The Shield’s “One Last Ride”, Becky Lynch’s standing with Vince McMahon and other pre-Fastlane stuff

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A week after Roman Reigns made his return from a 5 month leave of absence, The Shield is getting back together “One More Time. The most dominant faction both together and separate in WWE history will reunite for what may be the last time at Fastlane where they will face Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre.

As most folks are aware by now–and it was mentioned on the air for the first time–Dean Ambrose will be leaving after Wrestlemania 35 when his contract with WWE expires. He opted not to sign a new contract with WWE. He made it clear the decision is not money-related but has more to do with his on-screen character. He reportely stated he “hates doing hokey shit” and his desire to leave is not money-related. He candidly indicated he’s left a lot of money on the table in not renewing.

His wife Renee Young said something interesting that fellow Commentator Corey Graves reacted to on RAW this past week. She said Ambrose is “Moving on to Greener Pastures”. Weather this means Ambrose is looking t AEW, NJPW another promotion or just something else entirely remains to be seen. Rollins and Reigns have clearly known about Ambrose’s status all along. Is this match at Fastlane just a nostalgia trip…or could it also be an attempt to get Ambrose to reconsider leaving? We probably won’t know for sure until next month after Wrestlemania. Like Rousey, Ambrose’s last booked on-screen appearance is the RAW after Wrestlemania so we’ll see.

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I meant to comment on this a few weeks ago but according to various backstage sources, Becky Lynch is Vince McMahon’s new “Golden Goose”. She ls, We saw what happened with Roman Reigns and John Cena before her: Both were booed week after week by the house crowd as soon as it was revealed they were Vince’s favorites. Clearly that doesn’t seem to be happening with Becky Lynch, who is the hottest thing in not just WWE but the industry right now.

The last superstar favored by Vince who was a fan favorite and stayed one was Stone Cold Steve Austin. Vince revealed he favored CM Punk a bit more than Daniel Bryan to be John Cena’s successor as the next face of the company but then Punk walked out on WWE and those plans were derailed. Vince settled on Roman Reigns, who is the Rock’s cousin and would be a company guy like Cena and Austin before him. At least, that was the idea.

We saw what happened at Wrestlemania 31 . I do think fans booing Reigns at Wrestlemania 31 was the reason Vince made the call for Seth Rollins (then a Babyface Heel) to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase during the match’s climax. Lesnar would drop the title without himself or the new top guy looking bad. Three years later, Reigns would be fed to the beast at Wrestlemania 34 to appease the fans.

…Reigns coming back after his latest battle with Leukemia has fans rallying around him for the first time in years. This gives WWE a VERY good “problem” going into Wrestlemania 34 and more so after years of force-feeding Reigns to fans failed. Everyone loves a good comeback story and more so when the person came back from illness or injury. Look at Daniel Bryan from this time last year. Yeah.

The “problem” is like I said, Becky Lynch is the hottest thing in Pro Wrestling and has been since last year’s Summer Slam. Charlotte has clearly had a Hall of Fame career at this point but her being Hall of Famer and Wrestling Legend Ric Flair’s daughter will always be a sticking point to many. Reigns, Nia Jax and The Usos–all cousins of The Rock–have the same kind of problem. People like to say the only reason they’ve had so much success is because of who they’re related to when that’s totally unfair–especially for Charlotte and Reigns. Just look at Cody Rhodes’ WWE career. LOL.

My point is Lynch’s then intended Heel turn lit the wrestling world on fire. Rather than boo her, fans cheered for her.  The start of her feud with Ronda Rousey at Evolution…that RIGHT THERE was when Vince realized he trapped lightning in a bottle. The Smackdown Invasion the week before Survivor Series was when “The Man” was born.

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When The Man Comes Around, everyone shuts up and pays attention.

It took 15 years but WWE got its new “Stone Cold” in Rebecca Quinn: A superstar that can and will sell out arenas months and will be talked about for years to come. Even better is she was home-grown and is 100% organic as she revealed in her Chronicle episode back in December.

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Bayley dropped some hints a few weeks ago in an interview that WWE will test the waters with real inter-gender singles matches in the coming months. The wrestling world is split on the idea of mixed-gender singles matches but all agree the one promotion that would likely be the first to at least try it is WWE. Bayley along with Nia Jax, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks (and Ronda Rousey obviously) have all indicated they would jump at the opportunity to compete against some of their Male counterparts.

