Rumors have arisen that WWE superstars Paige and Alberto Del Rio may no longer be dating.
On the WWE Draft event on July 19th, viewers were shocked to see Paige and Alberto Del Rio, a real-life couple, drafted to different shows. Paige going to Monday Night Raw and Alberto Del Rio going to SmackDown essentially means the two will barely ever see each other throughout the year.
According to Daily Wrestling News, Paige and Del Rio were reportedly upset about the result of the draft, which many took to be a sign that they are angry at Vince McMahon for splitting them apart.
Adding fuel to the fire, on Thursday morning, a Reddit user observed that Paige had deleted all photos of Alberto Del Rio from her Instagram page. Others noted that Paige has in the past deleted Instagram photos following a breakup, as when she and guitar player Kevin Skaff split last year.
Four days after the SmackDown draft show, Paige posted a photo of herself with Del Rio on Instagram, saying in the caption that she misses him and needs him in her life.
She later took to Twitter to post a longer message to fans, saying that she doesn’t know where she’d be without Del Rio and that she wishes him all the happiness in the world. Fans were not sure whether to read this as a sign that they are still together or that they have split up amicably.
Given the conflicting schedules of Raw and SmackDown, it would make a lot of sense for Paige and Del Rio to break up, realizing that a relationship will be difficult to maintain given their hectic schedules and minimal days off. Some, however, have speculated that Del Rio could be traded to Raw or Paige could be traded to SmackDown; as noted by WrestleZone, Booker T implied on the SmackDown pre-show on Tuesday that performers could be traded between shows.
Paige and Del Rio began dating earlier this year. Their relationship became public when they were seen kissing at Walt Disney World in May, but they reportedly started hooking up prior to Wrestlemania 32. Last month, Paige received a tattoo on her finger that read “Papi,” which is her nickname for Del Rio.
On Total Divas, the E! reality series, Paige once said that she has trouble committing to long term relationships. Her most recent boyfriend was Kevin Skaff, but Paige says she broke up with him prior to their one year anniversary.
“I was just like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know, I just didn’t feel like I wanted a relationship right now,’” Paige said. “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.”