15 Wrestlers With Women Much Younger Than Them
The fast-paced lifestyle of professional wrestlers puts a great deal of strain on their ability to maintain a healthy, happy monogamous relationship. Once these monsters of the squared circle grow weary of nightly hookups and the trail of dalliances, some look to industry-insiders for a soft shoulder. Others like having a separate partner outside the limelight. More than a few wrestlers have burned through marriages and settled down with someone a fraction of their age. Here are 15 pro wrestlers that are making a go of it with women who are considerably younger.
15. Shawn Michaels (51) – Rebecca Curci (44)
Shawn and Rebecca have been inseparable since 1999 and although she’s seven years the younger, she’s had to be the grownup more often than not. Over the years, Michaels has been at the center of controversy on and off the mat. The couple struggled through Shawn’s fight to get clean and sober and he came out on the other side in terrific shape. The Heartbreak Kid hasn’t just been blessed with athletic ability, fame and fortune. He has a rock of a woman to hold the family together through thick and thin.
14 John Cena (39) – Nikki Bella (32)
John Cena stands among the biggest names in pro wrestling history. His wrestling exploits and personality have made him a household name. But after a failed marriage to Elizabeth Huberdeau, his charm may have landed him Nikki Bella of the famed Bella Twins. Although she’s now considered “semi-retired” sometimes the best relationship is one that you have work in common. It’s a fast glitzy life not everyone can truly relate too.
13 DDP (60) – Brenda Nair (52)
Diamond Dallas Page is the consummate good guy in and out of the squared circle. He has a rep for helping others in need and has been has bounced around wrestling organizations such as WCW, WWF, Total Nonstop and even Juggalo Championship Wrestling. You know, those rappers with clown makeup. After calling his marriage quits with Kimberly Page in the early 2000s, he kept his faith in the institution and re-upped with Brenda Nair in an intimate ceremony in Cancun after returning to WWE in 2011. At eight years older, he looks a little worse for wear. But that make a cute couple.
12 CM Punk (37) – AJ Lee (29)
This couple may have been adored by wrestling fans, but pro wrestling hasn’t show them the love. WWE actually canned Punk on the couple’s wedding day in 2014. But this marriage is strong and Lee told them where to stick it and resigned in suit. These days, he’s a mixed martial arts fighter for UFC and the pair look rock solid, and split time between their respective homes in Milwaukee and Chicago.
11 Steve Austin (51) – Kristin Feres (?)
Stone Cold has had a rocky trifecta of marriages before tying the knot with Kristin Austin (Feres). In 2002, he was even arrested on domestic charges against former spouse WWE Diva Debra. Sometimes it’s better to marry outside of the industry and that’s what he’s found with Kristin, who is about 10 years younger. The couple has a sweet life on their Texas ranch.
10 Ric Flair (67) – Wendy Barlow (56)
Ric Flair has been on the winning end of multiple wrestling championships. He’s also been on the losing end of four marriages. Flair has had a colorful life on and off the mat. He’s engaged in real life feuds with fellow wrestlers such as Mick Foley, Shane Douglas, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan and old school legend Bruno Sammartino. He’s proclaimed carnal; knowledge of star Halle Berry, which she vehemently denies, and slipped a ring on the finger of Wendy Barlow, who played a maid for a few WCW segments. Despite being Wife Swap-ped to Roddy Piper and being 11 years younger, she apparently will walk down the aisle with this senior wrestler.
9 The Rock (44) – Lauren Hashian (32)
Many people don’t remember that Dwayne Johnson started out as a football player, winning a National Championship with the Miami Hurricanes and turned pro wrestler after a stint in the Canadian Football League. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He and Lauren met on the set of Game Plan while Johnson was going through a divorce with his first wife. After it was finalized, the pair got together and have been going strong ever since. The 12-year gap certainly hasn’t made a difference in terms of body fitness. The Rock is a workout junky and one has to wonder if his younger, singer-songwriter wife can even keep up.
8 Matt Hardy (42) – Reby Sky (30)
Tag team superstar Matt Hardy bounced from WWE to TNA in 2010. But changing affiliations didn’t change his penchant for dating women inside wrestling. He’s run the gamut from Lita to Ashley Massaro before tying the knot with Rebecca “Reby Sky” Reyes a few years back. They’re now starring in “married with children” at home. Guess he finally found a true keeper!
7 Randy Orton (36) – Kim Kessler (24)
Randy Orton may not be what you call a “face man,” unless pug is en vogue, but he amassed quite the little black book before meeting Kessler. To put their 12-year age gap in perspective, she was eight the first time he entered the squared circle. However, they’re doing well and are already growing their family.
6 Alberto Del Rio (39) – Saraya-Jade Bevis (24)
Del Rio may be 15 years older than his diva sweetheart, but they certainly look good together. Both are wrestling darlings. Wrestling-lovers may recognize her right away as Paige, the NXT Women’s Wrestling Champion. We’ll see how this relatively new relationship unfolds. But it looks like the stars have aligned for these grapplers.
5 The Undertaker (51) – Michelle McCool (36)
This is one of the ultimate power couples. She’s a 2-time WWE Women’s Champ and he’s one of the biggest household names in wrestling. They got hitched in 2010 and are building a family. While she is a young looking 36, it’s hard to imagine he’s only 51. I guess this is one of those things, like women thinking smooshed-faced dogs are cute.
4 Kurt Angle (47) – Giovanna Yannotti (29)
Angle was a 2-time National College Wrestling champion and Olympic Gold medalist before hooking up with Extreme Wrestling in the mid-1990s. These days, the couple shares the same job description and it’s not wrestling per se. They’re both acting in the film and TV industry and have a growing number of kids. The 18-year age gap is something. Think about it, you can vote when you’re 18!
3 Hulk Hogan (63) – Jennifer McDaniel (42)
The Hulkster got divorced in 2007, after 24 years of marriage to Linda Hogan. After the divorce she took up with a 19-year-old. The big guy began a courtship with Jennifer and tied the knot after about a year in 2010. The 21-year age difference doesn’t appear to be an issue. But to put that in context, she’s young enough to be his granddaughter and after 21 years, you can vote and legally drink Hulkamaniacs!
2 Bret Hart (59) – Stephanie Washington (33)
A 26-year age gap is pretty huge. Like plenty of celebs, The Hitman has walked down the aisle before and this is his third time in the matrimonial ring. The ex-champ and his young wife of six years have been pleasantly enjoying his semi-retirement of sorts. The good news may be that she’ll only be 41 when he qualifies for Social Security benefits.
1 Jerry Lawler (66) – Lauryn McBride (27)
Jerry Lawler earned a reputation as a ladies man during his lengthy wrestling career and is on his third marriage with the lovely Lauryn. The near 40-year age difference must raise some eyebrows. Do people mistakenly ask him . . . Is that your daughter or is that your granddaughter! Although they’ve endured some issues with the WWE, life seems to be falling into place and financially things must be steady. After all, his age qualifies him for Social Security! But happiness is in the heart. All kidding aside, more power to them!