One of the most common ways used to describe pro wrestling is calling it “a male soap opera”. And while wrestling has mastered the ridiculously convoluted ploys and rampant betrayals found in your average daytime television program, they haven’t yet mastered another important quality of soap operas: romance. Historically, whenever romance is introduced into the world of pro wrestling, it quite often gets handled in incredibly cringe-worthy, unrealistic, and occasionally humorous ways. Many times, it seems as if everyone who writes about pro wrestling has never actually seen a real-life relationship. And if you don’t believe that, check out this list of the most painful, unbelievable, and downright silly romance story lines that have all actually taken place in pro wrestling.
10. Dolph Ziggler & Lana vs Rusev & Summer Rae
This storyline has it all. Jealousy. Rage. Dead fish. Giant Bulgarian flags. Couples who have absolutely zero chemistry with each other. Seriously, Lana and Dolph Ziggler were so stiff towards each other during the initial weeks of their pairing that they tried to address it by saying that Lana was initially using Ziggler just to get back at Rusev, and developed feelings for him eventually. Meanwhile, former undefeated monster Rusev somehow ended up coming across as a sympathetic figure due to clearly having a hard time with their break-up (including a realization that it was at least partially his fault), because who hasn’t been there? Also, since without Lana he was force to cut his own promos, he was getting over by playing the entire goofy situation in a hilariously over-the-top fashion. But because he’s supposed to be the bad guy, WWE had him make ridiculously misogynistic statements on television and Twitter, which means that all four people in this angle come off looking like jerks. Everyone involved in this looks like they would rather be doing anything else, but WWE clearly thinks this will finally be the thing that brings back casual fans, running fake TMZ-style videos and talking about how it’s “burning up social media”. Which it might be, although one might suspect that most of that would be people talking about how terrible the entire thing is. Oh, and if anyone cared about the wrestling part, the matches have all been fairly bad with non-endings involving cat fights between the women so that the feud can keep going.