The Bella Twins were backstage at Raw while WWE was in Los Angeles this past Monday (June 17), and that may have gotten some fans thinking about a comeback. Nikki & Brie themselves were teasing a run at the Women’s Tag titles shortly after they announced their retirement on their reality show, Total Bellas.
Alas, it’s not to be. As Nikki revealed during the sisters’ appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Weds., June 19, doctors won’t allow her to work in the ring:
“I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles and you know I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery it hasn’t been okay. So I feel like I needed to get that check-up before we went back for the tag titles. And it came back, I herniated the disc above where I had surgery, I have all this inflammation around the metal, and I have a cyst on my brain. So they were like, ‘you’re done, no more, you’re out.’”
Fallon doesn’t ask any follow-up questions, and Nikki doesn’t specify if this was her personal doctors or WWE’s team, if she’s undergoing treatment for the issues or if additional surgery is required. But she is under doctor’s care, and hopefully that means anything that needs to be done is being addressed. They’re keeping her out of the ring for her own safety, and that’s a good thing.
WWE would have loved to have the high-profile Superstars back for a run, and while their detractors will hate to admit it, Nikki and Brie would have raised the profile of the Women’s Tag titles.
Now everyone will just have to settle for arguing about the inevitable Hall of Fame nod.