Stacy Keibler: 5 Things to Know About the Former Wrestler
George Clooney's latest, a DWTS alum and former wrestler, is a "guys' girl"
The actress and model known for her 42 in.-long legs is also a retired professional wrestler and unabashed tomboy. She put her girly side on display during the second season of Dancing with the Stars when she sashayed her way into the finals with Tony Dovolani and was the odds makers’ favorite to win.
Here are five more things to know about the self-proclaimed “guys’ girl.”
1. She’s fearless.
Keibler bungee-jumped off the highest commercial bungee bridge in the world, the Bloukrans Bungy in South Africa. “I bungee jumped off the Guinness Book of World Records bungee jump,” Keibler told PEOPLE at a Call of Duty XP fan event. “So I think zip lining here, piece of cake.”
The former pro-wrestler isn’t only fearless when it comes to death-defying stunts. She’s also mastered stage fright. “With wrestling, I had to perform in front of a live audience four or five times a week every week,” she says. “I did it every week for eight years, so there’s nothing that really can make me nervous after doing that.”
2. She’s a video game character.
Keibler’s likeness appears in two games in the WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw series for PlayStation. “I was definitely a better wrestler in the video game than I ever was in real life,” she admits. “So it was better to watch myself wrestle in the video game.”
The actress is even a bit of a gamer herself. “I had a Commodore 64 computer, and I had every gaming system I think from that on,” she says. “I was really into gaming. As I’ve grown up a little bit, I’ve had less time to game, but I still really like it.”
3. She goes by many names.
During her stint on Dancing with the Stars, judge Bruno Tonioli nicknamed her “The Weapon of Mass Seduction.” In the wrestling world, she’s also been known as Super Stacy, Miss Hancock, Nitro Girl Skye, The Legs of WCW, The Legs of WWE and The Duchess of Dudleyville. To her friends, she’s just “Keibler.” According to the former wrestler, her buddies have called her by her last name since high school.
Those same friends are responsible for the dancer’s foray into wrestling. “It was the guys and me, and we started going to wrestling events and stuff,” says Keibler. “All my girlfriends were like, ‘What are you doing?!’ I’m like, ‘But I like to be with the boys!’ ”
4. She has team spirit.
The Baltimore native cheered for her hometown NFL team, The Ravens, for two years while she was in school. When Keibler won a $10,000 competition to join the WWE Nitro Girls, she used the money to buy season tickets. The former cheerleader is still a season ticket holder – and she plays Fantasy Football.
But beware Pittsburgh fans: “I hate the Steelers,” she told PEOPLE before the Super Bowl earlier this year. “It’s a personal vendetta, because they would drive to our stadium and they would scream so loud during our end-zone dance routines that we couldn’t even hear the music!”
5. She’s not afraid to get serious.
Keibler dated She’s Out of My League and 7th Heaven star Geoff Stults for five years before they split in early 2010. The couple was a fixture on the Hollywood party scene, and Keibler even appeared alongside her then-boyfriend in the season finale of his short-lived TV series October Road.
Before Stults the wrestling star was reportedly with her high school boyfriend for seven years. She’s also been romantically linked to WWE stars David Flair and Test. Both were let go by the WWE following their relationships with Keibler, prompting the actress to joke to WrestlingInc.com, “I’m like the kiss of death!”