Professional wrestlers – especially those who perform for big companies like WWE – are essentially celebrities, and like any celebrity, what they do outside of their profession is of public interest. This is especially true when it comes to their relationships, as celebrity relationship gossip is pretty much the fuel that countless magazines and TV shows run on.
In this proud and esteemed tradition, let’s take a look at some wrestlers who have dated athletes who have been accomplished in an ability other than wrestling, including a few athletes who have actually been successful in professional wrestling in a way. or another.
ten Dana Brooke and Enes Kanter
Before becoming a fixture in the WWE Women’s Division, Dana Brooke established gymnastics training before moving on to bodybuilding, competing in the Arnold Classic on several occasions, including when she signed with WWE. In the late 2010s, she started dating Enes Kanter, an NBA star who played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics and even won the WWE 24/7 title once. However, the two separated in late 2019, after which Brooke publicly lambasted her ex on social media.
9 Riddle and Lisa Rennie
Former NXT Tag Team Champion and WWE Champion of the United States, Riddle, is also a ‘legitimate’ athlete, having established himself in MMA and racking up an 8-3 record in the UFC before jumping in. in a professional wrestling career. His wife, Lisa Rennie, is no slouch when it comes to athletics, either. While attending Louisiana State University, Rennie competed in gymnastics and ended up becoming an All-American twice during her time there. In recent years he has competed in Olympic style weightlifting competitions.
8 Eve Torres and Rener Gracie
Making her WWE debut in 2007 as part of the Divas Search competition, Eve Torres not only won the Divas Search, but also became a three-time Divas Champion during her career. Fans may remember Torres for taking part in a storyline involving Zack Ryder, John Cena, and Kane and for becoming an authority figure under John Laurinaitis.
However, Torres would start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, where she would not only begin teaching a self-defense course for women, but also establish a relationship with the BJJ practitioner and trainer. Rener Gracie. Torres would leave WWE in order to focus on the new direction of his career as well as his relationship, and the two would tie the knot in 2014.
7 Ride Ford and Bianca Belair
It’s pretty well established that Montez Ford of Street Profits and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair are a couple, but fans may not be aware that the incredibly strong and athletic Belair actually comes from a different competitive discipline. . Prior to embarking on his WWE career, Belair was an accomplished high school track star and continued to compete in track and field competitions throughout college. Thereafter, Belair will participate in powerlifting and competitive CrossFit.
6 Robert Stone & Tara Sue Gally
A manager on NXT these days, fans may be surprised to realize that Robert Stone used to compete in the ring, as his Jersey Shore parody Robbie E of Impact Wrestling is a completely different character than his unfortunate current sports agent gimmick. Even less well known is that his wife, Tara Sue Gally, is active in fitness. The two met at the gym where they both worked – Gally was a fitness instructor while Stone worked at the smoothie bar – and would then open an F45 gym in Baldwin Park, Calif.
5 Bo Dallas and Sarah Backman
From 2014 to 2019, former NXT Champion Bo Dallas was married to WWE developmental wrestler Sarah Backman, who was signed to the company from 2012 to 2014 and, despite ringing name Shara, never officially. debuts for promotion. While his WWE career has gone nowhere, Backman was in fact a highly decorated showdown, winning numerous titles not only in his home country of Sweden but also in world championships. On top of that, Backman was also on the Swedish version of American Gladiators under the nickname “Spirit”.
4 Torrie Wilson and Alex Rodriguez
Torrie Wilson played for WCW and WWE as a valet and wrestler from 1999-2008, and has since not only become a WWE Hall of Famer in 2019, but also makes various ‘Legends’ appearances as well as the Strange Royal Rumble entrance. But outside of the ring, she dated a sports legend herself.
In 2011, Torrie Wison began dating famous 2009 World Series-winning New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez. However, the couple would eventually go their separate ways in 2015, and Wilson would marry in 2019, and A- Rod would date Jennifer Lopes for a few years.
3 The crews of Apollo and Linda Palonen
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion and United States Champion as well as Open The Twin Gate Champion for Dragon Gate Pro-Wrestling, Apollo Crews is married to a woman named Linda Palonen who works in finance. However, she has an athletic training herself as she not only played basketball as a child in Finland, but also practiced professional bodybuilding by participating in competitions. Considering Crew’s physique is impressive, it’s cool to see his partner match that kind of energy.
2 Dana Brooke and Ulysse Diaz
After slipping from the aforementioned Enes Kanter, Dana Brooke actually found herself in a relationship with another competitive athlete in boxer Ulysses Diaz, as the two have been dating since at least early 2020. With a record of 12-1 in boxing with 11 knockouts and some MMA appearances, Diaz rose to notoriety in 2020 by scoring one of the fastest wins in combat sports history, beating an opponent by knockout in about three seconds.
1 Becky Lynch and Luke Sanders
Since WWE made a fuss about it, most wrestling fans know that Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are not only married, but have a child together. Before Rollins however, Lynch dated “Cool Hand” MMA fighter Luke Sanders. Competing in the bantamweight division, Sanders has been fighting for the UFC since 2016 and has reached a 13-5 record in the sport so far. The two went their separate ways in 2019, and Sanders went on to speak out about the split, explaining that Lynch’s WWE travel schedule and Sanders’ desire to focus on her daughter’s education contributed to the end of the relationship.
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