Why Nikki Eliminated Brie Bella At Royal Rumble 2018

Brie and Nikki Bella were among the surprise entries at the first 30-women Royal Rumble on Sunday. The Bella twins reached the final three, along with Asuka. But just when it looked like they had the upper hand, Nikki backstabbed her sister and eliminated Brie.

Asuka would last eliminate Nikki, becoming the winner of the first women's Royal Rumble. The Bella twins haven't been full-time wrestlers for a long period, so many are probably wondering why they'd book Nikki to betray her sister.

Well, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, this finish was booked so that it could set up an angle for the upcoming Total Divas season. We'll have to wait and see how the rest of it unfolds on television.

This isn't the first time the twins have betrayed one another in storyline. Brie faced Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam 2014, and was on the verge of victory. Nikki then came out and attacked Brie, helping Stephanie win the match while turning heel in the process.

The Bella twins were among the many female legends to return to the Royal Rumble. Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, Torrie Wilson and Michelle McCool also highlighted surprise entries and returns. The night was capped off with Ronda Rousey debuting for the WWE, who has signed a full-time contract with the company.

Nikki's last match was at WrestleMania 33, where she and fiancee John Cena defeated The Miz and Maryse in a mixed tag-team match. She then announced she'd be taking a break from wrestling.

via BellaTwins.org

Brie also announced she'd be taking a hiatus from in-ring competition, but is currently working for the company as an ambassador. She and Daniel Bryan had their first child together last year, so a full-time return is unlikely right now.

It was awesome to see the Bella twins return at Royal Rumble, decide the questionable ending for both at the event. We'll see if at least makes for good television on the WWE Network.


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