WWE Total Divas Season 5 Premiere: Love Triangle

Scott Fishman

The love triangle between Nikki Bella, Dolph Ziggler and John Cena takes center stage on the Season 5 premiere of E!’s Total Divas.

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The WWE reality series picked up where we left off — with Ziggler trying to make a move on Nikki. The former flame’s advances are met with a slap to the face. Nikki walks off to tell her sister Brie and, eventually, Paige. They believe it’s best to tell John what happened.

total-divas-recap-1Paige herself has some confessing to do when it comes to her engagement to Kevin Skaff. She isn’t ready to have a ring on it, but has yet to tell him.

Kevin’s parents are coming in for a visit, and the “A Day to Remember” rocker is ready to plan a wedding. Luckily for Paige, she has a bit more time to think about how she wants to tell him that she doesn’t want to get married. That’s because the WWE crew is headed to Japan for events.

Absent from the trip was Brie Bella who wants to get her husband Daniel Bryan thinking about life after pro wrestling, but Bryan is still waiting to see if he can be cleared by doctors. Brie brings Bryan to a meeting with her Experience Local business partners in hopes of getting him on board with the project. Bryan isn’t ready to leave his career in the ring just yet and feels Brie is forcing him into something he doesn’t want to do.

The two eventually talk, and Brie says she supports Bryan no matter what. They end their productive conversation like all couples do … with a wrestling match, Josie serving as special ref. Natalya is in a similar boat with Tyson Kidd, who is facing serious neck surgery and a long road back to competition.

Paige is enjoying the sights of Japan including a stop at a cat café (my own worst nightmare). She also goes with Nikki to get a fish pedicure (As weird as it sounds!). Dolph crashes the spa day … or so we think.

Paige actually invited the “Show Off,” hoping to serve as mediator for the whole situation. She felt the hostility, but nothing is really resolved. Dolph offered to tell John himself, but Nikki doesn’t want to upset the workplace with the potential drama. She wants to do it.


Paige flies home to Florida and is picked up at the airport by Kevin. During the car ride home, Kevin notices Paige isn’t wearing her engagement ring. She takes it from her bag and puts it on. Kevin wants to talk wedding venues, but all Paige wants to do is get some sleep after the long flight. Paige’s mom calls, angry that she didn’t find out about her daughter’s engagement directly from her. Paige can’t take it anymore and says to Kevin she doesn’t want to get married right now. She didn’t tell him for fear of losing him. Kevin takes the news in stride and they plan to stay together, moving forward. Love remains in the air.

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After watching Dolph and John compete together in a tag match, Nikki believes she has to talk to him later in the evening. The couple sat down for dinner. Nikki comes clean about what happened. Instead of freaking out and storming off in a jealous rage to look for Dolph, John remains calm and cool, leaving Nikki caught off guard by John’s reaction — or lack thereof. We, too, are left wondering what’s next for these two.

A solid start for Total Divas if you are a fan of the WWE reality show. Paige in the cat café. Paige, Nikki and Dolph getting fish pedicures. Both hilarious sights. And I missed Nattie’s one-liners. We have to wait a little longer to see new addition Amanda, as well as Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie and Alicia Fox (Although she did FaceTime with Paige from Japan.) So there is a lot of memes to look forward to as the season progresses.


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