In 2016 Nikki Bella found out that she had a possible career-ending neck injury. She was on top of the world inside the WWE, but something was wrong. Nikki told “Dancing With the Stars,” “I started to notice that my feet would go numb and that’s when I knew– oh my gosh, something’s wrong with me. I found out that my neck is about to break in half. It was like someone tore everything out of me. I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared in my entire life.”
From there, Nikki lifted weights and worked out wearing a really intense neck brace before returning to the WWE as the ultimate Total Diva. Nikki also got engaged to WWE Superstar John Cena in the last year, but she didn’t have to go to rehab for that.
This week’s “Dancing With the Stars” episode was dedicated to the star’s most memorable years and everything they have overcome to get to where they are now.
Nikki’s contemporary dance to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” was set inside a wrestling ring with partner Artem Chigvintsev, where she was able to show off her strength and stability, but also her vulnerability and beauty.
The performance, of course, brought her twin sister Brie to tears.