Attempting a comeback is all well and good, but as Brie Bella finds out this week on E!’s Total Bellas it’s best to know your limits. Competing across Raw and SmackDown LIVE and juggling her business commitments has begun to take its toll on Brie, who finds her time with her daughter severely curtailed as well. Daniel Bryan warns Brie she’s taking on too much, so she sheds a few appearances in the hopes of lightening her load (much to the chagrin of Nikki, who’s caught off guard by her sister’s sudden change of plans). It helps, but it isn’t enough: All her stress finally catches up to her, and when her in-ring efforts continue to suffer, it shakes Brie to her core.
In happier news, The Bellas are prepping for a big Birdiebee fashion show and two new faces are going to be walking the runway: Lauren and Maya. Lauren, who’s just given birth to her second daughter, is a little hesitant but gathers herself quickly, while a question rises down the stretch as to whether 16-year-old Maya is too young to deal with the pressure of a show just yet. Nikki gives her the opportunity to back out, but her young stepsister opts to push through anyway, with impressive results. Turns out, the kid’s a natural.
When we last left Total Bellas, Nikki had just caught up with her old “Dancing with the Stars” partner, Artem, for a lunch date that only lasts long enough for them to tell each other they’re single. Afterward, they part ways, at least until Nikki gets the idea to have Artem train her and her mother for a dance routine to knock an item off Kathy’s bucket list.
Brie, ever image-conscious, is concerned, as she knows Nikki’s breakup has her under more scrutiny than usual and spending time with Artem is bound to catch the attention of the tabloids. But thanks to a “DWTS” tour, Artem ends up unable to help with the routine and the issue is solved for them. Instead, he calls in a replacement instructor who helps choreograph an excellent piece, much to the delight of Big Johnny in the audience.
While Nikki’s week is a success, Brie continues to struggle with balancing a busy career and motherhood, leading to a rocky start for her in-ring comeback. Nikki, who’s been training with Ronda Rousey to familiarize herself with the new class of female Superstars, reassures her twin and encourages her to continue training, but for a working mother with a busy schedule, that’s easier said than done.
The Bella Twins were among the stars who walked in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women fashion show in New York Thursday night.
The event was hosted by Padma Lakshmi and recording artist Eve provided the musical entertainment.
Since becoming single, Nikki Bella has rented a Ferrari, moved into a beachside rental that’s extravagantly priced and invited every beach bum with a pulse to party during a housewarming shindig. She’s either having a midlife crisis or she’s “blooming,” and Brie Bella is firmly in the former camp as she watches her sister drop big money on luxuries she probably can’t quiiiite afford as part of her post-breakup glow-up. Nikki, of course, disagrees; she’s just trying to live her best life and reset things on her terms, and this is the best way to do so after her move to Los Angeles falls through. Despite the skepticism of her family (Mama Bella, panicked by the locals’ easy access to her daughter’s house, actually advocates armed defense tactics), everyone comes to realize that a hard reset is the best thing for her — and that may or may not include the start of a little fling with Artem, Nikki’s former “Dancing With the Stars” pro whom she meets for a quick, sparky catch-up lunch.
On the other side of the Bella sisterhood, Brie and Daniel Bryan are trying to balance their full-time WWE schedules with parenting Birdie Joe, and both worry their extended absences will have an adverse effect on their daughter. Brie tries to buy a giant teddy bear to help keep her daughter happy; the little one bursts into tears at the nightmarish sight almost instantly. Bryan is similarly at a loss, until they consult a child development specialist who tells the couple Birdie’s young enough she probably won’t remember any of this in the long run anyway. Everybody wins! Except the bear.
Total Bellas returns Sunday, Feb. 10, at 9/8 C on E!.
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