Nikki Bella was once the face of WWE’s Women’s Division and will always hold the record as the longest reigning Divas Champion, but she hasn’t stepped into the ring since Evolution back in October 2018 and announced earlier this year that she had decided to step away from the ring for good.
It was thought that The Bella Twins would be returning for one more match following the introduction of the Women’s Tag Team Championships back in February, but merely weeks later both women declared that their wrestling days were behind them.
Nikki Bella was recently backstage at Monday Night Raw but this was just to continue her ambassador duties, despite how much many fans wish that the former Champion would return for one more match. The Bella Twins were guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where Nikki was able to open up about her reasons for deciding to retire.
“For me, I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles, I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been OK. I feel like I needed to get a checkup before we went back for the tag titles. The results came back and I herniated the disc above where I had surgery, I have all this inflammation around the metal and then I have a cyst on my brain. So they were like, ‘you’re done, no more.’ So I didn’t get a choice, which sucks,” she said via WrestlingInc.
Bella went on to state that the door will never be completely closed on her wrestling career, which is the great thing about WWE.
“Having that comeback, filming Total Bellas, running three companies and then fighting Ronda Rousey and beating up my body… I just remember when we were sitting there on our 35th birthday. I just sat there and said to myself that I was done. I started thinking about my health and my age. I need to put more focus on my companies, so honestly, that was the reason why I retired. This is the thing about WWE though; the doors are truly never closed.”