John Cena Reveals the Moment He Knew He Would Propose to Nikki Bella: See More Photos From Their Engagement

John Cena Nikki BellaTHE 2016 ESPYS - Arrivals - On July 13, some of the worlds premier athletes and biggest stars join host John Cena on stage for The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One. The 24th annual celebration of the best moments from the year in sports will be televised live from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Photo by Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN CENA, NIKKI BELLA

Now that’s a Bella-sized ring! WWE superstars John Cena and Nikki Bella got engaged at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2, solidifying their status as wrestling’s top power couple. The following morning, the newly-engaged couple stopped by the Today show to discuss the very-public proposal and Cena’s decision to finally pop the question after a five-year relationship.

According to Cena, he had been planning to propose for “a long time.”

“As a matter of fact, I told this story last night before I proposed to Nicole,” Cena recalled to Al Roker. “She’s been by my side through a lot of surgeries. I make a joke when you go under anesthesia—you get like 20 minutes when you’re out of it–but you can talk, and you don’t remember what’s going on. But I always tell her, ‘You know what’s going on…. Ask me whatever.’”

About to share our story on the @todayshow My smile says it all! 😍💍❤

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In 2015, Bella, who stars on E!’s Total Divas and her own spin-off series, Total Bellas, ended up getting neck surgery. “So, when they put her under, I made sure to be the last one to wheel her into the [operating room],” Cena continued. “I stopped the doctors and I leaned down and asked, ‘Can you hear me?’ She said, ‘Yes.’”

“I said, ‘I have one question for you,'” Cena continued. At that exact moment, he whispered to his future wife, “You know: Someday, I’m going to marry you.”

The Diva, however, didn’t remember that conversation for obvious reasons. On her E! show, she’s mentioned how she would like for Cena to propose. The couple’s sweet relationship has been documented on both reality shows. “For a year and half, she always brings up, ‘When are you going to tell me what we talked about?’” Cena joked on Monday. His future wife finally received her answer on Sunday at WrestleMania in Orlando.

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John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella during WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

According to Cena, at least one person at WWE knew that he would propose on-stage. “Just because the fact that it is a giant production, there needed to be one other person in the loop,” he noted. The Trainwreck actor proposed after he and Bella won against The Miz and Maryse during a couple’s match.

Bella’s twin sister, Brie Bella, took to Instagram to share images of friends and family members cheering on the couple from home. 

“Such an incredible moment!! I’m filled with such happiness for my sister!!!” Brie—who’s expecting a baby—wrote, alongside a photos of the girls gathered around Nikki. “Wish I could be there with all of you!! The whole crew in one place….amazing!!!! Love you all!! ❤❤❤❤❤ #Repost @julia1nyc 💍💍💍💍💍💍The love and tears we have at this moment… 15yrs Besties!!!!!”

Bella isn’t the only Diva to get started on the wedding planning journey this past year. The Knot revealed an exclusive set of photos from former WWE Diva Barbie Blank‘s nuptials to NHL player Sheldon Souray last August.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.