The History of Televised WWE Weddings
In the 50-year history of WWE, there have been 16 televised wedding ceremonies or receptions and fans have learned many lessons thanks to these ceremonies. If you don’t know what to buy the couple, a cobra might be a bad idea. If you want to marry that someone special, the marriage might last longer if your partner is conscious for the wedding. Forcing your partner to marry you by either kidnapping or blackmailing them does not seem to provide a long and healthy marriage. Most importantly, if you are in poor health, be very careful on the honeymoon.
Paul Vachon & Ophelia – Tuesday Night Titans 1984
Paul Vachon married Ophelia in the ring with only the heel personalities of the era in attendance. Captain Lou Albano objected to the wedding at first, but once he found out that Ophelia wasn’t a virgin, he had no problems with letting the wedding continue. “Dr. D” David Schultz entered the ring after the vows were exchanged and body slammed the groom. At the reception, Dr. D started a food fight.
Uncle Elmer & Joyce – Saturday’s Night Main Event 10/5/85
This wedding took place on the second edition of Saturday’s Night Main Event. When the audience was asked if anyone objected to this marriage, Roddy Piper came out and said the wrestling ring was no place to get married and insulted Uncle Elmer and the rest of his hillbilly family. On commentary, Jesse Ventura made fun of the couple and went so far as to say that their kiss looked like “two carp going after the same piece of corn”. The night ended with Ventura’s face being smashed into the wedding cake. The most amazing part of this story is that Hillbilly Jim has said ceremony was legitimate and that Uncle Elmer and Joyce really left the Meadowlands as husband and wife.
Miss Elizabeth & Randy Savage – SummerSlam 8/26/91
This wedding took place at Madison Square Garden and was the final segment of the second biggest pay-per-view (PPV) of the year. Nothing out of the ordinary happened during the ceremony. However, the next week on television, the low-lights of the reception were shown. Jake Robert’s gift box contained a cobra. Undertaker gave the more fashionable steel chair to the back of the head to Savage. A huge feud developed between Roberts and Savage which was highlighted by a cobra gnawing on the arm of the “Macho Man”.
Stephanie McMahon & The Undertaker – RAW 4/26/99
This “Unholy Ceremony” took place during the height of the Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin feud. Undertaker kidnapped Stephanie and was forcing her into this dark marriage to please the higher power. The ceremony was presided over by Paul Bearer while Stephanie was in a black dress and attached to Undertaker’s sacrificial symbol. Undertaker’s Corporate Ministry tried to prevent Stephanie from being saved but Steve Austin was able to interrupt the ceremony. He was thanked by his new friend Vince McMahon, who a few weeks later was revealed to be the higher power.
Stephanie McMahon & Test – RAW 11/29/99
This was supposed to be a classy ceremony. As a precaution, Vince McMahon said that if Triple H or any members of D-Generation X ruined the ceremony they would be fired. When the crowd was asked if anyone objected, Triple H appeared and showed a film.
Stephanie McMahon & Triple H – RAW 11/29/99
During her bachelorette party, Stephanie was drugged. Triple H then took her to a drive-through wedding chapel and got married even though she was unconscious. At the next PPV, Vince fought Triple H with the stipulation that if he won then the marriage would be annulled. During the match, Stephanie turned on her father and started the McMahon-Helmsley era with her husband.
Stephanie McMahon & Triple H – RAW 2/11/02
A few years later, Stephanie & Hunter were on the verge of a divorce. She concocted a scheme to renew their vows when she hired an actor to portray a doctor to tell Triple H that she was pregnant. Prior to the ceremony, Triple H found out the truth but didn’t reveal it until the end of the ceremony. He gave his father-in-law the pedigree and then let Stephanie know that it was over between them.
Billy & Chuck – SmackDown! 9/12/02
This commitment ceremony got mainstream publicity because it involved two men. The marriage ceremony was performed by a rickety old man. Before the ceremony ended, both wrestlers backed out and said it was only a publicity stunt and then blamed their manager Rico. The minister then took his mask off to reveal he was really RAW GM Eric Bischoff. He then had his team, 3-Minute Warning attack Billy and Chuck.
