Relationships between WWE performers are about as common as feuds between their characters. That’s to be expected considering these athletes are constantly on the road and spend such an extraordinary amount of time together.
The latest WWE relationship is between newcomer 23-year-old Paige and veteran 39-year-old Alberto Del Rio. They began hooking up just a few months ago, and their relationship went public in May after they were spotted together in Disney World. Alberto Del Rio was previously married to Angela Rodríguez, with whom he has three children, while Paige’s relationship exploits were well-documented on the E! reality series Total Divas.
Here is everything you need to know about the romance between Paige and Alberto Del Rio.
1. They Began Dating in Early 2016
Rumors of a relationship between Alberto Del Rio and Paige suddenly popped up last month when the two were seen together in Walt Disney World. It soon became clear that this was much more than a trip to the park together as friends; they were photographed making out and were evidently seen walking and holding hands.
It was later confirmed by PWInsider that the two were indeed dating, and they supposedly first hooked up prior to WrestleMania 32, according to PWPix.
Speculation has run rampant that the relationship is entirely manufactured by the WWE as a storyline for Total Divas, but thus far there is no clear evidence that this is the case. However, we’ll almost certainly see Del Rio and Paige’s relationship explored when the show returns for Season 6 this fall.
2. Paige Says She Is Not Good at Relationships
Total Divas viewers may find themselves skeptical that the romance between Alberto Del Rio and Paige will last, as Paige has noted that she is not good at maintaining long-term relationships. The 23-year-old most recently dated Kevin Skaff, guitar player for A Day to Remember. They were actually engaged for a while, but Paige decided to end the relationship shortly before their one year anniversary and noted her reluctance to commit to something so long term.
“I was just like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know, I just didn’t feel like I wanted a relationship right now,'” Paige said on Total Divas. “But I told him right from the start, I’m not very good at relationships. It’s not as if I’ll cheat on you, but I get freaked out quick and I wanna leave.”
Paige also said on Total Divas that she was sad things didn’t work out with Skaff because she really loved him. She also noted that she was nervous to tell her mother about the breakup because her mom really adores Kevin.
3. Paige Got a Tattoo for Del Rio
Though they’ve only been together for a few months, Paige recently got a small tattoo on her finger apparently for Alberto Del Rio.
According to Wrestling Inc, Paige received a tattoo that says “Papi” while in Las Vegas in April, where she was accompanied by Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio himself apparently also received a tattoo, but it does not appear that he got anything that is related to Paige.
4. Paige Was Recently Arrested In Las Vegas
The WWE community went wild last month when news came out that Paige had been arrested in Las Vegas following the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. She was seen with Alberto Del Rio, which led to many rumors that the couple had been in some sort of fight.
In a recent podcast appearance, though, Del Rio said that he and Paige went to the Absinthe variety show after Money in the Bank and began being heckled by a drunk couple. Del Rio called security to have them removed, but outside they confronted Del Rio and Paige. Police were called and apparently all involved were put in handcuffs to ensure no violence broke out. Page was checked on in an ambulance, and shortly after she and Del Rio were free to go.
Del Rio soon went to the WWE management to explain the situation, and he and Paige were applauded for how they handled it. Paige ended up wrestling the following night on Raw, which is when most fans realized the incident probably wasn’t anything too serious. Out of context, the photos of Paige in handcuffs were quite worrying to WWE viewers, but thankfully it did not wind up being a big deal.
5. Alberto Del Rio Previously Dated Charlotte
Paige and Charlotte have gone up against each other quite often on Monday Night Raw, and it seems that this conflict may not be entirely fabricated.
Before getting involved with Paige, Alberto Del Rio dated Charlotte after she split from her ex-husband, TNA’s Bram. Charlotte and Bram finalized their divorce in October 2015, the same month that Alberto Del Rio returned to the WWE, according to EWrestlingNews.
Del Rio and Charlotte’s relationship was apparently more of a fling than anything serious, but ever since Del Rio and Paige got together, there has evidently been plenty of tension backstage between the two Divas. Ringside News reports that things have been quite awkward between them, which lead to speculation that Vince McMahon wanted to play up the feud because of the real-life issues. Indeed, according to PWPix, McMahon paired Paige and Charlotte up in a match in May specifically to see if they would remain professional despite their differences. He also told the show’s writers to think up some ideas in case their feud was to be further explored.