- WWE's romance storyline with John Cena and AJ Lee was placed on the back burner on Raw Monday as a result of photos surfacing online of the Cenation leader appearing as former WWE Diva Nikki Bella's date at her ten-year high-school reunion in Scottsdale, Arizona two weeks ago. The photos received a lot of publicity from TMZ, so continuing Cena's storyline with Lee just three days later would have thrown it "in the face of the fans." The storyline is expected to resume later this month.
Cena's character was depicted as "goofy" and "happy-go-lucky" because WWE wanted to promote the positive vibe around him based on the publicity he had received.
Cena's date with Bella was legitimate as they have been together "for a little while." Daniel Bryan and former WWE Diva Brie Bella also attended the event as a date as the two have been romantically involved for several months.
Location: “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”
Re: WWE Putting AJ Lee & Cena Storyline On Backburner
I just think the angle wasn't going to work because the performers were not into it. I don't think it was necessarily a bad angle but if the realism isn't there, it kills it. John Cena obviously was not into it, so it played out poorly on the air & came off as disingenuous.