The idea is out there that the entire breakup could be a work to bring attention to a new season of Total Bellas.
Mike Johnson briefly discussed this possibility on PW Insider Elite audio and although it might sound far-fetched it’s still possible because anything can happen when the pro wrestling business is involved.
“Speaking of Cena, I want to go back to the Backlash stuff. I have heard some rumblings that your theory may be correct about this entire situation being a work. I don’t have enough to report it or anything but there have definitely been some people who mutter, who have been whispering similar concerns. So you might be onto something there. So, I’m just telling you that if it comes out that this was a work, I am giving you credit now that you were the first one to call it.
They were together before the whole Total Divas began and then they had to ask John if he would do the show. He always did it because he said it was good for her and good for the company. But announcing that they had broken up just a few weeks before Total Bellas debuts — certainly, that’s a lot of free publicity leading into the new season. With WWE in the middle of doing television negotiations, so let’s show NBC Universal how worthwhile our reality show is for them — and their ratings have been down compared to previous seasons.”