A new WWE rumor suggests that John Cena will team up with his girlfriend, Nikki Bella, for a match at WrestleMania 33.
As reported by Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week, a mixed-tag-team match is being considered for the event, and it would involve John Cena and Nikki Bella facing off against another real life wrestling couple: The Miz and Maryse.
The newsletter goes on to say that Cena was originally going to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and then there was talk of him having a match with Samoa Joe, but now the mixed tag team match is being discussed. The rumor is also that this will be Nikki Bella’s final match, and there is some speculation that Cena could propose to Bella at the end of it.
“I keep thinking this could lead to a proposal, and if that’s the case, in the big picture, this match makes sense,” Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer said this week. “I don’t know that’s the case. That would be a far bigger thing, as far as something memorable, than anything, even a great match with A.J. Styles, that Cena could be to the majority of fans.”
This report comes a few days after Meltzer said that based on what he has heard, Cena’s WrestleMania match is “not necessarily good news” and “wouldn’t be celebrated” by fans.
John Cena and Nikki Bella’s relationship has been brought up repeatedly in recent episodes of SmackDown Live, with Natalya telling Nikki Bella that Cena will never marry her.
Obviously, this would suggest that John Cena will not be World Champion by the time WrestleMania 33 rolls around. It’s currently speculated that Cena will lose his title to Bray Wyatt at Elimination Chamber, and this will lead into a title match between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania.
A John Cena and Nikki Bella match would also tie into the reality shows Total Divas and Total Bellas, on which Cena and Bella’s relationship has been documented. Cena has told Bella on the show that he would love to marry her, but his only hesitation is that she wants kids and he doesn’t.
Cena said on an episode of Total Divas, “Would I love to marry you? Absolutely. I love you…What I’m afraid of, and this is the one thing I’m very much afraid of, if we were to get married tomorrow, and then you come to the conclusion that you want children, you know where I stand. In no way would I ask you to sacrifice anything for me.”
Maryse has been an increasingly large part of The Miz’s WWE storylines since she returned in April 2016. Her role is now as The Miz’s manager, and while he was Intercontinental Champion, she repeatedly interfered in matches to help him win. When Dean Ambrose and The Miz faced off for the Intercontinental Championship in early January, Maryse interfered by slapping Ambrose; this should have caused him to win by disqualification, therefore allowing The Miz to retain the title, but the referee decided to let the match keep going, and Ambrose was able to pin The Miz and become the new Intercontinental Champion.
WrestleMania 33 will take place on April 2nd. Some other matches that are rumored include Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal and Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, although that latter match may have to be called off in light of Rollins’ recent legitimate knee injury.