Former WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella announced that she would be retiring from in-ring competition on the season finale of Total Bellas that aired this past Sunday night on the E! Network.
During the debut episode of their new podcast, The Bellas Podcast, Nikki gave some more details as to why she came to this decision. This is where she noted that although she wasn’t allowed to talk about the real reason due to corporate decision, part of the reason is due to her neck that has been bothering her for years despite getting neck surgery.
“Something we really couldn’t air on Total Bellas is that people didn’t realize how hard my comeback was for me to go back to a place that I called home and met the love of my life.”
Brie, who co-hosts the show, mentioned how her sister had been crying in the locker room every week. However, the cameras didn’t show it. “And we weren’t allowed to,” Nikki added
Nikki continued, “When they showed you that I made the decision [to retire] because I couldn’t hang with the girls in the ring anymore, what they also don’t air—because they never want me to talk about my neck—is … it’s because of my neck.”
“You saw what happened to Paige,” Nikki said. “Paige and I have the same hardware. So if I was to get kicked in the back of the head, I would get paralyzed too or even worse.”
H/T to ProWrestlingSheet.com for the transcription.