Certain characters in the WWE, especially D-Generation X (most notably from a comment by Triple H: "I'm bi- a lot of things, but lingual ain't one of them.") WWE has once parodied this trope in the form of Billy and Chuck, wrestling's answer to the Ambiguously Gay Duo.
D-Generation X is always handy for this. Their most recent reunion kicked off with Triple H tracking down Shawn Michaels at an office cafeteria, where Michaels had apparently found employment as a cook (don't ask). After some mistaken flirting with a male waiter, Trips found Michaels, who tried to explain that he liked his new job by putting his arm around a young man in a suit. It looked for all the world like Michaels was introducing his new boyfriend to his less-than-supportive ex.
Shawn and Hunter, again, this time at Shawn's farewell to the WWE. First, Hunter comes out early in the show and promos for a bit on how much he'll miss Shawn. He then says "Mainly, I just wanted to come out and say it, something I've always wanted to say to Shawn. I've never said it. But I want to say it now in front of the whole world-" . . . and then Sheamus comes out and dashes the dreams of the fangirl brigade by whacking Hunter upside the head with a lead pipe. Later, as Shawn is saying his goodbyes, at the very end of the show (about 5:30 in the clip) Hunter comes out and gives him one of the sweetest damn goodbyes ever, complete with a Headbutt of Love.
Shawn's Hall of Fame induction brought a boatload of it. You have the two of them constantly hugging, Hunter telling Shawn he's his brother and he loves him, Shawn teasing Hunter about never saying anything nice about him, and finally, the biggest three-minute lovefest from The Kliq (minus Scott Hall, sadly) ever seen in public. Also, according to Hunter's wife, Shawn is his "road wife".
Sensational Sherri declared her love for Shawn Michaels in 1992, saying that now that Shawn and former tag-team partner Marty Janetty were no longer a team — "or an item" — that Shawn now had ample time for her. Make of that what you will.
Of course, depending on who you ask, all of Professional Wrestling is Ho Yay. Many of its detractors love to make this claim (and to be fair, two musclebound men in their underwear rolling on top of each other sounds suspicious out of context — the way matches between two women usually go down doesn't help matters, as they're often blatant Fanservice.)
One recent example that sticks out is an overly long promo by John Cena, Shawn Michaels, and JBL that came off more as Cena and Michaels wanting to make out and big, bad JBL not allowing it than Cena pleading for Michaels' dignity to remain instead of him working as JBL's flunky. Even this troper's non-wrestling fan, non-Ho Yay spotting brother got that vibe throughout the entire promo.
The Trish/Mickie Stalker with a Crush angle was predated by one with Sable and Tori (formerly Terri Powers of the LPWA, not Torrie Wilson). Although in that one, Tori played a starstruck fan and Sable the arrogant bitch who blew her off.
Candice Michelle and Victoria engaged in some pretty heavy flirting as part of the Pink Ladies/Vince's Devils faction.
Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy get the Bro Yay context quite a bit when they aren't fighting with each other. Matt particularly is a kisser. They didn't help matters in their autobiography by describing incidents of bed-sharing and other somewhat unusual brotherly bonding moments.
At 2:32 in this video, Matt Hardy angrily informs his girlfriend Lita that "Just like the Hardy Boyz, Lita, me and you, we're breaking up!"... explicitly comparing the breakup of his tag team with his brother Jeff to a breakup with Lita.
Legacy - the alliance of Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton, and Ted DiBiase Jr. - has been described as the Ambiguously Gay Trio for a large number of reasons. The big one is that they are constantly without pants, even when just hanging out backstage with each other.
Chyna and Stacy "The Kat" Carter were in a dropped-almost-as-quickly-as-it-started Ambiguously Lesbian angle. Chyna wore a cropped T-shirt that said "MASTER" and The Kat wore one that said "Slave". Chyna only did the routine for one single episode of Raw, but The Kat kept the look several times and briefly accompanied Eddie Guerrero in an outfit that one of the commentators called "Chynette".
Ho Yay has been a long tradition for most buddy tag teams, if you donít believe me just look up a mid 80's promo for the Can-Am connection and tell me that Rick Martel and Tom Zenk did not seem like they were in love with each other.
The Big Show and Chris Jericho have taken this to a hilarious new level. Jericho referring to Big Show as his "partner" on an episode of Smackdown being one, this being another.
Big Show and The Miz later provided a lesser example (to the point where Show said that what he had with Miz was "special"), and upon their breakup and Jericho returning to Raw, the exes met and commiserated about Show. It sounded like they were griping about a mutual ex-boyfriend more than an ex-tag partner.
CM Punk's obsessive, retreading thrashing of Jeff Hardy during their feud gave this troper a definite "I hate you because I'm attracted to you" vibe, especially with Punk's adamant resolve to drive Jeff away from the show.
That whole storyline makes one think of the proverbial little boy on the playground with a crush on a little girl, so he pulls her pigtails. Except that Punk and Jeff Hardy are both the little boy and both the little girl with pigtails.
CM Punk and Luke Gallows. Just check towards the end of this.
