We’re a culture obsessed with power couples: Jay-Z & Beyoncé, J-Lo & A-Rod, JT & Jessica Biel.
So, when John Cena & Nikki Bella square off against The Miz & Maryse at WrestleMania 33, we will not only be seeing two couples of this variety collide, but also witnessing a knockdown, drag-out, awesome (no pun) melee with a ton of personal pride on the line for both sides, as they attempt to find out who SmackDown LIVE’s “it” couple truly is.
For years, Cena & Nikki did not acknowledge their relationship within WWE arenas. Total Divas or Total Bellas was one thing, SmackDown LIVE was another. However, after two-time Divas Champion Maryse brutally assaulted Nikki with a lead pipe, and Miz and Cena eliminated each other from the WWE Championship No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal, the rules suddenly changed.
With these two conflicts merging, all four Superstars began to rip one another to shreds on the microphone. The Cenation Leader was a guest on “Miz TV” — the perfect time and place to badmouth The A-Lister. Miz followed with an appearance on Talking Smack, which proved to be an excellent opportunity for him to tell the WWE Universe why he believed Cena is a “robot” whose relationship is manufactured for the benefit of reality TV cameras. Fearless Nikki told Maryse to keep her hands off her man; Maryse retorted by calling Nikki Bella a fraud.
In between the smack-talk and these tumultuous physical exchanges, a massive WrestleMania match has been made. Can Cena & Nikki shut up Miz & Maryse once and for all? Or, will The Miz repeat his performance from WrestleMania XXVII, where he retained the WWE Championship over Cena, and push him and his bride to victory?
Find out when these iconic couples square off at WrestleMania, live on the award-winning WWE Network on April 2.
John Cena & Nikki Bella will team up in-ring for the first time on SmackDown LIVE next week when they face off against Carmella & James Ellsworth.
The two pairs arrived at a point of conflict backstage last week when The Princess of Staten Island & Ellsworth interrupted the couple as they talked about their recent issues with The Miz & Maryse. The Cenation Leader & Fearless Nikki had no patience for the F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S tandem’s blatant disrespect and challenged them to a Mixed Tag Team Match next week.
What will it look like when Cena and Nikki team up for a historic first time in a WWE ring and will Carmella and Ellsworth have any answers for them? Find out next week on SmackDown LIVE.
After months of verbal assaults, blindside attacks and raucous brawls, Nikki Bella and Natalya will finally settle the score when they face off in a Falls Count Anywhere Match next week on SmackDown LIVE.
The match announcement was spurred on by SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan after the two Superstars got into another scrap, this time in Bryan’s office. Realizing that this issue could not continue much longer without some serious and dangerous repercussions, Bryan scheduled for the two to compete in a Falls Count Anywhere Match next week on Team Blue.
Who will come out the winner in one of WWE’s most unpredictable contests? Find out next week on SmackDown LIVE!
Natalya made things as personal as possible with Nikki Bella. She may well have to answer for that when the two Superstars go head-to-head at WWE Elimination Chamber, live Sunday, Feb. 12, only on the award-winning WWE Network.
The reborn “Queen of Black Harts” first took aim at The Fearless One when she ambushed Nikki at Survivor Series in November, forcing the former Divas Champion to vacate her spot on the SmackDown LIVE Women’s squad at that pay-per-view. Ever since being exposed as the culprit, Natalya has accused Nikki of riding her boyfriend John Cena’s coattails to success, while also distancing herself from her own famous lineage, particularly her “ex-uncle” Bret Hart. Somehow, in the midst of all of this, Natalya has found the time to administer some absolutely brutal sneak attacks on her fellow Total Divas star.
And now, WWE Commissioner Shane McMahon has had enough. In order to put a stop to the chaos and give each Superstar a chance to prove she can succeed outside the shadow of her family and loved ones, The Prodigal Son declared that two of Team Blue’s most decorated veterans will settle their score at WWE Elimination Chamber. Which woman will emerge victorious? Find out Sunday, Feb. 12, only on the award-winning WWE Network.
