John Cena And Nikki Bella's Breakup Is Increasingly Suspicious Ahead Of 'Total Bellas' Premiere
Business John Cena and Nikki Bella have embarked on a press tour ahead of the Season 3 premiere of Total Bellas, which airs on May 20, but many are beginning to question whether their much-publicized breakup was strategically mapped out as part of said press tour.The Total Bellas pot just keeps getting sweeter as the E! show gears up for what should be one of the bigger premieres in the network's history. Mainstream attention toward Cena and Nikki Bella's breakup has now been paired with skepticism that raises the questions of a) Will they get back together and b) How much of this is a work?Pro wrestling and cynicism go together like peanut butter and bananas. No, they're not the ideal pairing, yet somehow they complement one another. Throw in the heavily scripted world of reality television and every aspect of this saga is on the table to be examined for deceit.From the moment it was reported that John Cena and Nikki Bella had surprisingly called off their wedding, several responses from fans and media were doused in the aporetic tone of "assuming this is all real."One thing that seems pretty clear is Cena and Nikki Bella's wedding was legitimately called off. They were set to wed on May 5, and actual wedding plans were reportedly put in place for one of pro wrestling's most powerful unions. Cena had proposed in front of the world at WrestleMania 33, however, plans were derailed weeks before the wedding as mainstream outlets like Us Weekly and People published reports on behalf of both camps.John Cena and Nikki Bella were set to have a dream wedding that could only be proven a reality with an E! camera crew, but it all abruptly fell apart.That is, assuming it was all real.Cena's recent bizarre appearance on Today has cast doubt unto a breakup that was already fortuitously timed. With the delivery of IBM's Watson running for Congress, Cena poured his heart circuitry and wires out to Today hosts Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb:I still love Nicole, I still would love to marry Nicole, I still would love to have a family with Nicole. There was an unfortunate series of circumstances where our relationship ended.Nikki Bella was coy in her response on the red carpet at Monday's NBCUniversal Upfronts, and is scheduled to make her own appearance on Wednesday's edition of the Today show.Given that Nikki Bella recently referred to Cena as "the love of my life," a reconciliation seems imminent if it hasn't happened behind the scenes already.When their breakup was initially reported, I wrote that it spelled the end of a television and digital empire. Instead, the pair has deftly weaponized their public split into a dynamic marketing tool that may push average viewership of Total Bellas toward one million.This is not the end of an empire, it's an expansion.John Cena and Nikki Bella's relationship, for better or worse, has become a proven commodity of celebrity culture that is akin to—but certainly not on the level of—this weekend's Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.What appeared to be trouble in Paradise might turn out to be anything but. The Cena-Bella empire seems to have been salvaged for now. Because for John Cena and Nikki Bella, love conquers all.That is, assuming their love is real.