Why Did WWE couple John Cena and Nikki Bella Split Up?

We didn’t see this coming, in fact, when it comes to anything associated with WWE Superstar and all-round human super hero, John Cena, we can’t see him at all (yes, we totally just went there.)

John Cena and his fiancé Nikki Bella just announced that they have called off their engagement after a full six years together.

No, that is not the sound of our backs being disjointing after being suplexed off the turnbuckle, it’s the hearts of WWE fans, becoming extremely sad… Wrestling may be scripted, but this was a REAL breakup, GOD DAMN IT!

The couple during happier times during the premier of Cena’s latest film, the appropriately named ‘Blockers.’ – Credit: BBC

The two wrestlers got engaged in the middle of the squared circle on the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania 33, in April last year, in front of over 70,000 spectators in a heart stirring moment that left many weeping like post-adolescent school girls at a Justin Bieber concert.

However, the hopes of a ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth blissful love affair, were well and truly shattered when Nikki confirmed the break up in an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

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‘After much contemplation and 6 years of being together, Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple,’ her poignant post said.

‘While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.

‘We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.’

Brie Bella, twin sister of Nikki and one half of WWE duo ‘The Bella Twins‘ who’s also married to recently un-retired WWE superstar, Daniel Bryan, offered her support by posting ‘Love you both’ in the comments section.

In a cryptic tweet on Sunday, just before the announcement Cena posted a quote: ‘Keep your faith always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.’

‘You can look but you can’t touch’ oh ok, another kiss will do! – Credit: WhatCulture

John Cena may have also given a hint of trouble and impending doom in the relationship as far as a month ago, telling a publication, “It takes being able to mesh two lives. I would never ever want Nicole to be in a position where she says ‘I’m holding you back from doing this because I feel it’s wrong for us.’  And I would never say that to her. That’s why she’s super busy and sometimes we don’t see each other for months at a time, but when we do see each other, it’s our time together.”

Upon the news of the split, fans of the former wrestling golden couple took to Twitter to offer their love and support for the pair, with some more devastated then others,

“If John Cena and Nikki Bella can’t make it…is there hope for the world?” one user asked.

While others took a more light-hearted approach to the split. “Surprised John Cena and Nikki Bella lasted 6 years, he usually kicks out at 2,” questioned one wrestling fan.

An obvious dig at the fact that John Cena is notoriously known for never losing in his wrestling matches. In relationships, you just can’t win all the time, and you will eventually lose.

To be fair, they would have created some beautiful babies. Credit: Scoopnest

So, why did the former mushy couple decide to end their relationship and ultimately split up? Well, if you’ve been an avid viewer of Nikki and John’s E! Network reality TV series ‘Total Bellas’, then you would’ve noticed Cena being hesitant to become a father, seems to have been an underlying issue.

Nikki and Cena’s relationship has seen its fair share of bumps and bruises over the past six years, famously the latter’s reluctantly to even get married in the first place, so it was surprising when they got engaged.

John, who was previously married to his first wife Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012, went through a public and messy divorce, and later vowed never to tie the knot again. So when he publicly popped the question to Nikki, the wrestling world was left stunned.

However, being hesitant to ever have children, something his former fiancé has yearned for was seemingly the final straw in the relationship. Seeing as Nikki had recently become an aunt to sister Brie’s daughter, Bridie, it must have been a difficult pill to swallow, that whilst married to John Cena, she would never have the opportunity to experience motherhood herself.

Yep, she was definitely broody here. Credit: IBTimes UK

To further cement this further, a source for People.com noted the following about their split:

“She never gave him an ultimatum. He talked a really good game about having changed, about having his priorities straight, about knowing what’s important, and that it was her. But as the day got closer, it was like he just went back to who he’s always been — which is someone who puts himself first, always,” the insider says.

“He’s an incredibly dedicated, driven, ambitious guy. And for the longest time he said he didn’t think he had room in his life for a spouse or kids. It seems like in the end that was still the truth.”

The source added, “This was supposed to be the happiest time of her life. He ruined it and blew everything up.”

John Cena, posted on social media shorter after the announcement, saying:

“Hardship, loss, and humility are extremely difficult waters to navigate, but perseverance thru them builds a strength to withstand anything life throws your way.”

John Cena tells millions of adoring little kids (well, the ones that can see him anyway) to “never give up”, yet when it comes to actually fathering a child of his own, we guess that Cena finally tapped out on his first real wrestling manoeuvre… fatherly responsibility.


Story by Michael Lee

Featured Photo Credit: The Inquisitr

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