Some Male Superstars have expressed an interest or willingness to get in the ring with a Female superstar, too. So, it’s a matter of when not if.

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This bit of news broke on Total Bellas, which aired during the Fastlane PPV.

Brie Bella–real name Brianna Garcia Danielson–announced she is retiring for good from wrestling. Not just WWE but wrestling period. The announcement caught her twin sister Nikki off guard, who commented she always thought it was something they would discuss together first.

The twin sisters debuted together and competed as a tag team for most of their wrestling careers, all with WWE. They both won the now retired Divas Championship on separate occasions. They had a storyline feud with each other at one point that got deeply personal and was a few years before Brie married her now husband Daniel Bryan (real name Bryan Danielson). Brie gave birth to their daughter Birdie Joe in 2017 after announcing her first retirement in 2016 after Wrestlemania 32.

Brie returned to WWE on a part-time basis last year. She competed in the first Women’s Royal Rumble and made it to the final 3 before being eliminated by her sister, who was the runner up to the eventual winner Asuka. She teamed with her husband Daniel Bryan for a years in the making feud with The Miz and Maryse, who also recently became parents themselves. The Bellas later teamed with Ronda Rousey to battle the Riott Squad at Super Show Down and then turned on the RAW Women’s Champion. Brie was in her sister’s corner when Nikki challenged Rousey for the title at Evolution.

My guess is Brie wants to make the announcement from now because Wrestlemania is right around the corner. She did reveal on Total Divas last year she is ready to try to have another baby and that’s likely a driving factor in her decision to retire. The fact that she apparently didn’t talk to her sister about it in advance should be enough for anyone to know she’s made up her mind and clearly thought about it for some time. As she said, she’s decided to leave this part of her life behind and focus on the future. As has been the case with others who’ve retired–most recently Beth Phoenix, Trish Stratus and Lita–that doesn’t mean we won’t see her every now and then.

As for her sister, all I can say for now is time will tell either way.

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News broke the morning after Fastlane that 2013 Hall of Famer Booker T will join Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels as a 2-time WWE Hall of Fame Inductee. He will be inducted along with his older brother Stevie Ray into the 2019 class, who were 10-time WCW Champions as the tag team Harlem Heat.

I kinda had a feeling WWE had something planned for Booker T when a collection featuring his “King Booker” persona was added to WWE Network a few months ago. Most in WWE know Booker T is a 5-time (5 time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time) WCW Champion and hence his first Hall of Fame induction back in 2013.

One of the brothers’ few regrets professionally was they never competed as a tag team in WWE. Stevie Ray stepped away from wrestling in 2000 after the birth of his daughter so he could watch her grow up. They had actually become estranged for several years but made up at Booker T’s Hall of Fame Induction.

Booker T went to WWE after WCW folded as a singles competator for several years. His King Booker persona was perhaps his most memorable run and more so for him since his wife Sharmell joined him during that run. After he retired, Booker T continued his involvement with WWE as a commentator for several years.

Booker T actually does run his own promotion based out of Houston called Legends of Wrestling. He his brother teamed up for a one-off in his promotion back in 2015. I mentioned earlier the brothers has a falling out years earlier. It was about deciding on the name of their promotion at the time. He’s still got it but has sworn off getting back in a WWE ring unless it’s for his own promotion or will be a one-off. When asked, he explained in an interview he doesn’t want to take away from current talent in WWE who are competing for air time. Such a classy guy.

Speaking of his wreslting promotion:

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Everyone knows the story by now that Ember Moon was initially rejected by WWE way back when because she “doesn’t have the look like of Diva”. This was back before ECW was turned into the development brand NXT. Booker T took her in and traned her in his promotion, ultimately giving The Shenom another route to her dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.

She’s likely recovered from the emergency shoulder surgery she had to have several months back but her reintroduction is likely being pushed back until after Wrestlemania because of everything going on right now.

