Charlotte gets the win, but Nikki Bella keeps the record. That was the gist of the Divas Championship Match between Ric Flair’s progeny and the now longest-recorded titleholder of the women’s prize, which had more twists and turns than a “Mr. Robot” episode and about as many people getting involved.
Thanks to a brutal, simple strategy — attack the arm — Nikki had the upper hand until a Charlotte comeback forced her to activate Twin Magic … but Charlotte flipped the script and won anyway, pinning Brie Bella. Once the official realized the ruse, Stephanie McMahon came to the ring under the pretense of upholding the Divas division’s integrity to change the decision to a disqualification, sending Nikki to SmackDown’s “Bellabration” as champ. But Stephanie also upheld the title match for Night of Champions, with one new caveat: Should Nikki lose, under any circumstance, she will lose the title as well.
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Nikki and Brie Bella, the WWE’s resident mean girls, spend about as much time in the gym as they do in the ring. And they’re both in relationships with two of WWE’s biggest male stars—Brie is married to Daniel Bryan and Nikki is in a long-term relationship with John Cena. So who better to ask for tips on picking up a woman at the gym than the twins who’ve spent the past decade literally picking up women?
Have your significant others had any influence on your fitness routines?
Nikki: Actually, when John and I first started dating, I was coming back from breaking my leg. Before that, I was just the type of girl who would do cardio at the gym, lift some free weights, and take some classes. So when I was getting back into shape, he introduced me to Olympic lifting. I always had this perception that when you lift weights, you’re going to get bulky and thick. I didn’t realize you actually burn a lot of fat and that it trims you down. So when John got me past that, I just fell in love with this style of weightlifting. It has totally transformed my body.
Brie: If Bryan is like, “I’m going to be at the gym here for two hours,” it forces me to keep myself busy for those two hours. It pushes you more! And Bryan is actually the first relationship I’ve been in where my partner enjoys a healthy lifestyle like me. Even past lifting weights at the gym. I’ve never had a loved one to go hiking with me, or to do yoga with me. And that has actually changed me. Now instead of being like, “Hey, lets go to happy hour!” it’s like, “Lets go find this mountain to hike.” Continue reading GQ.com Interview With The Bella Twins
Nikki was feeling burnt out so she took a vacation to Napa Valley with Brie & Renee Young. Brie suggested that Nikki try therapy. Nikki wasn’t into it until John explained how it could help. Nikki went to therapy and said it really helped. Brie checked out locations for their studio.
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Charlotte wanted a Divas Title Match? Well, she got a Divas Title Match! The “generation kid” of the Divas Revolution made a point of telling Nikki Bella she had petitioned The Authority to move up her title bout to get a fair shake on cutting Nikki’s reign short of AJ Lee’s longevity mark. And as Charlotte revealed by interrupting Team Bella’s weekly gloat session, she’d been granted such an opportunity. To punctuate the announcement, PCB went to town on a gobsmacked Team Bella, sending the champion and her retinue retreating to the showers, with an apparently injured leg, no less. Now that’s doin’ it with Flair.
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