The Bella twins- Nikki and Brie Bella were officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
Nikki and Brie took the opportunity to reflect on their careers and evolution. Throughout the speech, they detailed the long journey they have covered, and in the end thanked a list of people who they described as being influential in their careers, including a very unusual name.
Nikki Bella took her fans by surprise when she mentioned her ex-fiancé, John Cena, towards the end of the pair’s acceptance speech.
Nikki Bella and John Cena dated for a major part of the 2010s and even shared a brief engagement. The couple got engaged in the middle of the ring at WrestleMania 33 but broke up one month before their scheduled wedding in 2018. Nikki Bella extended special gratitude towards the 16-time world champion wrestler for teaching her so much about wrestling and how to be “fearless.”
“And to John, thank you for teaching me a lot about this business and helping me truly find my fearless side,” Bella said.
Previously, Bella had given the details of her split with Cena on several occasions.
“For the purpose of his privacy, I don’t want to retread old events here — particularly the ones that got plenty of screen time and rehashing in the media. There is not much more to milk from that well-documented chain of events,” Nikki wrote in her memoir, Incomparable, in 2020. “But I do think there is value in explaining what I learned about myself during a time of extreme highs and lows, in the hopes that it helps some of you.”
“Rather than turn and face that, I pushed it under the carpet and figured I could pretend like it wasn’t there. Because I was terrified of losing my love, I stuffed my desire for marriage and kids as deep as I could,” she mentioned. “He had made it clear that they weren’t on the menu for him. That’s tough, though, because if you’re inclined that way, then the more you grow to love someone, the more you want it all. I stopped giving voice to those needs, though. I was worried my ex would call it off and let me go. And while I wanted those things very badly — I just wanted him more.”