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…It’s been confirmed after Fastlane that The Divas of Doom–Beth Phoenix and Natalya–may be getting back together one more time. Nia Jax and Tamina attacked Beth Phoenix, who was a guest commentator during the former team’s match vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley for the Women’s Tag Team Championship which they failed to win. Natalya rushed down to the ring to help the Glamazon.

Most folks tend to forget Natalya came into WWE during the height of Beth Phoenix’s WWE career. Her first few years in the company were overshadowed by the more known Beth Phoenix, Trish Stratus, Mickie James and many others. Natalya has the same problem now where she is being overshadowed by the current top women in WWE.

Most agree if the Women’s Tag Team titles were around 10 years ago, The Divas of Doom would have won it more than a few times. Why they’re being booked to face Nia Jax and Tamina at Wrestlemania and not the Women’s Tag Champs makes no sense to me. I forgot to mention this but the Women’s Tag Titles are cross brand meaning they can be defended on RAW, Smackdown or NXT.

I think the right thing to do would be to would be to have a Fatal Four Way Tag Team Ladder Match at Wrestlemania for the titles involving The Boss and Hug Connection, Nia + Tamina, The Divas of Doom and The Iconics. The Iconics expressed an interest in the Titles during the Fastlane Kickoff show. They could insert themselves as the contenders for the title but then Natalya + Beth and Nia + Tamina are added to make it a Fatal Four Way Tag  Ladder match. It would be pretty epic to watch.

 

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The Shield’s “One Last Ride”, Becky Lynch’s standing with Vince McMahon and other pre-Fastlane stuff

Breaking News: Daniel Bryan Medically Cleared to return to in-ring action by WWE

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WWE.com broke the news a few moments ago and the internet is breaking as we speak.

Two years ago, D-Bry was fored to retire from in-ring competition wrestling for medical reasons. He would become the Smackdown GM later that year. At first, there was speculation that WWE just would not clear him to wrestle. D-Bry got a second opinion that backed up WWE’s findings, putting to rest hopes  that he would leave for another promotion that would allow him to compete.

Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) boldly stated their confidence they could sign D-Bry after his contract with WWE expires later this year. This threat is likely why D-Bry had likely been getting set up for a Heel turn with the “Yep” movement angle involving Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on Smackdown.

…Well, plans change as they say. This would also explain D-Bry’s recent on-air absences from Smackdown. We already know aside from not being medically cleared, D-Bry stayed in shape. The timing for Wrestlemania aside, WWE is not only rewarding his loyalty to the company under the circumstances but giving a giant middle finger to ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and other promotions who marked their calendars for when D-Bry’s contract will expire.

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It’s almost a given WWE offer him a very generous new contract. His wife Brie Bella, who participated in the Women’s Royal Rumble in January (along with her twin sister Nikki) has been tight-lipped about her return to the main roster. She gave birth to their daughter last year and proved to herself she’s still got it in January. I can’t help but assume she held off making her return until her husband was cleared to return to the ring.

Given D-Bry is scheduled to return on tonight’s episode of Smackdown, it will be interesting to see what his plans are given the news he can now wrestle. If WWE is smart, they’ll tie in his in-ring return with D-Bry’s. Kurt Angle will be teaming with Ronda Rousey to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed match at Wrestlemania 34. A Smackdown equivalent would probably be the “safe” route: Dy-Bry and Brie Bella vs. a mixed team. The problem is the female participant would have to be pulled from the Wrestlemana Women’s Battle Royale. Preferably someone who would mesh well wth a male Superstar as her partner.

The only pairs who come to mind also happen to be couples themselves: Naomi and Jimmy Uso as well as Rusev and Lana (I excluded Mike and Maria Kanellis, who are also on the Smackdown roster because the latter is pregnant and due soon). I really like Jimmy and Naomi vs. D-Bry/Brie but since the Usos are the current Tag Team Champions it would be Rusev and Lana by default. The alternative is making a team ala Mixed Match Challenge from the current roster and you can’t do that on the spot without building the match with random pairings.

…An alternative is to change one of the matches on the card from a singles match to a tag match and I think it would work with little buildup. I’m talking changing the match involving Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WM34 to a tag team match involving D-Bry and Shane vs. KO and Zayn. We will get some hints on how his in-ring return will be handled tonight on Smackdown and thankfully, the there’s no way it can be screwed up. LOL.

