When it comes to the lives of pro wrestlers outside of the ring, times have certainly changed. During the late 80’s and 90’s, Vince McMahon and the WWE did its very best to not expose the business outside of the WWE. This factor intrigued wrestling fans, and ultimately wrestling rumor pages ran wild all over the internet exposing the wrestling business. Today, the WWE uses the lives of wrestlers outside of the ring as leverage, and countless shows like Total Divas and Breaking Ground expose the lives of wrestlers outside of the ring.
Despite this kind of exposure, there are still many things the WWE doesn’t want you to know about their talent. Some of these pictures included on this list are probably frowned upon by the WWE. Despite this, wrestling fans just love to see the lives wrestlers live without hiding behind a gimmick. So for your entertainment, here are 15 rare pictures of wrestling stars partying that the WWE would never want you to see. Let us know which picture you enjoyed the most!
15) Still keeping the party going
Back in the 80s and 90s, partying and pro wrestling seemingly went hand in hand. The former wrestlers lived the lives of rock stars going from show to show and bar to bar, it seemed. Today, times have changed and wrestlers are more concerned with their hectic travel schedules and staying in shape. Now with this being said, there still are those old souls in the locker room, and one of them is former WWE Champion Chris Jericho. In this picture you can see Chris enjoying more than a couple of drinks with his fellow co-workers the Usos and Dean Ambrose. It’s cool to see these WWE stars still having a good time despite their crazy road schedules today, working shows three to four times a week. Judging by this picture and the size of those bottles, it looks like stuff got pretty crazy on that tour bus!
14) Baby faced Barrett
Yes, that is in fact WWE star Wade Barrett, all baby faced and beardless. Wade began his career in Liverpool as a bare-knuckle boxing champion. He would later use this gimmick at the request of the late great Dusty Rhodes. After spending four years in developmental with OVW and FCW, Barrett would finally make his debut on the main roster as a competitor on the first season of NXT. The former King of the Ring winner would go on to win the NXT competition earning him a contract with the company.
13) Jeff and Candice getting close
If you know Jeff, you know he loves to party. This has gotten Jeff into some serious trouble in the past. Many believe this is the reason why Hardy never really became the singles star he could have been. Things got so out of hand for Hardy that he once got kicked off a flight for being intoxicated. In this picture you can see Hardy partying it up with former WWE Diva Candice Michelle. This picture was taken after Hardy’s return to the WWE in 2006. He would later once again depart from the company in 2009, following a feud with CM Punk. Candice was also released by the company in the summer of 2009.
12) Nikki, Dolph and the crew
The two WWE stars initially met while in FCW, the WWE’s developmental brand at the time. Nikki was just breaking into the business, while Ziggler was sent back down for some repackaging after a failed stint with the Spirit Squad. During their time in developmental, the two began to date. Nikki was later called up to the main roster in August of 2008. Just a month later in September, Ziggler was also called up and re-introduced to the WWE universe. This picture shows the former couple partying it up alongside Lillian Garcia, Maryse Ouellet and Zack Ryder.
11) Wedding Crashers
This picture was taken at The Miz and Maryse’s wedding. The couple officially tied the knot in the Bahamas on February 20th, 2014. As expected, it looks like things go a little wild towards the end of the night. Miz is hanging with his fellow buddies and co-workers John Morrison, Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler. The couple is reportedly still going strong today, residing out of Los Angeles, California.
10) CM Player?
For a guy that apparently doesn’t really drink much, CM Punk certainly has his fair share of party pictures. It is also important to note that he is always surrounded by a WWE Diva in a candid party pick (is this really surprising though?). In this picture, Punk is with a few young faces, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Maryse. Punk has hooked up with several Divas in the past, a list which includes Maria Kanellis, Lita, Kelly Kelly and his current wife, AJ Lee.
9) A Pit-Stop at Hooters
In November of 2010, Brie Bella began a storyline alongside now husband, Daniel Bryan. This would ultimately spark a real life relationship between the two wrestlers. The wrestling couple seems to be rather close in this picture of the WWE crew enjoying a few beverage at Hooters. Also in this picture, Eve Torres, Alicia Fox, The Miz, Chris Jericho, Zack Ryder, Kelly Kelly, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes and Beth Phoenix.
