"I found the absolute right person," John Cena said of his fiancée Nikki Bella

By Char Adams
April 03, 2017 11:08 AM
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It was a WrestleMania to remember.

John Cena proposed to longtime girlfriend Nikki Bella on live TV at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday night, in a move the 39-year-old star said he had been planning for a year and a half.

“I found the absolute right person,” Cena, 39, said of his fiancée during a Monday appearance on the Today show. “A strong person that I consider an inspiration, an equal. Somebody who when I’m feeling down picks me up. Somebody when she’s down I can pick her up.”

John Cena (left) and Nikki Bella

In front of the screaming WrestleMania crowd, Cena dropped to one knee and asked 33-year-old Bella to marry him. (See the ring here!) Bella said on Monday that although she never expected Cena to pop the question in such a place, she’s glad he did.

“I never actually would’ve thought that he would propose in front of all those people, but that’s home for us,” she said of the WWE ring.

“It’s where we met. It’s our passion, it’s our life and so, for me, it was kinda like he’s my prince charming and he’s just saying I want her to be my queen at her home and in front of our family. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for it to be any other way. It was perfect.”

Bella added: “I was shocked and I couldn’t have said ‘yes’ quick enough.”

Cena and Bella have been dating for nearly five years and their relationship has been documented on the hit E! reality shows Total Divas and Total Bellas.

The proposal came after the wrestling couple defeated the Miz and his wife Maryse during a tag-team match, which Cena called a dream come true.

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“This was a big match for Nicole and I,” he said. “This was literally a once in a lifetime thing to fight alongside the woman I love. It was awesome.”

Cena revealed that only one other person was in on the secret. As for a wedding date, Bella said she’s already checking her calendar.

“I’m ready to get this party started,” she said, noting that she does not want a long engagement.

Cena was previously married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012. Before her relationship with Cena, Bella dated fellow wrestler Dolph Ziggler.