The SmackDown LIVE Women’s division is anything but uneventful. This Sunday, on the Royal Rumble Kickoff, several rivalries will intersect when Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch & Naomi square off against SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya in a Six-Woman Tag Team Match.
Bliss and Lynch’s conflict over the title has escalated over the past several weeks with the mysterious injection of the masked La Luchadora. However, when La Luchadora was revealed to be the legendary Mickie James during Bliss and Lynch’s historic Steel Cage Match, it was clear the landscape of the division had officially changed. James helped WWE’s Wicked Witch retain her title, and the two seem to have formed a mighty powerful alliance.
Meanwhile, Nikki and Natalya have been engulfed in their own personally charged war that has seen insults and fists fly in equal measure. The returning Naomi then entered the mix with a tense exchange with Bliss on SmackDown LIVE just six days before Royal Rumble, claiming that she would be the one to dethrone Alexa for Team Blue’s top women’s prize.
Now, with all of these matters merging on the Kickoff, sparks will inevitably fly. Will Bliss, James and Natalya’s mind games pay dividends in the way of a tactical advantage? Or, will Fearless Nikki, Naomi and The Irish Lass Kicker all be able to exact retribution in one fell swoop?
Don’t miss the Royal Rumble Kickoff, airing live this Sunday, Jan. 29, on the award-winning WWE Network at a special start time of 5 ET/2 PT. In addition to WWE Network, the Kickoff is available on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.
Last week during Natalya’s match against Carmella, The Queen of Harts once again tried to explain that it wasn’t she who attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series. However, in the heat of the moment, Natalya pushed Nikki. Was she simply shoving the fearless competitor out of the way of The Princess of Staten Island? Or was Natalya, for one moment, outing herself as Nikki’s attacker all along?
In any event, the lingering controversy continues to surround all three Superstars like a dark cloud that refuses to dissipate. Will we finally learn who attacked the star of both “Total Divas” and “Total Bellas” tonight on SmackDown LIVE?
Last week, following Carmella’s claims that Natalya had attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series, a stone-faced Nikki didn’t seem the least bit receptive to Natalya’s denial. Later on Talking Smack, The Princess of Staten Island further explained her side of things and added more fuel to the fire.
Which one’s lying: Carmella or Natalya? And will Fearless Nikki take it upon herself to find out the answer with whatever force necessary?
Nikki Bella may have triumphed over Carmella in an intense No Disqualification Match at WWE TLC Sunday night. However, The Princess of Staten Island quickly ruined Nikki’s celebration when she claimed that it was actually Natalya who carried out the mysterious backstage assault on her “Total Divas” co-star at Survivor Series.
Later in the pay-per-view, Natalya flat-out denied Carmella’s allegations, calling the claims “absurd” and her accuser “a liar.” But, did The Queen of Harts actually do it? Will she make Carmella pay for saying she did? And will Nikki Bella herself have anything to say about it this Tuesday night?
Looking to end her rivalry with Carmella once and for all, Nikki Bella has successfully petitioned to face The Princess of Staten Island in a No Disqualification Match at WWE TLC.
The rules will be thrown out the window Sunday, Dec. 4, leaving the bitter foes to settle their grudge in one of the most lawless matches imaginable. Such extreme circumstances speak to the uncontrollable hostility that exists between the two Superstars.
Since Nikki’s triumphant return in August from a career-threatening neck injury, Carmella has repeatedly attacked and belittled the fearless former Divas Champion. The Fabulous Superstar has even gone so far as to say the only reason for Bella’s success in WWE is her relationship with John Cena.
Things hit a tipping point at Survivor Series when a mystery attacker took out Nikki prior to the Raw vs. SmackDown LIVE 5-on-5 Traditional Women’s Elimination Match. Though Nikki was unable to positively identify her assailant, she accused Carmella of being responsible for the blitz. Carmella denies any wrongdoing — in this instance, at least — but it doesn’t change the fact she and Nikki are headed for a collision course at WWE TLC.
Watch WWE’s version of a demolition derby, WWE TLC 2016, when it airs live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, Dec. 4, at 8 ET/5 PT.