Predicated on gripping storylines, the WWE thrives off of intense drama. While it is no secret that the events that occur on television are scripted, some of their most intriguing stories have taken place backstage. Hectic travel schedules force performers to spend great lengths of time away from their families, and perhaps dip into temptations that should otherwise never be explored due to the amount of time spent together. The majority of superstars and Divas maintain great looking bodies, so one can understand where desire may arise.
Some of them develop chemistry onscreen, while others may be catch feelings backstage or on the road. Nonetheless, like any work place, hormones cross paths and affairs or relationships are born. Some of them are harmless in nature, and as we will see, others quite the opposite. After all, these are adults living their lives in a highly enticing environment.
These temptations often times manifest themselves in the form of affairs we should have never been made aware of, though in large part to the power of the internet, they have been exposed. Vince McMahon holds his employees to the highest standards of professional conduct with regards to how they carry about their business off screen, though even he could not prevent some of the events listed in the following narrative from taking place, though I am sure he wishes he could have. Some of these real life events have been daringly written into storylines where the intensity and drama were too much to deny, creating some of the most compelling gimmicks of recent times. While some performers openly share relationships, some affairs were infamously shrouded in controversy, as we recount some of the more noteworthy ones in history.
11. Dolph Ziggler and Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella is openly dating the face of the company John Cena, and anyone who has caught a minute of Total Divas is well aware of it. However, Cena was not the first superstar with whom Nikki has been linked with. While the time-frame remains ambiguous, sometime during their careers at FCW, WWE’s former developmental territory, Dolph Ziggler and Nikki were an admitted item. The couple split, and the Total Divas star found her way to Cena, with the relationship currently on. The plot thickened however, as last season on the hit reality series, Dolph expressed that he still had feelings for his former lover. Also, Cena has made appearances on the show documenting his disinterest in starting a family in order to focus solely on his career, much to Nikki’s chagrin. Dolph professed that he could give Nikki the life she always dreamt of. As it stands, nothing has changed since the confession, and any doubts of re-igniting that flame have been put to rest. Dolph later admitted it was all a joke.
10. Chris Jericho and Kelly Kelly
Chris Jericho has been a happily married man since 2000, by his own accounts. He has 3 children with his wife Jessica, whom have all made appearances at some point on his podcasts. Former Diva Kelly Kelly was a renowned temptress, with superstars such as Randy Orton claiming she had relations with as many as 10 different wrestlers during her career. The most troubling indictment is a photo of two people who bare uncanny resemblances to both Jericho and Kelly kissing in public, beverages in hand which can be easily found with a quick Google search. With such incriminating evidence, it is hard to refute such claims, and given Kelly’s infamous reputation as a _______ (insert any pop culture term you wish), we can only classify this rumor as fact and not fiction.
9. Batista and Melina
Many versions can be found across numerous rumor sites of what really happened between these two in and around 2006. Reoccurring themes cite that both Melina and Batista were unfaithful to their then spouses. In the Diva’s case, that meant WWE star John Morrison, and that was a clear cause for tension in the workplace. Various sources claim the backstage friction played a key part in both Melina’s release and Morrison never entering championship conversation despite his godly talents, while Batista received little to no backlash for his seemingly equal participation in the affair. According to Batista’s biography, his short term relationship with his co-worker occurred after his divorce, and following her split from Morrison, though many tend to debate the romantic timeline of the story. The end result had John and Melina apparently working out their differences and resuming their romance, though not without a sour footnote to go along with their story, signed Dave “The Animal” Batista.
8. John Cena and Mickie James
John Cena has often been referred as one of the biggest backstage womanizers in the company’s history on more than one occasion. Situations like this one haven’t done much in terms of damage control. Mickie James was engaged to Kenny Dykstra, a so called “jobber”, at the time. Rumblings began backstage that Cena and James hooked up, and Dykstra would confront his fiancé who could no longer keep her silence. Mickie would then add to the allegations that she was not the only one who fell victim to Cena’s tactics, and accused him of having affairs with several other Divas. In another “he said she said” game of backstage politics, many believe that this news along with the storm Dykstra created with his rants and accusations led to the termination of both of their contracts with the WWE, leaving John Cena seemingly no worse for wear.
7. Brock Lesnar and Sable
Sable served as the quintessential Diva of ‘The Attitude Era’. While making her debut alongside blue-blooded aristocrat Hunter Hearst Helmsley, she broke out on her own to enjoy a revolutionizing career that has never been duplicated. Married in real life to the “Wild Man” Marc Mero, the couple would eventually split. Not long after, the starlet found her way in the arms of Brock Lesnar, which leads some to believe that there may have been something going on while Sable was still married. The Beast Incarnate has always managed to keep his private life just that and he has gone on to have two children with his new life partner. Though many suspect that there was foul play on their ends, none of the parties involved have never admitted to any wrong doing, I do not imagine many would like to ask Brock the wrong question to upset him.
