Total Divas” was a surprise hit when it premiered on E! last season. The show, which features a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a WWE Diva, begins its third season on Sunday, Sept. 7. The cast was in town Saturday to talk with Hannah Mitchell, the daughter of Times assistant sports editor Houston Mitchell, about the show, WWE and SummerSlam, WWE’s pay-per-view event that will be held Sunday at Staples Center. Mitchell sat down for a quick Q&A with several cast members.
Brie and Nikki Bella
Brie, most people don’t have their engagement shown on TV like you did, when the show televised Daniel Bryan proposing to you. Did that make it more special?
Nikki: And I got to see it too, which was cool. Usually you don’t get to see anyone’s engagement. I was like, “Bryan, you did good. I’m very proud.” Continue reading LA Times Interview
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Sisters really are doing it for themselves: Nikki Bella made what was perhaps the biggest power play of SummerSlam 2014 when she betrayed her own flesh and blood, Brie Bella, and fed her to Stephanie McMahon in their grudge match. As Stephanie allowed Nikki to explain, the reason for the Diva’s total betrayal stemmed from Brie’s supposed “selfishness” throughout their lives, especially in the months since Brie quit to save Daniel Bryan’s title reign. It was a cold-blooded denouncing of the sisters’ lifelong bond. Brie’s last-ditch offer of forgiveness to her sister was met with similar coldness, plus a stinging slap from Nikki to Brie’s cheek.
Stephanie McMahon def. Brie Bella
They’re sisters, they’re reality television co-stars and, until SummerSlam, they were the best of friends. However, inside the sold-out STAPLES Center, the closer-than-close relationship between The Bella Twins proved to be the most stunning casualty in the brutal war between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon.
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Before Nikki’s actions would ultimately change the complexion of both the Divas division and her own family, Stephanie strode to the ring with complete confidence, sporting ring gear that was more reminiscent of a power-hungry comic book supervillainess than WWE’s Chief Brand Officer. It was the Authority matriarch’s first match in more than a decade, with the utter humiliation of Brie Bella taking precedence over a mere in-ring victory. Dragging her smaller foe around the ring by her hair and stunning Brie with a wince-inducing DDT, Stephanie showed no signs of ring rust in the early goings of this intensely emotional confrontation.
Brie was, in time, able to capitalize on Stephanie’s overconfidence when she connected with a missile dropkick from the middle rope, a maneuver that brought the capacity crowd to its feet in a booming ovation. However, those cheers soon transformed to jeers when Triple H marched intently down the entrance ramp. The Authority would win the night, one way or another.
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