Stone Cold’s: Five wrestling relationships that ended in disaster as Cena and Bella separate
8 months ago, 17 Apr 11:57
It will be known as the WrestleMania moment turned sour.
John Cena lit up Camping World Stadium at WrestleMania 33 when he proposed to Nikki Bella, but now it is all over.
One of wrestling’s biggest power couples announced they have separated just weeks before their wedding day.
It came as a shock to everyone, because despite Cena saying in the past he would not get re-married, it appeared he was going to go through with the decision to make Nikki his wife.
However, it is not to be, a statement released on Nikki's Twitter read:
"After much contemplation and six-years of being together, Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple."
They are not the first wrestling relationship to bite the dust, and almost certainly will not be the last, with the nature of the business not conductive to finding love.
For every couple like Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan there are hundreds who do not find a way to make it work, with some becoming more destructive and toxic than others.
We look at five couples who tried to find love in the squared circle but saw it fall apart in dramatic style:
Matty Hardy and Lita
Matt Hardy and Lita were in a relationship until 2005
You cannot think "wrestling love-triangle" without thinking of Matt Hardy, Amy 'Lita' Dumas and Adam 'Edge' Copeland.
Hardy and Lita were two thirds of 'Team Xtreme' and a real life couple in the early 2000s. She would accompany Matt and his brother Jeff to the ring, and the crowd loved the chemistry between the three, with Matt and Lita in a genuine relationship.
With Lita recovering from a neck injury and Matt on the road she begun bonding with Edge which eventually led to the pair kissing (whilst Matt was out injured) and becoming romantically involved.
When Matt found out his girlfriend and best friend were having an affair he took to the internet to vent his frustrations and ended up getting fired from the company in the process. With a swell of fan and backstage support he was rehired and put into a programme with the couple.
It did lead to a great feud between the two, and the birth of the 'Rated R Superstar' version of Edge, but it took its toll emotionally on all involved. Matt Hardy is now married to Reby Sky and Edge married fellow wrestler, Beth Phoenix.
Sunny and Chris Candido
Sunny and Chris Candido had a long and rocky relationship
Arguably the most tragic and toxic wrestling relationship in modern history, Tammy 'Sunny' Sytch and Chris Candido tore each other apart, with Candido passing away in 2005 at the age of 33.
The pair fell in love in high school and Candido were besotted ever since, even being described as following her around like a puppy dog.
Sunny has admitted to having a nine-month affair with Shawn Michaels in the mid-90s, and numerous wrestlers have expressed their bafflement that Candido continued to stick by her side.
She was also accused of having a fling with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart ...
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