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Total Divas Season 7 Episode 2 Recap, Video, Photos

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With Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan desperately in need of a night to themselves on E!’s Total Divas, Brie recruits an odd couple of Superstars to babysit: Naomi and Natalya. The pairing ends up being a bit of a mixed bag, as Naomi — who is openly planning on having a child someday — is a natural with Birdie Joe, while Natalya doesn’t seem to know what to do, preferring to play with the dogs. As it turns out, Natalya is somewhat terrified of caring for a baby, which is pretty distressing considering she’s one of the more maternal women in the locker room. After she breaks down slightly before their second babysitting stint, Brie decides to stay in with her friends, catch up and order a pizza.

Lana’s big singles debut has finally come, and … it doesn’t seem like anybody has a lot of confidence that she can pull it off. Amid a flood of social media naysayers, Nia Jax gently, if indelicately, reminds Lana that with her managerial skills, she doesn’t really need to wrestle to achieve success in WWE. But in the afterglow of Carmella’s historic Money in the Bank win, The Ravishing Russian wants in on the action and will not be stopped. That is, until after her second match, when she’s pulled aside and informed that WWE has decided to pump the breaks on making her an in-ring performer. Lana is heartbroken, but Nikki Bella, who’s been giving her advice all episode, reassures her in a FaceTime call that she wouldn’t have gotten a second match if she hadn’t earned it and encourages her to keep her confidence going.

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Total Divas Season 7 Episode 1 Recap, Photos and Videos

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We’re back with Total Divas Season 7, so let’s pick up right where Total Bellas left off: The birth of Birdie Joe Danielson. A few months have passed, and Daniel Bryan is comfortably playing house while he’s off on paternity leave, though he and Brie Bella are both dreading the call that will send him back to work as the General Manager of SmackDown LIVE. And even though Nikki Bella doesn’t seem to be heading back to the ring anytime soon, she and Bryan come up with an idea for her to be his proxy on television, getting Nikki back in the game as the Women’s division starts to get new opportunities and giving Bryan more time at home with his family. The idea, alas, is shot down, and Bryan is told to report back to Team Blue.

Elsewhere on Team Blue, Lana is finally transitioning to an in-ring competitor, with her first singles match slated to be a title bout against Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. She’s changed her diet and is upping her training regimen, but Rusev remains skeptical because he’s worried his wife, with her combination of million-miles-an-hour effort and minimal in-ring experience, is going to hurt herself while attempting to put on a good performance. At a pre-Money in the Bank pool party hosted by Nikki Bella, however, Rusev is convinced to step back and be supportive.

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Total Bellas Season 2 Finale: Photos, Videos, Recap

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So, the big day has arrived. It’s WrestleMania, and it’s looking to be the site of Nikki Bella’s final match in WWE. Between that and the continuing swirl of proposal rumors, she’s a little overwhelmed, but she finds time to get it together before the bell rings. Hopefully her doctor wasn’t watching because she does significantly more than just forearms and the Rack Attack 2.0, which goes against her promise from the previous episode. Still, Nikki gets through the tag team match unscathed and earns a victory with John Cena … who gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him after the match is over. With his mother, her mother and JJ at ringside, and Brie watching at home with Nana, Lauren and Vivian, Nikki says yes and a new chapter begins.

Going into WrestleMania, Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan are a little on edge because the timing is lining up right around their daughter’s due date, but Birdie decides to hold off for quite a while, causing the couple to head to the hospital to induce labor for their planned natural birth. Unfortunately, that proposal goes out the window after almost a full day of labor, and the doctors decide to perform a cesarean section to bring Birdie Joe into the world. Season 2 of Total Bellas ends with our first glimpse of the new baby, but as for what happens next, you’ll have to check out Total Divas next Wednesday at 9/8 C when it returns to E! for Season 7.

