In her new book, “Incomparable,” Nikki Bella discusses in detail what her neck issues are and how those issues started.
She recalled that her neck issues started in 2015 when she was thrown into steel stairs during a match and she says the stairs were supposed to be left unattached to the ring post but the crew put a steel bar in between the steps and they forgot to tell her and her opponent.
Nikki says that she has an extreme herniation that stopped spinal fluid from reaching her C6 and C7 vertebrae and a piece was about to push into her spinal cord. That could have resulted in paralysis or death.
Nikki noted that as time passed, her legs would start to go numb and sometimes they would feel like they would collapse under her as she walked. It was July 2015 in Australia when she knew that her neck issues were serious and she stood in the bathroom crying for two hours because of the pain.
Nikki recalled going to the doctor because her hands were feeling numb and being told that she was likely just tired and run down because of the abuse she was putting her body through.
Nikki wrote, “I asked for an MRI, but they told me that it wouldn’t show anything. They had no answer when I explained that my legs were going numb and giving out on me in matches, that I could only lie down in bed for a few hours at a time. Finally I had an MRI. I was in Austin, Texas, and I was backstage. A doctor came up to me to say: ‘Just so you know, we’re not going to find anything.’ I would have given anything for that to be true.”
Nikki says she eventually got an MRI done after she texted the WWE office: “Is it because I’m a woman that I don’t get the same treatment as the male Superstars?”
Nikki said she went back home to Tampa to get an epidural and was told that she was on the “cusp of being paralyzed.” She added, “I was really frustrated because I felt like if I were a male Superstar, I’d be getting radically different treatment instead of being instructed to just sit at home and pray.”
In January 2006, Nikki underwent surgery and that meant that her full-time wrestling career was over. She went on to wrestle a couple of times after the surgery with her last televised match taking place at the Evolution pay-per-view in 2018.
“Incomparable” is available now on Amazone and wherever books are sold.
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