Daniel Bryan is up and running as the GM of SmackDown LIVE, and Brie Bella has been keeping him company on the road. Which isn’t exactly a problem, per se, so much as it is mildly uncomfortable for her given that she’s retired. It becomes an issue quickly enough, though, when Brie misses out on a crucial conference call with Nikki because she can’t get wifi at the hotel. Nikki tells Brie like it is and suggests she is once again putting her own projects at risk for the sake of making Bryan comfortable, which is especially insane since she’s no longer with the company. As angry as Brie gets, she acquiesces that Nikki has a point, and The Beard doesn’t put up a fuss when Brie asks if she can stop traveling so as to better focus on her other endeavors.
While the Total Divas prepare for the outcome of the WWE Draft, Nikki Bella is still in the first stages of her comeback and finds herself in the unique position of having an unwilling training partner. While Nikki is trying to go full-tilt into it and test her injured neck right away, Natalya more or less refuses to practice any maneuvers that would put The Fearless One at risk. Nikki gives an ultimatum — get with the program or I’ll find someone else — that almost sends Nattie running, but Brie Bella explains that Nikki essentially needs unwavering support if she’s going to complete this comeback. It all leads to a meeting at one of the first post-Draft SmackDown LIVEs, where Nattie and Nikki clear the air and the latter redoubles her efforts to get back in the ring.
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 …