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Total Bellas Season 2 Episode 7 Recap, Videos & Photos

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Having made some serious progress in marriage counseling, JJ tells Lauren he wants to renew their vows to symbolize their ongoing commitment to each other. The Bellas, of course, tend to think their brother drops the ball when it comes to big moments, so they aren’t holding out hope that he’ll come through in the clutch. Impressively, JJ flips the script, refusing to divulge any of his plans and pretending, at first, like they’re going to have the ceremony in a pub. But not only did he organize a lovely outdoor ceremony, he very quietly asked Daniel Bryan to be the officiant, and it goes off without a hitch. Continue reading Total Bellas Season 2 Episode 7 Recap, Videos & Photos

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Total Bellas Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

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Where does a Bella Twin come from? If you ask Nikki & Brie, their entire personalities can be traced back to their presumably feisty Mexican-Italian heritage, which is why Brie is looking for a middle name for Birdie that suitably embodies their ancestry. It turns out Bryan carries a fair amount of “Viking” in his blood, to the surprise of nobody, but he’s also fairly certain the whole Mexican-Italian thing doesn’t hold water under scrutiny. So, when the Bellas commission a DNA test and find out they carry typical European mixed heritage (plus a little Jewish and Native American), Brie tries to get in touch with her new roots while simultaneously ignoring Bryan’s. Her husband jokes that this is par for the course in their marriage, but she gets the message and throws him a Viking-themed party. And Bryan, honoring a Jewish family tradition of middle-naming a child after a late loved one, announces that Birdie’s middle name will be Joe, after Brie’s “Pop-Pop.”

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Total Bellas Season 2 Episode 5 Recap, Video & Photos

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With Daniel Bryan in tow, The Bella family is headed to Sonoma, Calif. this week for both business and pleasure: The twins are about to launch their wine, Belle Radici (“beautiful roots” in Italian), and they decide to get a little family vacation in while they’re at it. (John Cena and JJ’s family stay at home for this one, though they both drop in via FaceTime.)

All this business talk is a little too fussy for JJ, who decides to liven up the mood by playing an increasingly disruptive series of pranks, and his first target is Mama Bella (more on her in a bit). Nikki gets the better of JJ by shoving him in a pool, but baby brother’s grand finale — he literally jumps out of the bushes and yells — ends up going too far when Nikki tumbles down the steps and hurts her hand. Everyone’s annoyed at JJ, and he’s left to give an embarrassed apology, making him, like so many others, both the winner and loser of the prank war he started.

The launch of the Bellas’ wine is a triumphant occasion for everyone except Brie Bella, who is pregnant and unable to give herself a taste. While some say she can try it without worrying about the baby, Bryan is having none of that idea, and Brie decides this isn’t the hill to die on. It does lead to a fun social experiment where Nikki straps on a fake baby belly and has a drink at a winery to see how people react (they’re wary but admit to dabbling themselves once Nikki explains the situation). Thus, Brie decides not to try the wine and leave quality control to everyone else for the time being, a pleasantly low-key move for such a drama-filled episode.

It’s been a long time since Mama Bella got the spotlight on her daughters’ show, but Total Bellas casts its eye toward the matriarch, and we get a very stressful insight on what it’s like to be her. For one, Kathy attempts to give her kids business advice before the Belle Radici meetings, only to be met with dismissiveness, if not outright sarcasm. Bryan, who’s debating a business venture of his own, is the only one who considers what she has to say.

Sensing blood in the water, the kids bust their mom’s chops for the duration of the trip, and while some of it is all in good fun (a Mama Bella rap gets rave reviews), Bryan and John Laurinaitis point out that it starts to cross the line at a certain point. Which, of course, it does, and Kathy breaks down in front of the whole family. The kids back down and insist their jokes are all in good fun, and everyone settles down and gives Kathy three cheers by way of an apology. Of course, five minutes later, JJ pranks Nikki and she hurts her hand, but, you know, you take the wins when you can get them.

Total Bellas Recap: The Family Takes a Trip to Sonoma and the Bella Twins Celebrate the Launch of Their New Wine