The life of a pro wrestler is not an easy venture; most notably, they are on the road nearly 300 days out of the year, which ultimately makes having a family life incredibly difficult. Many decide to stay single during these years, that way it’s easier to focus on their dreams without having such a strong pull towards home.
The flip side of this is wrestlers are around each other so often, it’s hard not to make connections with other wrestlers, and that’s where we find so many co-workers dating each other. Throughout the years, it’s been fairly common for this to occur, and there are some individuals who have built up quite the dating resume.
This list will count down the biggest of the bunch, but before moving forward, two people must be mentioned that didn’t quite make the list. The first is Ric Flair, he’s been married four times, and has always been known to be a “ladies man,” but never really connected to other female wrestlers. The second is Missy Hyatt, she had a few flings, but more notably, Missy has been very open about how many wrestlers she’s slept with, and has actually talked about how endowed some of them are in interviews (she’s really open about this topic). So, Ric and Missy are the honorable mentions in this group, let’s get to those who made the list!
17. Nikki Bella
Starting out with the longest reigning WWE Divas champion, Nikki Bella found love with Dolph early on in her WWE career. They started dating around 2008 and were together until 2010, this was during a time when both individuals were in WWE’s Florida development promotion trying to achieve their WWE dreams.
In 2012, Nikki began dating John Cena, and their relationship became very public thanks to E!’s Total Divas, where a lot of their struggles where taped, primarily that Cena didn’t want to get married again (thanks to his recent divorce, at the time) and also not wanting children. Over time he’s seemingly softened his stance a bit, but the two are still currently an active couple living it up in Florida.
16. Triple H
“The Game” has been in two very public relationships over the past two decades; initially he was with Chyna (known as the bodyguard of DX) for years before moving on to Stephanie McMahon. At the time, he was still in a relationship with Chyna, but for him, being with the Boss’ daughter was too much to pass up.
This whole situation was a big reason why she was let go from the company, most likely it caused an awkward backstage situation, and it wasn’t like Stephanie McMahon was going anywhere. Triple H married Stephanie in 2003, the two had three daughters and are still WWE’s “Power Couple” today.
Chris Candido was Sunny’s high school sweetheart and the reason she ended up getting into the wrestling business. They started dating in the late 80s and had a very on and off relationship throughout the following years. Although, for most of Candido’s career, Sunny was his manager, until his untimely passing in 2005 from a blot clot due to a recent surgery to repair a fractured fibia and tibia.
When they weren’t together, Sunny famously hooked up with Shawn Michaels in the mid 90s, their relationship only lasted about 9 months, but they were two of the biggest stars WWE had, so it was kind of a big deal. According to Sunny, she decided to work things out with Candido thus ending her connection with “The Heartbreak Kid.”
14. Miss Elizabeth
They were quite possibly the most famous couple of all time; Miss Elizabeth and “The Macho Man” Randy Savage. They were not just an on-screen duo, but were actually married in 1984 which lasted until 1992, when the two parted ways.
After working for WCW, Elizabeth began a relationship with Lex Luger in 2000, which began a downhill spiral for her. Luger was charged with battery against her and had other legal issues during the next few years of their connection. Ultimately, Miss Elizabeth passed away from a mix of Vodka and painkillers while living in the home of Luger (who also made the 9-1-1 call), a sad end to one of WWE’s finest managers ever.
13. Karen Jarrett
Karen married Kurt Angle in 1998; the two had a son and a daughter, and eventually divorced in 2008 while both worked in TNA. Not even a year later, she began dating Jeff Jarrett (who also worked in TNA); this of course caused some backstage consternation which lead to a leave of absence for Jarrett. The two eventually married in August of 2010.
The big issue with all of this came when Karen and Jeff ran a promo on TNA where they showed off Jeff’s big house and the kids of Karen and Kurt; Angle took major offense to this as he felt it made him look like a “Deadbeat Dad.” Jeff and Angle did end up feuding on TV during this time, which made for some really awkward exchanges. Karen and Jeff are still together today, running Global Force Wrestling. Never heard of it? That’s okay, you’re not missing anything.
As mentioned above, Chyna had a long term relationship with Triple H, which ended abruptly when he decided to move up in the world and be with Stephanie McMahon. She was let go from the WWE not long after and started dating X-Pac in 2003. The couple ended up getting engaged and breaking it off multiple times over the next couple years.
The weirdness continued as X-Pac filed a domestic assault charge against Chyna, saying she allegedly hit him. The couple also approached the Red Light Distract film an adult video entitled “1 Night in Chyna” which amazingly sold over 100,000 copies – ew.
Sable met wrestler Marc Mero in 1993 and married him in 1994; much like Sunny, Sable’s man helped break her into the wrestling business, getting her right into the WWE. Sable ended up becoming so popular that she overshadowed Mero and became a solo act for the WWE.
Mero and Sable divorced in 2004 and that’s when Brock came along (who is 10 years her junior), eventually marrying her in 2006. The pair worked together during Brock’s time with New Japan Pro Wrestling and she was seen with him during his tenure in UFC. Two sons later, the couple is still happily married.
Test did pretty well for himself during his time with WWE, in his first stint; he developed a relationship with the long-legged Stacy Keibler that most likely blossomed out of their time on-screen when Stacy played as his “image consultant.”