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The Bella Twins give a timeline for their in-ring return

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Total Bellas’ season finale this week took viewers into the delivery room as Brie and D-Bry welcomed their daughter Birdie Joe Danielson (reminder: Daniel Bryan’s real name is Bryan Danielson so his on-screen name is basically his name reversed) into the world. Of course, she was actually born several months earlier. In addition, Brie chronicled her pregnancy via Social Media.

With fans clamoring and wonderng when and if Brie and her sister Nikki would return to the Squared Circle, they briefly addressed the subject while discussing the season premeire of Total Divas. Nikki announced earlier this year when asked she would only return when her sister was ready. She also hinted her wedding plans will be “small and moved up”, hinting she wants to make sure both she and her sister are ready to go at the same time.

The twins have tenatively set their return for “sometime” in 2018. In addition they hinted they may make a cameo appearance at Wrestlemania 34. Brie revealed she has already starting working out and is preparing for her return to in-ring action. She also stated she and D-Bry are going to try to have another baby in the near future, possibly as soon as this time next year or early 2019. So, her in-ring return will last until then at least.

Finally, this bring us to the question of which brand they would be on. Brie would be fine on either brand but we could see her put on RAW to work with Asuka and Ronda Rousey when the latter officially signs with WWE. Or we could see her put on Smackdown where her husband is General Manager so they can travel together. This feels like the more likely outcome to me personally. Nikki was on Smackdown before she left after Wrestlemania 33 and would presumably return to the Smackdown roster. Assuming both Bellas are on the same roster, they would definitelty be reintroduced as a Face.

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…In related news, there is renewed speculation D-Bry may leave for Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) when his contract with WWE expires next year. For those who need a refresher, D-Bry’s in-ring career in WWE came to an end after he reinjured his neck next two years ago during a spot with Kane. WWE understandably refuses to allow him to wrestle for liability reasons but he is being paid a Superstar salary despite the “no compete” clause. Mind you, at the time the career-ending injury happened, he’d just married Brie.

In the unscripted promo he did with The Miz on Talking Smack last year he flatly said “They [WWE] won’t clear me wrestle.” to which The Miz suggested he go to another ptomotion. On that note, ROH seemed to hint when asked in an interview earlier this month they think D-Bry will return to indie promotions when his WWE contract expires and “they will be happy to have him”.

To those who would rather he suffer a life-threatening injury just to see him wrestle again, think about this: D-Bry fought WWE’s findings and searched for a doctor who could help him get back in the ring. What he found instead was the injury was alot more serious than he thought and no amount of time will change that. More so now that he is a father. He is alot of things but he won’t do that to his family.

His wrestling career may have ended early but it’s the fans, not D-Bry who need to accept that reality. Sure, another promotion would clear him to wrestle. Clearly both ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) would. The more important question is “Should he?” The answer is obviously no or he would have asked WWE to release him two years ago.

It makes more sense for him to stay on as a personality in WWE than go elsewhere. He’s got financial security and could easily transition into another role within WWE. He will be given that option if he renews his WWE contract. More so since his wife and sister in-law will be back by then.

 

The Bella Twins give a timeline for their in-ring return

John Cena Returns December 27

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…While it is true Smackdown shares RAW’s problem of not properly utilizing its veteran talent, I hope Vince McMahon’s new year’s resolution is to make John Cena put people over. Let’s be honest, this is the REAL reason Cena was absent for much of the year. Cena does not want to put people over. And everyone knows it. That’s probably why ‘Taker was brought in to help put people over going into January.

Cena was put on Smackdown specifically to put people over. He knows that more than anyone. AJ Styles is technically a vet (TNA, NJPW and so on) but he’s only been with WWE for about a year. Fortunately, AJ’s been doing a hell of a job as a Babyface Heel and was Over with the crowd from Day One. The problem with Cena is he doesn’t want to put people over and will likely want to be put in the title hunt when he returns next week.

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…Not gonna lie, I had no idea Dean Ambrose and Rene Young were dating. It does sound like The Miz will be feuding with Ambrose in the near future, though. A rumor I’ve been hearing for months is Rene has been training for in-ring action alongside Lana, who recently made her NXT debut. Could be interesting if it does happen given how much those who are part of Totally Divas go out of their way to diss her on the air.

