Artem Chigvintsev recently appeared on fiancé Nikki Bella and Brie Bella’s “The Bellas Podcast.” He talked about what it was like when he first met Nikki. At the time, the two were paired together on Dancing With the Stars. Nikki was romantically involved with John Cena.
Artem said he thought she was incredible despite her being in a relationship. He thought he was in love. He said it makes him sweat even thinking about it today.
“Obviously, I mean Nicole might feel a little different. But to me, just the meeting, that was the one thing that kind of tripped me out. I know it’s very controversial and at this point, whatever, I don’t really care. I think meeting Nicole for the first time, I actually called the executive producer right after our first meet, I even said, ‘Wow. This girl is actually incredible.’
Actually, I said, ‘I think I’m like, in love.’ I don’t really understand what it meant for me at the time. Just when you meet a certain person that you kind of don’t really understand how you feel yet, you have a lot of feelings. You don’t know how to cope with it or what to do with it. And you just try to manage it as well as you can in the best way you can. Again, look, I’m not perfect. Obviously. But, I think that was the time it kind of hit me. Even speaking about it right now I am sweating.”
Nikki chimed in with her thoughts on that initial meeting. She described it in a more utilitarian fashion. Bella said the initial meeting was recorded, but never aired.
“It’s on the internet somewhere, actually. They never even aired it because WWE was like, ‘We need something that looks way more elevated.’ Because, we were in a training facility, we were in The Uso’s dad’s place because it’s outside of L.A. and they do tiny shows. You know, a school. They literally built this mini stage but there were no lights. When WWE it saw they were like, ‘No, they need to come to Monday Night Raw and we will do it there.’”
Artem Chigvintsev and Nikki Bella have been engaged since November of 2019. She says there’s no rush to get married. They’re just enjoying the journey.
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