John Cena was profiled by Erik Hedegaard in Rolling Stone this week, and there is a lot of interesting stuff in it. For example, Cena is learning Mandarin, the latest sign, after Shane McMahon’s on-screen reemergence, that WWE is bolstering up for a push into China. The wrestler also has his drug tests, of which he says he’s passed 60 or 70, stapled to the wall of his gym.
The piece also delved into Cena’s relationship with Nikki Bella (whose real name is Nicole Garcia); along with Daniel Bryan and Nikki’s sister Brie, the couple will be featured on Total Bellas, a spinoff of Total Divas on E, that will presumably be exactly what it sounds like.
Nikki Bella was still not happy about her boyfriend’s sex scene in the movie Trainwreck. “You don’t like to look at your man in the act up on the screen, even though he says, ‘It’s just acting,'” she said in the story. “I mean, my man has the most beautiful body in the world, but now everyone’s seen it … and bringing it up. I was in a business meeting and someone said, ‘Yeah, you’re lucky. I saw how big his butt was.’ And I was like, ‘…What?'”
While the two have an affectionate relationship that has spanned several years, the parameters of lifelong commitment are in dispute:
Along the way, he mentions that he was once married and it didn’t end well. “A lot of that was because of my inability to be a good husband, but then Nicole strolled into my life, and that did it,” he says. He and his latest love do have issues, however, mainly revolving around marriage, kids, their dog Winston, and his love of his job. “Look,” he says, “I know I cannot handle raising a child. It’s like with the dog.
My biggest thing to Nicole about the dog was: Love dogs, but I can’t contribute to taking care of one. 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 fuck 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.'” And why should he not?
The question of if and when the couple will get married has been a question for awhile now. “I think it’ll be a couple years,” Brie Bella said in 2014. “I do think it will happen, because I see that John wants to make all of Nicole’s dreams come true. I just think he definitely needs time.”
Cena, in the Rolling Stone piece, is upfront and honest about his intentions. Whether he ever changes his mind, or whether the arrangement is alright with Nikki Bella as her twin sister begins to start a family remain to be seen.