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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.
Thank You Daniel – HQ Screencaps
The Bellas are cohosting the Today Show and use the opportunity to set up a meeting regarding their proposal for a signature lingerie line. Brie changes the topic of discussion which irritates Nikki, who is intent on making the lingerie line a reality.
Nikki lines up a meeting with Daymond John of Shark Tank fame to pitch the lingerie line, but Brie is apprehensive to let outside influence determine the design of the lingerie. Brie insists on putting together her own lingerie prototype to present at the meeting.
Brie and Nikki visit a fashion school to attempt to create their prototype. Nikki is annoyed at Brie’s stubborn behavior, even when she is clearly over her head with sewing and any lacking any design skills. They butt heads over their vision for the lingerie line, and Nikki remains irritated by Brie’s stubbornness.
Nikki arranges a meeting with famous designer Kara Ross to show Brie that even successful businesswoman need other people to assist in their designs. Brie makes amends with Nikki and apologizes for her stubbornness regarding the lingerie line. She feels that she’s a couple steps behind Nikki when regarding the business world, and tells Nikki that she was right about everything.
It’s the day of the big meeting with Daymond John, and The Bellas lay out their entire business plan. Daymond is pleasantly surprised by the “pay it forward” component to the business, and brings in his production staff to help draw up ideas. Daymond says he’ll talk with his team and see if the lingerie line is something they can make reality, and that he’ll be in touch.
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Charting athletes return from surgery is tricky. Even with something less major like shoulder surgery, we’ve seen varied recovery timetables for wrestlers. When it comes to something major and possibly life-threatening like a neck injury, like Nikki Bella’s rehab from spinal fusion, reports seem to vary from day-to-day.
When the basic message in all the reports is “doing what they tell me to do, hope to be back soon”, how we process them depends on the tone with which they’re delivered. That’s why the Instagram report from Nikki over the weekend sounded great, and then seeing her in New York with John Cena yesterday raised hopes even further.
A new report from Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet will dampen those hopes, or at least put them in a more realistic context.
According to PWS’ sources, the plan had been for the longest reigning Divas champ in WWE history to make an appearance on Raw last night, setting up possible involvement in WrestleMania‘s five-on-five tag match featuring her sister, Brie, in a non-wrestling role.
Those plans, and any ideas Nik had about a full-time return to wrestling, were ruled out after her latest meeting with her medical team.
Bella was reportedly told that even a small bump at this point could seriously set back her recovery, meaning she will be unable to corner Brie as she wrestles what’s expected to be her last match or matches in Texas. The report also says a July CAT scan will reveal how well the bones in her neck have fused, and provide answers on if she’ll be able to wrestle ever again.
Doctors have already informed her that, best case, she’ll only be a part-time performer in the future.
We’ll continue to hope for the best, but if Pro Wrestling Sheet’s report is accurate, it sounds like there’s a long way to go for Fearless Nikki.
Battle lines have been drawn. “Total Divas” Brie Bella, Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox & Eva Marie will attempt to put aside their differences long enough to take down the squad of B.A.D. & Blonde, featuring Lana, Naomi, Tamina, Emma & Summer Rae, this Sunday on the WrestleMania Kickoff.
The match will take place during the second hour of the Kickoff live on USA Network, as well as for free on WWE.com, the WWE App, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
With seemingly incompatible elements on both sides, the newly confirmed match is proof that common enemies can lead to the unlikeliest of partnerships.
The bout also marks the in-ring debut of the Diva who sparked the war in the first place: Lana. The Ravishing Russian began targeting Brie Bella weeks ago, and soon aligned herself with Team B.A.D. Though Lana’s campaign against Brie began with one of her characteristic verbal assaults, in a surprise move, it then turned physical, with Lana ambushing the former Divas Champion and using the Bella Twin’s own signature move against her.
The trio’s brash behavior rankled their peers, even to the point where known Bella nemesis Paige agreed to side with Brie if it meant getting her hands on The Ravishing Russian.