John Cena Proposes to Nikki Bella -- So Does He Also Now Want Kids?

John Cena and Nikki Bella
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Not every relationship needs an "I do" in order to get to happily ever after, but what happens when one person wants a ring on it and the other doesn't? News that John Cena proposed to longtime girlfriend and wrestler Nikki Bella has shocked WWE lovers and Total Divas fans alike given Cena has admittedly said in the past he doesn't want to get married again or have children. This begs the question: Can people really change their tune for someone they love?


When I found out John dropped to one knee -- and wasn't looking for a contact -- inside the ring at WrestleMania on April 2 and proposed, I just about lost my mind. Shouting "won't he do it?!" at my phone as I read the news, I felt genuinely happy for Nikki, as I've been a fan of the E! reality show Total Divas (a series that follows top WWE female superstars) for some time now.

... And I NEVER thought I'd see the day when John would agree to marriage, seeing as Cena once told Nikki on Total Divas, "... I don't want to get married and I don't want to have kids and you do want to get married and you do want to have kids, so I feel there's this time bomb over my head."

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But it seems you can change up your tune, as Cena told Today he's been planning to ask Nikki to marry him for a year and a half, when he said to her before her neck surgery in 2016, "You know someday I'm going to marry you?" And when asked about why he's open to being married now when he was against it before, John says, "I found the absolute right person .... It took a person that strong to change my view on life."

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As much as I love the idea of love, a part of me has felt so bad for Nikki throughout the years. These two have been together since late 2012, with John forever saying he doesn't want to get married again (both he and Nikki were previously married before) or have children -- both, of course, being long-term goals for Nikki Bella.

And though no one put a gun to Nikki's head to stay in a relationship that she thought wouldn't yield the results she wanted going into it, it was a bit hard to watch their love story play out at times.

Like when Nicole's family had a sit-down with John and he seemed unfazed.

Or when John told Nikki time and time again he's "not the right person" for her, because he doesn't want the same things in life  -- or didn't at the time.

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I'm no Dr. Phil (or Dr. Ruth, for that matter), but that doesn't seem super healthy.

And yet, here we are! (LOL.)

I believe in happiness and believe people can change. I just hope John's change of heart came from soul-searching and not to keep Nikki, who once left him for not wanting the same things in life.

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Who knows if this marriage means babies are in store for these two -- or if they'll even head down the aisle anytime soon. So for now, I say congrats, as it's obvious they love each other.

I guess time will tell what happens!

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