John Cena, who’s been accused of stealing ideas and storylines, is used to being quizzed about his split from Nikki Bella. Nicki’s used to it, too. Most recently, Nikki discussed WWE…she addressed a hot topic, which is the editing of some of the stories related to her time with former WWE Champion, Cena. This adds another layer to their story – we’ll elaborate on that situation to close out the list.

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We’ll take a look at exactly what transpired between the two, through the timeline of their relationship. We’ll highlight the start, which took place in 2012, along with all the difficulties and memorable moments along the way.

It’ll become blatantly obvious that problems between these two started way before the breakup. Despite both moving on with new partners (and Nikki set to have a child), the chatter about their relationship persists…and we’re not sure if it’ll ever go away.

Enjoy the article folks, here’s what happened between Nikki Bella (who is now with Artem Chigvintsev) and John Cena. Let’s get started.

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10The Dinner Date

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The relationship between these two started in 2012. It should not come as a surprise that Cena asked Nikki out on a dinner date. For those that followed Total Divas, it was apparent that Cena loved to wine and dine Nikki on the regular. Bella opened up about the former couple’s first-date with Insider:

“The first opening line was, ‘Hey, do you want to go to dinner with me?’ and I was kind of like, ‘What? With me? “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.”

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9Moving Into John Cena’s Place

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In late 2013, Cena and Bella took their relationship to the next level by moving in together. The transition was not a smooth one, as we saw on the reality show – John had a lot of rules when it came to living in his home.

Things got so out of whack that Nikki was forced into signing a 75-page contract prior to moving in. Cena claims he took such measures because of the relationship before Nikki. Looks like Nikki took the heat for that failed relationship.

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8Commitment Issues

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It became clear that moving in with him would be the closest Nikki would get to John, without any further commitments.

Nikki would constantly discuss the future and plans for the two – the biggest problem was that John wasn’t on the same page at the time because he had such a busy lifestyle. He had work commitments with WWE and in the world of Hollywood. His reluctance to commit and his workaholic ways played a major role in fraying the connection between the two. Ultimately, it was the main cause of the breakup.

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7The Proposal

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Despite the tension between the two, Cena eventually did decide to propose. The proposal took place at the grandest sports entertainment event of them all, WrestleMania.

At the time, it was a heart-warming moment and something that caught Nikki completely off-guard. The only person who knew about the proposal was the boss of WWE, Vince McMahon. He showed lots of emotion backstage when the two made their way to the gorilla position (staging area).

It was a celebration – though, as we know by now, not a lengthy one.

6The Breakup

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As she explained in her book, Cena’s promises ultimately weren’t enough. The two went through an emotional breakup, which (making matters worse) played out in front of millions of Total Bellas viewers. Cena made statements that he was willing to give Nikki what she wanted – however, Nikki worried that she would be taking part in those experiences by herself:

“Rather than turn and face that, I pushed it under the carpet and figured I could pretend like it wasn’t there. Because I was terrified of losing my love, I stuffed my desire for marriage and kids as deep as I could.”

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The post-breakup was not easy for either of them. Nikki admitted that she still spoke to John and did a lot of crying for months. Nikki discussed the hardships that took place during the aftermath. She told Insider:

“The fallout was terrible, particularly the speculation within the news media and on social media that it was all for ratings. Having our relationship fall apart on national TV was excruciating. I had to relive it all again, while also having my heart broken from missing my ex.”

4Finding New Partners

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Just months after the breakup, it was announced that Nikki was in a relationship with her Dancing with the Stars co-star, Artem. It was a major surprise for all fans. Cena would also move on, entering a relationship with Shay Shariatzadeh. He maintains a low profile when it comes to the romance.

Nikki discussed with Insider that the Dancing with the Stars role played a huge role in building her confidence, “Dancing with the Stars also unlocked for me was the idea that I can stand on my own. I think it’s partly growing up as a twin, and then becoming a star based on that twindom, but being involved with a mega-star also undermined some of my faith in myself.”

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3Cena’s Reaction To Nikki’s Engagement

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This situation caught a lot of people by surprise. In early January, Nikki Bella announced her engagement, to Artem Chigvintsev. Given the short amount of time that the two dated, it did cause a bit of backlash from the media and fans.

Nonetheless, John Cena took the high road, stating that he was happy for his ex – he would also wish her all the best. In the months that followed, speculation grew that Cena had quietly gotten engaged. This gossip circulated after the paparazzi spotted his girlfriend with a new diamond ring.

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2Nikki’s Pregnant

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Another twist to the story was Nikki Bella announcing her pregnancy. Once again, fans and media shared feelings about the news. Both sisters are getting to share the special moment together, as Brie also announced that she was pregnant – she is set to have her second child.

Nikki is experiencing some of the body changes. She opened up with E Online, “I don’t think my feet have ever been this swollen in my entire life,” she shared. “But I can’t even walk anymore! This is so sad.”

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Nikki recently opened up on her podcast, discussing her new book and what wasn’t mentioned. According to Nikki, both WWE and John Cena have editorial rights. Meaning a lot of the things she had to say about her time with Cena were ultimately cut out. She expressed her disappointment:

“I understand that I’m not a private person and some people like to be private, but even with the stuff that was edited with John, there was nothing crazy bad. I just wish I was able to talk more about why I ended up where I ended up. I still feel like people always will wonder that, and I think it’s just because we put our relationship out there on reality TV for 5 or 6 years. So, I wanted to tell you that story, but… yeah, so…”

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