After several photos and videos depicting WWE Superstar Paige in highly sexual situations surfaced online due to hackers, rumors began to swirl that this scandal involved other women in the wrestling world.
It all began on March 17, 2017, when explicit photos and videos of Paige leaked online.
Later that day, Paige said private photos belonging to her got stolen and shared without her consent.
“Personal and private photos of mine were stolen and unfortunately they were shared publicly without my consent,” Paige said in a statement on Twitter.
In the days after the leak, explicit material ranging from topless bathroom selfies to X-rated videos featuring other current or former WWE Superstars began to emerge online.
WWE Superstar Summer Rae is one, while nude photos of former WWE Superstars Kaitlyn, Maria Kanellis, Melina Perez, and Victoria also leaked online — Kanellis returned to WWE in June 2017 while Summer Rae got released the following October.
These leaks are part of a large hacking scandal that has resulted in private photos of celebrities being stolen and scattered online.
A few days earlier, intimate photos of actresses Amanda Seyfried and Emma Watson began spreading on the dark corners of the internet. The leak — dubbed “The Fappening 2.0” in reference to a similar celebrity hacking scandal from 2014 — has targeted many other famous names.
In the midst of the scandal, rumors spread that hackers had targeted other wrestlers and more material was forthcoming.
“There have been claims that others will follow,” Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer wrote in his report on the scandal.
The claims turned out correct as nude photos of WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair leaked online in May 2017.
“Private photos of mine were stolen and shared publicly without my consent,” Flair said in a statement on Twitter. “These images must be removed from the Internet immediately.”
The photos show Flair taking multiple nude selfies in front of a mirror with her cell phone, which got fitted with a WWE-branded case.
Naturally, this has fans wondering if The Bella Twins are among the leak victims.
While it seems possible that naked photos of Nikki and Brie could leak online since they’re obviously not shy about showing some skin, it hasn’t happened … yet. Nonetheless, there are nude images of the twin duo floating around online.
On Raw on July 22, 2013, Brie’s left nipple got exposed on Miz TV when the Total Divas cast dropped by to promote the premiere of their brand-new E! reality show. As she was sitting casually on a chair, Brie’s boob inexplicably escaped her dress.
Video and still images of her nip slip instantly went viral. According to Meltzer, the wardrobe malfunction had WWE officials furious, prompting Brie to issue an apology.
She wrote on Twitter, “I apologize 4 my wardrobe malfunction I’m embarrassed & it looks as though the humidity made my tape come off You’ll never see that again! B.”
The show took place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and according to weather reports, the temperature reached a high of 98 degrees. The city suffered from high humidity during the day as well, which affected conditions inside the arena at night.
Nikki suffered a nip slip of her own nearly a year to the day of Brie’s wardrobe malfunction.
During Raw on July 21, 2014, Brie, whose character had recently quit WWE, appeared in the audience as a fan to show her support for Nikki. Brie, however, couldn’t help herself and argued her way into a physical confrontation with Stephanie McMahon that saw her slapped and banned from ringside.
As hot as the confrontation came across on television, it was quickly overshadowed by the fact that Nikki, who wrestled Alicia Fox, Cameron, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes in a 4-on-1 Handicap Match immediately afterward, suffered a wardrobe malfunction.
After being shoved out of the ring by her four opponents, Nikki was lying on the floor in pain. As she struggled to regain her composure, disaster struck.
With the quartet surrounding her — as well as millions of fans watching on television worldwide — Nikki’s nipple became exposed.
Her revealing red top momentarily slipped below her ample cleavage.
For those watching at home when Nikki’s wardrobe malfunction occurred, it was a blink-and-you-miss-it moment. But after photos surfaced online, it quickly went viral. Since then, millions of people have gotten a glimpse of her embarrassing moment.
Two weeks before the incident, Nikki nearly had a wardrobe malfunction as she was lying on the ground with one arm tied behind her back.
According to Meltzer, company executives tell female talent to cover their nipples while performing.
“WWE women are told emphatically to make sure when they wrestle or appear to have costumes that are going to cover nipples,” Meltzer said. “Although in doing matches, straps have given way or boobs have escaped from their holsters every now and then.”
Kanellis says the trick to keeping things in place involves double-sided tape.
In a blog post on her wrestling outfits, the one-time Playboy cover girl revealed, “I usually try to wear something practical and cute to wrestle in. But the problem is that most things that are sexy are so small and have a tendency to slip and move so the tigers (a.k.a. boobs) or other places come out to visit. As much as that might be entertaining to some of the studs out there (maybe some of the ladies too hehe), I think I would get thrown off the show. So, all of us girls have a secret that I am about to tell you to keep our clothes in place. It is double-sided tape. Sexy, right? Well at least it keeps the Divas covered so we can come out to play every week without getting thrown off the air for over-exposure.”