Brie Bella’s philanthropic side rears its head this week on E!’s Total Divas when she discovers that new mothers can donate their extra breast milk to women who aren’t producing enough for their own babies. A trip to the NICU where she meets the parents of premature twins convinces Brie to become a donor, which means she has to adhere to a stressful regimen of hydrating and pumping in order to produce the 100 ounces being asked of her. Daniel Bryan worries that she’s throwing herself so fully into the donor program that Birdie won’t have enough milk for herself, and Brie is worried that she isn’t giving enough. Of course, Birdie is fine and the donation organization is overjoyed to receive whatever Brie can give because every ounce counts.
The Bella Twins are hitting the pavement once more, but this time it’s for Birdie Joe Danielson’s very first road trip. Unfortunately, it’s a bit less straightforward than they intended, as their plan to visit all the landmarks of their youth ends up being interrupted by the general needs of the baby. But even though their trip is way longer and more complicated than either intended, Nikki and Brie come away with the realization that it’s exactly what the other needed after a long couple of months.
Kelly Kelly, Summer Rae, Torrie Wilson, Natalya, Lillian Garcia, Cameron and Candice reunite withThe Bella Twins to celebrate Birdiebee in Los Angeles while Artem teaches dance classes!
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.
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.
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.
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