John Cena quietly married Shay Shariatzadeh, his girlfriend of a year & a half

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It feels like John Cena and Nikki Bella’s cancelled wedding and broken engagement happened this year, right? Time has no meaning anymore. But their whole drama was in the middle of 2018 – they cancelled their wedding just days before they were supposed to exchange vows, and the on-and-off drama continued for months afterwards. Nikki accused John of not really wanting to marry her, and to be fair, John never really lied about it? He always said that he wasn’t really interested in marriage or children (he had a starter marriage from 2009-12), but maybe he was specifically uninterested in marrying Nikki. Anyway, they finally ended things for good, and Nikki has moved on and had a baby with her new man. John moved on too – he began dating a non-celebrity, a Canadian beauty named Shay Shariatzadeh, last year. They made their red carpet debut together almost one year ago exactly. And now… they’re married.

John Cena is a MARRIED MAN — tying the knot with his girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh in Tampa, Florida … official records show. The couple began dating back in early 2019, following Cena’s high profile split with ex-fiancee Nikki Bella in 2018. Cena and Shariatzadeh got very serious very quickly — and were spotted making out all over town for the past year!

Apparently, the two got engaged on the down-low — and filed for a marriage certificate in Florida in early October. And, according to official documents obtained by TMZ Sports, they swapped “I Dos” on Oct. 12 in a ceremony in Tampa. News of the marriage was first reported by PWInsider.

BTW … Shay was born in Iran but is a Canadian citizen. She works as a product manager for a tech company in Vancouver. Cena is a pretty famous wrestler, actor, rapper and male g-string enthusiast (seriously!). We reached out to Cena’s camp for comment — but you know, he’s probably off doing newlywed things.

[From TMZ]

I always hate it when there’s a story like this and people bring up the celebrity’s ex, but damn, I do feel sorry for Nikki Bella today. She tried to get Cena down the aisle for years and then Shay waltzes in and suddenly Cena is all gung-ho about a marital commitment? Hm. I feel like Nikki did all of the hard work and Shay got the reward. But anyway… I like it when celebrity dudes date and marry normal, non-celebrity women. And man, does John Cena have a physical type or what? Congrats to the newlyweds!

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  1. Ashley says:

    She’s absolutely stunning. My first thought was that, damn he’s lucky, he’s married a fairy princess. Congrats to the couple! Clearly when you know, you know.

    • Jensies says:

      She is gorgeous. The Persians always have incredible hair, she’s no exception.

      • Shanaynay says:

        Persian girl here! Can confirm :D

      • Sandy says:

        Very statuesque! And that hair is to die for. I want to be jealous but she’s so well made I am just able to admire :)

      • Jensies says:

        @shanaynay 😄😄 it’s so true! Persians and Indians/Pakistanis always seem to have this rich, thick hair with a wave to it. @Sandy I will admit, I am jealous lol. I found myself just staring at how thick her braid was for a longer than needed amount of time. She’s really lovely.

    • Natters5 says:

      I think he also is impressed with her brains.

  2. Mignionette says:

    This is very common. A combination of confronting the fear, regret and then being open to the next person. Sadly Nikki was part of John’s journey. This is why women need to exit after a 2 years of uncertain or no commitment.

    • Ashley says:

      This is good advice. I feel so sorry for Nicki. This must sting. I have no doubt with all of the work I put into my ex that he will be married by next year. I don’t follow him or have anyway of knowing but I’m preparing myself for the news because I know it’s coming. This is just another case of one woman doing all of the hard work and the next woman getting all of the reward. Poor, poor Nickii.

    • Natters5 says:

      I spent 7 years with an ex when my rule was to exit after one year if I didn’t think it would go anywhere. After me he met and quickly married a European aristocrat, had two children and she then left him for another aristocrat. I went back to my old rule and when my next relationship saw I wasn’t going to hang around longer for a year to see where we would go we both decided to commit. In the end it all works out the way it was suppose to work out.

  3. Wiglet Watcher says:

    They look so similar I thought it was Nikki.

  4. Seraphina says:

    Congrats to them both and I hope Nikki realizes she needs a man who wants to be with her and this doesn’t sting too much, because this will sting. Let’s not kid ourselves.

  5. Solace says:

    I like him better than Dwayne Johnson in comic roles. Love him on yt with Lilly Singh.

    Nikki always seemed to be trying too hard to appear cool and unaffected around him. Never a good sign. Their chemistry didn’t seem organic to me. The current lady seems more relaxed.

