The two were first linked in March after they were seen holding hands in Vancouver

By Jodi Guglielmi
April 25, 2019 02:32 PM
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Things are heating up between John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh.

In new photos obtained by TMZ, Cena and Shariatzadeh were spotted packing on the PDA outside of the San Diego airport on Wednesday.

Cena was seen giving Shariatzadeh a kiss as he dropped her off for a flight.

John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh
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The two were first linked in March after they were seen holding hands in Vancouver. Shariatzadeh is a project manager for Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions tech company, and has been employed at the Vancouver-based company since 2015, according to E! News.

She’s the first woman the pro wrestler has been linked to since his public split from Nikki Bella last summer.

While Cena, 42, has yet to comment on his relationship status, Bella, 35, recently opened up about watching her ex move on. During the April 10 episode of her podcast with twin sister Brie, The Bellas Podcast, Bella confessed that even though she wants the best for her ex, when she first saw a headline about the photos, her “stomach went into knots.”

She also admitted she felt bad about how their breakup was portrayed on her reality show Total Bellas.

“When [I] film the reality shows, you guys only get to see so much. So one thing that I thought was kind of unfair for John was you saw a very small amount on our reality show about our breakup and of course it was pro-me, because it was coming through my eyes,” she explained. “It made me sad for John. I felt bad for John. I felt bad because I felt like I embarrassed him, I felt like I disappointed him, and I have to live with a lot of that stuff.”

“Because of how sad I made him and how much I felt like I hurt him, when I saw the big smile on his face with the paparazzi photos [with Shariatzadeh], I think that’s why I didn’t want to s— my pants,” she continued. “I felt happy for him. I am very happy for him.”

John Cena and Nikki Bella
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Ultimately, Bella said that she wants both of them to be content.

“As long as John is happy, I’m happy,” she said. “But let me tell you, she breaks his heart? I will rack-attack her in a heartbeat. Still protective of that man.”

Bella has also moved on. PEOPLE confirmed in January that she and her former Dancing with the Stars partner Artem Chigvintsev, 36, were casually dating.

Since then, the two have been spotted packing on the PDA, but Bella has maintained that they’re not official. Speaking to PEOPLE at a WrestleMania 35 kickoff event earlier this month, Bella said she’s “not fully taken,” but that she and Chigvintsev are in a good place.

On this week’s episode of her podcast, she called Chigvintsev an “amazing lover” but insisted he’s not her boyfriend, saying she’s “not ready” for that label.