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10 Total Divas arguments you might not know about

Maryse and Alexa Bliss (left); Tamina and Carmella (right)
Maryse and Alexa Bliss (left); Tamina and Carmella (right)
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Total Divas gives WWE fans an insight into the lives of the company’s female Superstars outside of their on-screen characters.

Since the E! reality series began in 2013, over 15 women from WWE have appeared on the show as cast members, while a spin-off series – Total Bellas, starring Brie Bella and Nikki Bella – debuted in 2016.

As is often the case with reality television, some of the most memorable Total Divas moments have revolved around disagreements between the stars of the show, with almost every cast member getting involved in a heated row at least once.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at 10 arguments from Total Divas that you might not know about.


#10 Eva Marie and her Total Divas colleagues (Total Divas Season 4)

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Eva Marie was involved in a backstage exchange with the rest of the Total Divas cast on Season 4 of the reality series.

Nowadays, WWE’s stars of the future usually train at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for a lengthy period of time before making their first televised appearances in NXT.

Eva Marie, however, proved an exception to the rule, as she worked out with a personal trainer in Los Angeles whilst also featuring as an on-screen character on RAW and SmackDown.

This was brought up in an argument with several of her Total Divas colleagues, including Paige.

“I think it’s ridiculous that you don’t have to go back down to NXT and you have your own personal trainer in L.A. That’s lazy.”

Eva Marie hit back by saying WWE’s women’s division should be empowering each other, prompting Brie Bella to question why “All Red Everything” posted cryptic digs at her fellow Total Divas on social media.

“You sit there and look all of us in the eyes who have given everything to this company and say we are tearing you down? No, Eva Marie, you are tearing down our division because you absolutely s**k at wrestling.”

The argument ended with Eva Marie sarcastically telling her Total Divas co-workers that it was “awesome” to hear what they had to say. Then, in a plot twist you probably didn’t see coming, Paul Heyman entered the shot just as Eva walked away!

#9 Carmella and Nia Jax (Total Divas Season 9)

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The ninth season of Total Divas told an ongoing story about the animosity between Carmella and Nia Jax.

On the day of the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble, Jax called Carmella “fake” and “not authentic” during a conversation that the two women had alongside Tamina in the backstage area.

“I just, I don’t know, for some reason I don’t find any genuineness in you, so I don’t really like being around you. I feel like you’re really fake and not authentic, so I just have a hard time being around you.”

Carmella immediately became emotional and said she has never been described as “fake” by anyone in her life.

In a separate Total Divas episode, Jax also took a dig at the former SmackDown Women’s Champion for being too safe as an in-ring performer.

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As you can see above, one month after those scathing remarks, another Total Divas episode aired which showed Jax admitting that her comments to Carmella were uncalled for.

“The Irresistible Force” said she did not want to make excuses but she had been struggling for a long time with knee injuries, which changed who she was as a person.

#8 Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey (Total Divas Season 9)

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As well as Carmella, Nia Jax also had issues with Ronda Rousey in the ninth season of Total Divas.

Rousey, a newcomer to the Total Divas cast, turned heel towards the end of her one-year run with WWE and began to criticize the sports entertainment industry in promos and on social media.

Following one of Rousey’s brawls with Becky Lynch on RAW, Total Divas cameras captured Jax saying, “That’s, like, disrespectful, though,” to the UFC Hall of Famer backstage. Rousey, who was joking around with Natalya at the time, ran after Jax and could not understand why she was so upset.

“Nia comes at me and she’s all heated and mad, but I’m not here to be liked. I’m here to entertain and I really don’t think I deserve to have anybody come at me like that.”

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Just like the Carmella situation, Nia Jax apologized to Rousey and blamed it on her being “super heated” that night.

Jax added that, although she respects the former MMA star, she found it difficult accepting her because other female Superstars have struggled to gain recognition in WWE, whereas Rousey made it to the top straight away.

#7 Cameron and Naomi (Total Divas Season 3)

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Minor disagreements between Cameron and Naomi were common in the first two seasons of Total Divas, but Season 3 is where the working relationship between the former Funkadactyls began to unravel.

Cameron decided in 2014 that she wanted to go back to NXT to hone her skills as an in-ring competitor. However, her tag team partner, Naomi, was not happy that she was not consulted.

“Are you seriously going back down to NXT? And you made that decision all on your own and didn’t consider me at all in making that decision? Because you know that splits us up, right?”

Cameron ended up returning to NXT in 2015 before leaving WWE and Total Divas in 2016, while Naomi went on to become a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion in 2017 and a Total Divas cast member for another five seasons.

The backstage argument ended with Naomi saying that her priority had always been The Funkadactyls, but she was prepared to focus on herself if Cameron wanted to have a singles career.

#6 Cameron and Paige (Total Divas Season 4)

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Following on from Cameron’s NXT return in Season 3 of Total Divas, she trained with fellow cast member Paige at the Performance Center in Season 4.

As future main-roster Superstars Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Liv Morgan watched on, Paige questioned Cameron’s in-ring ability and accused her of being too dangerous whilst trying to execute a headlock.

