John Cena and Nikki Bella remain the highest profile couple in the wrestling business today. Everyone knows about the star power of Cena considering he’s been the face of the WWE for the past decade and is branching out into Hollywood. Nikki is up there on the female side of wrestling with the popularity of Total Divas allowing her name value to rise. The two big names in WWE coming together to start dating has put a bigger spotlight on them both collectively and individually. WWE attempts to keep tabs on their big stars in hopes of presenting a couple like this for the best possible perception.
Cena and Nikki have some skeletons in the closet that WWE is not proud of being public knowledge. The company would rather have these stories hidden given the polarizing nature both Cena and Nikki have with the wrestling fans. On the other side, WWE definitely wants to portray both wrestlers in the best possible light. They love to focus on certain moments that deliver results to get Cena, Nikki and WWE all on the positive side of perception. We'll take a look at both sides with ten things WWE doesn’t want you to know about Nikki Bella and John Cena along with five things they do want you to know about.
15 Don’t: Both Dated Current WWE Stars In The Past
The active WWE roster currently features wrestlers that John Cena and Nikki Bella used to date in the past. This is definitely not either of their first romances with a co-worker. Nikki used to date fellow SmackDown Live star Dolph Ziggler early in her WWE career. The two wrestlers were together for a few years before splitting up.
14 Don’t: Not The First Marriage For Either
The upcoming marriage between John Cena and Nikki Bella will not be the first time either party is getting married. Cena married high school sweetheart Elizabeth Huberdeau back in 2009 at the height of his popularity. The news of his divorce just three years later was one of the first negative headlines in the news for WWE’s golden boy. Cena apparently lost a lot of money in the divorce that made him hesitant to tie the knot again.
13 Do: History Making WrestleMania 33 Proposal
WWE had to be ecstatic with John Cena choosing WrestleMania 33 to make the biggest decision of his personal life on a professional stage. Cena was adamant in recent years that he had zero intention to ever get married. The match at WrestleMania 33 featured Cena and Nikki Bella teaming together on a PPV for the first time as they defeated The Miz and Maryse.
12 Don’t: Cena Doesn't Want Children But Nikki Does
Nikki Bella getting one of her dreams of getting married puts her relationship with John Cena in a great light. The other big thing that Cena has been very much against is Nikki’s desire to start a family and have children together. One of the major stories on Total Divas that stems from their real life disagreement revolves around having children.
11 Don’t: Couples Therapy
The differences between Nikki Bella and John Cena regarding the future of their relationship led to the two having to undergo couples therapy. Cena not wanting to have children and being against marriage at the time put the relationship in a bad place. An interview of Cena’s revealed that they attended couples therapy for a few months to try to get over the issues.
10 Do: They Live An Extravagant Lifestyle
John Cena and Nikki Bella live a very expensive life together that WWE absolutely loves. The company wants the perception out there that the wrestlers all get paid huge money as larger than life stars. Cena and Nikki both love spending their money on frivolous things that give them a wealthy atmosphere. The mansion of Cena’s is massive as seen on Total Divas and Total Bellas.
9 Don’t: Cena Often Neglects Nikki
The busy schedule of John Cena makes it impossible for him to be home all the time. Cena however goes overboard with setting up work dates that prevent him from spending his free time with Nikki Bella. You hardly see Cena in many episodes of Total Divas and Nikki ends up hanging out at the home of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella most of the time.
8 Don’t: Cena Restricts Reality TV Show Time
One of the other reasons we don’t see too much of John Cena on Total Divas and Total Bellas is due to his preference. Cena is by far the biggest name on the reality shows and uses his leverage to get out of being on it all the time. No one enjoys living their lives with cameras in front of their face at all times. Cena will only appear on a few episodes per season on Total Divas thanks to his restriction of being a full-time member of the show.
7 Do: Both Love Their Families
Despite the differing opinions on starting a family together, both John Cena and Nikki Bella are known for their love of their families. Cena is very close to his parents as seen with his father John Cena Sr. being a part of various WWE storylines through the years. The wrestling legend also has a great relationship with his mother and she attended his first show ever at WrestleMania 33 to see him propose in person.
6 Don’t: Nikki Blocked Others From Joining Total Divas
WWE was forced to reference this in storylines due to the rumors becoming so popular. The original Total Divas cast was meant to focus on The Bella Twins, Maria Kanellis, Kelly Kelly and Maryse all returning to WWE with the reality show cameras following them around. Nikki Bella dating John Cena gave her a greater importance and allowed her to call her own shots.
5 Don’t: Cena Made Nikki Sign A Contract
The decision of John Cena to invite Nikki Bella into living with him at his mansion shocked many considering his feelings on commitment. It was made more understandable following the reveal that Cena made Nikki sign a contract before moving in with him. The contract enforced various rules to accommodate Cena’s desires of having another person sharing his life.
4 Do: Both Are Unbelievable Ambassadors
The greatest aspect of John Cena’s legacy is actually outside of the ring. Cena is a wrestling legend but the charity work that he has done in his life is what makes him so special. The loyalty to his fans and strong work ethic has seen Cena go out of his way to help various charitable efforts through his time as a top star. Cena broke the record for most Make A Wish wishes granted and WWE rightfully loves it.
3 Don’t: Cena's Politics Helped Nikki's Career
Nikki Bella struggled to get consistent television during her first WWE run. It all changed in her second tenure when she was dating John Cena. Nikki received a massive push as the top female heel on the roster ending AJ Lee’s Divas Championship reign. The title run of Nikki was historical as she became the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history.
2 Don’t: Both Planning For Life After WWE
John Cena is still the biggest star in WWE and Nikki Bella is arguably the biggest female star. The merchandise numbers of Cena and the Bella brand provide massive success for WWE. Unfortunately for the company, both talents are already preparing for their life after wrestling. Nikki is working on various business ventures including the Birdee Bee clothing brand with her sister Brie.
1 Do: Most Decorated Couple In WWE History
No couple in WWE has ever accomplished as much as wrestlers as John Cena and Nikki Bella. Both wrestlers are huge stars in their respective divisions racking up the title wins and memorable moments. WWE loves the fact that two of their future legends are together and appear to be in it for the long haul. There have been plenty other successful wrestling couples but nothing like this.
Cena could very well go down as the greatest star in WWE history and Nikki will enter the Hall of Fame for all her success in the women’s division. WWE will absolutely market this going forward and reap the benefits of the media coverage of their upcoming wedding. We'll also likely witness them try to achieve financial success off the historical impact of two legendary stars being together in DVDs and WWE Network playlists.
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