Wrestling for Love: WWE Romances that Pack a Punch
6:12PM May 13, 2022
Are you prepared to romance? today? We are going to be talking about the world of wrestling, wrestling, wrestling wrestling, which it turned out isn't just hype up with energy. It is supercharged with romance as well. This is going to be so great. I am Sarah Wendell. And
I'm Alisha Rai. Welcome to lovestruck daily where we bring you a love story every single day. I'm in love with you with you
and we have a guest for this episode do we normally do we do have a guest we have my fiance Kai
Hello How you guys doing? Art though prepared
to run amok?
I'm prepared that you're prepared.
I'm going to keep coming up with derivative statements because we
cannot say the rumbling line I am not
I am not permitted nor am I ready to do anything remotely rumbly Oh, so
Kai is a huge wrestling fan. And that's why he's here. And we actually found a pro wrestling name generator. Sarah What is your wrestling name according to this generator? It is.
Oh gosh. It is buff genius. Oh brah genius. First of all, that could not be more white. That makes it sound like I run around in a body stock but I will accept genius. What's your your wrestling name?
Mine is atomic Ranger which I really love that's pretty good. Okay, that's and it keeps my initials so i Exactly. I actually think our podcast name would make a good wrestling name right like lovestruck drop.
Yeah. Or yeah, there comes lovestruck
Alicia. Plot twist.
I entered lovestruck daily into the wrestling name generator and the wrestling name is dark vampire. Genre twist? Yes.
Okay. Yeah. All right. What about chi? What is Kai's? What is mine wrestling?
Oh my god. Why did you get such a cool I know right? I think it's gonna be yours is fierce Phoenix. Yeah, that's mine. Legit our name is Phoenix.
Wow, I'm over here buff genius. That's fine.
All right. I'm chi often tells me that I don't think I have a good wrestling name. But I don't think I'd be a good wrestler. I think it'd be an excellent manager, a great manager.
This actually makes me very mad when people say wrestling is fake. Because it's not fake news, not fake athleticism. That is not fake. I do think that they should be members of the stuntman union. They should be unionised and protected because I think some of that stunt work is not safe. But it is not fake. But the storylines. Those are not necessarily true.
The scripted so everything you see in wrestling, it's all scripted really sucks it the only thing is not fake is what they do in the ring. They're like Stockman and actors. Yes, the same profession. We're the most conditioned athletes in the world. And when people say like, oh, you know, it's fake, right? It's like, oh, wait, I didn't know do Bond was weird. Wait, is Ironman real? That I seen flying over my house today? Like no, you don't do that? Because all that is scripted. And it's to tell a story and what wrestlers do every day is to tell the live stories are funny. That's why I love watching wrestling.
How old were you when you first started watching wrestling?
I was I was three years old. When I first so it's funny because because my brother and I were like we're hanging out with a family friend. And she's trying to keep us busy while our parents were playing. We're playing tennis. So she'd get us like you know DuckTales and Ninja Turtles and all the Power Rangers which are all Power Rangers the season went to whatever. And then she got she's like, I guess she randomly got like, a tape of wrestling like WrestleMania one. Here you guys go enjoy the three hours of wrestling. My brother I were very into it like we got so into it. So you guys money McCarthy's work. No, we only want wrestling. Okay, she scrambled and got like every single wrestling she could just find tips can find it and we watched everything every WrestleMania every SummerSlam every like every programme they had we went we consumed it like every single day at our house. Where were parents playing tennis. So that's where we really got into it. From there. Just our obsession took off. Wow. What do you like
about wrestling? What did you like that? And what do you mean you still watch it now? What do you like now about
the drama and the storylines. There's so many different like storylines to tell since like a six or seven month journey and story or your film this person they're really get to the top of the mountain and they finally get it so you feel like you're a part of that. I love that combination of storylines. And you know, it's funny to see the heels make fun of the audience just to I don't know the storyline of all the wrestling. Love it.
I once did a podcast interview with a romance author named Rose Lerner because she loves wrestling loves it and the thing that she loves is the narrow bit of skill it takes to turn a hero into a heel or a heel into a hero it's very much a redemption arc A lot of the time is that still going on?
