Last night on Total Bellas, the show revealed when John Cena and Nikki Bella initially broke up, and it was much earlier than anyone realized. But when was the WWE Raw’s 25th anniversary — which was around the time it happened — and what does this mean for the couple’s current relationship situation?
The news broke at the start of May that Nikki Bella ended her engagement to John Cena the week before their wedding date, but it turns out that the wheels started turning as long ago as January.
This week’s Total Bellas was filmed in January, right before the WWE Monday Night Raw 25th anniversary episode. WWE fans might remember that night as when a lot of the Divas from the past came out on to the stage and waved to the fans.
Among those WWE Divas was Nikki Bella, and this week’s Total Bellas showed that it was not easy for her. John Cena had just broken up with her after six years due to the fact that he knew that she wanted children and he was not willing to compromise on his no-kids policy.
As a matter of fact, the entire way the episode was edited, John Cena came across as a complete jerk. He knew for the last six years that Nikki Bella wanted to be a mother but he accused her of not being honest with herself. He also sent her a text message after they broke up saying that he expected her to thank him when she found someone else and finally had a child.
The big problem is that John Cena and Nikki Bella hid the fact that they broke up from everyone except those closest to them — Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. No one in the WWE knew they split up and they even lied to other family members about their relationship.
When was the WWE Raw’s 25th-anniversary show?
It was on January, 22, 2018, so this happened just over three months before the pre-wedding breakup. When Nikki Bella showed up at Raw for the 25th anniversary, John Cena was also there and had an in-ring confrontation with Elias immediately after the Divas came out on to the stage.
Total Bellas showed that Nikki Bella and John Cena pretended to still be together backstage so no one would know about the breakup. Either they were protecting the upcoming Total Bellas season or Nikki was not willing to end it completely. After Cena came out for his segment, Nikki was shown backstage distraught and wanting to leave so she wouldn’t have to see him again that night.
When Cena was on Today in March of this year, he said that the two were still trying to work things out and went through a very rough patch. It looks like the episode of Total Bellas this week was that rough patch and it ended up with a total split — at the time — in January.
The eventual cancelation of the wedding still happened in May, although Total Bellas proves the seeds were planted three months prior.
Of course, it looks like John Cena and Nikki Bella are reportedly back together again, so this season of Total Bellas looks like it will be a roller coaster ride like nothing you will see on Monday Night Raw.