The Natalya/Nikki feud that became official this week. D-Bry’s in a bit of a tough situation in part because of his role as the Smackdown GM and being Nikki’s brother in law. That and he obviously doesn’t want to say anything that could cause problems between him and his potential future brother in-law John Cena.

I bring that up given Cena told Nikki when they started dating a few years ago he has no interest in getting married again (Reminder: He cheated on his wife and the left her during the Super Cena Era, which WWE covered up because of his “nice guy” image). Cena recently said he’s open to marriage in part because of Brie and D-Bry getting married and the Bellas’ mom getting engaged to former RAW GM John Lauranitis.
What does all that matter? Carmella’s been bringing up Cena alot during her feud with Nikki ever since she returned earlier this year. Next week could be REAL interesting if Cena gets involved in the feud. I’m actually expecting that if Cena doesn’t get (another) free shot at the Smackdown Championship.

John Cena Returns December 27

D-Bry and Brie Bella announce they’re expecting!

WWE’s favorite Smackdown couple broke the news this time last month ahead of the series premiere of their E! reality show Totally Bellas. No question D-Bry (rela name Bryan Danielson) and Brie (Real name Brianna Danielson) wanted to share the news ahead of it being revealed on the show itself. The couple announced a few weeks later they are expecting a girl. A spinoff of the popular Total Divas (Also on E!), Totally Bellas focuses on The Bella Twins and by extension D-Bry and John Cena, who is Nikki’s (real name Nicole) boyfriend. It airs Wesdnesdays at 8PM EST.

In the first episode, Brie and D-Bry move into John Cena’s house (mansion would be more accurate) in Miami to help help take care of Nikki, who had neck surgery. Of course, we already know Nikki made her in-ring return to WWE this past summer and is on the Smackdown roster.

I knew Cena was taking a break from WWE for other things but I completely forgot he was Nikki’s boyfriend. WHOOPS! Being John Cena, Vince McMahon will happily give the man who carried WWE for almost a decade whatever he wants. The E! team simply jumped at the opportunity to start shooting the spinoff series.

As has been referenced in his feud with AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose in the last few weeks, Cena is getting close to the point where he will have to become a part-time competator if he wants to wrestle for as long as say, The Undertaker, Kane, Mark Henry, Goldust, Triple H and The Big Show (who is retiring after WM33). All of them can still compete but they only wrestle a handful of times a year max.

Anywho, it’s worth noting neither Cena or Nikki Bella have appeared much in recent weeks. If I had to guess, they’re probably shooting the next season of their reality TV show, which will likely focus on Brie’s pregnancy. Their child is due sometime in the spring. While it may be another year or two before we see Brie in a ring again, I wouldn’t count out her appearing in promos in the near future.

D-Bry and Brie Bella announce they’re expecting!

Daniel Bryan sets the record straight: He’s Really Retiring from In-Ring Action

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Many of those who watched 34 year old Daniel Bryan’s (real name Brian Danielson) tearful sendoff on RAW on Monday probably assumed he would just wrestle for another promotion once his WWE contract expires.

D-Bry set the record straight in an interview with former WWE Superstar Brian Coachman in an interview on ESPN Tuesday afternoon:

  • He referenced his frustration with WWE refusing to clear him on RAW Monday during his remarks regarding his brain injury. It’s fair to say WWE’s decision to never clear him has been vindicated in light of prettymuch being told the next time he wrestles could be his last.
  • D-Bry’s decision to retire is reminiscient of WWE Hall of Famer Edge, who was forced to retire after Wrestlemania 26 due to damage to his spine: It wasn’t one act that can be pointed to. It’s 16 years of wrestling that took its toll on him. I say this mostly since there are those who believe the neck injury he suffered in 2013 at the hands of Kane shortened his career.
  • While is is true D-Bry was a WWE superstar for 6 years, he wrestled in other promotions all over the world. He is known outside WWE as The American Dragon Brian Danielson (which he referenced on RAW).
  • No question his decision to retire now is to avoid sharing the same fate as the late Eddie Guerrieo, who died suddenly about 10 years ago. It was later revealed a lifetime of head injuries was the mainfactor in his death: He reportedly complained of a bad headache and collapsed. He was then rushed to a hospital and was pronounced dead. As some folks have said on Facebook, the decision to retire now may have just saved his life in the long run.
  • As he revealed on RAW, D-Bry and his wife, WWE Diva Brie Bella want to start having kids soon. Brie’s obviously gonna need to take at least a year off in-ring action when she gets pregnant. Thanks to NXT, she’ll have an easier time bouncing back after giving birth. With D-Bry no longer wrestling, he can help out with the kid(s).
  • This wasn’t touched on at RAW or on ESPN but D-Bry is contracted with WWE through at least 2018. No doubt the terms of his contract were changed to have a No Compete Clause. WWE isn’t stupid: They’ll figure out a way for him to have the spotlight as much as possible. They’ll want to keep him happy not just for his sake but for Brie’s sake, who is on the active roster.

