WWE legend John Cena has fallen in love with a few women in the past two decades. Cena has also dated three WWE female superstars in the past few years. While most romances with his colleagues did not go past a few dates, Cena almost married a WWE Hall of Famer.
Outside WWE, two women married the 16-time World Champion. While one of the marriages ended dramatically, the other is still going strong.
Here are five women John Cena has fallen in love with in real life.
#5. John Cena dated former WWE Superstar Victoria
John Cena debuted in WWE on June 2002 while answering the open challenge of Kurt Angle on SmackDown. Earlier that year, Cena started dating former WWE Superstar Victoria when both were in developmental.
Cena was single when the couple started dating. However, the two-time Women's Champion was married to Lee Varon. While their marriage lasted for 21 years between 1994 and 2015, Veron and Victoria were on a break in 2002 when the latter dated Cena.
Victoria spoke about her relationship with Cena in an old interview. She disclosed that they dated only for a month.
"We have separated a few times. One of those times that we were separated, I dated John Cena for about a month. It was not in 2006 or 2007. It was in 2002. It was when we were both in Louisville. I was married but separated. John Cena was single. I was never his ‘road girlfriend’. I know that when we were separated, my husband also dated a couple girls. That’s what happens when you are separated," Victoria told F4WOnline.
Cena and Victoria's romance ended after they went to the main roster around the same time. While Cena became the face of WWE, Victoria also became one of the top superstars of the women's division.
Although she left WWE in 2009, Victoria recently returned to participate in the Women's Royal Rumble match earlier this year. Cena also returned this year at Money in the Bank.
#4. John Cena dated former WWE Superstar Mickie James
When Mickie James left WWE in 2010, some rumors suggested her relationship with Cena was the reason behind it. However, the six-time Women's Champion returned to WWE six years later.
Following her return to WWE, James appeared on Lilian Garcia's Making Their Way podcast, where she addressed working around John Cena.
"We're all adults, and you know obviously this business is what it is, and we've all had our share of relationships failed. I think that being adults and being professionals... It's such a tight-knit thing, that's the reason why so many people in the industry fall in love in the first place, because you see each other every day, you hang out with each other, you don't get a chance to... make any type of outside life. We're all grown adults and I would hope that, and I'm pretty sure that it's going to be pretty awesome," James said.
Mickie James spent nearly five more years in WWE before she was released from her contract last April. The 42-year-old is currently married to NWA star Nick Aldis, and she recently joined Impact Wrestling.
#3. John Cena married Elizabeth Huberdeau
A few months after ending his relationship with Mickie James, John Cena announced his engagement to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Huberdeau. They tied the knot in July 2009.
Cena and his wife kept their lives away from the spotlight. Nonetheless, their relationship fell apart after three years of marriage. In 2012, Cena filed for divorce.
According to TMZ, Cena's move took Huberdeau by surprise. She then challenged their prenup and accused the WWE legend of infidelity. However, the couple later worked things out.
"All matters [in the divorce] have been settled and resolved amicably," Elizabeth Huberdeau's lawyer told TMZ in 2012.
Following her divorce from Cena, sources mentioned that Huberdeau received a settlement worth 60 million dollars. The same sources also stated that Cena's ex-wife became a real estate agent.
John Cena, on the other hand, continued his career in WWE. The 44-year-old had a good year inside the ring in 2012. He won the 2012 Royal Rumble match and defeated The Rock at WrestleMania to capture the WWE Championship.
#2. John Cena got engaged to WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella
Following his divorce, John Cena started dating Nikki Bella in late 2012. Nikki Bella was one of the stars of Total Divas, and her life with the 16-time World Champion was one of the central angles of the show.
Bella and Cena dated for five years before the former WWE Champion proposed to her inside the ring at WrestleMania 33, following their victory over The Miz and Maryse.
The two wrestlers were supposed to get married in May 2018. However, Bella decided to end the engagement and break up with Cena just one month before the scheduled wedding.
Nikki Bella later revealed on Better Together that she broke up with John Cena because he did not want to have children.
"Overall, we did have such an incredible relationship. It was just two people that wanted two different lives but were trying so hard to make it one. Even in the end when he was willing to give me kids, I could just tell, it's not what he wanted. And that's really, like, you know, what pushed me in the end, I was like, 'Am I'm going to force someone to be a father?" Nikki said.
Bella is currently engaged to her former Dancing with the Stars partner Artem Chigvintsev. She gave birth to their first child last year.
#1. John Cena is currently married to Shay Shariatzadeh
In early 2019, John Cena started dating Shay Shariatzadeh. Shariatzadeh works as a Program Manager at Microsoft.
Cena first met Shariatzadeh while filming his movie Playing With Fire in her home country, Canada. After falling in love with Shariatzadeh, the 16-time World Champion revealed that the movie will always have a special place in his heart.
"What’s truly special about this one is that, no matter what projects I’m involved in in the future, this one will always have a special meaning because I got to film a special project and meet someone special," Cena told Entertainment Tonight.
Cena and Shariatzadeh dated for a little over a year before they tied the knot in October 2020. The 44-year-old has also hinted that he might be ready to have kids with Shay.
"I’m a little bit older, a bit wiser. I’m realizing there is life and life exists and it’s beautiful — and I think part of that is being a parent, so we’ll see," Cena told The Sun.
Cena and Shay have attended several together in the past few months. 'The Leader of the Cenation' also briefly returned to WWE to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. However, John Cena lost to The Tribal Chief.