“At this point, I’m really beginning to get p****d off. Like, this is my career that she could possibly be ending right now because she s**ks at wrestling.”

The scene ended with NXT coach Sara Amato stepping in to separate the Total Divas colleagues after Paige grabbed Cameron’s hair during a training drill.

Prior to this episode of Total Divas being filmed in 2015, the two women had gone one-on-one on four occasions on WWE television, with Paige picking up a quick victory every time.

Cameron rejoined the NXT roster in October 2015 before leaving the black and gold brand in January 2016. Four months later, she received her release from WWE.

#5 Maryse and Nia Jax (Total Divas Season 7)

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As you might have noticed throughout this article, many of the Total Divas arguments in recent seasons have revolved around Nia Jax.

In 2017, the former RAW Women’s Champion told Maryse and Alexa Bliss that she was stressing out about competing against five opponents in a gauntlet match later in the night.

Jax then turned to Maryse and asked if she had ever taken part in a gauntlet match, which prompted the two-time Divas Champion to reply, “You’re kidding me, right?”

Maryse thought Jax had asked her if she knew what a gauntlet match was, causing a 60-second argument between the Total Divas cast members before Jax walked away.

“I mean, come on. It’s like asking me how many wheels go onto a car. It’s like ridiculous. I’ve been here over a decade, so I think a little respect would be great.”

Maryse went on to tell Bliss, who remained silent throughout the entire argument, that Jax is “the most disrespectful person I have ever met in wrestling”.

#4 Brie Bella and Nikki Bella (Total Divas Season 1)

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Brie Bella and Nikki Bella bickering on Total Divas and Total Bellas is nothing new, but it was impossible to put together a list of 10 Total Divas arguments without at least one bust-up between The Bellas.

In the Total Divas clip above, Natalya told the rest of her cast members about one of her pets dying. The conversation then turned to Nikki asking if Brie would get her stuffed if she died, to which Brie replied, “Absolutely not.”

This scene was shot at a time when Brie had been on the road with WWE for three weeks, while Nikki had been out of the ring due to two stress fractures.

Brie did not have much sympathy for Nikki’s injury problems, though, describing her sister’s time out of the ring as a “vacation”.

“I really don’t think Nikki understands how hard it’s been on me to keep The Bellas brand alive while she’s been on this mini vacation.”

Nikki hit back by claiming that Brie was nervous ahead of her return because she is the better athlete out of the two twins.

#3 Natalya and Sonya Deville (Total Divas Season 9)

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While the majority of Total Divas cast members have won titles in NXT or on the main roster, Sonya Deville had never been a Women’s Champion in WWE when the ninth season of Total Divas began.

In one heated exchange with Natalya, Deville accused her Total Divas co-worker of constantly talking about Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose and Carmella as possible Women’s Champions. However, according to Deville, Natalya never included her in the conversation.

“Every time we talk about the title picture, you literally… ‘I can see Liv with the title, I can see Mandy with the title, I can see Carmella with the title.’ It’s like you can never see Sonya with the title... No, no, no. It’s just, you’ve literally said this to me five or six times.”

Natalya said Deville was overthinking and questioned why the former Fire & Desire member brought her girlfriend, Arianna, on a trip to Hawaii that was supposed to only consist of WWE Superstars who competed at WrestleMania 35.

#2 Nia Jax and Paige (Total Divas Season 8)

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Nia Jax competed in one of the biggest matches of her career at WrestleMania 34 when she defeated Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship, but there was still enough time in the busy ‘Mania weekend for some Total Divas drama.

Paige wanted to hang out with her fellow Total Divas cast member and do a cemetery photo shoot in New Orleans, but Jax explained that she was busy and it was not her fault that she had a match that weekend.

At the time, Paige had been told that she could no longer wrestle but she had not yet made the news public. She responded to Jax’s comment by implying that her Total Divas colleague did not want to be friends due to her in-ring status.

“Now, you see, that is the exact problem that I’m talking about. I can see now who my real friends are. You don’t want to be my friend because I can’t wrestle anymore. I get it.”

Paige was part of the commentary team for the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34 and announced her in-ring retirement one night later on RAW.

#1 Carmella and Lana (Total Divas Season 7)

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During the seventh season of Total Divas, Lana tried to address a comment that Natalya made about her trying to get Carmella removed from WWE’s live event cards.

“The Ravishing Russian” pulled Carmella to one side and claimed that Natalya was lying and she would never purposely want her Total Divas colleague to miss live events. She did, however, acknowledge that she may have mentioned that Carmella only skips around the ring and cuts promos.

Carmella explained that she needed to be on live events because she had only been on WWE’s main roster for one year at that point. She also warned Lana, “I don’t play games, I win them… I win them.”

Lana, needless to say, was not too impressed by Carmella’s response.

“Let me make this very, very clear. I am very pro-active with my career, I am very ambitious with my career, and I will do what I need to do to get on there [live events]. I will not pull you down but if you ever blame me again for ever trying to take you off a live event, we’re going to have a serious problem.”

The scene ended with Lana walking away after failing to resolve the issue.

Edited by Amar Anand

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