Another interesting titbit of filming their real life saw Naomi in a stressful first meeting with Rikishi before everything worked out for the best. A lot of the relationship drama on Total Divas comes off scripted or obnoxious. The love of Naomi and Jimmy appeared more down to earth and relatable. Most importantly, they seem very happy together. WWE does not hide their relationship but they are keeping them separate with Naomi being a face character and the Usos finally portraying heels.
10. The Undertaker and Michelle McCool
The most shocking relationship to realize exists in the wrestling world has to be The Undertaker and Michelle McCool. A fifteen year age gap makes it difficult to believe but the two have been together for many years now. They met on Smackdown during the original brand split and began dating. McCool chose to retire from the wrestling business but it didn’t impact their relationship. Undertaker taking a reduced schedule also gave them enough time for their home life.
McCool is no longer a wrestler but is very much a part of the WWE family. You can see her come to the front row ringside in the crowd during Undertaker’s occasional matches these days. McCool showed up with Undertaker to the Cleveland Cavaliers home opener during his appearance meeting many of the players. An unlikely couple is still going strong today with the hope of many more years. Even the Dead Man needs love.
9. Sasha Banks and Mikaze
Sasha Banks is arguably the most talented female star in WWE today. The women’s revolution has led to wrestling fans taking the division seriously rather than viewing them as eye candy. Banks rose to the top of NXT for her incredible matches and it led to popularity on the main roster as she continues to make history. One thing about Banks’ personality is she likes to keep her personal life very private.
The fact of her real life romance is not something she posts on social media or discusses in interviews. Still, it has been revealed that she is married to WWE’s seamstress Mikaze. He used to be a wrestler on the independent scene around the same time of Banks. They bonded and continued their love in WWE. Banks gets more of the recognition but Mikaze makes gear for most of the wrestlers, and that’s an important part of the company.
8. Dana Brooke and Dolph Ziggler
One of the lesser known relationships in WWE today sees Dolph Ziggler date Dana Brooke. They have been an item since Brooke was in the Performance Center training to improve as a performer. Dana joined Ziggler on the main roster earlier this year but they were separated with the brand split returning. Ziggler is currently the Intercontinental Champion on Smackdown Live and Brooke is part of the women’s division on Raw.
They rarely acknowledge each other and don’t discuss the relationship publicly but various websites have broken the news. Brooke and Ziggler attended a couple of public events together with photos being taken to provide the proof. Given Ziggler has been stale for quite some time and Brooke lacks a relevant role on television right now, they may be one of the couples that is best suited to work together on air. For now, they’ll have to settle for being lovers on competing brands.
7. Carmella and Big Cass
The NXT careers of Big Cass and Carmella gave them both everything they could have dreamed of when entering the Performance Center. Carmella, Cass and Enzo Amore were all placed together in a unit with Cass and Enzo being the popular tag team. They had Carmella as their manager for matches, but she also got the opportunity to wrestle her own matches.
Carmella and Cass working together, training together and living in the same area set them up to start dating. The WWE Network reality series Breaking Ground took a look at the personal lives of the NXT stars. It was revealed that Cass and Carmella were dating and they lived together. Another episode showed Triple H telling Cass and Enzo they were coming up to the main roster, but Carmella wouldn’t be joining them. The rational was she needed to spend more time learning on her and it paid off with her being a top heel on Smackdown Live.
6. The Miz and Maryse
The Miz and Maryse have dated for a long time going back to the days of Miz struggling as a singles star trying to get noticed and Maryse being a Divas Champion. A lot has changed since then but they are finally on television together now after all those years. WWE considered making Maryse the manager of Miz during the earlier time frame but he was charismatic on his own so she went to Ted DiBiase Jr.’s side instead.
We finally got to see their romance come to art this year following WrestleMania 32. Maryse returned to WWE by helping Miz defeat Zack Ryder to win the Intercontinental Championship. The combination of the two together on screen has resurrected Miz’s career and made him a top heel on Smackdown Live. We will get to see if there’s any difference in their private life when Miz and Maryse are heavily featured on Total Divas.
5. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella may both be retired from in-ring competition, but they are still very much strong parts of WWE. The two started to get to know each other during a horrible storyline that saw Brie and Nikki Bella both try to bed Bryan in a bet assuming he was a virgin. It was revealed at the end of the story that they confused the word “vegan” with virgin. The only good thing to come from it is Bryan and Brie forming a personal relationship.
They started dating towards the end of Brie’s first run with WWE and their relationship finally went public when she returned for the inception of Total Divas. Bryan and Brie went very public with their love and became arguably the most popular wrestling couple. The happy couple will have their first child born in the spring of 2017. Bryan continues to work for WWE as the Smackdown Live General Manager and Brie plans to return to the ring at some point after becoming a mother.
4. Rusev and Lana
Rusev arrived on the main roster with Lana by his side and both performers worked perfect together. The duo matured into an elite heel act that made both stars for the company. WWE tried separating them with everyone involved failing in the aftermath. They were forced to reunite Rusev and Lana getting both performers back to their best by being a package item on Raw.
The fact that Rusev and Lana are a couple in real life is likely what makes them have such great chemistry on television. Rusev and Lana tied the knot getting married earlier this summer with two ceremonies both filmed for Total Divas. Lana has great acting skills with the potential of achieving even more in the entertainment industry. Rusev has the skills to be a future world champion. The sky is the limit for the power couple.
3. Renee Young and Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose is the most private wrestler in WWE. The main event star refuses to participate on social media as one of the few wrestlers without a Twitter page. Ambrose clearly hates to talk about his private life as seen in various interviews. The news of Ambrose dating Renee Young in his personal life is something he likely didn’t want coming out. Various photos of the two in public surfaced making it a now known fact.
Young finally admitted it in an interview last year and discussed how much hate she gets from some of Ambrose’s fans. It has become a thing they now reference with wrestlers joking about it on the Smackdown post-show Talking Smack hosted by Young. Luckily, they still get to work together on the Smackdown Live brand allowing them to travel together to the television shows. Ambrose continues to thrive as top face and Renee is one of the best broadcasters WWE has ever employed.
2. Paige and Alberto Del Rio
The most controversial couple in the wrestling industry today has to be Paige and Alberto Del Rio. No one would have ever predicted this romance with it shocking the wrestling world. The fifteen year age gap of Del Rio being 39 years old and Paige being just 24 years old is staggering, but they appear to be committed to each other. WWE however was not happy with this and tried to break them up.
The brand split saw Paige drafted to Raw and Del Rio drafted to Smackdown. It was reported as an intentional move with the hopes of them ending the relationship. Instead, Paige remained and both were suspended for violating the wellness policy allowing them to continue spending all time together. WWE has since released Del Rio and Paige is currently in the dog house. They make note of the controversy that follows them on social media but remain closer than ever.
1. John Cena and Nikki Bella
John Cena is the biggest star in wrestling and it was huge news when we realized he was dating Nikki Bella. The major selling point for Total Divas was seeing Nikki and Cena outside of the ring. Cena and Nikki appear to be in love, but Cena has expressed a strong disdain in ever getting married or having children with her. Many believe Nikki’s success in recent years is a product of Cena’s influence.
Rumors circulated that Cena stepped in when the company was going to have Nikki lose the Divas Championship to Charlotte. The title change was postponed a week so Nikki could break AJ Lee’s record as the longest reigning champion. Nikki and Cena continue their relationship working together on the Smackdown Live brand. They branched out in the reality show world with the spin-off of Total Divas being Total Bellas showing a more in-depth look into the relationship. Cena actually had house rules that Nikki was forced to follow but it didn’t appear to hinder her love of him.