Her wedding, her rules! Nikki Bella shocked her family — and the world

when she revealed one of the dresses she wore to marry Artem Chigvintsev

was a gown she initially bought when she was engaged to John Cena

“I had the moment with that dress … when I saw it,” Bella, 39

Nikki Bella Says I Do, which premieres on Thursday, January 26. “It was all something that I dreamed of.”

The Incomparable author explained that the dress gave her the feeling of “empowerment,”

prompting her to hold onto the garb even after she and Cena, 45, went their separate ways.