6. Lex Luger and Miss Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth served as the valet to her real life husband Macho Man Randy Savage during her debut in the WWE. Later, both would defunct to rival WCW. The two split, and she would eventually find her way into the arms of a man Savage called a friend, Lex Luger. Miss Elizabeth’s life came to a tragic end following a drug overdose in Luger’s home. Years later, Luger has gone on record on how he could not deny his influence in her life, as he too struggled with addiction. He expressed on numerous occasions how he felt a certain sense of guilt towards the role he played in stringing her down that path. Luger and Elizabeth also had a well documented abusive relationship, with Luger being arrested on several occasions during their time together.
5. Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart & Sunny
This was one was brought forth by the culprits themselves, as Sunny has gone on record exposing her romantic involvement with The Heartbreak Kid. Sunny was married to Skip of the Body Donna’s tag team, and made her debut by his side in the 90s. The two were involved in a frequent on and off relationship until Skip passed away in 2005, but a well documented 9-month relationship with Shawn Michaels took place in 1997. The two personalities proved to be quite the explosive duo, as tensions rose quickly when Michaels accused Sunny of being involved with Bret Hart, causing marital issues for The Hitman, as he’s expressed in many tell-all interviews since then. The infamous “Sunny Days” comment HBK directed towards Bret in a promo added fuel to this fire. Sunny claimed her relationship with The Hitman was strictly amicable, taking care of his children backstage, and so on. While the WWE claims Sunny was released following the expiration of her contract, Sunny claims she walked out on Raw and Vince the Monday following the infamous “Montreal Screwjob”.
4. X-Pac and Chyna
The two were members of Degeneration-X. Chyna was also in an established relationship with Pac’s close friend, Triple H. When that relationship hit its breaking point and the two moved on with Hunter’s well documented romance with Stephanie McMahon, Chyna followed suit, and found her way to her former stablemate in Sean Waltman. The two would go on to endure quite the tumultuous relationship, with various domestic disputes which led to two engagements, and exchanged arrests for physically assaulting one another. Despite that, the newly formed couple commercially released a sex tape in 2004, ironically titled A Night in China. This would serve as the launch point for Chyna’s brief career in the adult entertainment industry which included a subsequent 5 releases which actually earned her a couple of adult industry awards. Both parties went on to suffer from various substance abuse problems, a situation all too familiar in the world of professional wrestling. Both seem to have recovered however, and are on with their lives.
3. Triple H with Chyna and Stephanie McMahon
Neither of these relationships were, or are, secret. Hunter, who is currently married to the bosses daughter, was in an established relationship with Chyna during their time working together in the WWE. But it was during this exact period where both HHH and Stephanie were scripted together in a romantic storyline. To both of their admissions, this was the starting point of their real life relationship. However, it remains unclear on weather or not things between the Cerebral Assassin and Chyna were indeed done. Chyna has said many times how she confronted Hunter when doubts arose, and that he in fact denied them until their differences were too much to overcome and they split. Perhaps this was all part of Hunter’s master plan to avoid any hints of foul play behind the scenes, but nonetheless, he remains married with children to Stephanie to this day, both on television and in real life. Many claim that Chyna’s friction with the authoritative family has kept her from an otherwise guaranteed place in the Hall of Fame, given how revolutionary her career was at the time, and to this day unmatched. Rumor also has it that Chyna was released so that Hunter and Stephanie can continue their relationship peacefully.
2. Edge and Lita
A fan favorite, if affairs were ever something to cheer for, right? Matt Hardy and Lita were revered by fans. They formed a daring duo in the ring, and enjoyed what seemed to be a great relationship outside of it. An injury would then sideline Hardy, leaving him on the away from the ring to recover. In the meantime, Lita continued working, and would eventually warm up to Edge while on the road together for extended periods of time. What appeared innocent would quickly escalate into something quite serious. In a sickening twist of fate, the WWE would capitalize on this real-life drama and incorporate this into a legendary storyline. Tensions were so high that Matt would refer to both Edge and Lita by their real names during promos. During their rivalry, both performers stated how they would add a little mustard to their strikes when the opportunity arose, creating heightened intensity that could only come from actual anger and hatred towards one another despite their working relationship.
1. Randy Savage and Stephanie McMahon
Perhaps nothing more than a fable, but its inability to simply go away has pushed many to believe that there is some form of truth behind this rumor. Much speculation has been made of a supposed sexual relation between a then teenage Stephanie, and a much, much older Macho Man in which Vince McMahon may have walked in on. Many believe this may have played a hand in Randy’s demotion to the announce table before eventually departing to rival WCW. While no one has ever confirmed these allegations, the fact that they continue to be discussed some 20 years after allegedly taking place lends weight to its potential credibility. Many top executives who are no longer employed by the WWE have claimed that something along those lines may have indeed taken place.