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Nikki Bella's Career Highlights

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By Carol Cassada

A pregnant Nikki Bella is finding ways to keep herself busy as she and her fiance Artem Chigvintsev are quarantined during the coronavirus outbreak.

The star posted an Instagram photo showing off her baby bump in her old ring gear.

Next week was supposed to be a big moment for Nikki and her sister Brie as they were to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

But with all wrestling events cancelled at the moment, it looks like fans won't get to see The Bella Twins' induction.

However, Nikki is lightening the mood with a photo of her ring gear.

As Nikki reflects on her career, let's take at some highlight from her days in WWE.

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WWE Debut

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The Bellas signed with WWE in the summer of 2007, and a year later they were making their main roster debut on Smackdown.

Actually, Brie was the one who made her debut, Nikki would be shown later on.

The girls first feud was with Victoria and Natalya. During the course of the match, Nikki and Brie would work their twin magic.

Brie would crawl under the ring, and Nikki would escape on the other side. Nikki would take Brie's place, and sneak out a win.

Eventually, their secret was revealed and the twins would go on to have successful careers as a team and as singles competitors.

Championship Reign


The Divas Championship was one of the top women's titles in WWE.

Both Nikki and Brie were lucky to hold the championship.

Nikki's first title win came in April 2012 when she beat Beth Phoenix. However, Nikki's reign would be cut short less than a week later when she lost to Layla.

In November 2014, Nikki won the championship for a second time when she pinned AJ Lee at the Survivor Series PPV.

This time Nikki's title reign would last much longer.

With the help of Brie, Nikki managed to defeat all of her challengers.

However, her luck ran out in September 2015 when Charlotte Flair beat her to become the new champion.

Nikki's reign ended at 301 days, making her the longest-reigning Divas Champion of all time.

Return from injury


Following her championship loss to Charlotte in September 2015, Nikki Bella took a break from wrestling.

She underwent surgery for a neck injury and was out of action for almost a year.

Fans wondered if they'd ever see Nikki back in the squared circle.

In August 2016, she made a surprise return at SummerSlam when she teamed with Natalya and Alexa Bliss to take on Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi.

Nikki would then be drafted to Smackdown, and eventually team with her ex-fiance John Cena in a Wrestlemania match against The Miz and Maryse.

Match with Ronda Rousey


After Wrestlemania 33, Nikki would take another break from wrestling.

But in 2018 she would return again.

Their onscreen storyline saw Nikki and Brie becoming friends with the new RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey.

However, eventually Nikki would turn heel by attacking Ronda.

Their rivalry would lead to a match at WWE's all women PPV Evolution, where Nikki would challenge Ronda for the women's title.

Nikki put up a good fight, and despite having help from Brie, she was no match for the former MMA fighter.

Nikki versus Ronda was a dream match for fans, who at the time didn't realize it'd be Nikki's last fight.

A few months later, Nikki announced she was retiring after doctors discovered a cyst on her brain.

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