Two time Diva’s WWE Champion, Nikki Bella, not only confirmed her relationship with Dancing with the Stars partner, Artem Chigvinstev, but she announced that she will be hanging up her belt and retiring from the wrestling ring.
Nikki Bella bid goodbye to her very successful WWE career on the season finale of her reality show ‘Total Bellas’. Nikki, who had bounced back from a career-threatening neck injury back in 2015 has confirmed that this is the end to her 12-year-old wrestling career.
“The [European] tour was good but I just feel like I’m too old for that travel. The travel was really, really rough,” Bella said on her reality show, “Total Bellas” “So, I realized, I was like, why am I doing this? I don’t feel good. I really am ready to hang up the jersey, like I can say it fully.”
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When asked if she was done, the 2-time WWE champion responded, “Yeah.” And her sister Brie was right by her side to be supportive.
“You can hang ’em right next to mine,” Brie said. “We can hang up our boots together.” The WWE wrestler went on to explain her decision. “Being on the European tour, I’ve had a lot of time to think. Just how my body feels, being away from my companies, how time consuming this is. It’s making me realize I’m ready to fold the jersey away and put it away. I’m ready to put the kicks aside and I’m ready to take Nikki Bella into a different direction.”