  6. Oatmeal says:

    Meh, all this talk about Nikki did the hard work but didnt get the reward is nonsense

    She did the hard work and the work was hard because she just wasnt the one

    You shouldn’t have to drag anyone to the altar

    It was better they split before getting married rather than denying the truth and marrying anyway

    They were ultimately an ill match , both recognized it, moved on and found happiness with others

    Congrats to them but especially congrats to John and his bride

    • Original Jenns says:

      Agree and I think the main issue wasn’t marriage but children. At that point in his life he did not want them and made it clear. She did and hoped he’d change his mind, but didn’t want the pity ok he gave her. They didn’t want the same things at the same time and that’s ok. He may change his mind now or later and that’s ok too. It has nothing to do with Nikki. She didn’t do the hard work of softening him up for marriage, they worked hard and they didn’t work out. Happens to everyone who doesn’t marry their first partner. I think saying this kind of insults his relationship with Shay, like it wouldn’t have happened if Nikki hadn’t taught him.

    • AMA1977 says:

      Agree, and it’s also worth noting that just because they look alike doesn’t mean they are alike.

      My husband (15 years this year!) and I got engaged after a year and married less than a year after that. He had dated his last serious girlfriend before me for 4+ years; they lived together, and she made no secret that she wanted to be married. She gave him an ultimatum, and he broke up with her because it just wasn’t the right relationship and he didn’t want to marry her. I’m sure you could look at it as I reaped the reward of her “hard work” but nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes it’s just not the right “fit”, and sometimes it is.

    • Cidee says:

      THIS! It drives me nuts that people feel sorry for Nikki. I certainly don’t think she was at fault, either. Can’t they just be a couple that didn’t work out? Congrats to the newlyweds AND Nikki who is now a mother.

  7. Case says:

    I can’t stand this guy. I’ve only seen a few Total Bellas episodes, but whenever he was on the show he came off as condescending, controlling, and just…like a creep.

  8. Mindy_Dopple says:

    This always fascinates me. The way people can be to a certain extent, completely different to one partner than others (past or previous). I experienced what I can only call a “growth spurt” after my divorce to my high school sweetheart. Our marriage lasted less than a year but we had been together for almost a decade. We were horrible to each other and we should have never gotten married. It turned into something awful those last 3/4 years and now we’re with two completely different partners. I can only speak of my behavior with my (now) husband but I would have never treated him or spoken to him the way I spoke to my previous spouse. I’m still myself but definitely a more grown up polished version and it all happened within five years of my divorce. I wouldn’t say my first husband did all the work and my second husband reaped all the benefits, because he didn’t. We in fact did a lot of damage to each other and I came out of that knowing what I didn’t want and what I did want. Maybe the same goes with Cena? Cena was very clear from the beginning and Nikki was hellbent on being the woman that changed him. Saying it didn’t bother her when it did, guilting him. etc. (inserting shrugging emoji).

  9. Nina Simone says:

    When men say to a woman they don’t want to get married, I’m learning that they mean they don’t want to marry HER. The fact that he got married to this lady after a year is shocking but ultimately not surprising. Nikki was with him for years and even though she’s moved on, I’m sure this stings. But at least she left and ultimately got what she wanted.

  10. Georgia says:

    Nikki just had a baby. This does not sting. She has her reward for looking out for herself, her baby. A baby that she would have not had if she was still with John cena. Nikki should have listened to her family.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Unless she’s being as inauthentic in this relationship as she was in her previous relationship. When a man says he doesn’t want to marry you and you decide to commit years of your life to making him change his mind, that’s on you.

      Hopefully, she’s happy and content and her new relationship is genuine, but I know women who picked a guy to have a baby since they felt their fertility window was closing and I get that same vibe from her interviews in the last year+.

  11. Grant says:

    John Cena is a g-string enthusiast? Prove it!!!

    I don’t feel bad for Nikki. She got what she wanted and has a precious baby to boot. John’s new wife is a knockout. All’s well that end’s well.

  12. Sasha says:

    SO he married a normal- everyday woman with a real job. That’s f’ing awesome. He probably respects her because she works hard in the everyday and is humble.

    Remember when George Clooney didn’t marry his wrestler GF, and everyone said he was a perpetual playboy- Then he met a hardworking, honest woman who yes, is beautiful, but doesn’t make a living on her looks, and was like ” WOW!?” Then married her?

  13. Emily says:

    I’m happy Nikki moved on. She got the baby she always wanted and a man she didn’t need to coerce. From what I saw on the Bella’s show, John was very controlling. I’m glad Nikki didn’t see her time with him as a sunken cost (like someone keen) and go through will an unhappy marriage.

  14. Miss Margo says:

    I don’t think Nikki did all the work. I seriously just think he wasn’t really that into her. Like they liked/loved each other but probably annoyed each other? His new wife, dayum! She is stunning and you can tell in the pics he is smitten! When you know you know!

  15. KinChicago says:

    Look, I had an ex who really wanted to get married. But he was always drama, he was incredibly high maintenance and not only was it not worth it, his conceit and need just made me less of myself- and I started to get resentful, bitter.
    Broke up, found someone new, been with him 12 years now and while it is work I am not LESS. If that makes sense?