Former WWE Divas champion Nikki Bella is dealing with a neck injury that will require surgery, and it is uncertain if she will be able to return to action.
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Nikki Comments on Injury
Monday, Jan. 25
Nikki discussed the injury in an interview with EOnline.com's Jess Cohen:
I have basically a broken neck, a pretty bad herniated disk. What makes mine a little bit [more] difficult than most people is that I have some disk behind my vertebrae so with a lot of prayers we're gonna pray that the doctors can get the piece behind my vertebrae with just a bone fusion.
There is a potential that this is career-ending. We will only know that when I get out of surgery on Wednesday and then basically how the bone heals Wednesday. So that's been tough but I truly have such hope that I will get to compete in that ring another day, I really do.
She also noted that the injury may have been caused by her finishing move, the Rack Attack:
For now the Rack Attack will be officially retired. I've been told by doctors to never do that again so we do feel that because my injury is in such a unique place in my spine we do feel that it could've come [from] the Rack Attack so the girls in the future better watch out for my killer forearm because I might not be hitting them with the Rack Attack but I'll definitely be hitting them with that forearm.
Injury Sidelines Nikki After Making Progress as In-Ring Performer
This is a huge blow for the Divas division. Nikki, the longest-reigning Divas champion in history, was getting better as the months went on, though she lost the title to Charlotte at Night of Champions.
Whenever Nikki returns to WWE, a Nikki-Charlotte feud would be interesting. Charlotte has turned heel since winning the title with Ric Flair in her corner, opening up feuds with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, creating an opportunity to push the Divas division forward.