The E! hit reality series Total Divas has made its long anticipated return and with even more drama than ever before. Seven of the shows most popular all-time Superstars return for the eighth season of the wrestling themed reality show.
Season eight features the return of Natalya who will endure the death of her father Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Naomi makes her return; but, will her re-commitment to her religious faith alienate the other women, who LOVE to party? The Bellas are back, as the two sisters make an in-ring return while managing family life and a striving business. Lana returns as she struggles to be noticed as much for her work in the ring as her husband Rusev is. Also returning is Nia Jax, who struggles with body image issues as well as anxiety. Paige also returns and after suffering a career-ending neck injury, struggles to adjust to life outside the wrestling ring.
The season 8 premiere set the world of social media afire and rightfully so. As the premiere episode unravelled, fans were left wanting more of the drama that was abundant in episode one. Readers will have to wait until next week for more; but, can delve into this episode's action right here. Join us as we take a look at the 5 things we learned from the season 8 premiere of Total Divas.
#5. Wardrobe Malfunctions Are A Thing In The WWE
No one will ever forget the most memorable wardrobe malfunction of all time. Pop icon Janet Jackson's embarrassing Super Bowl malfunction was so significant that it introduced the words "wardrobe malfunction" into popular vernacular.
The WWE isn't safe from such malfunctions. The world of wrestling is centred on exotic costumes that enhance the characters the WWE Superstars portray. They are absolutely integral to the wrestler's persona and storyline. Sometimes things don't go according to plan and, as Nia Jax discusses in episode one, the dire consequences of good intentions ensue.
As Nia Jax sat down for a meal with her Total Divas cast-mates, she revealed that she had an interesting and embarrassing wardrobe malfunction of her own. As Jax prepared for her WrestleMania 34 singles match against former best friend Alexa Bliss, her designed costume needed to be sent back for a more creative approach.
According to Jax, the costume showed a bit too much revealing an unsightly "camel toe" effect. Never fear wrestling fans. Jax sent the costume to be fixed by one of WWE's expert costume designers and she looked amazing for WrestleMania.
#4. The WrestleMania 34 Stress Really Got To Nia Jax
Nia Jax may have ultimately come away from WrestleMania 34 with the coveted RAW Women's Championship; but, it wasn't without effort or stress. Jax was visibly upset by an anxiety so pervasive that it caused the WWE Superstar to look physically ill,
"The closer I get to WrestleMania - I'm just freaking out!"
Jax repeatedly confided in her fellow Total Divas cast-mates about her anxiety; but, nothing seemed to help the RAW Superstar. Jax' stress was only made worse by her busyness, which caused some friction between her and current Smackdown GM Paige. Jax, due in part to being overbooked and in part to mismanaging her own busy schedule, was unable to keep her commitments to spend time with Paige ahead of WrestleMania 34. This only added to friction between the two, which in turn added more - you guessed it - stress.
#3. Natalya Is Too Good A Friend
Natalya Neidhart is a member of the beloved Hart dynasty. She is wrestling royalty and knows the wrestling business like no other Superstar on the WWE roster. She's also a loyal friend, especially to the Bella Twins whom Natalya has known for more than a decade.
With her pedigree, Natalya should have known better. After Brie Bella encouraged Natalya to promote Birdie Bee (the Bella Twins' clothing brand) via social media, Natalya took things to the extreme. She and Lana went into the WrestleMania 34 Birdie Bee shop after hours, which drew the attention of security. After getting the A-OK and posing for pictures with security, Lana filmed Natalya wearing Birdie Bee gear. The video was to be posted on Instagram in promotion of The Bellas' Birdie Bee brand.
While many might be thinking that Natalya is an amazing friend, readers may want reserve judgment until finding out about what comes next. Like a crooked carnival barker, Natalya began issuing false statements about a Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Daniel Bryan autograph session at Birdie Bee. The session was never planned and Natalya only made the statement to draw fans, who would undoubtedly be disappointed to wait in line for WWE Superstars that would never actually come.
Despite Lana's warnings, Natalya went further. She drew up fliers and hit Bourbon Street, engaging with numerous fans as they passed. Natalya continued to promise fans that they would meet the Bella trio if they visited Birdie Bee during WrestleMania week.
While signing autographs at WrestleMania Axxess, The Bella Twins were met by numerous fans who told them they looked forward to meeting them (and Daniel Bryan) at Birdie Bee. This drew the ire of the twins, who caught up with Natalya to promptly scold her for false advertising.
#2. Naomi Is Extremely Religious
Former dancer and Orlando Magic cheerleader, Naomi, has found Jesus. She made it abundantly clear on the premiere episode of Total Divas season eight. When she and her cast-mates went on an alligator swamp tour in New Orleans, Paige revealed a fascination with the occult and Naomi was visibly taken aback. She expressed her distaste for such things and said,
"If it isn't God or Jesus, I want nothing to do with it."
That didn't stop Paige from pestering. As Naomi was visibly frightened by a psychic near Jackson Square, Paige physically pulled her friend toward the woman. Naomi pulled away and inevitably ended up calling the psychic a "bitch."
Later in the episode, as Paige met with a voodoo practitioner, Naomi refused to leave the vehicle and instead rolled up the windows, as she repeatedly expressed her displeasure with herself.
#1. Paige Would Do Anything To Get Back In The Ring
Total Divas season 8 began in heartbreaking fashion for the returning Paige. The current Smackdown general manager revealed that she had suffered a career-ending injury and was forced to retire in the same city she debuted in (New Orleans) the day after WrestleMania.
Paige appeared desperate to heal her career-ending neck injury. In a last-ditch effort to return to doing what she loves, she turned to the occult. Paige visited a voodoo practitioner, who designed a voodoo doll in Paige's image. Paige had hoped that the doll would inevitably lead to a complete healing of her injury.
An emotional Paige stated,
Wrestling's been my life - literally been my life, since I've been in the womb....everything's been taken away from me right now.
When her overtly dogmatic friend Naomi was withholding her support for Paige's newfound fascination with the occult Paige vented,
"I've prayed to her God and it doesn't do anything for me."
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