For WWE's Nattie and TJ, it wasn't love at first sight — but learning how to wrestle changed everything

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Natalya Neidhart and T.J. Wilson met as young kids and have known each other 27 years. But theirs isn’t your typical “girl falls in love with the boy next door and they live happily ever after” kind of story.

As Nattie describes it, their relationship is “unorthodox” and “nontraditional” (but, as T.J. says, “it’s love nonetheless”) — which makes sense considering that their lives have revolved around wrestling for decades.

Call Nattie “the Kate Middleton of World Wrestling Entertainment.” Her father, Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart, was a two-time WWE tag-team champion, and her uncle, Bret “the Hitman” Hart and grandfather Stu Hart are both WWE Hall of Famers. But her royal rumble bloodline isn’t why T.J. was initially drawn to her when he was 12 and she 10. “When I first saw Nattie, it sounds so made up, but I liked her instantly,” he says.


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