Nikki Bella Announces Retirement From Wrestling
WWE's Nikki Bella has announced her retirement after 12 years in the ring.
Thirty-five-year-old Nikki's announcement comes just a couple of weeks after twin sister Brie revealed she would be stepping away from the sport.
Speaking to her family on the season finale of her reality TV show Total Bellas, Nikki, real name Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, said: "The [European] tour was good but I feel like I'm too old for the travel, the travel was really rough.
"I was like, why am I doing this? I don't feel good. The girls are doing amazing things over there.
"I really am ready to hang up the jersey, I can say it fully."
Nikki is expected to now concentrate on her business interests outside of wrestling including her clothing label.
She added: "So, I asked, 'why am I doing this anymore?'.
"Being on the European tour, I've had a lot of time to think. Just how my body feels, being away from my company, how time consuming this is.
"I'm ready to put the kicks aside and I'm ready too take Nikki Bella into a different direction."
Teasing fans of her big news prior to the show airing, the official Nikki and Brie Twitter account posted:
Hope you enjoyed the season finale of @Total_Bellas :dancers:♀️ We have a special announcement for you all!!.... #TotalBellas
- Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) March 25, 2019
The sister have also launched their own podcast.
Nikki's last ever televised match was her defeat to Raw champ Ronda Rousey at Evolution last October.
Sister Brie previously announced her own retirement from the ring, saying: "So I decided after Evolution, I'm going to be fully retired. Fully done and that Bryan and I are looking for a house in Phoenix because we're moving back."
And despite now stepping back herself, Nikki seemed pretty taken aback at first, saying: "I'm a bit shocked right now hearing Brie say that she's going to retire and move to Phoenix.
"Like, talk about dropping two huge bombs. I guess retirement, I always thought that'd be something Brie and I would talk about together. I just did not expect this big change after such an incredible comeback."
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