There’s no shame in the game. Any publicity is good publicity. Or is it? Since the WWE superstars of the world spend most of their time together training, fighting, and traveling together, it’s no surprise that most of them end up hooking up. I mean, if you were surrounded by tons of super hot and feisty wrestlers, would you be able to resist? I’d like to think I would, but to be human is to err. Isn’t that right? Even world champion wrestlers aren’t strong enough to withstand that kind of torture!
Since the WWE is like one big happy family, most of these couples end up friends after the dust settles. It’s when mental health problems, domestic abuse, and illicit affairs happen that this kind of behavior becomes too hard to forgive. Between performing, TV shows like Total Divas, Twitter, FaceTime, and Instagram, it’s almost impossible to keep any flirtations under wraps. With time, all these relationships surface and more often than not, couples aren’t too pleased about it.
From one night stands to years of marriage, the WWE is known for its undercover romances and non-stop drama. Sometimes real-life stories even get written into the TV storylines. 15 minutes of fame sounds great in theory but if it means you lose everyone you hold near and dear, it seems hardly worth it. What do you think? Here’s a list of 15 super juicy, secret relationships that existed within the WWE that no one wanted you to find out about.
15. Eden Stiles and Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes and his beautiful model girlfriend (now wife) Brandi Reed kept their relationship pretty much under wraps the entire time they were working for the WWE. Reed, who went by the name Eden Stiles while she was the ring announcer for SmackDown (among other WWE shows), was overflowing with excitement for their relationship but made sure to keep it hush-hush until she was free from her contract. The first time she left the WWE in 2011 she publicly announced that she was “Cody’s girl” with pride. She did eventually return to the show to work alongside Cody. They later wrote the couple’s engagement into the show, firing Rhodes just in time for him to take a honeymoon. Today, both Cody and Brandi have officially left the WWE to pursue new interests. Their relationship is stronger than ever!
14. Seth Rollins and Zahra Schreiber
This secret affair came crashing down on Rollins’ long-term relationship with Leighla Schultz when nude photos of Zahra were posted on Rollins’ Twitter and Instagram accounts. Seth and Leighla had been engaged for almost a year when the truth about the other woman came out. Leighla shamelessly posted naked photos of Seth online to get her sweet, sweet revenge before dumping him. After proudly posting Nazi iconography on her social media, Zahra was fired from the WWE but held onto Seth for a bit longer than Leighla – about a year longer, to be exact. They quietly went their separate ways in the spring of 2016 and seem to be sticking to pretty friendly terms. What a tumultuous relationship! We’re happy that one’s over. What were you thinking, Seth?
13. Dana Brooke and Dolph Ziggler
In December of 2015, Rusev called Dana and Dolph out for using Twitter too much as a form of communication. I guess he was tired of watching them flirt all day and asked them to text instead. There’s nothing worse than being the third wheel, and this sounds an awful like the familiar annoyance of friends in a budding romance! It makes sense that the two would hook up; they’re both very serious about their athletics careers and, coincidently, both from Ohio. They still haven’t gone public with the relationship but spend holidays together and post an awful lot of photos snuggled up together. Is this just a big hoax? Or is it the real deal? Here’s hoping it’s true love – they make a super cute couple!
12. CM Punk and Lita
Before AJ, there was Lita. Actually, let’s be honest – who hasn’t CM Punk slept with? He’s certainly made his way through the sexy ladies of the WWE and this time was no different. Lita, the thong-sporting, fiery red head famous for winning the WWE Women’s Championship on four separate occasions, also had a bit of a reputation for sleeping around. She is linked to a number of different wrestlers, including Punk. Actually, CM Punk and Lita are rumored to have hooked up a couple of times. They were together both before and after her uber-public relationship with Matt Hardy. What’s funny about these two is that Lita was a huge inspiration for AJ in her career. Was this romance simply foreshadowing for AJ’s future? We’d like to think so!
11. Triple H and Chyna
Chyna and Triple H had a very rocky relationship in the 90’s and early 2000’s where she made claims that he physically abused her, which he denied. I wouldn’t want to get hit by Triple H, that’s for sure! She also made claims that he cheated on her with Stephanie McMahon, which was evidently true because he left her for Stephanie and they got married in 2003. True love or not, this was the best move Paul “Triple H” Levesque could have made – he’s now the WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events, and creative. Upon Chyna’s death in spring of 2016, he publicly claimed she was a “pioneer whose star shined bright”. Seems like all the bad blood of their former romance is water under the bridge.
10. Tyson Kidd and Natalya
Natalya and Tyson “TJ” Kidd met in the early 2000’s while TJ was training in Florida. In 2008, Nattie became his manager. The couple got married in 2013 after 10 years of living together. Ten years of courtship before tying the knot. How’s that for traditional? The two made a picture perfect couple but after fighting Samoa Joe in 2015, TJ suffered a serious injury on his spine. What make this relationship secretive today is that Nattie opens up about almost everything else on Total Divas except the situation with her husband. Is he ok? Are they still together? Yes, they’re still happily married, but Tyson Kidd has removed himself from the series, most likely to avoid questions around the safety of the WWE. How do you feel about that?
9. Nikki Bella and Dolph Ziggler
Thanks to Total Bellas, everyone knows Nikki Bella and John Cena are currently living in marital bliss. It’s almost surprising to see how happy they are since he isn’t ready to settle down and have kids right now. Was John Cena her one true WWE love? Apparently not. Before John there was Dolph. Early on in both their WWE careers they were a hot item. The relationship lasted for a few years between 2008 and 2010 but ultimately they weren’t ideal for each other. Recently, Ziggler’s come back into Nikki’s life proclaiming his undying love for her and asking her to leave John for him because he is ready to be a father. Nikki doesn’t seem too convinced, but if I were John I wouldn’t exactly be thrilled!
