In light of the controversial conclusion of last week’s Divas Championship Match, Nikki Bella will defend her title against Paige this Sunday at Money in the Bank. The Diva of Tomorrow claims that Nikki and her sister Brie are holding the entire Divas division back. Whether she can dethrone the established order, however, remains to be seen.
The Bellas went into their bag of tricks on the June 1 edition of Monday Night Raw, when Nikki successfully defended her title against Paige utilizing Twin Magic against the Anti-Diva. In response, the disgruntled challenger voiced her distain for the twin siblings’ actions on SmackDown, accusing them of hogging the spotlight for themselves since coming to WWE – in contrast to the current #givedivasachance initiative.
Paige is no stranger to The Bellas’ antics. At WWE Elimination Chamber, she (and Naomi) fell short against Nikki in a Divas Championship Triple Threat Match. Before that, she and AJ Lee bested The Bellas at WrestleMania 31.
Despite being able to hold onto the butterfly-emblazoned championship, Nikki can’t afford to take Paige lightly. In her relatively short time in WWE, The former two-time Divas Champion has proven she is more than capable of conquering any opposition thrown her way. She has promised to change the Divas division, and she has the potential to do just that. That said, Nikki won’t make it easy on her.
The Bella Twins have described themselves as the Diva standard bearers of WWE and for good reason. Multiple-time Slammy Award winners, Divas Title holders and stars of E!’s award-nominated “Total Divas,” it’s arguable that Nikki and Brie have made their mark in WWE history unlike any women before them. Since winning her second Divas Title at Survivor Series 2014, Nikki has taken on all challengers (by hook or crook). Like her or love her, there is no arguing that the star of “Total Divas” has scratched, clawed and fought to earn her place on the mountain top.
Will Paige overcome Nikki at WWE Money in the Bank? Find out live this Sunday at 8 p.m./5 p.m. PT on the award-winning WWE Network.