On this week's episode of Total Divas, Nikki Bella fights with identical twin sister Brie over endorsement opportunities for the Bella brand, Eva Marie and Tough Enough runner-up Mandy join the rest of the Divas crew, and Nattie/Natalya tries to throw a surprise party for TJ/Tyson Kidd because he's showing signs of depression while he attempts to heal from injury.
Because this show is taped several months in advance, there is no mention of the recent Nikki Bella injury. The latest news on her injury, courtesy of E!, is that she'll be in her neck brace for three months before any further decisions can be made.
The #TotalDivas finally meet @ToughAmanda tonight! How will they react to a new Diva in the ring?https://t.co/eTy5OqVZS2Eva Marie and Mandy
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As she indicated briefly on last week's episode of Total Divas, Eva Marie wants to hash things out with the rest of the Divas so that they can work in a drama-free environment. She returns on this episode and immediately sits down with the Bella Twins. By the end of the conversation, they are all on good terms again.
This is the first of a few times during this episode of Total Divas that we learn just how important following and unfollowing each other on social media is among the WWE women.Soon after this encounter, Mark Carrano calls a meeting of all the Divas. He introduces Tough Enough runner-up Mandy as the newest WWE Diva. She has signed a five-year contract with WWE and will be joining the rest of the Divas on the road immediately. Everyone seems surprised, and Paige voices genuine concern about whether or not Mandy will continue to train, as she doesn't have a wrestling background.
Later, when Eva Marie approaches Paige directly for the same conversation she had with Nikki and Brie Bella, they end up apologizing to each other and hugging it out.One of the first Divas Mandy talks to is Eva Marie, and they instantly form a bond. Things get intense, however, when Mark Carrano puts all five ladies -- Eva Marie, Mandy, Paige, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes -- in the same car service. Everything is going by so-so until Alicia Fox unloads on Eva Marie, calling her out for several things she has done in the past. The next day, after cooler heads had prevailed, the five of them all worked together without conflict during a photo shoot for Total Intensity make-up.
Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella
The Bella Twins are offered the opportunity to get an endorsement deal with one of the largest national (unnamed) food chains in the country. Nikki Bella definitely wants to do it, but it's against Brie Bella's "beliefs" as someone who supports local businesses. Nikki is very upset with Brie over this, but once she talks it over with boyfriend John Cena and a glass of wine, she decides to go sit in on a meeting Brie was having with local businesses. After the meeting, the sisters made up.Nattie plans TJ's surprise party
The first time we see TJ (Tyson Kidd) on this episode of Total Divas, he's sitting on the couch at home, watching his tag team match with Cesaro against The New Day from WWE Payback 2015. As they made a point of on the season premiere of Total Divas, the injury and surgery took a major emotional toll on Natalya. He doesn't want to go out, and Nattie begins to think he's depressed. She invites several of his friends -- R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Big E and Cesaro -- over to help him feel better. R-Truth agrees but only if the cats are locked away.
The party fails in numerous ways. TJ shows up early, so he's not surprised. The cats get out of their room and R-Truth freaks out. TJ finds out that Nattie is telling everyone he's depressed, and it makes him very angry, because he's not depressed. R-Truth talks to Nattie and helps her see things from the male perspective.At the end of the show, Nattie prepares a picnic lunch and apologizes to TJ. They are a happy couple once again.
E! airs Total Divas every Tuesday at 9/8c. Highlights of this episode (The Truth About Cats and Divas) can be seen at E! Online's official Total Divas page. Full episodes of Total Divas can be streamed on-demand the following day with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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