Cena filed for divorce from his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Huberdeau, last month after less than three years as a married couple. They were married on July 11, 2009 and recent reports surfaced stating that a home remodeling project was the impetus for the split. It is rumored the remodel caused unbearable strife between the two.
Elizabeth went out and signed with Raymond Rafool, who was the attorney for Linda Hogan when she power slammed former WWE champion and wrestling icon Hulk Hogan in court, claiming a hefty chunk of his assets. Hogan went down for the count in his divorce case; will Rafool pull the upset again?
So far, things have been fairly amicable without a lot of bombastic tirades or threats of things turning for the worse. The soon-to-be former Mrs. Cena tried to halt the proceedings before they started by claiming that the paperwork was riddled with errors, but after that failed, she hired Rafool, who spoke of his client’s disagreement with the terms of the prenuptial agreement that was signed prior to the wedding and whether there was marital property to be divided.
In a statement, Rafool said, “In this case, it appears the preliminary issues will be the interpretation of the prenuptial agreement, the application to the parties’ property, assets and income, whether the agreement itself is enforceable or not, which we always consider, and in the meantime addressing the temporary needs of our client in conjunction with and in spite of certain terms of the premarital agreement.”
To put that in wrestling terms, Rafool hopes to lay the smack down on the prenuptial agreement that the Cenas agreed to prior to the wedding. Cena’s estimated to make in the neighborhood of $10 to 20 million a year with royalties from merchandise and his part in WWE films along with his regular salary. Elizabeth refused the offered financial settlement and speculation is that she may angle for a book deal.
Cena received support from WWE, who responded by lightening his load to give him an opportunity to deal with the stress involved.
When you face the facts of reality, divorce is an unfortunate common event in this day and age. When a celebrity or athlete is involved, it becomes newsworthy. Can Rafool pin Cena to the mat? Perhaps Cena will utilize his finishing move and unveil that Rafool and Mrs. Cena had an “Attitude Adjustment.” Barring that, Cena could go the classic heel route and find a way to get himself disqualified.
Will anyone come out of this arrangement victorious, or will there be a parade of losers involved?
Andy Johnson is an entertainment writer for an authorized retailer of Dish.