12 Things You Didn’t Know About John Cena And Nikki Bella’s Relationship

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For six years John Cena and Nikki Bella were one of the WWE’s most popular couples and as they took their relationship to reality TV with Bella’s show Total Divas, fans became more and more invested in the couple and their romance. Despite sharing so much about their life on TV, it wasn’t until after their shocking and unexpected split in April 2018 that the truth about the difficulties in their relationship came out. Take a look back at the couple’s love story through the good, the bad, and the end with these 12 things you never knew about the pair and their relationship:

12. How They Met

The athletic duo began dating back in 2012, but that wasn’t the beginning of their story. For years they were around each other as both were at the peak of their wrestling careers with Nikki wrestling in tag-team matches with her twin sister Brie and Cena dominating as one of the sport’s biggest stars. Cena and Nikki were friends for quite some time before things changed after Cena’s three-year marriage to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Huberdeau came to an end. “The first opening line was, ‘Hey, do you want to go to dinner with me?’ and I was kind of like, ‘What? With me?'” Nikki said in a 2013 interview. “It just kind of started out like a dinner date and I have to admit we were friends for so many years, but then when you make it romantic, I couldn’t even say a word to him.” Despite being nervous, Nikki said it was her “best first date” ever as they went out to dinner and “talked and chatted for hours.” Things only got better on their second date though. “We just had an amazing dance in the middle of the restaurant,” recalled Bella. “No one’s ever done that with me.”

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11. Previous Relationships

While marriage was a serious point of contention in Nikki and Cena’s relationship, it turns out both had been married before to their high school sweethearts. After years together, Cena married Elizabeth Huberdeau in 2009, but the two split in 2012 and it was Cena who pulled the plug. At the time, the WWE superstar admitted he was never going to make a good husband or a father. As for Nikki, she kept her first marriage a secret for quite some time until it all came out during an episode of Total Divas in 2014. Nikki revealed, “I got married when I was 20. And got divorced at 23, to my high school sweetheart. Basically we got married by Elvis. We drove to Vegas, did it.” She also revealed she regretted it before she even made it down the aisle. “Even when I started walking down the aisle, I knew this was a huge mistake and how can I get out of it and I couldn’t. I tried to forget about it but now it’s starting to come up, and I figured you guys have to hear from me before you hear from anyone else. It’s crazy ’cause John doesn’t even know and here we talk about marriage and we never bring it up,” she told her family. Nikki’s brother, JJ Garcia, warned her that Cena was going to be mad, saying, “You don’t just run off and get married and not tell your family for 10 years. That doesn’t just happen. You do what you got to do and I hope you figure it all out with John.” Cena actually handled the news very well though, and just asked her to be more honest with him. “What you did before you met me is what you did before you met me, I don’t need to know everything about you. It’s just when you can tell other people and I kind of would like to be on that totem pole somewhere — I don’t have to be at the top … I just would like to be on it.”