Oh yeah, absolutely. There's there's been like long time heals like there's one guy named Randy Orton he's but he's one of the biggest like, oh my gosh celebrate his 20th year in wrestling. How did the WWE I don't know, to his knees feel like oh probably like an 80 year old. These guys beat the bodies up like crazy. So he started with his 20 of year and he's always been known for being the most like I guess his nickname is a legend killer so what he does he beats up these like older like more more established characters like face care a good guy characters. And that's what got him hated because people want to see these no old time, awesome characters when but he always beat him and then he was always taught track of the words but he was so scary and how we did things is his facial expressions and what he said on the microphone, whatever you said he did, but then somehow someway, his partner this one like do bro guy kind of changed the way he looked at things. And if like three or four months, he actually became likeable again, because this guy he's like so positive and happy. You would not let Randy Orton be mean anymore. Like I know the good Randy. He's always positive. Everyone else saw him as a bad guy. But over 434 months, he became now the most likeable character on the show, which is really cool to see how he redeemed himself over time.
Alright, so tell us some romance. Tell us tell us some romantic stories about wrestlers. I love this
the best romance couple of all time. Every wrestling fan will say this is the Macho Man Randy Savage and Elizabeth those two like because they were real life couple a real life couple
how come he has five names and she has one eye?
That's that is her wrestling named as a wrestling name is Elizabeth and
Miss Elizabeth? Yeah. Does
she come out dressed as the Queen?
Sometimes she does and big events she does. They call the queen? A little bit they called Queen Elizabeth but yeah, so he the macho man was part he's like very intense. Very, like put nations she's actually she's like the most sweetest person ever imagined. very sweet, very kind. And so they bounce they're out. So if he's too aggressive, she'll talk to him and calm down, calm the beast down. And when she's like, too nice you like kind of like push her to be more aggressive. So it's a cool, like, relax with the head. So what happened is best online. This is last match, right? WrestleMania seven against the Ultimate Warrior. And for a while, he started getting more cocky before that, and he kind of was like pushing her away. And when he probably pushed away said, I don't need you anymore. Another woman came into his life. Her name was sister sherry. And she's very toxic at the toxic new girlfriend, right? And you can see over months and months and months, it's like eroding his confidence eroding his spirit and boosting his ego. So he thought, you know what to be champion. I gotta put my career on the line against this guy. And she shares like, Yeah, do that because she's an all or nothing kind of person. And Elizabeth never happened to that kind of stuff. Because he's always like, think positive think smart. So the match happens he loses. She comes in and attacks him and speeds him up. Right? And you think what kind of a you know, big time wrestler can come and save him. Miss Elizabeth after six months of being off, you know, do we know who she where she was comes out of the crowd and attacks. Hold tight. We'll be right back
when she never, she's never laid hand in hand on anyone ever at this point. After five years of being on TV never heard anybody never throw punch. Nothing to the cussing. And then you see when he sat was just like slipping down. Kind of sad and scared. He touched him. He just like scared and shocked. looks at her. They lock eyes and they hug and it's one of the best moments in wrestling because everyone loves them for once they were broken up, right so the couple who are broken up get back together like Like, like, but it's like benefit like they were gone for a long time that came back together. It's such a great love story. And they got married that next week. Live on TV. Wow, it was it was an amazing story. And they're actually yeah, they're actually married in real life. Yeah, like a real life couple. Wow. Yeah.
So Alicia, you're gonna beat up any of his ex girlfriends. You kick their asses live on TV.
You know what I was actually we've had like very deep conversations. So I don't know that much about wrestling. I just know whatever He tells me and that's it. And I have to like, listen to it constantly. But
side note, can I just say isn't it so fun when the person you're with just tells you all about the thing that you love the most? Yes. It's
so fun. I love it. Okay, go ahead. Sorry. But like so he is always telling me about stuff and I'll watch it like when it's on with him or whatever. Like I'll listen to it in the background play on my phone. I have an issue with how many of the women's storylines will evolve around fighting over a guy. And so fair I Because I don't think that there have enough women scripting this stuff like I don't think they have enough great script writers like I think I feel like sometimes they let the script go by the wayside. And they're just like it's there. It's like, oh, we just want to see two scantily clad women beating each other up over our man. telling him I'm like, I would do it so that they were maybe like, one of them was a bully when they were in high school. And the other one was the girl that she bullied, and then they come back. And so I think, aw, please hire me. I don't know anything about wrestling, but I will script your stories. But no, I would not. I would not be beating up anyone, but I get it. Because sometimes, like, you know, we'll talk about exes. And I'll be like, Oh, I'm gonna punch that person.