8) LA Party Life
The Miz has been criticized in the past for using the WWE as a platform for fame and a future career as an actor. It is pretty obvious that fans aren’t necessarily that wrong considering The Miz is residing out of Los Angeles, California. His wife, former WWE star Maryse, is currently pursuing a career as an actress in film and television. She is currently working on two films. It remains to be seen if The Miz will take a similar route in the future.
7) Partying with Lord Stanley
CM Punk doesn’t keep his love for the Chicago Blackhawks quiet. The former WWE champion is a massive Hawks fan. In fact, Punk is seen in attendance at games throughout the regular season. The Hawks have enjoyed tremendous success throughout the last couple of years, winning three cups in the last six years (2010, 2013 & 2015). Punk got to experience a dream of his: partying it up with the team following their Stanley Cup victory. Captain Jonathan Toews and star winger Patrick Sharp are also visible in the picture just behind Punk. What an experience that must have been for the UFC rookie.
6) Paige Uncensored
The Divas backstage refer to Paige as the “wild child”, and rightfully so, as Paige is quite the party animal outside of the ring. Keep in mind, despite all her accomplishments she is still only 23 years old. At such a young age, the former Divas Champion enjoys the party life that comes with being a WWE superstar. At times though, she does tend to go over the edge judging by various episodes of Paige living it up on Total Divas. This picture shows Paige getting wild at a Halloween party, and we can only assume the girl she is kissing is a friend. The WWE Diva has admitted to hooking up with another woman in the past. WWE backstage personnel hope that Paige’s antics outside of the ring are only a phase. Surely she can’t keep this up her entire career. Or can she?
5) Swagger gone wild
During his time in developmental, Swagger’s potential intrigued WWE officials. He would go on to capture the FCW Heavyweight Championship. Only two years later, Swagger would cash in his “Money-In-The-Bank” contract defeating Chris Jericho on SmackDown in March of 2010. Jack’s party life would eventually get him into some serious trouble though. Following a SmackDown taping, Swagger was arrested after driving under the influence and for possession of illegal drugs. Jack was sentenced to a six month probation period. His career with the WWE was never the same following this offense.
4) Chris Jericho and Kelly Kelly
Hitting the clubs together and arriving to shows with one another, the rumor mill was running wild after this shot of the two arriving together was leaked online. What made the situation so controversial was the fact that Jericho is married to his wife of 16 years, Jessica Lockhart. The couple also share three children. Despite the leaked pictures of the two together in various clubs though, the speculation and rumor mill slowly died down.
3) Stone Cold and Goldberg share a cold one
I must admit, it’s pretty cool to see the most dominant wrestlers from the infamous Monday Night Wars share a beer with one another. The two wrestlers worked together for the first time in 2003. Goldberg made his debut with the WWE, while Austin made his return to the company following his retirement. Stone cold took on a role as a Co-General Manager. Following WrestleMania XX, Goldberg’s stint came to an end with the company just a year after he signed a deal. Austin also departed from the company, and the WWE sent out a press release a couple of weeks after WrestleMania, stating that Austin and the WWE were unable to settle a long-running contract dispute. This caused Steve to once again part ways with the company, only to come back in time once again for WrestleMania 21.
2) Paige and Ambrose dating?
Rumors began to surface that these two WWE mega stars hooked up in the past. This would make sense, as they are also quite the party animals outside of the ring. After the two worked independently for several years, they were both brought into the WWE’s developmental territory of FCW in 2011. Both stars signed deals just months apart. After bonding together in FCW things got complicated once Ambrose was assigned to the main roster, while Paige stayed in developmental under the rebranded NXT. Paige would go on to make her debut on the main roster in April of 2014, capturing the Divas Championship in her very first match.
1) John the party animal?
Love him or hate him, John Cena looks like one of the most down to earth human beings outside of the ring. He was also quite the party animal before he met Nikki, and according to rumors, this caused a split up between Cena and his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Huberdeau. Jericho also confirmed that Cena is a strong drinker, during the Y2J podcast. Chris and John discussed stories from the past, and one of them was a story of Cena and Y2J getting heavily intoxicated. The two WWE stars began the night at a hotel bar, but they later continued the party in their room (a bartender from the bar gave the wrestlers a cooler filled with drinks to add to the evening). Jericho recalls passing out and waking up perfectly tucked into bed as Cena continued to pound down some beers by himself. Doesn’t get any better than that, does it?