John Cena has been open about wanting to keep his love life out of the public eye. In a 2020 chat with Access, he made it clear that setting boundaries and keeping relationships private is important to him. “I find [fans] can also respectfully understand that some things are for me,” he said. Still, that hasn’t stopped fans from delving into his private life. As Cena transitioned from his career in WWE (which he found by accident) into acting , he has established himself as a top-grossing actor and earned a huge fortune, but he couldn’t shake the curiosity that comes with his romantic side.Over the years, he’s been linked to a number of girlfriends, both alleged and actual brought , some wrestlers known by themselves.
Among his speculative partners, Cena has been linked to wrestler AJ Lee, whom he kissed in the ring in 2012, according to the Bleacher Report. However, as HollywoodLife later discovered, their romance was only part of the script. In 2013, the “Peacemaker” actor was rumored to be having an affair with adult film star Kendra Lust, but she denied their connection. He’s also been said to be dating WWE Star Carmella, but as she shared in a 2020 WWE interview, people have been far away. “That’s so far from the truth! I hardly know John Cena,” she announced. There have also been plenty of confirmed romances and we break them all down below. Here’s a look into John Cena’s relationship history.
John Cena’s brief affair with Lisa Marie Varon
John Cena was linked to WWE wrestler Lisa Marie Varon (known in the ring as Victoria) in the early 2000s and while not much is known about their union, we do know it happened under unusual circumstances. Lisa Marie, who was married to Lee Varon from 1994 to 2015, had an on-going relationship with her husband and hooked up with Cena during their break. Lisa Marie told F4WOnline.com (via Wrestling News Plus), “One of those times that we broke up, I dated John Cena for about a month.” Sharing more details, she told the outlet that this was in 2002 happened while both were based in Louisville, Kentucky and underscored the fact that neither side cheated. “I was married but separated. John Cena was single,” she pointed out. “I was never his ‘street girl’.”
Lisa, who also said their relationship was “common knowledge” at the time, decided to set the record straight for her time with Cena after WWE alum Kenn Doane spoke about her association with SE Scoops in 2012. He claimed Cena was having an affair with a married woman, and while he didn’t name names, it was believed he was talking about Lisa Marie. When Lisa Marie clapped back, Doane was off guard trying to stoke the drama.
Rumors about Mickie James and John Cena
The relationship between John Cena and fellow wrestler Mickie James heated up in an in-ring storyline and what appeared to be behind-the-scenes drama. In 2012, wrestler Kenn Doane told SE Scoops that James cheated on him with Cena. Also, Doane thinks he and James got the ax because of Cena. “He messed with MJ so I was moved to Smackdown so they could keep messing around,” he tweeted in 2012 (via Wrestling Inc). “When MJ went insane for not wanting to date her, she got fired.” Comicbook reported a similar story, claiming that when Cena got married in 2009, James had a hard time working with him, so WWE transferred her from Raw to SmackDown. In 2010 she was released.
Doane insisted Cena was to blame, tweeting (via Wrestling Inc), “When they were together she got the title, TV roles. When he dumped her, she became Piggy James and then got fired.” He’s not the only one to claim her career was linked to Cena. In 2019, Becky Lynch tweeted that James, her opponent at the time, had used a certain WWE star to advance her career. Jakob’s answer? “Sorry. It took me a minute to stop laughing,” she wrote. (Kayfabe? Reality? A mix of both? We may never know.)
Regarding their WWE relationship history, James told Lilian Garcia in 2017, “That’s one of the reasons so many people in the industry fall in love in the first place, because you see each other every day.“
John Cena married his high school sweetheart
John Cena’s first marriage was in 2009, when he said “I do” to his high school sweetheart, Liz Huberdeau. According to TMZ, however, Cena and Huberdeau’s love story quickly took a turn for the worse when they reportedly started butting heads shortly after tying the knot. According to a source who spoke to the outlet in 2012, they fell out over everything, including a house remodel, and the wrestler was reportedly unhappy for some time. While neither party commented on the rumors of a frayed relationship, Cena finally decided to pull the plug on his marriage in May 2012. He filed for divorce, calling their union “removably broken,” according to TMZ. But even though they had a prenuptial agreement, their split was not a clean cut.
