America loves an office romance. Something about the idea of two people who work together also sleeping together excites onlookers and their coworkers alike. This extends to virtually all forms of entertainment, including professional wrestling, where countless male and female wrestlers have hooked up and caused tabloids and fans to collective lose their minds. While female wrestlers have been around pretty much as long as the men have, until recently, many women in wrestling were valets or managers, and more often than not the valets ended up romantically linked with the man whose arm was around her shoulder every week on television.
That’s not always the case, though. A woman entering the professional wrestling business is in no way an indication she wants to become romantically involved with the male wrestlers in any way. It’s true things tend to turn out that way, but some of the greatest and most successful female wrestlers of all time have proven some women are in the industry entirely for themselves. We hold absolutely no judgment on any female wrestlers for whether they chose to date male wrestlers or not, but admit the subject is interesting enough for further discussion. Read on to learn about 10 divas who don’t date wrestlers, and discover their reasons why.
Celeste Bonin is a bodybuilder and model best known for her time in WWE competing with the stage name Kaitlyn. She won the third season of NXT, earning her a spot on the WWE roster, and eventually became WWE Diva’s Champion for several months. In NXT, Kaitlyn and Maxine feuded over their mutual love for Derrick Bateman, but in reality even the future Ethan Carter III probably just wasn’t buff enough for her. In 2014, Celeste married fellow bodybuilder PJ Braun. WWE wrestlers are big, tough dudes, but this guy actually had the word “brawn” in his name, so we can hardly blame them for being unable to compare. Shortly after her marriage, Kaitlyn retired from WWE and walked away from the business altogether to focus on her personal life and other business ventures.
9. Eve Torres
Professional wrestlers, both male and female, tend to be well versed in a variety of styles of martial arts and other fighting techniques in order to more convincingly execute their moves, in addition to appreciating the natural conditioning and disciplinary training involved with such activities. Therefore it makes sense that Eve Torres would stray away from the idea of dating a wrestler and instead become involved with a martial artist, eventually marrying into the legendary Gracie family in 2014. Eve still serves as an ambassador for the WWE, but asked for her release from her role as an onscreen performer in 2013. Already involved with her future husband Rener Gracie, Eve cited her new job as an instructor for the Gracie Women Empowered Self-defense Program as the reason she was leaving wrestling.
Lisa Marie Varon, known to WWE fans as Victoria and TNA fans as Tara, was one of the more vicious and unique female wrestlers during her time in either company. Varon was hardly deprived the great looks most divas are known for, but she instead focused on her slightly crazy, violent wrestling style, rarely seen in women’s wrestling. On television she has spent a significant amount of time with male wrestlers with similarly crazy personas, including Stevie Richards and The Basham Brothers, but throughout her entire career she was married to Lee Varon, a man with no involvement in pro wrestling. Lisa and her husband own a wrestling themed pizza parlor in Chicago called the Squared Circle, but reportedly she mostly left the business under his control in 2013 and only makes occasional supportive appearances at the restaurant.
7. Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle first came to national attention as the Go Daddy Girl, appearing in several controversial Super Bowl ads for the web hosting company. The ads debuted in 2005, but Michelle actually debuted in WWE a few months earlier as part of the 2004 Diva Search. The semantics of what exactly made her famous notwithstanding, when she came to fame she was already in a relationship with the man she would go on to marry. Candice married Ken Ehrlich in 2005, only a few months after the Go Daddy ads aired, while she was still getting her start in WWE. Erlich is a practicing chiropractor who has performed adjustments on many professional wrestlers, making the connection a completely understandable one if not immediately obvious. Michelle ended her WWE career in 2009, and we’re assuming she’s one of the few wrestlers who doesn’t have to deal with back pain.
6. Gail Kim
Gail Kim is considered one of the most talented female wrestlers of the modern era, and has proven her status as such by winning the WWE Women’s Championship in her debut with the company. Kim has quit and rejoined and re-quit WWE a few times since her debut title win, and has spent a significant amount of time in Total Nonstop Action as well, winning their TNA Knockouts Championship on several occasions. While history has shown plenty of female wrestlers gravitate towards male wrestlers when seeking out romantic partners, the same can also be true of the entertainment world in general, as can be seen in Gail’s case. Instead of dating or marrying a fellow wrestler, Kim has chosen to spend her life with a fellow entertainer in celebrity chef Robert Irvine. The couple’s wedding was broadcast on an episode of Irvine’s TV show on the Food Network, Restaurant: Impossible.
