WWE’s hottest new angle continues to develop. The latest news in the breakup and possible reconciliation of John Cena and Nikki Bella comes from a taping of NBC’s hit new daily morning wrestling program, Today. The previous episode ended on a cliffhanger, with Cena declaring that he still loves Bella and hopes they can get back together and have babies. Cena and Bella separated weeks before their planned May wedding, which followed a proposal on the Grandest Stage of Them All (TM), WrestleMania.
On today’s episode of Today, Cena returned to the show to cut a heartfelt promo in the ring to hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Below is a transcription (via Wrestling Inc):
First I want to say thank you ladies for always having me on, always giving me a chance to be able to be honest and I think that’s important. I don’t know if people understand how difficult it is to lead a life in the public eye. I’m grateful but I’m also respectful of everyone’s opinions on what happened yesterday. I did what I did yesterday for one person and one person only. It’s because I love her and I think in times of separation, often we speculate on what the other person is doing and sometimes communication can get messed up. And this is something that people don’t necessarily understand – when you live life in the public, sometimes if you do something in private and then you do something different in public, that person can be like, ‘Well you treat me two different ways.’ So, it was very important for me to be honest with myself, with you, with all of you, because then that allows me to be honest with Nicole. I don’t care about being viral, I don’t care about anyone’s comments, although I’m grateful for all that. I care about one person. One person.
I have never regretted one single moment that I have been with Nicole. It has been a constant learning experience. If you look at me in 2012 and you look at me sitting right here, it’s a learning experience and one I’m grateful for. Like I said yesterday, if I never have another second, the time I had was so special and yesterday was even like a top to the top. I learned so much from yesterday, just by being able to be comfortable with who I am and being honest in public. That’s such a liberating thing.”
I saw some of the comments that she made and I think… like I said, she’s searching for something. I know I can’t force her to find it but I don’t want this to fall apart because of speculation of, ‘I think he’s doing this or I think he feels this way. Here are my cards, they are on the table. We’ll figure out where it goes.
Of course, we’re unlikely to see any resolution until after the upcoming season of Total Bellas, which premieres on May 20th and focuses on the breakup storyline. WWE has already completed reshoots on the season due to changing the ending at the last minute. If this season contains eight episodes like last year, that means it will end just in time for Cena and Bella to reunite at SummerSlam, and for the angle to conclude with a wedding at WrestleMania next year.
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