Backstage, Maria was shown to be nervous about the match and Cena was caught on camera kissing her to make her feel better.
Thought to be a staged moment for the storyline (especially as Maria was dating CM Punk at the time), it still might explain the famous rift between the Bellas and Maria.
There are relationships between wrestlers that did not make it into any scripted events.
This article deals with relationships that have played out in the squared circle – either a mirror of a real love story or as a strange scripted affair.
Miroslav Barnyashev, better known as Rusev, is a Bulgarian powerlifter turned pro-wrestler.