Al Wilson & Dawn Marie – SmackDown! 1/2/03
Al Wilson is the real-life father of former Diva and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson. Dawn Marie was another WWE Diva that put the moves on Torrie’s dad to further their feud. After a few months, they were married on TV. Dawn made her fiancé get married in his tighty whities. During the honeymoon, Dawn oversexed the elderly Al Wilson and he had a fatal heart attack.
Lita & Kane – RAW 8/23/04
To prevent her boyfriend Matt Hardy from being beaten up by Kane, Lita had sex with Kane. During this encounter, Lita became pregnant. A few weeks later, Matt lost a match to Kane which stipulated that Lita would have to marry Kane. When Matt tried to stop the ceremony, Kane beat him up. A few months later, Kane and Lita lost their child when Gene Snitsky accidentally injured Lita during a match he was having against Kane.
Edge & Lita – RAW 6/20/05
On TV, Kane and Lita were married and were getting along better since they both shared the grief of losing their child. In real-life, Lita’s boyfriend was Matt Hardy and she cheated on him with their friend Edge. Matt Hardy went public with this story on his website and he was promptly fired by WWE. The fans turned on Lita and WWE had to do something since the fans were booing the “good guy” Lita. During a match between Edge and Kane, Lita turned on Kane. A few weeks later, she threw her wedding ring down the toilet. Edge and Lita’s marriage ceremony was broken up by Kane who was hiding under the ring.
Teddy Long & Kristal – SmackDown 9/21/07
For the first time, the rosters of ECW and SmackDown were in attendance for a ceremony. It was first disrupted by Jillian singing. Then the Godfather came out and most of the men on the rosters left to join his Ho Train. Then, Vince McMahon’s leprechaun son, Hornswoggle, crawled under Kristal’s gown and was followed by Jonathan Coachman. When order was finally restored, Teddy Long had a heart attack just as he was about to say “I Do”. The cause of his heart attack appeared to be that he took some Viagra before the wedding.
Edge & Vickie Guerrero – SmackDown 7/18/08
The wedding ceremony took place earlier in the day and highlights from it were shown at the beginning of the telecast. The wedding reception was featured during the show as La Familia set up their table at the top of the ramp. As the GM of SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero was able to make matches for her family’s amusement. The end of the telecast featured Triple H show a video he secretly recorded of Edge making out with the wedding planner, Alicia Fox.
Goldust & Aksana – WWE NXT 11/2/10
Goldust was the NXT pro for Aksana, a native of Lithuania. Unfortunately, her time on the show was in jeopardy because of an immigration issue. Goldust decided to marry her to keep her in the country. His wedding outfit included the Million Dollar Belt which he had recently stolen from Ted DiBiase Junior. When the preacher asked if anyone objected to the wedding, the preacher said he did because he had a price. Ted DiBiase Junior’s plan to stop the wedding by bribing the preacher backfired because Dusty Rhodes lined up Ted’s father as a backup. After “The Million Dollar Man” officially announced the couple as husband and wife, the time for the kiss came. Aksana slapped Goldust before he could kiss her and then stormed out of the arena. A few weeks later, immediately following her elimination from NXT, Goldust handed her divorce papers.
Maxine & Johnny Curtis – WWE NXT 1/18/12
Maxine used to date Derrick Bateman until he sent an email to Teddy Long that almost sabotaged her career. She then decided to marry Johnny Curtis. At the wedding, Derrick interrupted the ceremony and showed security footage that proved Johnny used his phone to send that email. Derrick and Maxine beat up Johnny Curtis and then kissed one another to renew their relationship.
Daniel Bryan & AJ – RAW 1,000 7/23/12
Daniel Bryan and AJ were a couple for several months until he broke up with her after he lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus in only a few seconds at WrestleMania XXVIII. Daniel blamed her for the loss because it happened right after she gave him a good luck kiss. After months of flirting with both Kane and CM Punk, AJ accepted a marriage proposal from Daniel Bryan the week before RAW 1,000. The wedding was presided over by Slick and seemed to go off without a hitch until AJ said that she was saying “yes” to another proposal. Vince McMahon came out and announced that AJ accepted his business proposal and that she was being named the new General Manager of Monday Night RAW.