Pro Wrestling Moms of the Ring

Scott Fishman

Season six of WWE Total Divas closed with Brie Bella revealing to husband Daniel Bryan that after much trying she was pregnant. Fast forward to today and the happy couple are sharing the joy of bringing home their daughter, Birdie Joe. Brie wanted to become a mom so much that she made the tough decision to step away from the ring. She is the latest in a line of women in pro wrestling who have taken the similar path. However, there are also those who juggle motherhood while still kicking butt in the squared circle.

Among them is Mickie James, who returned to WWE after a multiple year absence. She gave birth to son Donovan and returned to action on the independent scene. Thanks to a supportive husband in fellow wrestling star Magnus and family, James was able to rededicate herself to her career. The veteran impressed against Asuka at an NXT TakeOver and caught the attention of WWE officials. The veteran is now an active member of the Raw roster, proving moms can have it all.

Whether it’s angering fans at WWE events as an onscreen character or representing the company as chief brand officer, Stephanie McMahon transitions between the two roles flawlessly. You almost forget she is also a mother of three daughters with husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque. However, through an Instagram post here and there fans can see she makes spending time with her children a top priority no matter how busy she gets.

Angelina Love enjoying another run on Impact Wrestling with real-life husband Davey Richards. When they aren’t heating up the TV screen with their constant PDA sessions the couple are happy parents to David. Love has found success once again as a villainess on the show and is still in tremendous shape, impressive considering she had a baby a little over a year ago.

Brooke Adams had her first child in the fall of 2016 and laced up the wrestling boots once again in early 2017. Venture through her social media you could see the Amazing Race alum is driven to keep in shape and motivating other mommas to do the same leading by example.

Madison Rayne has been a mom for almost four years, coming back to Impact Wrestling after son Charley was born.  She kept her career going full steam ahead ever since with the company, working in a variety of roles besides wrestling including commentary and behind the scenes contributions.

They say behind every man is a great woman. For WWE Superstar Matt Hardy, that is Reby Sky. The mother of “King” Maxel is pregnant with a second child, but still manages the Hardy business on the home. She was previously seen on television as part of House Hardy with Maxel and family on Impact Wrestling.

Gail Kim is considered one of the best in all of women’s wrestling and has an unwavering passion for her profession. She is also a proud stepmother to husband and Food Network star Robert Irvine’s two daughters.

Of course, there are many other mothers who happen to have pro wrestling on their resumes and parlayed that into other interests. Trish Stratus has two kids, but has continued to build up her multiple businesses. Beth Phoenix, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, is also a parent of two with Adam “Edge” Copeland and went back to school to get a master’s degree. Eve Torres, who also has a child, has found a new way to spread the message of women empowerment through teaching self-defense classes.

Then there are others who made their respective marks including Candice Michelle, Vickie Guerrero, Taryn Terrell, Francine, Beulah, Jazz, Sara Lee, Terri Runnels, Rosa Mendes, Michelle McCool, Sable and Dawn Marie to name a few. These ladies certainly bring a unique background to parenting table along with an undeniable amount of toughness to thrive in a male-dominated world. However, I’m sure most if not all of the women listed above will tell you no matter how many championships won or accolades received nothing is tougher, more rewarding or important than being a mom.

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