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WWE announces former Champion is ‘temporarily hanging up’ her boots

WWE officially announced that Nikki Bella will be joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars stating that she is “temporarily hanging up her wrestling boots for ballroom dancing”.

It was rumored that the former WWE Diva’s Champion will be joining the Dancing Show for a while and now the company has confirmed her appearance by posting a statement regarding it on their official website

After the announcement, Mr. McMahon also congratulated the former Champion via a tweet saying that she’ll be ‘just as fearless’ on the dance floor:

Though it’s worth noting here that Nikki has already been out of action since her WrestleMania match with John Cena against the Miz and Maryse so her appearance on the show is not expected to affect storylines on the main WWE Programming in any way.

The full Statement released by WWE can be seen below:

Nikki Bella is temporarily hanging up her wrestling boots for ballroom dancing shoes as she officially joins the celebrity competitors on Season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Fearless Nikki will waltz into the ballroom with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev, who will also be dancing for his first Mirror Ball Trophy. The official cast announcement was made Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”

While Artem assured “GMA” hosts that he hasn’t experienced a Bella Buster yet, Nikki hasn’t ruled it out.

“I try to fight him every rehearsal,” Nikki joked.

The show premieres Monday, Sept. 18, at 8/7 C on ABC.

Brie Bella revealed on The Bella Twins YouTube Channel that she and the Bella Family will be in attendance for the live premiere on Sept. 18 in Hollywood.

The Season 25 celebrity cast also includes former NFL star Terrell Owens, Barbara Corcoran of “Shark Tank,” actor Frankie Muniz, and married entertainment personalities Nick and Vanessa Lachey.

The Bella Twin is the third WWE Superstar to cha-cha into the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom. Chris Jericho competed in Season 12 in 2011 and was eliminated fifth out of 11 contestants. Stacy Keibler competed in Season 2 in 2006 and placed third.

Stay tuned to WWE.com for complete coverage of Nikki on “Dancing with the Stars.”


  • Vadé Hanson

    Former champion hanging up boots, then it says Nikki Bella. ;(

  • Will Henderson

    man, talk about a click-bait title, i guess “Nikki Bella officially announced to compete on the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars” was not a very click friendly advertising type of title, so they went with the most click-bait friendly title.

    but seriously, i wish Nikki the best of luck with on Dancing With The Stars and i hope she wins the mirrorball trophy, but i won’t watch the actual show, cause WWE Raw, but i’lll see the highlights elsewhere.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Thank god for that

  • CC

    Temporarily hanging up her boots? She has not wrestled for months anyway, so her boots were hung up the moment she got injured.
    To be honest though, the more time she is out of the ring and other girls get a shot at the spotlight, the better.

  • Brian

    Major feather in WWE’s cap, attention wise. I’ll be cheering for Nikki, who else?