As we inch ever-closer to the series premiere of Total Bellas, the good news keeps on coming: Principal cast member (and also professional wrestler) Nikki Bella is officially back in a WWE ring, shaking off the ring rust. Bella has been off WWE TV since November 2015 due to injuries, and she underwent successful neck surgery in January. After a long stint of rehab, she was cleared to return to the ring earlier this month and has since decamped to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.
Lo and behold, who did she run into down there but former NXT women’s champion Bayley, fresh off her surprise appearance at Battleground. Bella posted a video of herself working out with Bayley in the Performance Center, and while we might only get to see the former Divas champ take a standard back bump, it’s a huge improvement from last March, when she was being told that a single bump could end her career.
Of course, this video doesn’t give a whole lot of context as to when we might expect Nikki Bella to be back on live TV, whether it’s Raw or Smackdown, but whenever she does pop up, she’ll have a new finishing move in tow, having retired the Rack Attack due to the role it played in her neck injury. Considering there have been reports of new Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan helping her figure out a new finisher and her near-husband John Cena has recently moved to Tuesday nights, the odds seem pretty dang high we’ll see a Bellabration on Smackdown Live before we know it.