The Total Bellas season 4 finale had a one two punch in store for Nikki Bella fans. The 35-year-old not only confirmed her relationship with Dancing with the Stars partner, Artem Chigvinstev, but she announced that she will be hanging up her belt and retiring from the wrestling ring.
“The [European] tour was good but I just feel like I’m too old for that travel. The travel was really, really rough,” Bella said on her reality show, “Total Bellas” “So, I realized, I was like, why am I doing this? I don’t feel good. I really am ready to hang up the jersey, like I can say it fully.”
When asked if she was done, the 2-time WWE champion responded, “Yeah.” And her sister Brie was right by her side to be supportive.
“You can hang ’em right next to mine,” Brie said. “We can hang up our boots together.”
The WWE wrestler went on to explain her decision. “Being on the European tour, I’ve had a lot of time to think. Just how my body feels, being away from my companies, how time consuming this is. It’s making me realize I’m ready to fold the jersey away and put it away. I’m ready to put the kicks aside and I’m ready to take Nikki Bella into a different direction.”
That direction seems to be toward Dancing with the Stars dancer Artem Chigvinstev. While the two have flirted and enjoyed a lunch or two, the season 4 finale has Nikki riding off into the sunset on a motorcycle with Artem.
“I’ve just been loving Los Angeles. I feel like the first time ever I’m focusing on me,” Nikki said. “It’s crazy. I never in my life would’ve thought that I would’ve had a lot in common with a Russian. I’m ready to really explore new things and people and just really see what certain chemistries are all about.”
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That’s when Nikki runs to Artem, puts on her motorcycle and the two ride off together. She took to Instagram after the show to post a photo of her an Artem as she plants a kiss on his cheek.
“Well after that season finale 😳 First thing I’ll be talking about this Wednesday… oh and all those paparazzi photos (thanks for all the great shots 🙄 and smashing my food 🙄 lol).”