Although John Cena has had a significant impact in the world of professional wrestling as a WWE superstar, he has not been immune to controversy. One such controversy arose when his former colleague, Kenny Dykstra, accused Cena of sleeping with Dykstra’s former fiancée, Mickie James.
In the mid-2000s, James, a former WWE Women’s Champion, was engaged to Dykstra but the couple eventually broke up. In 2012, Dykstra alleged on Twitter that he had discovered James cheating on him with Cena after he found her searching for information about their relationship online.
Dykstra claimed that Cena had a negative impact on James’ career, causing her to be fired from the WWE. However, James denied Dykstra’s accusations during an interview with Lilian Garcia, stating that she believed his claims were baseless and motivated by a desire to boost book sales.
She was googling Mickie James and John Cena dating. I asked why, she broke down crying. Then I heard more from others. She was checking to see if it was on the net yet. (…) He was messing with MJ so I got moved to Smackdown so they could further mess. I jobbed, got fired. When MJ got crazy because he wouldn’t date her, she then got fired. Weird biz huh? She got title, on TV show while with him. Serves her well though. (…) When they were together she got the title, TV roles. When he dumped her she became Piggy James, then fired.
“As far as that whole thing with Ken it was a shame that he went out and said the things that he did and did that, because I feel that a lot of it was a lie and it was mostly just kind of to help his book sales or whatever the case may be. But you know, it is what it is and you know, I’m a grown up.”
In the years since the controversy, Dykstra has become a producer and coach for WWE, while Cena continues to compete in the ring, most recently facing off against Austin Theory at WrestleMania 39. It remains to be seen how their feud will be developed in the coming weeks.