Barbie Blank is a former WWE wrestler and current reality television star. Former National Hockey League player Sheldon Souray is credited with the hardest shot in the NHL at 106.7 miles per hour. They are quite the superstar couple.
But long before they met, Barbara Jean Blank was just a typical kid growing up in Jacksonville. She was a regular at Baymeadows Gymnastics, which her uncle owned. She attended University Christian and graduated from Englewood High School. While at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (as it was called then), she had dreams of becoming a news anchor. She also modeled for Venus Swimwear and Hawaiian Tropic, and her career took off.
Barbie became a professional wrestler known in the ring as Kelly Kelly. At age 19, she was the youngest wrestler at the time, eventually rising to become the WWE Divas Champion. The first time she met Sheldon, they barely said a word to each other. They eventually connected again at a Maxim Hot 100 party, where the stunning Barbie was featured as one of the “hot” ones. She even graced the cover of Maxim magazine in 2011.
“After that [Maxim party] night, we were inseparable,” Barbie said.
Sheldon, whose NHL career spanned 13 years, was awestruck,
“It was like time slowed down. She immediately took my breath away,” Sheldon said. “I remember thinking to myself this was by far the most amazing woman I had ever seen in my life.”
Sheldon proposed while the two were on a boat in the middle of a lake in Idaho.
“He started saying all of these emotional things like you are my soul mate,” Barbie said. “Then he played our favorite song, Tim McGraw’s ‘My Best Friend.’ He got on one knee and proposed. Sheldon planned it just right so that suddenly friends and family showed up on another boat with balloons and champagne.
They married on Feb. 27 on the beach at the exclusive El Dorado Golf & Country Club in Cabo, Mexico.
“The moment she walked down the aisle, it literally made my knees weak and my heart skip a beat,” Sheldon remembered.
Sheldon’s two daughters took part in the ceremony and they incorporated special vows just for the girls. A fireworks extravaganza was also part of the celebration. There were 100 guests, including model Cindy Crawford and “Scrubs” star John McGinley, along with a slew of athletes. Barbie was most grateful that her 85-year-old grandmother, Mary Reynolds, made the trip from Jacksonville. She had not been on a plane for 30 years, but she wanted to be there. They got her a passport, and she was the life of the party.
The busy couple splits time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. They also have a home in Idaho. Barbie is getting ready for a second season of “WAGS” on the E! Network. The reality show documents the personal lives of wives and girlfriends of athletes. Both have busy schedules, but Sheldon says they always make time for each other.
“Each and every day, we tell each other and show each other how much we love each other. The best part of her leaving is the moment she walks back through the door,” Sheldon said.
Barbie and Sheldon try to make time to see her family in her hometown.
“While performing for the WWE, Jacksonville was my favorite city to go to. My friends and family back home are my No. 1 fans. I have never forgotten where I came from,” Barbie said.
Sheldon said the people in Jacksonville remind him of being back in his native Canada: “Very friendly and eager to help,” adding that the beaches are “beyond beautiful.”
Not only are the Jacksonville beaches beautiful, Sheldon is quick to point out another local’s good looks. “Did I mention that she is the most gorgeous woman in the world?”
Barbie equates their relationship to a fairytale: “We have a love many people dream of. We are so happy to spend the rest of our lives together.”