It’s been a tale of two comebacks on Total Bellas, and it’s quickly becoming a tale of two Bellas as well. On the one hand you have Nikki, who is so laser-focused on preparing for WWE Evolution that she’s deliberately burning the candle on both ends. She’s overworked, tired, and incapable of having fun (she’s dismissive of an otherwise-amusing axe throwing jaunt because it doesn’t count as training), but with the pressure on to deliver in a once-in-a-lifetime environment, she simply chalks all that up as the cost of doing business.
Brie, meanwhile, is still somewhat confused as to what her next move should be after being relegated to valet duty. Now that Evolution is getting closer and closer, she’s becoming more and more convinced that this might be as good a time as any to close the book on her career. The only issue remaining is where she and Daniel Bryan will live, as their adventures have taken them all over the West Coast and largely prohibited them from settling down in Phoenix like they had once planned. Brie ultimately announces to the family that she will be retiring after Evolution and her family will relocate back to Arizona, much to the delight of everyone — except Nikki, who isn’t sure why Brie is so intent on stopping after a successful comeback.
When looking back on the history of the Women’s division, the Women’s Evolution and the current crop of female Superstars, it would be disingenuous at best to write off Brie Bella’s accomplishments. So, understandably, she finds herself somewhat taken aback on Total Bellas this week when she finds out she’s being relegated to valet duty for Nikki at WWE Evolution, despite having finally gotten her sea legs back in the ring. Brie isn’t sure if the new assignment is a passive-aggressive way to nudge her towards in-ring retirement, and Nikki’s refusal to say she would be Brie’s valet if the roles were reversed doesn’t do much for her confidence. A well-timed prank with Johnny where they pretend the roles have been reversed knocks Nikki down a peg, but this seems bound to boil up again as the pay-per-view draws closer.
It’s hardly Brie’s only issue this week, as she finds her and Daniel Bryan’s attempt to live eco-friendly, sustainable lives has been more or less derailed by their need to balance parenting with a grueling professional schedule. Bryan all but throws up his hands and admits defeat, but Brie arranges for Bryan to help pick up some trash to soothe his conscience. It works!
Oh, and by the way, Nikki’s night out with Peter takes a twist when she turns down his kiss, and she’s not sure if there will be a Date No. 2. But Peter’s big move — he delivers a care package of Nikki’s favorite candy, black licorice — ends up winning him so many points that a follow-up date is no longer out of the question.
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First, Brie Bella. The fallout from her recent in-ring woes has become almost too much for the working mother to bear; apart from generally feeling bad about it, she can’t go on social media thanks to what Daniel Bryan and Nikki Bella both say is undue backlash. (Big Johnny also has some particularly encouraging words for her about how life is full of ups and downs, like a roller coaster.) But the comeback presses on, and Brie knows if she’s going to make it work, her best option is to drop her duties on one of two WWE brands. On the ground that she’s a Bella Twin first and foremost in the ring, she elects to stick with Nikki on Raw and bid SmackDown LIVE a fond farewell.
Now, Nikki, who gets the juicier storyline of the two this week as she’s officially back in the dating game thanks to a little publicist voodoo that sets her up with Peter Kraus of “The Bachelorette.” Adorable first date nerves ensue, and it turns out he’s both very handsome and very charming — even Bryan admits to having a man-crush. The date is a smashing success, despite Nikki’s hesitance, and it looks as though a first kiss is in the works …. But then it’s to be continued.