Marc Mero has described his ex-wife Sable posing for Playboy in 1999 as a “horrible decision” saying that it was a poor choice for their marriage.
Sable arrived in WWE in March 1996 alongside her husband Marc Mero. Appearing at WrestleMania XII, Sable was initially by the side of a young Triple H. However, after Mero saw how Sable was mistreated by Helmsley, she became his on-screen manager.
Throughout the following year, Mero began to turn heel, becoming increasingly jealous of the attention and fame Sable was receiving. This came to a head in 1998, with the pair feuding as Mero sided with Jacqueline.
Following the on-screen split, Mero began to appear on WWE television less frequently, while Sable’s popularity continued to soar. This along with a steadily increasing sexuality to her character led to her posing on the cover of Playboy magazine twice in 1999. In the process Sable became the first woman to appear on the cover of the magazine twice in the same year.
Appearing on the It’s My House podcast, Mero reflected on Sable posing for the magazine, describing it as a “horrible decision.” Expanding further, Mero described how the decision wasn’t good for their family or their marriage.
“At the time it was a discussion that her and I had that we decided to do that,” Mero said. “Horrible decision. You look back on life and you say, ‘Oh my God, what was I thinking?’ But, what’s done is done. You move on. You make mistakes in life and hopefully, those mistakes become learning experiences. It was not a good decision to make for our life, our marriage, our family, and everything else. Next thing you know we’re at the Playboy parties all the time with Hugh Hefner. We eventually got an apartment right in Hollywood and it was just not a good time in our lives. I don’t want to sound like I’m bitter at all because I’m not.
All the paths I took in life, good and bad, they led me to where I am today. I couldn’t be happier or more content with my life. Obviously when you talk about these things you rehash memories and things you went through at that time. But all those different paths I took, making mistakes — and thank God they became learning experiences in my life. I feel I’m a better person because of those decisions and choices I made back then that I’ve learned from and grown from, and can maybe help or steer other people in the right direction.”
Sable left WWE in June 1999, with her second Playboy cover hitting shelves in September. The star returned to the company in 2003, before leaving a year later.
Marc Mero also departed WWE in 1999, leaving in November. He briefly returned to WCW before a stint with TNA. Mero retired in 2006, and his since become a motivational speaker.
Sable and Mero remained married until 2004. The former Women’s Champion later married Brock Lesnar.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.