John Cena popped the question to his girlfriend of more than four years Nikki Bella during WrestleMania 33 on Sunday night at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The 39-year-old Cena, also a Hollywood celebrity, got down on one knee after he and Bella won the mixed tag team match over The Miz and Maryse.
“I have been waiting so long to ask you this. Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, ‘Will you marry me?’,” he asked his lady. After Bella tearfully said yes, the couple shared a sweet embrace and a kiss as the 75,000 strong crowd cheered their approval.
The proposal took Bella by surprise, but Cena’s social media posts leading up to the WrestleMania event hinted at his plans to propose her. “It is such an honour to stand next to the woman I love, @BellaTwins, at @WrestleMania,” he tweeted alongside the pair’s promotional photo. Bella’s sister, Brie, also congratulated the pair, writing “Happy tears!!! They always felt married to me but to see it…wow!!! Welcome to the family @JohnCena.”
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“I was shocked,” Nikki told NBC’s Today show. “(But) I couldn’t have said yes quick enough. I thought I was going to cut him off.”
“I never actually would have thought he would have proposed in front of all those people,” she added. “But that’s home for us. WWE is our home. It’s where we met. It’s our passion. It’s our life.
“He’s my prince charming and he’s saying ‘I want her to be my queen’ in front of our family and honestly I couldn’t have asked for it to be any other way. It was perfect.”
At an intricately-planned event like WrestleMania, some questioned how much of a surprise the proposal actually was. But Cena said he only told one other person about his plan to drop the knee after combining with Nikki in a Tag Team match against The Miz and his real-life wife Maryse on WWE’s biggest stage.
“Just because of the fact it is a giant production, there needed to be at least one other person that knew,” he told.
Cena, 39, had been famously unwilling to get married, telling Rolling Stone last year: “I don’t have the time. And just because everyone else is happy with children doesn’t mean that’s how I have to live. I’ve been upfront about this. I just have things I need to get done. It’s not negotiable. We’ve been to therapy over it. I don’t think it will ever be over with. I’m stubborn as (expletive) and extremely selfish as well. I don’t want kids, I don’t want marriage. That’s me just saying, ‘Hey, this is my life and this is how I’m going to live.’”
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“The story and the build-up to WrestleMania was heavily based on our relationship … and watching her stay strong and keep her head high through all the comments and everything else just proved another reason why I love her so much,” Cena said.
So what changed his position? “I found the absolute right person,” he said. “I found a strong person I consider an inspiration and an equal. Someone who when I’m down, picks me up. And when she’s down, I can pick her up. It took a person that strong to change my view on life.”
While plans for the big day are still in their infancy “that’s up to the boss. I’ll show up,” Cena said they agree on one thing: their wedding won’t be in a wrestling ring.
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