While some WWE NXT female superstars compete inside the squared circle, their real-life partners pursue other careers outside the wrestling business.
A few real-life couples are currently active on NXT and NXT UK. Former NXT United Kingdom Champion Gunther, for example, is now dating NXT UK's star, Jinny. Meanwhile, other female competitors are dating wrestlers from other companies. Blair Davenport, for instance, is in a relationship with NJPW's star Will Ospreay.
Nevertheless, some NXT female superstars have fallen in love with men who work in other fields outside the wrestling business. Although they are not wrestlers, some of these guys are also athletes.
Here are five WWE NXT female superstars and their partners' professions.
#5. WWE NXT star Jakara Jackson
Before joining Vince McMahon's company, Jakara Jackson was a fitness model and competed in bodybuilding competitions. Jackson also had a regular job. She worked at UPS for a while before becoming a bank teller.
In 2020, Jackson competed in the second season of The Rock's sports competition reality series The Titan Games. Nevertheless, she failed to qualify for the finals.
Nearly a year later, she participated in a WWE tryout in Las Vegas before SummerSlam. The former UPS employee passed the tryout and signed a contract with Vince McMahon's company nearly five months ago.
While Jackson is pursuing a career in WWE, her real-life partner Sean Michael Torres is a professional musician. He recently released an album, First Impression, which contains four songs.
Jackson and Torres have been together for a few years now. They seem very much in love with each other and have posted several photos together on their Instagram accounts.
In an interview with the ABQ Business Podcast, the NXT star also disclosed that Torres has helped her stay in shape during quarantine two years ago.
"My boyfriend definitely got us hooked up. In the backyard we have like a lot of good equipment that has like all these extra attachments to them so literally we've been going hard in the backyard," she said.
Jackson is yet to compete in a televised match on NXT. However, she may make her debut very soon.
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#4. WWE NXT Superstar Ivy Nile
Ivy Nile was a massage therapist and MMA fighter before joining WWE nearly two years ago. The 29-year-old was also a contestant on the first season of The Titan Games reality series. In April 2019, Nile received a WWE tryout.
After participating in the tryout, Nile started her wrestling training at the JPWA Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Hall of Famer Kane and former tag team champion Tom Prichard. In early 2020, the former MMA fighter signed a contract with Vince McMahon's company.
Nile is a fitness guru. Her real-life partner, Ari M. Levy, is also a fitness enthusiast. According to his Instagram account, he is a USAW Sports Performance Coach, certified fitness level 2 trainer, and certified Crossfit Kids trainer. Levy is also the co-owner of a CrossFit studio, CrossFit eXalted.
Levy regularly posts photos with his girlfriend on his Instagram, expressing his love for her. She also seems very much in love with Levy. She recently sent him an emotional message, celebrating his birthday in an Instagram post.
"Happy birthday to my person 💜 always In awe of you and your selfless heart, Love you babe 💜," she wrote.
Ivy Nile made her NXT 2.0 debut last October. She has since competed in a few matches and is yet to be defeated.
#3. WWE NXT Superstar Lash Legend
Before pursuing a professional wrestling career in WWE, Lash Legend was a very talented basketball player. She played professionally for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA prior to signing with WWE in December 2020.
Last September, the 24-year-old started hosting her own talk show Lashing Out with Lash Legend on NXT 2.0. Over the next few months, she invited several NXT 2.0 wrestlers to her talk show, including Jacket Time, Tony D'Angelo, and Grayson Waller.
Legend has also competed in three matches so far on 205 Live. Last Tuesday, she defeated Fallon Henley.
Legend's real-life partner is also a famous athlete. The NXT Superstar is currently in a relationship with former professional football player Donald Lee. He played for Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League (NFL) between 2002 and 2012.
The NXT Superstar and her partner seem inseparable. She regularly posts photos with him on her Instagram account, expressing her love for him. A few months ago, she sent Lee an emotional message celebrating his birthday.
"It’s not enough words in the dictionary to explain how much you mean to me.♥️ A celebration of your day is the least we can do for such an amazingly wonderful guy like you. Hope you enjoyed your birthday my Handsome Hunk. Love you always," she wrote.
The former NFL star is also very supportive of his girlfriend's career and has attended several NXT 2.0 shows, during which Legend hosted her talk show.
#2. WWE NXT Superstar Sofia Cromwell
Sofia Cromwell joined WWE after participating in a tryout in Las Vegas last year before SummerSlam. Before pursuing a wrestling career, the 23-year-old was a dancer for the Phoenix Suns and a cheerleader for the LA Rams. She also launched her own clothing line in 2019.
As she introduced herself at the talent tryout, Cromwell disclosed why she wanted to join Vince McMahon's company.
"I cheered for the Los Angeles Rams and went all the way to the Super Bowl and our team lost. I then cheered for the Phoenix Suns and went all the way to the NBA Finals and our team lost. I’m at this point in my life where I’m sick and tired of my championships being left in the hands of men who can’t finish the job. That’s why I’m here in the WWE; to take my championship into my own hands," she said.
Cromwell was one of only 14 to earn a contract. She signed with Vince McMahon's company a few months ago and made an appearance on NXT 2.0 last November, playing the role of the dealer during the poker showdown between Duke Hudson and Cameron Grimes.
Like Lash Legend, Cromwell is dating a football player. The former cheerleader's boyfriend is Montreal Alouettes' Anthony Luke. The couple have been dating for a few years now.
The defensive end rarely posts any photos of himself with his girlfriend on Instagram. Meanwhile, Cromwell has posted a few in which she expressed her love for her boyfriend.
#1. WWE NXT Superstar Elektra Lopez
Before officially joining Vince McMahon's company, Lopez competed against Lacey Evans on NXT in October 2018. She also had a match on SmackDown in April 2019. Nearly two years later, Lopez signed a WWE developmental contract.
The second-generation superstar made her official NXT in-ring debut in June 2021, when she lost to Franky Monet. Lopez has since been active on NXT 2.0.
Steve King's daughter is currently married to fitness trainer Erik Santiago. Last year, the couple opened a gym, Powerhouse Gym, in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
"Finally had a chance to get home to Jersey to check out our 'New House' fully opened! My amazing hardworking fiancé worked so hard to build this incredible 40,000 sq ft beauty in only 60 days! He is the definition of a hustler and I’m proud to call him mine," Lopez thanked her partner in an Instagram post last May.
Lopez's husband currently runs their gym. Meanwhile, the NXT 2.0 superstar does not waste a chance to train there whenever she visits home.