Is John Cena Married and Who Has He Dated? Meet His Wife Shay Shariatzadeh and Ex-Girlfriends Nikki

There is no denying that John Cena is a triple threat. He’s a wrestler, actor, and host, and now he can add his husband to his resume. 

After his very public 2018 breakup with Total Bellas star Nikki Bella and an even more public plea for her to take him back, John stepped out in March 2019 with a new lady in his life: Shay Shariatzadeh.

Then, in October 2020, they got married in his attorney’s office. So, who is John Cena’s wife? We’ve got the details on everything John has said publicly about her, who she is, and how the former wrestler is handling his ex’s engagement and baby news.

John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh
John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh

John and Shay have been dating since March 2019.

After John pleaded for Nikki to take him back on Today in 2018 — even going as far as to say he’d have kids with her — it seemed like John would never find happiness with someone else while Nikki was still out there. 

But, in March 2019, John was spotted out with a mystery woman, and it was soon confirmed that he was dating Shay. 

The brunette’s beauty may look similar to Nikki, but the similarities end there.

Shay is a Canadian engineer who has not been involved in public life until she started dating John. Shay isn’t a model or an actress or in show business. She’s actually a product manager for the Motorola Solutions company, Avigilon in Vancouver. After studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Shay worked as an electrical engineer and then as an application engineer for Alpha Technologies. 

She made her way to Avigilon to pursue a career in product management. According to an interview she did with her company to promote International Women’s Day, she credits having found a mentor early in her career for her passion for product management. Her brother was also a big reason for her pursuing engineering in the first place.

John once again appeared on the fourth hour of Today in November of 2019 to promote his movie, Playing with Fire, with host Hoda Kotb and guest host Andy Cohen. When Andy asked John about how his relationship with Shay differed from the one he shared with Nikki, John said that there was no way to compare the two.

John Cena and Nikka Bella

“Every experience in life is a chance for us to know who we are and who we’re not, and just because I went down one avenue in life doesn’t mean I’m going to repeat going down that avenue. I think if there is a learning experience for me and a takeaway for me, it’s okay to be who you are and it’s okay to establish boundaries,” he said.

Clearly, that worked for the pair, since they are now married.

“You always ask me about personal stuff and I always say, ‘Thank you Andy for asking, but I’ll keep those details to myself’ so just because a precedent was set, doesn’t mean you need to follow that precedent as long as you take ownership of who you are and I think that’s an important message for anybody watching out there,” he finished.


Andy then pointed out the obvious that Shay and Nikki looked alike, to which John responded, “Andy, thank you so much for asking that question, but I’ll keep that as your question and keep those details to myself.” 

In January 2020, John and Shay attended the premiere of Doolittle. After engaging in PDA on the red carpet, John explained why he wanted to attend the film with his love, and he hinted at how serious their relationship really was at the time.

John Cena was formerly married to Elizabeth Huberdeau.

Elizabeth Huberdeau (Liz Cena) is John Cena’s first wife.

Elizabeth Huberdeau and John Cena were married on July 11, 2009, then divorced on May 1, 2012, following a reported conflict between the former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion and his ex-wife. WWE is an American professional wrestling media company.

As of today, John Cena has no child.

John Cena’s ex-fiancee Nikki announced she was engaged to Artem Chigvintsev in 2020.

When Nikki announced on Instagram in January 2020 that she had secretly been engaged to Artem since November of 2019 — the couple has since welcomed a baby boy together —  many wondered how John would take the news. 

After all, he had begged her for marriage and kids less than two years earlier. But, according to an inside source, John couldn’t be more excited that his ex is finally getting everything she wanted. 

“John is very happy for Nikki and her engagement. He is very happy that she has found someone that treats her so amazingly well,” the source told Hollywood Life exclusively. 

“Nikki was an extremely important part of John’s life, so it does remind him of what they had and he is also reminded of his proposal to her at Wrestlemania a few years ago. But, he also has thought that they have both grown from their relationship and they both have moved on.”

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