Back in March on an episode of Total Bellas, former Divas Champion Nikki Bella officially announced her retirement from professional wrestling. The announcement came somewhat as a surprise, as the idea of The Bella Twins making a return at some point to challenge for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships seemed like a no-brainer. But as she explained in an interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this week, there was actually a medical reason behind Bella's retirment.
"For me, I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles," Bella said. "I've always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn't been okay. 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."
Bella's last televised match took place a the all-women's Evolution pay-per-view back in October 2018. She then went on to perform at a handful of live events, the last of which was on Nov. 9.
"When I came back to wrestle for WWE Evolution storyline, and we didn't get a chance to discuss it in detail on Total Bellas, but it was really hard on me because of having a breakup," Bella said. "I felt like I went back way too soon, and every week I was so depressed and miserable, and every time I entered that arena I had to force a smile on my face," stated Nikki. "I was just so sad because the person that was the love of my life [John Cena]... that was my home, that was where we started, so I was actually happy that we became heels because then I didn't have to put that forced smile on my face and I could act like a b--, you know what I mean?"
"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," she continued. "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."