John Cena married Shay Shariatzadeh at an attorney’s office in Tampa, Florida, in 2020 before holding a wedding celebration in Vancouver, Canada, in 2022
John Cena’s wife is just as accomplished as the WWE star himself.
According to a marriage certificate obtained by PEOPLE, the actor and pro wrestler married girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh on Oct. 12, 2020, at an attorney’s office in Tampa, Florida.
The couple have been linked romantically since March 2019; they met on the set of Cena’s 2019 film Playing with Fire, which was filmed in Canada, where Shariatzadeh originates.
Nearly two years after tying the knot, the two hosted a second wedding celebration in Vancouver, Canada.
Since getting together, Cena and Shariatzadeh have made few public appearances together. However, they did step out for the premiere of Fast X in May 2023. The actor was seen kissing his wife on the cheek during the event, which took place in Rome.
So, who is John Cena’s other half? Here’s everything to know about Shay Shariatzadeh and her relationship with the wrestling champion.
She was born in Iran
The couple’s marriage certificate showed Shariatzadeh resides in Vancouver but was born in Iran.
She’s an engineer
Shariatzadeh worked in Canada as a product manager at Sonatype, an enterprise software company, a job she started in December 2019.
Before that, she worked at Motorola Solutions and researched thermal cameras and video intercom systems, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Shariatzadeh studied at the University of British Columbia from 2008 to 2013, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering.
Her interest in the career stemmed from her younger years when a project her brother brought home from engineering school piqued her interest.
“I have always enjoyed math and physics,” she told Motorola Solution’s subsidiary Avigilon in March 2019. “My brother studied engineering in school, and I remember one day he came home with a project, and it was an autonomous car — and that was it!”
In addition to engineering, Shariatzadeh has previously worked as a sales associate at Guess and La Vie En Rose, per her LinkedIn.
She’s inspired by her mother
Her brother is not the only family member whom Shariatzadeh considers to be influential. Her mother, who works as a surgeon, has positively impacted Shariatzadeh.
“The strongest and most hard-working woman I know is my mother,” she said in Avigilon’s International Women’s Day feature. “The biggest lesson she taught me was to be independent and fight for the things I want in life.”
Shariatzadeh added, “While she was at the peak of her career, she gave it all up to move her family to Canada to give us a better future. She is the reason I fight to be the best version of myself, to be kind and to never give up.”
She’s not active on social media
Shariatzadeh keeps a relatively low profile and is not active on social media, which aligns with how private the couple is.
“He is a romantic,” a source speaking about Cena told PEOPLE shortly after the couple married, adding that the “…[private ceremony] wasn’t a surprise. He just wanted to do it out of the limelight.”
She met Cena at a restaurant
Cena first noticed Shariatzadeh when she was out for dinner with friends at a restaurant in Vancouver.
“There was one woman I was looking at, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her,” Keegan-Michael Key — who costarred in Playing with Fire — recalled Cena saying.
They made their red carpet debut in 2019
The couple attended their first red carpet together in October 2019 for the premiere of Cena’s film Playing with Fire, which he was filming when he met Shariatzadeh.
The actor looked dapper in a navy blue suit with a white button-down and red tie, while Shariatzadeh dazzled in a silver and black sequined dress.
“It’s a wonderful day for a movie premiere, and I got a beautiful date,” Cena told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet. “What’s truly special about this one is that, no matter what projects I’m involved in the future, this one will always have a special meaning because I got to film a special project and meet someone special.”
She’s the first woman Cena was linked to since Nikki Bella
Cena and ex-fiancée Nikki Bella called off their engagement in April 2018, just weeks before their destination wedding.
“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” the pair said in a statement on Bella’s Twitter. The couple was together for six years.
After the breakup, Bella moved on to date Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev. Cena was not publicly linked to a romantic partner until he was spotted walking through Vancouver arm-in-arm with Shariatzadeh after a dinner date.