On the very first episode of The Bellas Podcast, Nikki Bella went into detail about her retirement, breaking down the real reason she has hung up her boots. Below are some highlights with a H/T to ProWrestlingSheet.com for the transcriptions.
On why she retired:
“Something we really couldn’t air on Total Bellas is that people didn’t realize how hard my comeback was for me to go back to a place that I called home and met the love of my life.”
She continued, “[…] when they showed you that I made the decision [to retire]because I couldn’t hang with the girls in the ring anymore, what they also don’t air—because they never want me to talk about my neck—is … it’s because of my neck.”
On being in a similar situation to Paige:
“You saw what happened to Paige,” Nikki said. “Paige and I have the same hardware. So if I was to get kicked in the back of the head, I would get paralyzed too or even worse.”