Just days after news broke that her last doctor's visit did not go well, Nikki Bella underwent spinal fusion surgery today (Jan. 27) to correct the herniated disc in her neck.
WWE.com caught up with the longest reigning Divas champ in history as she prepared for the operation. Bella seems to be in good spirits; discussing the plate and screws which will be surgically implanted during the procedure, she joked, "I will officially be The Bionic Woman: Unstoppable and unbreakable."
She acknowledges there's a long and uncertain road ahead of her, however:
I'm going to have to be in a neck brace for three months. I won't be able to travel and during those three months, we'll start to see if the bone is accepting the fusion [with X-rays], but I will not be able to set foot in a wrestling ring for six months.
Nikki's family and loved ones have been Tweeting pictures and well-wishes pre-op:
Showing our love and support!!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nhwAyZjV2T— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) January 27, 2016
What a strong woman! That smile makes me melt. Asking u to keep @BellaTwins in your thoughts 2day #StayFearless pic.twitter.com/UAugKbbJYk— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 27, 2016
And sent out news as soon as the Fearless One was out of the operating room!
Great news #BellaArmy Nikki's surgery was successful she is sleeping soundly as we speak! Thank you all for your support! #FearlessNikki— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) January 27, 2016
We'll keep you posted on how her rehabilitation goes - even the parts that don't make Total Divas. For now, join us in sending Nik some positive vibes as she moves on to the next step of the process.