Huberdeau’s attorney, Raymond Rafool, spoke to TMZ to say she was completely caught off guard by the split. “Unfortunately, the divorce isn’t how Liz thought her perfect love story would end,” Rafool explained, adding that they would do everything in their power to circumvent the prenup and get Huberdeau the maximum possible payout . Part of their strategy seemed to involve accusing Cena of infidelity. Though they didn’t name names, Rafool told TMZ in June, “We’re definitely following up on any lead that suggests he was unfaithful before AND after the breakup.” Rumors have been circulating that Cena is dating adult actress Kendra Lust had teamed up, but they denied any involvement. Eventually, Cena and Huberdeau reached an agreement in July 2012, per TMZ, which her attorney described as “amicable.”
A recurring romance with Nikki Bella
Pro wrestling superstars John Cena and Nikki Bella had their first date at a steakhouse in 2012, and she told WWE it was the best first date ever. The second was even better — “We just had a great dance in the middle of the restaurant,” she recalled — and they moved in together in 2013, per Us Weekly. However, their whirlwind romance wasn’t as romantic as it sounds. During the first season of “Total Bellas,” Bella revealed that Cena got her to sign a 75-page contract that stipulated to People that if they ever split, she would move out with all of her belongings immediately. The contract also underscored that she would be a “guest” at his home, and that made her question her union. “I love John, but maybe he knows he doesn’t want to be with me forever?” She thought about the show.
Bigger problems soon plagued the couple. Cena didn’t want to get married and have kids while she was doing it. Eventually, Cena proposed during WrestleMania 33 in 2017, but they called off their engagement in April 2018. They got back together in May, but it was finally over in July. In 2020, Bella told “Better With Maria Menounos,” after Cena told her he was ready to reverse his vasectomy, she realized she didn’t want to force him into anything he might regret. “Overall, we had such an incredible relationship. It was just two people who wanted two different lives,” she concluded.
Nikki Bella and John Cena’s relationship today
John Cena and Nikki Bella show it’s possible to stay friendly with your ex. Speaking to People in 2019, Nikki revealed that she kept Cena up to date on their dates because she didn’t want him to find out about it through tabloids. “This breakup wasn’t bad, it didn’t end badly, we didn’t do bad things to each other. He’s still close to my family,” she said. In January 2019 she started dating Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev and in August 2020 they welcomed their first son Matteo. Twin sister Brie gave birth to Bella just a day later, and Nikki told Us Weekly that Cena reached out to congratulate them both. “John and I will be forever bonded,” she said. “All I ever wanted was for him to be happy, so just seeing that and seeing him kick ass in the movie world and all that stuff makes me happy.”
Nikki also publicly praised her ex when she and Brie were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021. “To John, thank you for teaching me a lot about this business and really helping me find my fearless side,” she gushed. And when news of Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh’s relationship broke in 2019, Nikki said on The Bellas Podcast that she was happy for him and jokingly issued a stern warning. “Let me tell you, she breaks his heart? Wow. I will attack them immediately. I still protect this man,” she said.
John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh got married… twice
John Cena was first linked to Shay Shariatzadeh in March 2019, and the couple made their red carpet debut at the premiere of “Playing with Fire” in October. As ET reported, the two met in Vancouver while Cena was shooting the film; A source told People the connection was made immediately. Just a year after their IPO, Cena and Shariatzadeh secretly married in October 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Fast forward to July 2022, and Cena and Shariatzadeh have remarried, This time at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.
Shariatzadeh was born in Iran, grew up in Canada and graduated from UBC Engineering. She now works as a product manager at Avigilon and loves her job very much, according to a post on the company’s website. “I’m proud to work in the video security industry because our products help protect people and their assets, and that’s my small contribution to our world,” she said.
Regarding expanding their family, Cena has made it clear that he still doesn’t want to be a father. As he said on a 2022 episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” “I think just because you could be good at something doesn’t give me a strong enough reason to do it.”