Nikki Bella is going behind the scenes when Total Divas returns this spring. In addition to starring in E!’s reality TV sensation, the record-setting former Divas Champion will serve as an Executive Producer when the show returns for the back half of Season 6 on Wednesday, April 5.
“I am honored and excited to have been made an executive producer on Total Divas,” said Nikki in a statement. “As a pioneer of the show, I want to use my expertise and creativity not only in front of the cameras but behind as well and my goal is to continue to make Total Divas one of the best reality programs on television.”
When last we left Total Divas on this week’s mid-season finale, The Fearless One had been cleared to return to the ring by her doctors, but not by WWE officials. As a result, Nikki was set to continue her rehabilitation at the WWE Performance Center while the rest of the cast — Natalya, Eva Marie, Naomi, Paige, Renee Young, Lana and Maryse — waited to hear of their fates in the WWE Brand Extension Draft. Brie Bella, meanwhile, continued her efforts to start a family with husband Daniel Bryan.
“I’m very focused on my journey to inspire and empower women and I look at this as another step forward in doing so,” Nikki said of her involvement in the coming episodes. “I am grateful to WWE, E! and Bunim Murray for giving me this amazing opportunity.”
Total Divas returns Wednesday, April 5, on E!.
Nikki Bella, who’s finally on the cusp of being cleared, just wants to get back in the ring so she can be eligible. While her physician gives her the green light and she’s able to take her first steps back in the ring at the Performance Center, WWE’s doctors aren’t convinced she’s ready to go, so Nikki continues her training while everyone else anxiously waits to hear of their post-Draft destiny …
John Cena’s ESPYs-hosting gig is coming up, and the entire Bella family is joining Nikki and Brie on the red carpet. That means the twins have to give their mother and brother a crash course in being camera-ready and giving interviews, which would be fine if J.J, wasn’t being so defensive. The Bella brother doesn’t just toss Nikki’s phone in a Jacuzzi when she doesn’t put it down, he gives a practice answer to a question that makes it sound like he’d rather Cena and Nikki never get engaged. But, luckily, they ace their red carpet appearance and Cena kills it as the host.
Renee Young is third-wheeling it with Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan on a weekend getaway, since Dean Ambrose’s then-current stint as WWE Champion means his free time is next to zero and he has less opportunities than ever to travel for fun. The oncoming Brand Extension is especially distressing to Renee because there’s a good chance she and Ambrose will be split up in the Draft and their time together could be cut down to the absolute minimum. Ambrose ends up surprising Renee with a trip to Big Sur, so that ends up working out, but Brie and Bryan are more than relieved they don’t have to deal with juggling the outside world with the hustle and bustle of WWE now that they’re retired.
At least, of course, until Bryan gets a call from WWE offering him a mystery gig that he’s not entirely sure he wants to accept. He’s unwilling to take an office job or a backstage job, but is on the fence about whether or not he’d consider a role on TV. Brie, who’s still trying to get pregnant, is miffed at the idea of having to reorganize their life once again around WWE but she knows Bryan could use some good news lately and gives her blessing anyway. Luckily, it only turns out to be a commentary gig for the Cruiserweight Classic, which means it’s not a giant time commitment and Bryan’s smile comes back for the first time in months. Yes!
Nikki Bella and John Cena’s incompatible schedules mean The Bella Twins are spending a lot of time together, in particular a weekend trip to Napa Valley. Nikki has decided to take things one step further and potentially start a Bella wine label, but Brie isn’t on board with the new venture even after they take a tour around California wine country to get an idea of how the vintage is made. Brie remains unconvinced, however, even going so far as to imply that Nikki is only undertaking these business ventures so she can be as busy as Cena. Daniel Bryan kinda-sorta sets her straight over the phone, and by the episode’s end it seems like fences have been mended and Brie supports the wine venture. And she has to massage Nikki’s feet as a peace offering.