WWE superstar Paige this week was the victim of a hack, having a number of private photos and videos published online without her consent.
In the photos and videos, Paige is with fellow WWE employees Xavier Woods and Brad Maddox. These days, however, Paige is dating Alberto Del Rio, a former WWE wrestler who left the company in 2016.
Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between Alberto Del Rio and Paige.
1. Del Rio Says They Bonded Over Both Being Third Generation Wrestlers
Alberto Del Rio says that he and Paige bonded over the fact that they were both born into wrestling families.
Del Rio’s father is José Luis Rodríguez Arellano, also known as Dos Caras, a wrestler who was especially active in the 1970s, performing with Mexico’s Universal Wrestling Alliance. Paige, meanwhile, is the daughter of wrestlers Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya.
“[T]hat’s what brought us together because she’s a third generation wrestler, I’m a third generation wrestler, we go through the same stuff,” Del Rio said in an interview with Busted Open Radio, according to Wrestling Inc. “When you’re in this business you bleed, you cry, you go through a lot of things and it’s amazing to have someone next to you to help you go through all of those things. Good or bad.”
Del Rio also added that he and Paige spent a lot of time together because of all of the traveling they did together while both with the WWE.
2. They Went Public With Their Relationship in May 2016
Paige and Alberto Del Rio went public with their relationship in May 2016; that month, they were seen together holding hands and embracing at Walt Disney World.
It was later reported that Paige and Del Rio had been hooking up since before WrestleMania 32. At first, a lot of people actually speculated that this relationship was entirely manufactured to promote the upcoming season of Total Divas, but that did not end up being the case.
The relationship between Paige and Alberto Del Rio was, however, featured in the sixth season of Total Divas. During the course of that season, Paige revealed that she is in love with Del Rio, saying that when he returned to the WWE, they started hanging out and “it just happened.”
In recent months, Paige and Del Rio have not been one of those WWE couples who tend to avoid talking about their relationship or being seen together. Rather, they frequently share photos together on social media and gush about one another. In December 2016, Paige posted a long love note about Del Rio on Twitter, saying that he is the perfect family man and that she finally found someone who is real.
Although the timeline of events in the photo hack situation is somewhat unclear, Del Rio and Paige would not have been together when the leaked videos were taken. The photos feature Brad Maddox, who was fired from the WWE in 2015, and they also appear to be shot when Paige was the NXT Women’s Champion, i.e. sometime between July 2013 and April 2014.
3. WWE Reportedly Tried to Break Them Up
The WWE has reportedly been unhappy about the relationship between Alberto Del Rio and Paige, even going as far as trying to get them to break up.
In September 2016, wrestler Mister Saint Laurent said in a podcast appearance that Paige was approached and flat out told that she had to break up with Alberto Del Rio.
“I do know that Mark Carrano, who fans might know from Total Divas, kind of like the office liaison guy, approached Del Rio and Paige individually and harassed each of them about their relationship. It was indicated that the office wanted them to sever their romantic relationship,” he said.
He also said that wanting to keep Del Rio and Paige apart was a big factor in splitting them up in the 2016 draft; in July 2016, Alberto Del Rio was drafted to SmackDown Live, and Paige was drafted to Monday Night Raw. This is in contrast to many of the other WWE couples who were kept together in the brand split, such as John Cena and Nikki Bella, The Miz and Maryse, and Renee Young and Dean Ambrose.
Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer later said that wanting to break up Del Rio and Paige is indeed the reason they were assigned to different shows in the draft.
“The reality is they were put on different brands when everyone in decision making power knew full well they were a couple and it’s impossible to believe them being a couple wasn’t figured into the decision,” Meltzer said.
Meltzer also said that Del Rio and Paige “were like high schoolers when they together backstage.” However, he said that he doubted that anyone actually approached them and directly told them to break up.
4. Paige Has Several Del Rio Tattoos
In May 2016, Paige got an Alberto Del Rio tattoo: a small “Papi” on her finger; Papi is her nickname for Del Rio.
In September 2016, Paige got a second Del Rio tattoo, this one larger: the word “Alberto” on her ribs. Paige shared a photo of the tattoo on Instagram with the caption, “When you love someone so much you give it all for. Not the expression, no literally give it all for.” However, when the post was flooded with negative comments, she deleted it.
5. Paige Proposed to Del Rio in October 2016
In October 2016, Paige proposed to Alberto Del Rio.
She popped the question in the ring after Del Rio finished a wrestling match in Puerto Rico. Paige later took to Twitter to show off her own ring from Del Rio.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Paige and Del Rio’s wedding will take place in May 2017.
Alberto Del Rio has not publicly commented on Paige’s photo leak.