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After 12 Years Nikki Bella Announces Retirement From WWE

Nikki Bella, a WWE icon who has been part of the entertainment company for 12 years has now announced her retirement from the ring.

The WWE Divas Champion, 35, is said to be stepping back as her body can no longer take the strain of the travel which comes with professional wrestling.

It’s reported that Nikki, also known as Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, decided this was the best move for her during a recent tour in Europe, joining her twin sister Brie who retired earlier this month.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: Nikki Bella and Brie Bella attend the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Nikki put out a statement via The New York Post confirming her retirement plans during the season finale of her reality show, Total Bellas, stating:

“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 continued:

“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.”

“It’s making me realize I am ready to fold the jersey and put it away. I’m ready to put the kicks aside and I’m ready to take Nikki Bella into a different direction.”

This isn’t the last we will hear of Nikki, as it’s been reported she is expected to pursue various business endeavors, including her fashion brand and wine label.

Twin sister Brie was quick to offer support, telling Nikki she could hang her WWE jersey up ‘right next to mine’.

With the departure of the WWE Diva, fans have posted on social media their admiration for Nikki, who along with Brie has left an impressive legacy.

One wrestling fan tweeted:

“Thank you Nikki Bella for everything you did. Whether your a Stan or hater you can’t deny she brought so many news eyes to the division and created her own revolution. I hope she comes back but if not, glad she got to end her career in the main event of Evolution. #ThankYouNikki”

It was in 2007 when Nikki joined WWE and she made her debut on SmackDown in November 2008.

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