Old Flames: 15 Fascinating Facts About Dolph Ziggler And Nikki Bella's Relationship

Nikki Bella is perhaps the best known female wrestler in WWE right now. Along with her sister she has become one of the main stars of E! Network show Total Divas and its spin-off Total Bellas.

These reality shows have given fans a look into the life of the popular twins and have opened up many personal secrets that surround them.

Dolph Ziggler is a former World Heavyweight Champion and has had a lengthy career with WWE over the past decade. He is one of the most popular superstars on the current roster where he now performs on the SmackDown Live brand.

Nikki also appears on the SmackDown brand along with her current boyfriend John Cena. The duo have become WWE's ultimate power couple and despite Cena taking a hiatus from WWE TV recently, the company have found a way to include him in recent storylines involving Nikki.

Dolph has since moved on and dated many other female WWE Superstars but it is said that the duo remained friends and still manage to work together when needed.

Ziggler and Nikki may have only been together for two years, but because there was no Total Divas back then, there are not a lot of facts known about Nikki and Dolph's time together, but the following is a list of things that is known about them and their lives since they decided to amicably split.

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15 The Couple Dated For Two Years

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There are a lot of stories floating around about when Nikki and Dolph officially became a couple. Dolph has been in the company much longer than Nikki and so they couldn't have met until she signed with WWE for the first time in 2008.

It is then reported that they had split up by mid-2010 when they were both stationed in Tampa, Florida. The couple shared many pictures together on social media and both have only good things to say about the short-lived relationship, but it seems that they couldn't find a way to work and stay together. The WWE Universe speculates that it was Nikki that ended the relationship since Dolph would have been happy to get back together with the star back in 2015.

14  14. Dolph wanted Nikki back On Total Divas

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Even though Total Divas has a storyline behind it and is not one hundred percent true, there was still a storyline back in 2015 that saw Dolph Ziggler finally admit to Nikki that he still had feelings for her.

Dolph then attempted to kiss Nikki but it seems that she was not open to his advances and went straight to her current boyfriend John Cena to tell him all about Dolph's recent advances. Cena didn't seem fazed by it and told Nikki that if Dolph could give her what she wanted then she should get back together with him. Not the reaction Nikki was hoping for, but she still remained with Cena regardless. This actually made Cena come across rather cold than comforting. Good job, John.

13 Dolph Has Dated Dana Brooke And Summer Rae After Nikki

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Ziggler has himself a little bit of a reputation when it comes to the women in WWE. Following the break-up of his relationship with Nikki Bella in 2010, there have been a lot of rumours about Ziggler and who he has been dating since.

It is known that he dated Dana Brooke for a while last year, but it seems that relationship has since ended. There were also rumours that he was dating Summer Rae for a short amount of time and then AJ Lee when the duo were put into an on-screen storyline together (although this is unconfirmed). WWE is the kind of place where there are always other women to help a man get over a breakup. Luckily for Dolph, he seemingly always had support.

12 Nikki Stays with Cena Despite Him Offering the Same Future As Dolph

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Nikki Bella and John Cena have become one of the best-known couples in professional wrestling. Their parts in both Total Divas and Total Bellas have guaranteed a cult fan following of them as a duo that continues to grow.

Nikki has been dating John Cena since 2012 after Cena went through a messy divorce with his first wife Elizabeth. While Cena and Nikki currently live together in Tampa, Florida, Cena has told the younger Bella twin that he has no current plans to marry her or to have children with her, even though she has expressed a desire for both. The couple seems to have come to an agreement after Nikki attempted to freeze her eggs so that she could still have children later in life. Nikki was also forced to sign a 76-page agreement when she moved in with Cena because he still remains weary about women after the divorce he went through with his ex-wife.

11 Nikki Was Married Before She Met Dolph 

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This was a fact that even Nikki's family were unaware of until she finally revealed it to John Cena on an episode of Total Divas. Nikki married her high school sweetheart when she was just 20-years-old. It seems that it was a rushed wedding that none of her family attended and it didn't last very long either.

She stated that she had the marriage annulled just three years later. She told Cena about this back in 2014 and he seemed to be more annoyed about the fact that she had kept it a secret for so long. Dolph Ziggler was unaware of the marriage when he dated the former Divas Champion as well. Somehow Nikki managed to keep the secret for three years whilse being married and for another decade afterwards.

10 Dolph Dated Comedian Amy Schumer Prior to Nikki

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Dolph Ziggler does have a checkered dating history but one of the best-known women that he dated was American comedian Amy Schumer. Dolph dated Schumer after his relationship with Nikki Bella and it is said that the duo actually met on Social Media.

Amy had a lot to say about Dolph after the couple split up and even revealed that she broke up with him via text message. She said that the reason they broke up was because 'the sex was too athletic.' She stated that the first time she thought it was amazing but then it just became too much for her. She said that she realized that Dolph actually had a huge heart when she did break up with him, but by then she had already made her mind up. Dolph then moved on to Nikki as his next serious relationship.

9 Maria And Nikki Hated Each Other Because Of Dolph

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Maria and Dolph Ziggler became good friends during their time together in WWE and were even rumoured to have dated at one point. It seems that one of the reasons  The Bella Twins dislike the current 'First Lady of TNA' is because she and Dolph Ziggler once danced in front of Nikki.

