There are currently several couples in WWE. While some met after working together, a few of them met before joining Vince McMahon's company.
Some examples of the first category will be Naomi and Jimmy Uso. They started dating during their early days in WWE before tying the knot in 2014. Montez Ford and Bianca Belair also first met at the WWE Performance Center in 2015 and married three years later.
However, other couples kicked off their relationships outside. Some worked together in other promotions, and a few even competed against each other. These couples later reunited in Vince McMahon's company.
Here are five current couples who met before their time in WWE.
#5. WWE Superstars Franky Monet and John Morrison
John Morrison joined WWE following his participation in the third edition of Tough Enough in the early 2000s. The former Intercontinental Champion left after spending nearly nine years in the company.
Morrison later competed in several promotions, including Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, where he fell in love with Franky Monet. In an interview with Chris Van Villet, Monet revealed how she first met Morrison.
"We had met before because he was coming to AAA because obviously, I think once he started working on [Lucha Underground] Season 1, he was coming to AAA and doing TV. But it was never like we weren’t friends. I was just excited that someone spoke English," Franky said.
While Monet was Morrison's valet in a storyline, the multi-time Champion fell for her. He then started following her around the locker room before asking her out.
Eventually, Morrison took Monet out on a date in California, kicking off their romantic relationship.
"We went and did press in New York, and he took me to Hamilton. He took me to Hamilton, and then we just kind of started dating. Then he came to visit me in Mexico and I came to LA to visit him. We were filming and doing stuff, and the rest is history," Monet added.
After dating for three years, the couple tied the knot in 2018. A month later, they went head-to-head in the ring at NHW Match-rimony. Monet defeated her husband in the inter-gender match.
In January 2020, Morrison returned to WWE. Earlier this year, his wife also signed with Vince McMahon's company. Monet is currently active on NXT while Morrison competes on Monday Night RAW.
#4. WWE Superstars Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae
Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae first met outside of WWE. They were both competing on the independent circuit when LeRae caught the eye of the former NXT Champion.
In an interview with AZ Central, Gargano revealed how he first met the former NXT Women's Tag Team Champion during an indie event in California.
"I remember [Candice] brought her cousin to the back, and they were just hanging out talking, and I decided I was going to try to get to [Candice] by talking to her cousin about her cellphone. It didn’t really work that well, but we developed a friendship," Gargano said.
The couple had their first date at a Subway at an independent wrestling show. On the independent circuit, the duo had a few one-on-one matches against each other, in which they both exchanged victories.
In 2016, the former NXT North American Champion officially signed with WWE after making several appearances on NXT. That same year, Gargano and LeRae announced their engagement in January and married in September.
In May 2017, LeRae joined her husband in WWE. The 36-year-old competed on NXT, where she held the Women's Tag Team Championships alongside Indi Hartwell. She has recently been out of action because of her pregnancy. Her husband has also not competed in two months.
#3. WWE Superstars Keith "Bearcat" Lee and Mia Yim
Mia Yim and Keith Lee started dating before they joined WWE. Nonetheless, many fans had no idea the two superstars were in a relationship until they both were already stars on NXT.
Like the previous two couples on this list, Lee and Yim competed against each other outside WWE. Their only one-on-one match came at Beyond All Day in May 2018. The couple put in a great fight which ended with Yim scoring the victory.
Three months after losing his girlfriend, Lee debuted in WWE. Yim also joined him in Vince McMahon's company later that year. The couple has shared the ring a few times in WWE.
In February 2019, they teamed up to defeat Kona Reeves and Vanessa Borne at NXT Lakeland Show. Lee and Yim later went into a feud with Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. The two couples squared off twice in May-June of 2020. Lee and Yim lost both bouts.
The former NXT Champion and the former IMPACT Knockouts Champion are very private about their relationship. Nonetheless, they announced their engagement last February. The couple is currently on Monday Night RAW. While Lee is a regular performer on the Red Brand, Yim has not competed in a WWE since last December.
#2. WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Sarath Ton
Sasha Banks and her husband Sarath Ton (F.K.A. Mikaze) met while competing on the independent circuit a few years before they joined WWE. The couple even shared the ring during a Fatal Four-Way Match at a Beyond Wrestling event in 2012.
In an interview with Charly Caruso a few years ago, the former SmackDown Women's Champion spoke about her first date with Ton.
"This (Pho Mai restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts) is the first place my husband took me to on our date (...) his nose was running and I was like 'oh my god, your nose is running' because the soup was so hot. And I think I had like a hair on my chest, and he grabbed it and I was like 'dude, you are a little too forward. I don't know what I feel about you' and he was like 'I'm sorry, I'm just so nervous'. But now we are here and married so all worked out," Banks said.
In August 2012, Banks signed with WWE and debuted on NXT in December. Ton also joined the company three years later. The Boss has become one of the top female superstars in WWE. However, Ton competed in only one match on NXT, in which he suffered a career-threatening injury.
The couple tied the knot in August 2016. While Banks continues to compete on SmackDown, her husband currently works as a costume designer in WWE.
#1. WWE Superstars Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux
Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux kicked off their romance a few years before signing with WWE. The couple worked together in a few independent promotions. They also shared the IMPACT Wrestling locker room.
In an interview with Instinct Culture by Denise Salcedo earlier this year, Kross revealed that Bordeaux made the first move in their relationship.
"When her and I met, there was a spark and there was a connection (...) It's like there's just the thing in the room when you know two people gravitate towards each other and we were both terrified of it. So we tried to stay away from each other for like a long time actually. It was kind of like her and I were so attracted to each other that it was actually intimidating to the both of us, so we tried to stay away from each other for a while. So, you know, I guess just one time out of many we were just hanging out and yeah, she made a move," Kross said.
In November 2019, Bordeaux officially joined WWE. Four months later, WWE announced the signing of Kross. The couple debuted together on NXT in May 2020.
After winning the NXT Championship twice, Kross moved to Monday Night RAW last July. Two months later, he and Bordeaux announced their engagement. The latter has been inactive for a while, but fans hope to see her in the main roster soon.