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Nikki Bella cites neck injury as real reason for retiring

Nikki Bella announced her retirement from professional wrestling on the season finale of Total Bellas, which aired this past Sunday. On the episode, she said the reason behind her retiring was that her body couldn’t handle the rigorous travel and also she wanted to focus on her other projects.

On the premiere episode of “The Bellas Podcast,” Nikki went in depth on the real reason she had to hang up the boots: her neck. She said that neck injuries was very much what retired Paige and she was afraid of one wrong move causing paralysis.

Transcription of quotes from the episode are provided by Pro Wrestling Sheet.

“Something else to bring up is, when they showed you that I made the decision because I couldn’t hang with the girls in the ring anymore, what they also don’t air — because they never want me to talk about my neck — is … it’s because of my neck.”

“You saw what happened to Paige. Paige and I have the same hardware. So if I was to get kicked in the back of the head, I would get paralyzed too or even worse,” she said.

For whatever reason, the executives didn’t want the viewers to know the real reason Nikki had to retire. This comes as a surprise since they previously covered Nikki’s neck injury on both Total Bellas and Total Divas.

To listen to the entire episode of Bellas Podcast, click here.

What do you think of Total Bellas not airing the real reason for Nikki’s retirement? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Lauren Founds
I am a New Englander who has been watching wrestling since WrestleMania 2. I follow all wrestling but am a WWE fan through and through. Watching the evolution of women's wrestling has been a true inspiration to myself and all female fans.

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