Triple H and Stephanie McMahon may be the WWE television authority but recent rumors suggest that it is John Cena and Nikki Bella who wield power. Not so according to the longest reigning Divas champion of all-time.
While Cena and Nikki have been a couple for years, it was only recently that rumors of nepotism started to surface. Several sources reported or speculated that Cena went to management and nixed a planned title change that would have had Nikki losing her Divas title to Charlotte, which would also compromise her record. Nikki told Channel Guide that those rumors are just ridiculous.
I will say this. They have been dating for a long time and nobody ever accused Cena of sticking his nose in her business until recently. I did read several websites report this as fact but at the end of the day, it always sounded baseless to me, which is why I never blogged on it. John Cena appears to be the kind of guy that could not care less about whether his girlfriend is champion or not. I think the rumor was the result of a lot of wishful thinking from fans and media who hoped to see a different kind of Divas Revolution.
Former WWE writer Kevin Eck offered his thoughts on this in a recent blog. Eck was on the writing team when Nikki won the title and weighed in on whether Cena influenced her title win. “I can’t speak to why Nikki had the title for 301 days, but I do know that her winning the championship had nothing to do with Cena.” That said, he does claim that Cena did have Vince’s ear and he saw firsthand talent getting pushed or demoted at the recommendation of Cena.
Nikki feels that the origin of these rumors go back much further than just a few weeks ago.
“I think where it started was for a year AJ had a voice on WWE TV and all of us on ‘Total Divas’ didn’t. Then Vince [McMahon] didn’t want the title on any ‘Total Divas’ member because he didn’t know how it would transition on Sunday night and Monday in case there was a title change and the show was airing.
So for a year she got her run through all the girls. I was the only one she really didn’t. She got to say these things that weren’t true, but we didn’t get to speak back. So I felt like that is where the perception of Brie and I really started. She said things like we came back for reality show and all this stuff. It was all untrue. While this is happening, I’m working twice as hard to be better and improve my craft to become the next diva’s champion.”
This isn’t news. It was reported and rumored for a long time that Vince McMahon had an edict that prohibited anyone from Total Divas winning the Divas title. That said, it is highly inconsistent with the way Total Divas have been booked since the show started. Up until recently, John Cena and Nikki Bella being a couple was barely acknowledged and you had plenty of situations where girls were portrayed on the show differently than they were on RAW or SmackDown.
The interview takes a turn for the worst when Nikki circles back to the rumors and criticism she reads on social media.
“There is a part of me where it hurts my heart a little bit. I give these fans everything I have. I give them my personal life. I give them my body. I give them everything I can weekly, and that is what they say back? So it’s sad to me. I hope one day they can look back and say, ‘Wow. She actually did try hard and wasn’t a bad wrestler. She is here for the right reasons, and it has nothing to do with her boyfriend.’
That was cringe-worthy. I didn’t realize that Nikki Bella was a martyr as a result of doing a reality TV show. I am not saying that Nikki hasn’t worked hard because she has. She has obviously made great strides in the ring and is much better in the ring than people give her credit for. Unfortunately for her, nobody is ready to nominate her for the WWE’s next statue.
Check out the entire interview over at Channel Mag.