Apart from having people to help her get around, which is going swimmingly, the Bella family experiment has not been panning out quite as Nikki expected. What she initially thought would be a great opportunity for her to spend time with John Cena while they both recover from injury is turning out to be incredibly one-sided, as Cena’s manic rehabilitation schedule keeps him occupied for the vast majority of the day. Even their one attempt at a nice dinner goes awry when Nikki, who’s counting calories since she can’t work out, overindulges at lunch, meaning she can’t spare the calories for a full meal. To make that matter worse, she fibs about it to Cena, which ruffles his feathers. However, to Nikki’s credit, she stands her ground and tells Cena that shuffling everything to the side to focus on rehab isn’t fair to her. Point taken, he resolves to be better, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re off to dinner by episode’s end.
For a variety of reasons, tensions are high between Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. Not, full-on-fight tensions, mind you, more like a running thread of passive-aggression that makes everyone around them very uncomfortable. It doesn’t help that Brie gets stick shift lessons from John Cena when Bryan ends up being too busy to teach her, nor that Bryan retaliates by getting swimming lessons from J.J.’s sister-in-law instead of Brie. Of course, there is a deeper disconnect at work here, but luckily, like all married couples, they work it out and Bryan shows up to morning coffee with a spring in his step.
Lost in the shuffle of Episode 1 was the fact that the Bellas’ mother, Kathy Colace, is engaged to John Laurinaitis himself, but the spouses-to-be are front and center in Episode 2, and seemingly ready to elope. This doesn’t exactly sit well with the Bellas and J.J., who are worried about their mother’s apparent tendency to rush into marriages. It doesn’t help matters that Big Johnny’s mulling over a prenup, information which makes its way back to Brie and then, finally, to Kathy, who’s spitting nails over the fact that Johnny would discuss their business with the boys over cigars. (The prenup itself, interestingly enough, is of no concern to her — she gets it.) But Mr. Excitement proves to be the smoothest guy in the house, talking through his problems with Kathy and making up with her as if nothing ever happened. And, as the kicker, they decide not to elope after all, but to get married for real on a yacht in three weeks’ time.
Following Smackdown Live and the Main Event tapings, a six-person match took place with John Cena, Nikki Bella and Dolph Ziggler defeating Carmella, The Miz and Baron Corbin.
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Coming off her nail-biting loss to Nikki Bella at No Mercy, Carmella could not help but resort to what has seemingly become her reflex action – attacking Nikki from behind – while the Fearless competitor was conducting an interview.
The Princess of Staten Island then had to refocus to take on Naomi, who was still glowing after her short-notice victory over Alexa Bliss on Sunday. However, it was Nikki who would get the last laugh when she came to ringside, surrounded by referees trying to restrain her, ready to pounce on the F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Superstar. The chaotic scene would allow Naomi to catch Carmella off guard and roll her up for a victory which was then proceeded by Bella chasing off The Princess.
Following the match, Daniel Bryan announced in an exchange with Bliss that she would yet again face off with Naomi next Tuesday night on SmackDown LIVE!
Nikki Bella defeated Carmella
After weeks of trying to fight off Carmella’s relentless and cruel attacks against her, Nikki Bella gained redemption by defeating The Princess of Staten Island in a hard-hitting battle at WWE No Mercy.
The victory was anything but easy as The Princess of Staten Island was determined to earn the biggest win of her career at the expense of Nikki. Despite Carmella’s viciousness, Nikki remained resilient en route to conquering her rival.
Nikki was aggressive out of the gate, forcing Carmella to go on the defensive. But, it didn’t take long for Carmella to turn the tables on the longest reigning Divas Champion ever, targeting her previously injured neck with utter disdain.
At one point, Carmella seemed primed to pick up the win after locking in the Code of Silence on her opponent. However, after Nikki reached the ropes, Carmella lost her cool and subsequently, her focus. This opened the door for Nikki to hit the Rack Attack 2.0 for the win.
With Nikki gaining the victory, will Carmella put a stop to her cruel actions against The Fearless Superstar? Or will this outcome further fuel the cruel Carmella?