8. Sunny and Shawn Michaels
Recently, former WWE executive Bruce Prichard spoke out about the somewhat secretive relationship between Tammy “Sunny” Sytch and Shawn Michaels. What’s really unfortunate about their little fling was that it happened while Sunny was in an actual relationship with Chris Candido. These wrestlers couldn’t seem to keep their hands off each other, but who’s to blame? It must be hard to be surrounded by mega babes all day and have to stick to just one of them. The pair weren’t exactly secretive about their love affair and this left Chris with an awful taste in his mouth. Michaels is known for his extreme strength and bad boy attitude, but an illicit affair with Sunny wasn’t expected by anyone. Apparently Candido was so hurt by their actions that he was treated for suicidal thoughts.
7. Sasha Banks and Sarath Ton
Sarath Ton, who also operated under the name Kid Mikaze, has won the heart of WWE badass Sasha Banks. They say opposites attract, right? Sometimes you don’t need someone who’s as loud and outgoing as you are, but just someone to come home to. Sarath is a costume designer for the WWE but had a brief stint as a wrestler in the independent scene, which is where they met. He designed most of Banks’ outfits, choosing everything from style to color scheme. Sasha Banks is one of the most successful female wrestlers of all time; she’s someone who is really bringing equality between the sexes in the WWE. This is in part due to the special bond she shares with her now husband, Mikaze. Isn’t it incredible what people can accomplish when they’re loved and supported off the camera?
6. AJ Lee and CM Punk
Ok, so by now we all know that AJ and CM tied the knot. I guess once you’re married nothing is a secret anymore. But while they were dating, this relationship was super secretive. Shortly after the two were married on Friday, June 13th, a photo was tweeted showing them in innocent, marital bliss. Punk wasn’t too pleased about this and demanded the photo be taken down and that he would block anyone who posted photos of his wedding as a replacement for not being able to punch them in the face. Anger management issues, much? It’s understandable that he wanted a little privacy for his special day but who wouldn’t want to see this couple get hitched? Not only are they both incredibly beautiful people, they’re also WWE Superstars. Perhaps it’s a match made in heaven?
5. John Morrison and Melina
John and Melina had a very long, very turbulent relationship that involved allegations of cheating and abuse. In fact, the last dispute got the police involved. After that, Melina mostly stayed out of the limelight while John moved on to independent acting and wrestling contracts. Apparently Melina was bullied a lot backstage and was having a hard time dealing with it. Being a WWE Diva can’t be an easy job, that’s for sure. What’s even juicier about this complex relationship is that Melina was rumored to have been dating Dave Batista for a large stretch of it. Maybe knowing his lady was with another man in her spare time really put him over the edge. She denies it, saying he was merely a supportive friend in a time of need, but their relationship ultimately ended over this disagreement.
4. Edge and Beth Phoenix
It’s undeniable that both Edge and Beth were fantastic performers when they were at the peak of their divisions. Edge won 31 titles over the course of his career and Beth was one of the best-loved Divas to emerge from the WWE. The two kept a relationship going for 5 or more years before finally getting married in October of 2016. Even though they have two children together, they did their best to stay out of the spotlight until Edge was forced to retire due to repeated neck injuries. This was neither of their first marriages; Beth had been married once before and Edge twice. Let’s hope third time’s a charm for Edge, since rumours of his second marriage bring us to the next illicit affair on the list…
3. Edge and Lita
When Edge and Lita hooked up, they were both in relationships with other people. Talk about trashy! Both these WWE Superstars have had reputations for being homewreckers, so it’s no surprise they ended up together. Lita was with Matt Hardy at the time and Edge was married to his second wife, Lisa Ortiz. The Lita/Edge/Hardy triangle gave way to creative wrestling story lines that mirrored the same situation. So not only did they both have to face the music in their own lives, but they had to be publicly shamed for infidelity in the ring. Which, let’s be honest, was well deserved. Edge and Lita really only lasted as a couple long enough for the story to play out on TV, and thankfully today Edge is happily married to Beth Phoenix. Let’s hope it lasts!
2. AJ Lee and Jay Lethal
Jay Lethal was the reason AJ Lee broke into the wrestling business in the first place since he helped coach her and build her up to be the athlete she knew she always could be. They made a cute couple in their old indie days of wrestling but broke up in 2009, way before she hooked up with CM Punk. In today’s dating world, that’s practically a whole generation ago! For a long time, he seemed really happy for her success and for how well her storyline was doing. Unfortunately, there’s a still bit of bad blood between Jay and CM even to this day. Lethal is quoted saying he refused to take “hand-me-downs” from Daniel Bryan, but that Punk was happy to take his. Now, boys – let’s play nice!
1. Alicia Fox and Wade Barrett
Alicia and Wade managed to keep their relationship almost completely secret until Total Divas leaked it to the public. Which is very impressive in the days of smartphones and omnipresent wifi! Fox was caught on camera discussing how hard it was to get over Barrett. Since we know so little about their romance, it’s hard to know exactly how long they were together for but it’s estimated to be at least a couple of years from 2011-2014. For Alicia, getting over Wade was so hard because he was her first love. You never forget something that powerful! Unfortunately Wade just didn’t see a future with her and knew it was for the best to end the relationship. Can’t wait to see these cuties move on to bigger and better things!