Nikki Bella still has love for her ex fiancé, John Cena — she gave him a shoutout during one of the most important moments of her career.
On April 6, Nikki and her twin sister, Brie Bella, were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. While the women thanked many people who helped them become wrestling legends, Nikki saved a special message for John.
"And to John, thank you for teaching me a lot about this business and helping me truly find my fearless side," she said.
Nikki and John famously dated for five years before he proposed in the middle of the wrestling ring at Wrestlemania 33 in April 2017. The duo, however, called off their engagement a year later and split. Nikki and John would go on to have a short-lived reconciliation, but they ended things for good in July 2018.
Both John and Nikki moved on: She got engaged to her "Dancing with the Stars" partner Artem Chigvintsev in late 2019. They welcomed a son, Matteo, on July 31, 2020. John, meanwhile, quietly married Shay Shariatzadeh in October 2020. John, Nikki said, "reached out" to her and Brie after the twins welcomed children one day apart.
While Nikki and Brie are known for their reality show "Total Bellas" and their ever-growing empire, they acknowledge that they wouldn't be where they are without professional wrestling.
"It's an incredible honor to be apart of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020," Nikki wrote on Instagram. "To be apart of so many iconic WWE Superstars. I'll be spamming you all later because I have so many people to thank, who have been apart of this incredible, memorable, historic journey. This doesn't mean the end, just a reflection of the past, a celebration of achievements, honors and barriers broken, and a beginning of a new chapter in an era where Mom's are totally kicking a—!"
"In our home that we call WWE we get to wear many masks. No matter my next one, in ring or out, it will always remain Fearless and with my ICONIC BELLA ARMY. Like us Bellas and the Bella Army have said from the beginning, We Run It, We Rule It and Haters Gonna Hate, Bellas Gonna Ball," she said. "We should never doubt the presence of women on the card, RAW, SmackDown, or PPV's. Those days are done. Let's do better. Let's keep the equality going. We need and WANT more women matches and stories! And remember WWE Universe you are a huge part of that! Keep supporting women's wrestling."