It is reported that when Nikki and Dolph first began dating they were out dancing at a club with Maria and a few other friends when Maria started dancing with Dolph and Nikki apparently wasn't happy about it. Maria explained that she had been friends with Dolph since before The Bellas were signed by WWE, but Nikki and the former WWE star never saw eye to eye again. The Bellas famously have a lot of heat with many former female wrestlers including Maria and Maryse.

8 Nikki Met Dolph In Developmental

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Various reports suggest that when Dolph Ziggler was sent back to OVW along with the rest of The Spirit Squad, he remained in the developmental part of WWE for a while before he was then called back up to the main roster in WWE under a new name and with a new persona.

It seems that it was in the developmental division that Nikki and Dolph first met. She was signed to WWE back in 2008 along with her twin sister and they were set to gain some experience since Nikki and Brie had never wrestled before. The twins weren't in developmental for very long and it seems that their relationship didn't last very long after both stars were called up to the main roster.

7 Nikki Slapped Dolph On Total Divas

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Dolph and Nikki have a strange relationship on Total Divas, obviously. It is a storyline and not complete reality, but when Dolph did confess that he still had feelings for Nikki, it seems that her reaction was not exactly what he expected. Nikki told Dolph that they had their up and downs when they were together but Dolph stated that it had been five years and he had grown up since then.

Dolph told Nikki about his feelings and then attempted to kiss her and she slapped him. She stated that it was disrespectful to John Cena to even be talking about them getting back together. The awkward moment would end with Nikki walking away and leaving Dolph alone with his feelings in the backstage area.

6 The Were Stationed Together In FCW

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FCW was WWE's training facility before they revamped it and turned it into NXT. This was before the Performance Centre was built and it was before The Bella Twins became household names. Nikki and Dolph were sent to FCW and stationed in Tampa, Florida together while The Bella Twins learnt the art of wrestling.

It is thought that the duo were already dating at this point and were coming to the end of their relationship. FCW was thought of as a great training facility for up and coming wrestlers to learn but when they were only getting crowds of around 15-20 people it made it hard to judge the crowd reaction for any of the wrestlers. It obviously worked for the likes of Dolph and Nikki though, since they still remain popular WWE Superstars.

5 Both Stars Have Had Strange On Screen Relationships

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WWE creates all their own storylines and while they often follow what is happening in the personal lives of WWE stars, it seems that this is not the case when it comes to Dolph and Nikki. Dolph has had some strange on-screen relationships including ones with AJ Lee, Lana (in a real life attempt to break up the couple of Lana and Rusev), Summer Rae, and Vickie Guererro.

Nikki has also had relationships on WWE TV, one of which included a feud with her sister over Daniel Bryan, the man who would actually go on to marry her sister (the couple recently announced that they are expecting their first child). On-screen relationships often lead to something in real-life, but it seems that Nikki's worked out for her sister instead.

4 There Was A Feud Rumoured Between Dolph and John

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Following Dolph's confession on Total Divas, it seems that WWE hoped to bring the storyline into a feud on WWE TV. Dolph, Nikki, and John are all on the same roster right now and the company could easily have created a rivalry between the two main event stars following this.

Instead, John hardly even reacted to the news that Dolph had told Nikki that he still had feelings for her, which meant that the company couldn't make a real feud out of it. Instead, they decided to keep both men far away from each other and haven't yet allowed them to interact on SmackDown Live. Of course, with Dolph's new heel attitude and John back on television, it is possible that this feud could happen after all.

3 Dolph Told Nikki That He Would Give Her Kids

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Nikki stated a long time ago in the first few episodes of Total Divas that she wanted to be married and have children one day, which has yet to happen. Instead, she has been forced to watch her sister marry Daniel Bryan and then announce that she is expecting a baby girl while she is still trying to convince John Cena to marry her.

Dolph handed Nikki everything she wanted when he confessed his feelings and said he would be her husband and he would give her children. But it seems Nikki wants John much more than she wants these things because she still chose the former 15-time WWE World Champion over everything she thought she wanted. Seems like an odd choice for someone who wants all these things, right?

2 Dolph Hasn't Found Another Nikki

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Despite what has already been mentioned about Dolph's personal life, it seems that since he and Dana Brooke split up late last year, he has been re-evaluating his life and prefers to be single.

Dolph had a match back at No Mercy where his WWE career was on the line and many of the WWE Universe thought that he would actually leave the company after the match but instead he won and retained his WWE contract. Dolph has been different over the past few months and recently turned heel, so it seems he is finally getting his career and life on track. Meanwhile, it seems that Dolph continue to search for the right girl that will be able fill the void left by Niki Bella.

1 They Recently Tagged Together

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Dolph and Nikki have never been paired together on WWE TV but it seems that lately, the duo has become much closer because Dolph was a face and so was John Cena.

For the first time ever, Nikki, John, and Dolph all teamed together after an episode of SmackDown against Carmella, Baron Corbin, and The Miz. Since Dolph Ziggler has recently turned heel and it seems Nikki and John could actually become an on-screen couple in the coming weeks, maybe Dolph is out of the equation for now, but he will certainly be back into it before long, if history continues to repeat itself. And who knows, maybe some sort of love triangle storyline will develop at some point this year between the three Superstars.

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