5. Sherri Martel
Sensational Sherri is a former WWE Women’s Champion who also managed some of the biggest names in wrestling history. She found herself in the corner of WWE legends including Ric Flair, Randy Savage, and Shawn Michaels, in addition to being a fierce and conniving force in the wrestling world on her own. Sherri was married on a couple occasions, but never to wrestlers. The marriages were never well publicized, either, aside from the acknowledgement they all ended in divorce. One of her husbands was named Robert Schrell, and the two renovated homes together. Although she never dated any wrestlers, she became close friends with many of them, and it was alleged Booker T gave her away at one of her weddings. Martel tragically passed away after accidentally overdosing on the painkiller oxycodone in 2007 when she was only 49.
Madusa is a rare exception on this list, in that at one point she dated a wrestler, and in fact she even married him. Madusa and Eddie Gilbert were briefly married in 1990. We’re putting Madusa on this list anyway since the relationship didn’t last long, very little is known about it, and in the ensuing years Madusa stayed far away from wrestlers despite remaining a major part of the wrestling business. Her second marriage came in 1998, when she was still a big star in WCW. She married former NFL player Ken Blackman February of that year. Although that marriage also ended, it lasted longer than the Gilbert marriage did, and her third marriage seems to be longest and best of all. Madusa married Army Sergeant Major Alan Jonason in 2011. As Alundra Blayze, Madusa is now a WWE Hall of Famer, and proving women still follow in her footsteps; she isn’t the only woman who used to date wrestlers, but now stays far away…
3. Taryn Terrell
Taryn Terrell, also known as Tiffany during her time in WWE, has dated wrestlers and was even married to one for almost a full year from 2010 to 2011. She and Drew Galloway married in May 2010 and divorced by May 2011. Although this flagrantly breaks the rules of the list, Terrell’s life significantly changed in 2015 when she became a born-again Christian and claimed wrestling lead her to a life of sin. Since she started considering herself an “infant Christian” who is attempting to constantly find ways to better her relationship with Jesus, she’s stayed away from those “sinful” wrestlers she used to consort with, despite the fact she stayed in the industry working for Total Nonstop Action until earlier this year. Terrell married stuntman Joseph Dryden in 2015. Terrell isn’t the only woman whose religious beliefs played a role in her dating habits…
2. Molly Holly
Nora Greenwald is a former WWE Women’s Champion. She started her career as a jobber named Starla Saxon, first rising to prominence as Miss Madness, one of three valets to Randy Savage in 1999. She briefly changed her name to Mona and started wrestling, but WCW’s women’s division left a lot to be desired, so she jumped to WWE and became the first female member of the Holly family. Onscreen, she dated Spike Dudley in 2001, and fans may have imagined an implied relationship between her and The Hurricane when she became his first sidekick, Mighty Molly, but these dalliances only took place on camera. In fact, as a devoutly religious person, Greenwald was a virgin who never even had a boyfriend until she met her eventual husband in 2009.
Greenwald and Geno Benshoof married in 2010 after meeting at a drug rehabilitation center. Greenwald never spoke of having a drug problem herself, but she had volunteered with recovery programs for years after losing friends to drug overdoses as a teenager. Benshoof was undergoing court-mandated treatment, but he likely had no problem serving his time after he met Greenwald and they hit it off. While many divas and wrestlers end up getting together in part due to a mutual respect of the business, part of what attracted Greenwald to Geno is the fact he liked her despite never watching wrestling and therefore having no idea she was famous when they met.
1. Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus is a WWE Hall of Famer and is generally considered the greatest female wrestler of the modern era. She held the WWE Women’s Championship a record seven times and appeared in so many photo shoots and magazine spreads for the company they named her the Diva of the Decade in 2010. Throughout her entire wrestling career, she was with the same man who she would later go on to marry: her high school boyfriend, Ron Fisico. Onscreen, Stratus occasionally found herself romantically linked to Jeff Hardy, The Rock, Vince McMahon, and even Mickie James, but it was Fisico who she always went home to once Raw was over. After dating for 14 years, Stratus and Fisico were married in September of 2006. Stratus announced her pregnancy with their first child when she was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, and later named Lita as her new son’s godmother.