According to PWInsider.com, WWE did not acknowledge Brie Bella’s retirement from WWE at WrestleMania 32 Sunday night because they are saving the entire retirement and Brie’s departure from WWE for a story line on the next season of Total Divas. Despite her in-ring retirement, Brie Bella will continue to appear on Total Divas and make appearances for WWE.
If true, I find this pretty silly. All the storylines on Total Divas are months behind the WWE storylines. We knew about Nikki’s injury, about her losing the title, Bryan retiring and even back to when the Bellas re-signed with the company.
Brie Bella sealed a WrestleMania Kickoff win for Team Total Divas against Team B.A.D. & Blonde in a 10-Diva Tag Team Match with the “Yes!” Lock.
Lana, making her in-ring debut, accomplished the one thing no one thought was possible: She got all of the Total Divas to see eye-to-eye.
The Ravishing Russian earned the ire of Brie Bella by targeting her in the weeks after Daniel Bryan’s sudden retirement. Lana’s cruel insults and alliance with Team B.A.D., Summer Rae and Emma united Brie’s “Total Divas” castmates Alicia Fox, Natalya, Eva Marie and even longtime Bella rival Paige.
Team Total Divas took control early on, as Alicia Fox pounded Summer Rae with devastating forearms and Eva Marie spun Emma around the ring with dizzying headscissors. Emma managed to flip the momentum back onto her side by trapping Natalya in the Team B.A.D. & Blonde corner.
Naomi entered the fray and hit The Queen of Harts with a barrage of kicks before Natalya caught her with a crushing dropkick, then teamed with Paige for a Hart Attack – an homage to Natalya’s father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, and uncle Bret Hart, aka The Hart Foundation.
Lana was no pushover in her in-ring debut, knocking Paige to the mat repeatedly with roundhouse kicks, and dodging a crossbody from The Diva of Tomorrow that bowled over Lana’s four teammates.
Chaos ensued immediately after Brie Bella entered the match and all the Divas connected with their signature maneuvers. With Brie down, Naomi foolishly tried to toy with her opponent, allowing Brie to trap her in the “Yes!” Lock for the win.
As Team Total Divas hoisted Brie onto their shoulders, her sister Nikki returned to celebrate with her castmates, marking the storybook ending to a chaotic series of weeks for Brie.
Lana, Naomi, Tamina Snuka, Emma and Summer Rae vs. Eva Marie, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Paige and Natalya
We go to the ring and the Total Divas music hits as Brie Bella, Paige, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Natalya make their way out. They all pose on the apron before Naomi’s music hits. Out she comes with Tamina Snuka, Emma, Summer Rae and Lana – Team Bad and Blonde.
Lawler acknowledges the long lines outside of AT&T Stadium and says those fans will be sad they missed this match. Alicia and Summer start off going at it. Alicia with strikes and kicks. Summer fights back with forearms. They trade counters and Summer counters a suplex with a DDT for a 2 count. Alicia with a dropkick and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a 2 count. Tamina and Emma come in and this brings all 10 Divas in to face off. The referee tries to split them up as we go to a break.
Back from the break and Eva Marie is being booed as Emma stares at her. They go at it and Eva hits a scissors takedown. Eva with a snap suplex and another. She teases a tag to Paige but doesn’t and hits Natalya with a hard tag. Natalya comes in and Emma slaps her in the face. Emma takes Natalya to the corner and tags in Naomi. Naomi nails Natalya. Natalya fights back but Naomi hits her rapid fire kicks and drops Natalya with a dropkick. Naomi misses in the corner as Natalya moves. She slams Naomi and dropkicks her in the face for a 2 count. Natalya tags in Paige for a pop. They hit a Hart Attack. Paige with a Shining Wizard. Paige takes Naomi to the corner for a high knee. Naomi counters a move with knees to the face. Naomi charges with a crossbody but nails the ropes as Paige ducks. Emma tags in and Paige kicks her. Emma catches Paige in a wheelbarrow suplex for a 2 count.
Lana tags in for her official debut and the crowd pops. She works Paige over and hits a bicycle kick. Lana yells at Paige and taunts Brie Bella. Brie comes in but the referee stops her. Lana mocks the “yes!” chants and tags in Tamina. Tamina goes right for a pin on Paige. Tamina with a nice suplex for a 2 count. Tamina keeps Paige grounded now. Tamina takes it to the corner and puts Paige on the top. Paige fights her off. Naomi comes in and they go for a double superplex but Natalya comes over. They end up beating her up and sending her to the floor. Paige sends Tamina and Naomi to the floor. Paige nails a crossbody to the floor on Emma, Summer, Naomi and Tamina. Lana comes over to help them up. Tamina runs in and stops Paige from making a tag. Tamina takes Paige back to the corner and in comes Emma. Emma slams Paige into another corner and unloads with kicks. Paige catches a kick and sends Emma’s head into the bottom turnbuckle. Brie gets the hot tag and unloads on Naomi. She decks Lana on the apron. She goes back to work on Naomi and hits the “yes!” kicks as fans chant. Brie goes on and hits the Bella Buster but Lana breaks the pin. Natalya comes in and nails Lana. Tamina hits a Samoan Drop on Natalya. Eva runs into boos and hits Sliced Bread No. 2 on Tamina. Eva blows a kiss and fans boo. Eva turns around to a big kick from Summer. Alicia takes Summer but with a scissors kick. Emma with a gutwrench on Fox. Paige with a fall-away slam on Emma. Naomi with the Rear View on Paige. Brie drops Naomi and goes into Brie Mode. Naomi blocks the running knee and hits a dropkick. Naomi hits the split-legged moonsault in the corner but Brie gets her knee up. Brie goes to the top and Lana runs over while the referee is distracted, pushing Brie off the top onto her neck. Naomi tries to get the win but Brie applies the Yes Lock for the win.
Winners: Team Total Divas
– After the match, the Total Divas celebrate in the ring. Nikki Bella, in her gear and a neck brace, makes her way to the ring and joins in on the celebration. They all pose and hoist Brie up in the air but the camera cuts away and goes back to the panel.