When John Cena got on one knee to propose to longtime girlfriend Nikki Bella, the former WWE Champion was actually more afraid of the crowd swaying Bella to say no rather than her actually saying no.
Cena appeared on Harry Connick Jr.'s talk show and talked about his proposal to the former Divas Champion. Cena said the circumstances of wrestling at WrestleMania with Nikki Bella as her partner was a great opportunity for Cena to share the moment with the WWE Universe.
"It really was great. I wanted to do it for a long time and I was trying to think of like the perfect moment. I just so happened to be put in a situation where we would be partners going into WrestleMania in front of 75,000 people and I got to think to myself, 'I've been on TV with WWE for 15 years now. People have watched me grow up, mature to a man and I consider them my family and it was the greatest moment in my life and I wanted to share it with them,'" Cena said.
Doing the proposal at WrestleMania does have some risks. After all, WrestleMania always bring the craziest of crowds and that crowd could have tried to tell Bella to reject Cena and Cena admitted this was a real fear. Luckily for Cena, everything went well, according to him.
"I was super nervous because in sharing anything with your family, you never know how they're going to react. I was hoping she would say yes, but I wasn't nervous about, but more so 75,000 people breaking into a chant saying no! A lot of times, the crowd dictate the action and we as performers like to get caught up in the moment, so if they kind of took over the moment and Nicole said no out there, but said yes backstage, I don't know. I owe all our fans a debt of gratitude. If you go back and watch WrestleMania, they were extremely receptive [to the proposal] and grateful for giving me a memorable moment," Cena said.
The moment came after Cena and Bella defeated The Miz and Maryse in a mixed-tag team match at WrestleMania 33. The interview where Cena talks about the crowd reaction at WrestleMania can be seen in the video above.