And for that matter, Gallows' recent attack on Punk's NXT Rookie Darren Young can be interpreted as jealousy, considering how much attention Punk has been paying Young lately.
Not to mention Gallows' obvious anger when Punk spent several months obsessed with bringing Rey Mysterio Jr into the fold...during which Punk usually followed beating Rey into a pulp with laying on the mat, petting on him, and blatantly cuddling him.
Towards the end of this segment, when R-Truth punches CM Punk out of the ring, Luke Gallows immediately leaps out after him. Normally, if a wrestler's tag team partner is knocked out of the ring, the wrestler will attack the person responsible as a matter-of-course. But there Gallows goes, cradling Punk and brushing his hair out of his face, like a worried boyfriend fussing over his girlfriend.
Kofi Kingston is Punk's "road wife".
CM Punk again, feigning a faint at one point during the 2011 Royal Rumble and being caught by Batista lookalike Mason Ryan. Ryan looked pretty happy to be holding on.
During the Orton and Cena tag team match against the entire RAW roster, the announcers breathlessly rave over how well Randy and John are "cohabitating" (their exact words). The chemistry is only helped by Randy Orton and John Cena's real life friendship.
Team Lay Cool celebrate by Layla throwing her arms and legs around McCool and Squeeing loudly. They're also only nice to each other and their manager Vickie Guerrero. Not to mention the synchronized dancing and constantly being around each other.
Remember the Alliance's Shane andBooker T, from giving each other presents to interfering with matches, not to mention the glee they had in their eyes while looking at each other.
Shane McMahon and Rob Van Dam, too. During Shane's feud with Kane and the testicle-elecrocution incident (look, It Makes Sense in Context), the one that rode to his rescue and made it look like something out of a hurt/comfort fanfic? Rob. They hung all over each other tearfully.
Speaking of Kane, he and Rob Van Dam had a lot of tension during their teaming and Kane's subsequent unmasking, the latter also looking like something out of a hurt/comfort fanfic.
NXT Season Three has AJ and Kaitlin, who greet each other with hugs, have a weird handshake, and constantly giggle about jokes they tell amongst them.
The Miz and his apprentice Alex Riley, Riley jumped on top of The Miz to save him from a finishing maneuver, he takes the traditionally female role of valet, seems to be the only person, beyond Michael Cole (Who has his own very creepy relationship with The Miz) to bear his presence, and is constantly hyping him up.
Add to that The Miz hiring Riley to a "personal services" contract. He's supposed to be his protege, but the wording of that borders on creepy.
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater. Regular tag partners who ruffle each other's hair and refuse to beat each other up when ordered. It's adorable.
Go back and watch the episode where John Cena was drafted to Raw and introduced to the audience on Chris Jericho's "The Highlight Reel." Notice that when Cena's theme music is heard, Jericho's face lights up almost immediately and a huge grin spreads over it. He even opens his mouth - silently, but as if he's about to scream like a schoolgirl.
At about :30 seconds into this Randy Orton vs. Evan Bourne match, Orton grasps Bourne by the hair, and maybe it's just the camera angle, but for a moment it looks like the start of a gay porno.
On NXT, "power couple" Maxine and Derrick Bateman were involved in a love triangle with Johnny Curtis — except that it came across like the two guys were more interested in each other than they were in Maxine! The tension and the eye-fucking, wowza!
When Kane and Sean "X-Pac" Waltman teamed up in 1999, Kane was a masked, silent, and nigh-unstoppable behemoth with no emotions or motivations other than destroying his brother The Undertaker and anyone unfortunate enough to get in his way. His partnership with X-Pac revealed his more protective side, and their subsequent falling-out was a storm of Ho Yay. Highlights include:
1/25/1999, Shane McMahon is humiliating Kane and making him beg for forgiveness. X-Pac runs out to defend Kane and tells Shane to "shut the hell up". Kane proceeds to chokeslam X-Pac, but they form a tag team nonetheless.
3/5/1999, Kane rescues X-Pac from Road Dogg and Billy Gunn without having to throw a punch. He then tenderly picks up X-Pac and carries him from the ring.
08/22/1999, The Undertaker chokeslams X-Pac then summons Kane to follow him. Kane runs back to check on X-Pac, but catches the Titantron replaying the chokeslam. Enraged, Kane chokeslams his brother in revenge, then carries X-Pac to safety. X-Pac recovers, and teary-eyed, pulls Kane into a Man Hug.
9/9/1999, X-Pac's speech to Kane comes across as more of a relationship ultimatum than anything else. Words cannot describe the sight of Kane clinging to the rope, staring longingly after X-Pac as he regretfully walks backstage.
10/11/1999, Kane rescues X-Pac yet again, only for X-Pac to get mad at his Distressed Damsel status.
11/14/1999, neatly summarizes X-Pac and Kane's relationship leading to their falling out. X-Pac and Kane begin acting like feuding exes who never got any closure.
/11/2000, after X-Pac has turned on Kane, he then makes a suspiciously bitter speech about Kane's new girlfriend, Tori, calling her a "slut". He proceeded to attack and torment Tori the entire time she was with Kane.