The two split up at some point when he was released by WWE, but he returned in 2006 and began dating Kelly Kelly (not that’s not a typo; she legit went by that name). The two split up after a couple years together and Test passed away in 2009 from an accidental overdose of oxycodone at the age of 34.
9. AJ Lee
You should start to notice the number of wrestlers dated will jump up from here, two people just won’t do anymore! AJ started out her wrestling career under the tutelage of Jay Lethal, who also ended up becoming her boyfriend in 2007. The couple eventually got engaged, but broke up in 2011, around the time AJ started working at WWE, and this is where Trent Barretta came along.
They dated barely a year, before breaking up, which led to her most famous partner, CM Punk. In late 2013, they were seen hanging out together in public which got the rumor mill working overtime; in this case the rumors were true, and the couple eventually got married in June of 2014. With Punk’s awkward fallout with the WWE, AJ retired about a year after, moving on to things closer to her heart, like animals (particularly dogs).
8. Maria Kanellis
From 2005 until about 2007, Maria dated CM Punk, initially meeting in WWE’s developmental promotion (at the time) Ohio Valley Wrestling, the two took plenty of pictures while out on the town. After a few years in WWE, there were whispers of her having a short fling with John Cena, but nothing substantial can prove that was ever a thing.
Most widely known is her relationship with TNA wrestler, Mike Bennett. The two got together in 2011, married in 2014, and have been one of the best duos in the wrestling business. Fair to say, most of the notoriety comes from Maria and her excellent manager heel work and (distracting) dancing skills.
7. Matt Hardy
After meeting at an NWA Mid-Atlantic show in 1999, Matt and Lita stayed together all the way until 2005, when she famously started cheating on Matt with fellow WWE Superstar, Edge. Matt became embroiled in an on-screen feud against Edge, which actually included their love triangle as the central focus.
From there Matt was seen with Ashley Massarro, who worked with the WWE for a short period of time. Their time spent together only lasted for about a year. More recently Matt hooked up with Reby Sky in 2011 (getting hitched in 2014); the two have been working together in TNA since then.
As mentioned previously, she was involved in a very long relationship with Matt Hardy, but in 2015 Lita decided to hitch her wagon to Edge instead. Unfortunately, Edge and her lasted about a year so while it helped get her over as a heel on-screen; it hurt public opinion of her.
In 2009, pictures of her and CM Punk surfaced and the two were indeed dating for a period of time before breaking things off. Then again in early 2013, she was seen with CM Punk at an Iron Man 3 premiere, but yet again they broke up later in the year.
Before heading off to Hollywood for good, Batista enjoyed a fruitful career in the ring and during this time he forged a few connections. First, Batista dated Kelly Kelly, but ended up stopping when he found out how old she was, he was basically double her age and didn’t feel right being with someone so young.
Batista mentioned that he dated the slightly older Rosa Mendes for a period of time, but not much else was known of that bond. The last was more of a rumor than reality, when Batista got together with Melina when she had a falling out with former WWE Superstar, John Morrison. Melina said that they were simply “great friends” when asking in interviews, so take that one with a grain of salt.
4. John Cena
Starting out with the most rumored relationship, there were whispers of Cena and Maria Kanellis being together for a short period of time, nothing substantial behind that one, and Marie said Cena was a friend in interviews. Next was Victoria who said herself the two dated for about a month in 2002, even though she was married, but separated at the time.
Cena then dated Mickie James around 2008, which was broken off as Cena moved on to marry another women outside of the wrestling industry, who he divorced in mid 2012. It was said Mickie didn’t handle the break-up well, so she was transferred off of Raw to SmackDown (back then they had split brands) and she was eventually let go from the company completely. Finally, Cena has dated Nikki Bella since 2012; a lot of their relationship has been on display on Total Divas.
3. Kelly Kelly
The rumored guys from this bunch include Dolph Ziggler, Jeff Hardy, and Chris Jericho. Her pictures with Jericho raised some eyebrows since he was a married man and seemed to be just a bit too close to her. As mentioned previously, she dated Batista for a brief period of time, as well as Test, who lasted from one to two years with the former WWE Diva.
In 2010 and 2011 Kelly hooked up with Justin Gabriel, who wrestled for the WWE for a period of time before being released and going to the indy circuit. According to other wrestlers in interviews, the list of wrestlers Kelly Kelly has been with was much larger, but can’t be substantiated.
2. Mickie James
Topping all the women is Mickie James, who early on in her wrestling career (1999) dated indy regular Jake Damien, before being with CM Punk. After being together for less than a year, Mickie then connected with Joey Mercury, yet again for only about a year.
In her first serious relationship, Mickie was connected to Kenny (a member of the Spirit Squad) for nearly two years, the two even got engaged, but Kenny broke it off when he believed she was cheating on him with John Cena. Currently, Mickie James is married to former TNA wrestler, Magnus, both of them now work for Global Force Wrestling.
1. CM Punk
When it comes to dating other wrestlers, there is a clear winner and that’s none other than CM Punk. In the late 90s and early 00s, Punk first dated fellow indy wrestlers Allison Danger and Becky Bayless. He then went on to date Daffney, Mickie James, and Traci Brooks, all of which lasted only around a year.
Punk then had a longer relationship with Maria Kanellis while they were both in WWE, then it was Lita, then Beth Phoenix, back to Lita, and finally his current wife, AJ Lee. Even though he really played the field during his wrestling career, he seems extremely happy with AJ, which is a nice ending to such a turbulent list of pro wrestling relationships.