What do you want? Which live? She did?
And there's a lot of like, there's a lot of good platonic relationships that come out. Oh, yeah.
There's one in particular that I read that I loved. They called the Generation X. Everything they did week by week, the amped up their inappropriate behaviour, like Jackass and self work in a group. So they were gonna come to the minds the say and do, they did it. And it was hilarious, because you can't script that kind of like comedy almost got fired many times to what they were doing on screen. Like, I don't know where they pull up. Like, they were like, diapers, the ring, sometimes the dumbest things, you can think they did it. And everyone will love that. Because that era, it's like really rebellious and 90s. Era. So my brother, I see that of course, we're sarcastic people, we wouldn't go to that length to be that crazy. But we would be like, That's hilarious. We watch every week, we kind of bond over it. So
when my husband and his father get together, invariably they talk about traffic and the best way to get somewhere because that's just their, their that's what their conversation in common. We went to a wedding this past weekend, and I went over to their table. And they were talking about traffic. I was like, Oh, you're still on this part. Okay, bye. Thank you go good dog about driving. But it's funny to me how there's always one thing that Bond's members of a family together, whether it's a sports team, or for you, it's wrestling. And it's not just we like wrestling. It's we like these characters and this story. And how, how they overcame this. Like, it's very specifically the narrative that catches you.
Right? Exactly. Yeah. And beautiful shot Michael, before Shama came, became this again, he'll or weird character, like his whole thing was he was trying his hardest to beat ship. And so they want this one thing called the Royal Rumble, which is 30 men in the code that come in the ring. And if you last all the way to the end, you win, and he's won three of them. So on his first chance for the Oh, cool, he's so popular, he can win this whole thing. And he loses at WrestleMania. Like, they have another year of building itself back up again. Because it again, let this climb again and does it again for a second time he wins. And like this is his chance to win the whole thing. And then he loses again. WrestleMania on like Wednesday, I gotta win. Like, we want him to win. Everyone's behind him.
He's like, you're invested in the story. Yeah, we
want him is that they would have the sit down interviews about his life who he was. And so then finally, when he went to the third time, which is insane at the first position, which like you have to be there for two hours in the ring, which is a lot of time to be running around. He goes up against the best wrestler, Bret Hart, and he beats him in a 60 minute arm in match, which went over time, so an hour and a half a wrestling plus, to beat this guy. And it was like in the coolest line was the boyhood dream has been has come through. And like that exactly what this whole three year journey was. A book is his whole thing. When he did they'll take that interview. It's like when I was a little kid, I would look up to Hulk Hogan's and the ultimate warriors and a macho man and I want to be them. And he's trying his hardest to be them. Because whole Colin's whole thing was, keep trying to get vitamins and don't stop and take what you want. And it says his whole story was he did not stop. He lost, lost, lost. We thought, No, I'm gonna get there one day, and he got there and everyone loved it, and became the biggest star for like, a decade after that.
It it strikes me whenever you're talking about wrestling that a big part of your thing that you love about is that you're working towards something. Yes. And I would say that you have that in common with like romantics as well. Like that. undying optimism. Like so if somebody asks you like what is wrestling taught you about love, you'd probably say at first nothing, but I do think maybe that that's it, that you work hard and you keep going at it and you don't. Yeah, exactly. I would say that. That's probably how you act. Yeah,
And you know what, I think that's our love to go I think persistence and perseverance and also take care of your eat your vegetables. Vitamins, but we would love to know, really, really, really we would love to know, what is the thing that you love the most? What do you to nerd out about what if you were put on a stage could you give a TED talk with no rehearsal and nail it 10 minutes your topic you want to know what do you love most because here at lovestruck, we love the things that you love. You can email us at lovestruck daily at Frolik dot media. You can find us on the Twitter at lovestruck daily and on Instagram at lovestruck daily where we post lots of extra content. Maybe, maybe maybe we'll get a picture of chi and some recipes. Thank you. Stay tuned. Our researcher is Jesse Epstein. Our editor is Jen Jacobs. We are produced by Abigail steckler and little Scorpion studios with executive producer frolic media. This is an I Heart Radio Podcast. But until then, we wish you a very, very persistent romance with Spanky pants. I'm in love with you say to you. Love with you. I'm in love with you.