Nikki Bella provides further health-related updates


In March during the season finale of Total Bellas in March, Nikki Bella announced her retirement from the ring. At the time she referenced her prior neck injury and compared it very similar to the same injury Paige has and why she had to retire as well. On Jimmy Fallon this week she went into a little more detail.

“For me, I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles and you know I have always had my neck issues after my neck surgery it hasn’t been okay. So I feel like I needed to get a checkup before we went back for the tag titles. And it came back that I herniated the disc above where I had the surgery, I have all this inflammation around the metal, and I have a cyst on my brain. So they were like you’re done. No more.”

Although it was assumed, Nikki and Brie officially confirmed that there will be a season five of Total Bellas coming. Prior rumors have also stated that the twins along with Paige will not be returning to Total Divas however nothing has been officially announced. Ronda Rousey, Charly Caruso, and Sonya Deville have all been rumored to be joining the cast. Caruso did confirm this on her Twitter account. The official cast has not been announced for the ninth season at this time.

What do you think of this unfortunate update provided by Nikki? Would you have liked to see the Bella Twins become the Women’s Tag Team Champions? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!


  1. Truly devastated over this. I love the Bellas and am so appreciative of everything they contributed to women’s wrestling so they have a legacy that they should be proud of but you never want it to be at the cost of someone’s health. I don’t care what people say, they’re pioneers. Their popularity helped create more opportunities for women in WWE. Without them we’d still only have one storyline going on that airs on Main Event. Nikki even came back after her neck surgery to put over women that were going to take the division to the next level.

    Love them both and I hope they continue to have prosperous careers outside of wrestling.

    • Honestly the Bella’s are GREAT , but they weren’t pioneers at all. To me a pioneer is someone who took on the status quo and took the division and themselves into uncharted territory…women like Chyna, Lita, AJ Lee , Trish, the 4HW and heck even Sable would be considered pioneers I think.

      The opportunities weren’t created by the Bella’s, they we’re capitalised on by the Bella’s, this I take my hats of to them for…whatever they got given, they’d make gold out of in terms of exposure and popularity.

      I for one appreciate all they did when they came back, they truly put over other girls and used their popularity to bring light to those feuds. HOF worthy for sure and a shame they won’t be tag champs, those belts were made for them.

      • I don’t know how you could call Chyna, Lita and AJ Lee pioneers but not the Bellas. Each of those women were extremely successful and gave exposure to the possibilities of what different types of women could do in WWE that weren’t the “model type” (though still very attractive) but they didn’t elevate the women’s division during their respective eras.

        Chyna didn’t want to work with the women as she felt it was beneath her. Lita’s popularity stemmed from her work with the Hardy’s and subsequently Edge there after. She only dipped in the women’s division at the very beginning and then at the very end of her career.

        AJ Lee only contributed to the women’s division for a grand total of a year and a half of her career. She worked with top guys and then had her 295 day reign that only made her look good until she lost it to Paige. After losing it she went away for a few months, played hot potato with Paige for 3 months, dropped the title to Nikki and then didn’t appear for another few months until mania season which was her last appearance in WWE. Was she successful? Hell yes but she didn’t elevate the division.

        The Bellas did exactly what Trish Stratus did, they looked around at the atmosphere of WWE and said okay…this is how they’re currently presenting women. I can play your game WWE and be the “Diva” you want me to be but once I get the audience’s attention I’m going to show you what I, and the rest of my peers can really do.

        Without Trish Stratus we wouldn’t have seen women like Jazz, Molly, Gail and Victoria get opportunities. Lita didn’t elevate those women, Trish did. Don’t get me started on Chyna, she buried all the women she worked with. AJ Lee wanted to elevate other women but wanted to elevate the women she felt deserved it. I agree with AJ’s intent but the execution was all wrong.

        You said it yourself the Bellas made gold out of anything they were given, put over other women and used their popularity to bring light to feuds against women who were less popular than them. How is that not a pioneer? Chyna, Lita and AJ Lee were outliers who became popular bc they stood out but they didn’t use that popularity to bring eyes to the division they brought eyes to themselves (once again the caveat that AJ did try but WWE is a different beast).

  2. Well that sucks. I respected her work ethic, she put in the time and effort to get better, and later on she became a quite solid in-ring performer. It’s a pity that she doesn’t get to go out on her own terms. But her health long-term is more important.

    Plus going out after a title match against Ronda Rousey in the ME of the first-ever all-women’s WWE PPV is a pretty damn good ending to her in-ring career.

  3. I’m admittedly not their biggest fan, but I appreciate their contributions. It would’ve been fun to see them as Tag Team Champions. My dream tag match was between the Bellas, LayCool, Team Bestie, and Boss and Hug Connection. That would’ve been alot of fun. Anyway, I hope she makes a full recovery.