To those holding out hope D-Bry will sign with another promotion, forget it. He said it himself such a move would be a death wish. He and his wife want to have kids so…yeah. D-Bry having to live with the fact that he’ll never wrestle again sucks but in his mind, it’s better than being dead or paralyzed. I could tell by the emotion he is well aware his lifespan may have been shortened.

Here’s something about brain damage that sets it apart from every other type of injury: You NEVER fully recover from it. It’s permanent. There is no heal over time like a broken bone or a torn ligament. Scientists no longer believe even stem cells can reverse damage from brain injuries.

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Thanks to new research and findings on concussions, we now know it could be YEARS before the damage is detectable–sometimes not until after death. Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement during Super Bowl 50. He is 29 years old. Thanks to what we know now about concussions, those who play contact sports are thinking down the road when they start playing in the NFL. Lynch just started a trend even if he doesn’t know it. You can expect more and more players to do so.

Getting back to D-Bry, we certainly haven’t seen the last of him. Given the PR nightmare Vince McMahon just created, we might see him sooner than expected.

 

 

Daniel Bryan sets the record straight: He’s Really Retiring from In-Ring Action

The Bella Twins’ Mom engaged to John Laurenitis

The announcement article with pictures is here.

Kathy Colace is the mother of WWE Divas Brie Bella and Divas Champion Nikki Bella. Her engagement to John Laurenitis is likely a shock to everyone who doesn’t watch the Divas reality TV show. I actually don’t but I read the recap online the day after.

The picture–which I can’t embed because of how the WWE Website encoded it–features the happy couple opposite John Cena and Nikki Bella, the latter two dating (which the article doesn’t mention for obvious reasons). Again, this is sure to surprise those who don’t watch the Divas TV show. I will now take this moment to explain the REAL reason house crowds started chanting “John Cena Sucks!” 5 years ago, and it’s not just because he’s going to eventually break Ric Flair’s record 16 Title wins. It’s because he had an affair with his then wife and WWE helped him cover it up to protect his “Golden Boy” image.

That said, in a surprising twist Cena said to Nikki two years back on an episode of Divas he doesn’t want to marry her and he doesn’t want kids. He didn’t mention his ex-wife but it was obvious that was what he had in mind when he said that. He doesn’t want to be in that position again, especially given his girlfriend’s title reign is being extended on purpose break AJ Lee’s record. Don’t expect Nikki to drop the title at Night of Champions on that note.

Speaking of AJ Lee, it’s been said for a while now that she was the one who convinced her now husband CM Punk to leave WWE in January 2014. AJ returned to action just after Punk was offcially moved from active to alumni on the WWE website, dispelling rumors she would be leaving, too. AJ “retired” from WWE after Fast Lane, which she did not participate in, citing her desire to have children.

I assume there was some truth to the rumors AJ convinced CM Punk to walk away from his WWE contract for the company to be going out of its way to have Nikki Bella break the record she set for the longest Divas title reign. Personally, I would be surprised if Nikki and Cena stay together for another 3 years. She clearly wants to settle down and Cena clearly doesn’t wanna be married again. The latest buzz is Brie has been trying to get pregnant for months but kept having to push things back because of the Divas Revolution. If she’s booked to be out for a year, it’s a safe bet she’s pregnant.

 

The Bella Twins’ Mom engaged to John Laurenitis