THE WWE is in mourning after the tragic loss of Sara Lee aged just 30.
Famous for winning Tough Enough in 2015, the 5ft6in Michigan-born grappler was thrust into the spotlight when she was handed a £225,000-per-year contract with the wrestling entertainment group.
It was there she met the love of her life – Wesley Blake, better known as his ring name Westin to fans.
That fateful moment, naturally in the gym, sparked a romance that would last until her sad passing.
Even if he did think he blew his first impression by throwing up in front of her.
While, she was also the mother of three children.
Westin first laid eyes upon his future wife, when she was a hopeful on Tough Enough – competing for a deal with the WWE.
He told Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast: “When Tough Enough was coming out I used to go to a friend’s apartment and we used to watch it.
“I will never forget when they announced the 11 Tough Enough people.
“When Sara came across the screen, I said to the guys, ‘I don’t know what it is, but I think she is the most beautiful woman I have ever laid my eyes on.’
“It was crazy, this was before the show was even a thing.”
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Sara would go on to win the competition – stealing the hearts of viewers with her warm personality.
She made the move to Orlando, Florida where she would get to work at the WWE’s Performance Center gym, which is where Westin came face-to-face with “the most beautiful woman” he’d ever seen.
But, their encounter could not have been more embarrassing for Westin.
After pushing himself too hard in the weights room, he found himself bent over a bin puking his guts out.
He explained: “We started talking at the NXT Combine. We were doing some weight room testing.
“We did the rower and I did so much where I threw up.
“I was in the weight room, head over a trash can as the girls were about to start, great first impression [laughs].
“She was so sweet that later on that night she messaged me on Twitter saying ‘Hey I hope you feel better.’ And from there it just took off.”
Married with children
Despite her disappointment in her professional life and being released from her WWE deal in 2016, Sara’s personal life went from strength-to-strength.
In 2017, Westin and Sara said their ‘I do’s’ in an intimate ceremony in Titusville Florida.
The blushing bride looked beautiful in traditional white, while the groom added pizzaz to proceedings sporting a pink bow tie.
Their smiles on their wedding day showed the happiness and love they had.
It was a sentiment Sara made sure everyone knew in a Twitter post on their second wedding anniversary of the pair laughing in unison.
She called Westin “the love of her life”, adding: ““Thank you for making me laugh like this everyday. I love you so much!!”
They had three children together – Piper, five, Brady, three, and another son in 2021.
Sara loved being a mother and her Instagram paid homage to her kids.
“A boy, a ball, and his mama,” she captioned a small collection of pics with Brady in 2020.
“She’s a wild one, with an angel’s face,” she captioned another family snap with her daughter in 2019.”
The cause of Sara’s death has not been revealed.
It was mum, Terri Lee who broke the shock news to fans on social media.
She wrote: “It is with heavy hearts we wanted to share that our Sara Weston has gone to be with Jesus. We are all in shock and arrangements are not complete.”
The WWE also offered their condolences.
They said in a statement: “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Sara Lee.
As a former “Tough Enough” winner, Lee served as an inspiration to many in the sports-entertainment world. WWE offers its heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and fans.”
Two days before her sudden death, Sara alluded to the fact she wasn’t feeling well.
She posted a selfie and said: “Celebrating finally being healthy enough to go to the gym 2 days in a row.”
“First ever sinus infection kicked my butt.”
Sara appeared healthy as she flexed her muscles in Yoga attire and her hair in a ponytail.
Sadly, that would be the last image we will see of the wrestler, loving wife and proud mum.
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