WWE Diva Nikki Bella confirmed reports about her facing neck surgery during an interview with E! Online. Bella explained that she has a badly herniated disk in her neck and that this injury could be a career-ending injury.
“I have basically a broken neck, a pretty bad herniated disk,” Nikki explained. “What makes mine a little bit difficult than most people is that I have some disk behind my vertebrae so with a lot of prayers we’re gonna pray that the doctors can get the piece behind my vertebrae with just a bone fusion.”
“Right when we saw that we knew OK no more ring work,” Nikki revealed. “So it’s just been a wear and tear and what we do it’s entertainment but there’s a reason why we say, ‘Don’t try this at home.'”
Nikki then said that she would be out for six months and then would find out if she can return to the ring.
“As of now I will be in the hospital just for a day or two,” Nikki explained. “But unfortunately I will be at home with a neck brace for three months, no travel. I can barely be in the car because of the spot where my injury is in, my C6 my C7, I have to try as much as I can not to move my neck so it can heal.”
“In six months time is when I will get that final X-ray to be like, ‘Hey look you can get back in that ring and kick some a–,'” Nikki revealed.
“There is a potential that this is career-ending,” Nikki explained. “We will only know that when I get out of surgery on Wednesday and then basically how the bone heals Wednesday. So that’s been tough but I truly have such hope that I will get to compete in that ring another day, I really do.”
Nikki confirmed that her finisher, The Rack Attack, was what caused the injury.
“Unfortunately yes,” Nikki revealed. “For now the ‘Rack Attack’ will be officially retired. I’ve been told by doctors to never do that again so we do feel that because my injury is in such a unique place in my spine we do feel that it could’ve come the ‘Rack Attack’ so the girls in the future better watch out for my killer forearm because I might not be hitting them with the ‘Rack Attack’ but I’ll definitely be hitting them with that forearm.”
You can read the entire interview here.