Professional wrestlers have been flanked by managers since the early days, and in the 80s, it became a crucial aspect of WWE TV. Managers such as Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart played a significant role in the careers of many stars of that time.
As time progressed, the idea of a top name having a manager or valet didn’t phase out at all. In came Paul Bearer and Paul Heyman, who helped elevate stars such as The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, respectively.
It’s very important for wrestlers and managers to have chemistry, as it makes the pairing more compelling on-screen. Sometimes their chemistry might be so strong that it forms a love relationship. What might come next is even bigger.
Here are five current and former WWE Superstars who wed their manager/valet in real life.
#5 Former WWE stars Lana & Miro
During their early run in WWE, Lana and Miro, the latter formerly known as Rusev, were simply presented as a manager/wrestler on TV. The company didn’t begin to acknowledge their relationship until the couple announced their engagement on social media.
This forced WWE to scrap the on-screen relationship between Lana and Dolph Ziggler that was being built up. Lana and Miro tied the knot on July 29, 2016, and had a celebration on Monday Night RAW which was spoiled by Roman Reigns.
WWE went on to split up the couple once again on TV. Lana was paired with Bobby Lashley and they were presented as an item. As part of the storyline, she and The Bulgarian Brute got a divorce, and she “married” Lashley.
It didn’t last long, however, as they ended up separating while Miro had already parted ways with WWE. He is currently competing in AEW where he’s a former TNT Champion. Lana was also released, while Lashley went on to win the WWE Championship for the first time in his career.
#4 Goldust & Terri Runnels
Terri Runnels is one of the most popular valets in WWE history. As Marlena, she was known for smoking cigars and donning a gold gown. She managed “The Bizarre One” Goldust, AKA Dustin Rhodes.
Marlena was different from other female managers/valets in WWE such as Sable and Stacy Keibler. While they overshadowed the wrestlers, due to their appeal, she didn’t take away any attention from Goldust. Instead, they brought out the best from one another.
They were legitimately married before being paired in WWE, and they had chemistry. In November 1997, Goldust split with Marlena after his feud with the late Brian Pillman. WWE Hall of Famer Luna Vachon became his new manager.
#3 WWE Hall of Famer Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth
Professional wrestling is often compared to soap operas, and there’s a reason for that. The industry is emotionally and physically driven, which is what makes it interesting and entertaining.
While fans were drawn to physical specimens such as Bruno Sammartino and Andre the Giant, they were also into romantic storylines. The Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth are the first to come to mind. The romantic duo made many fans weep when they reunited and embraced in the ring.
When Randy Savage proposed to her in the middle of the ring and she accepted, it was one of the most wholesome moments in WWE history. Online services such as Twitter and Google didn’t exist at the time. So, not everyone knew that they were already married in real life, which made the entire thing feel special.
#2 Torrie Wilson and Billy Kidman
WWE Hall of Famer Torrie Wilson tied the knot with former Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman in 2003. Wilson began accompanying Kidman to the the ring in WCW when he was a member of a faction known as Filthy Animals.
In WWE, the couple teamed up to face John Cena and Dawn Marie in an intergender tag team match at Rebellion 2002.
They emerged victorious in the bout. Their relationship didn’t last very long, however, as they got divorced in 2008.
#1 WWE COO Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
WWE’s power couple Triple H and Stephanie McMahon walked down the aisle in 2003, and they have been together ever since. Their relationship is inseprerable, and they still love each other very much.
Stephanie isn’t afraid to express her love for her husband on social media, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, his birthday or just a normal Monday. Before they began dating and got married, McMahon was Helmsey’s manager during the Attitude Era.
They even had a fake marriage in 1999 and got divorced later on in storyline. They have three daughters together, and the oldest one has reportedly started training to become a wrestler.