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Total Bellas S3 E1 episode recap: Have You Cena?

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Let me start off by saying that I feel as though watching this season of Total Bellas is going to be sort of like watching a train wreck in reverse.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, you already know that WWE Superstars, Nikki Bella and John Cena called off their engagement in early May just weeks before their planned nuptials. Furthermore, there has been a lot of speculation about the couple’s possible reunion.

At first, when I heard about the split I figured that the upcoming season of Total Bellas wouldn’t be airing because no one wants to watch their own relationship implode on national television. Apparently, however, Nikki Bella and John Cena have no problem reliving life’s most painful moments in primetime. So, if they don’t have a problem with the world watching their relationship end, I certainly have no issue with recapping all the gory details for my loyal fans.

All sarcasm aside, I am truly sorry that the couple has broken up, I truly believed that they were good for one another, and hope they can find a way to resolve their differences.

The episode begins with the twins, Nikki and Brie giving the world and update on all that has happened to them since the last season. Right away, I began to detect something odd about Brie’s feelings about her sister’s engagement.

When listing exciting events that happened them, Brie left off Nikki’s engagement entirely, and didn’t seem at all pleased when Nikki added it. Was I the only one who saw the slight eye roll from Brie after Nikki pointed out that they had forgotten to mention her wedding plans, and that “I have this huge rock on my hand?”

Although I think that it wasn’t very classy of Nikki to point out the large size of her engagement ring, I don’t think that that was Brie’s only issue with the comment. It seems that Cena may be a 16-time WWE champion, but he has yet to win over the heart of his future sister-in-law, or should I say ex future sister-in-law.

One would think that Nikki’s family would be happy seeing her engaged to the man loved so much, but apparently Brie would not have been happy unless Cena had acquiesced to the other desire of her sister’s heart: the desire to become a mom.

Still, since Brie’s move to San Diego it seems that Nikki has been able to see her sister a lot more often by staying in John’s palatial San Diego home. In fact, Nicole was delighted to be showing her new house to her entire family at the beginning of the episode.

That’s right, folks, the entire Bella family is back for this third season of Total Bellas. This includes mom Kathy, her husband John, Brie, her husband Daniel Bryan, their 7 month old daughter Birdie, the twins’ brother JJ, his wife Lauren, and their daughter Vivian. This almost guarantees a season full of love, laughter, and of course, drama.

Meanwhile, the family showed up at John and Nicole’s new home for the family’s beginning of the season, formal dress dinners. With the new mansion pristine, the family fully expected a reprisal of John’s rules which strictly governed his Tampa home in season one of the show. However, John showed a small amount of loneliness to adapt to the ways of the future family by announcing that there were no rules in his new house much to the family’s relief.

Meanwhile, it wasn’t all play for the Bella sisters in California. First, they went to a photo shoot advertising their lingerie line, Birdiebee. Brie wasn’t sure how she felt having her post baby body on display in skimpy lingerie. Personally, I thought she looked amazing particularly for a person who gave birth to seven months ago. But, I am not in the fashion industry.

While Brie took pictures in LA, Daniel was on daddy duty. I personally found it adorable when he took Birdie on her first carousel ride accompanied by his brother-in-law, JJ, sister-in-law Lauren, and their daughter, Vivian. However, When Brie was informed of the outing after the long photo shoot, she was extraordinarily irritated.

Apparently, baby’s first carousel ride is a monumental moment that any supermom shouldn’t miss! Don’t worry, Brie, the chances that Birdie will actually remember the ride are slim to none. Just go with them next time, and she won’t know the difference.

Later, when Brie and Nikki went out of town again to taste samples of their new wine, Daniel made the mistake of taking Birdie for her first swim lesson! This time though, he thought he had covered his bases by having Brie’s mom Kathy, come along and videotape the experience. However, Kathy is apparently not an experienced camera person and the video was not to Brie’s liking. Again I repeat the chances that Birdie will actually remember her first swimming experience are slim to none, So Brie really had not missed much, but even missing a moment of her baby’s life seemed to devastate Brie so from now on when Daniel has Birdie on his own he should stick to activities that Brie has already witnessed.

Daniel wasn’t the only one to make a mistake while Brie was away. In my opinion, Brie herself made a critical error in judgment. While the sisters were at the vineyard, Brie happened to mention to Nicole that the vineyard would be an ideal place for a wedding. She did this, knowing full well that Nicole and John already planned to marry in John’s hometown in Massachusetts. Apparently, Brie just couldn’t resist reminding Nicole of her dream of marrying in Napa, California.

It seems that Brie’s sisterly affection just couldn’t allow her to resist reminding Nikki of just how much she was giving up for John. Come back next week to see more drama unfold on the next episode of Total Bellas.

Dorsey Schroeck is the Total Divas and Total Bellas reporter for Wrestling-Online. She also writes the T&D Indy Top 5 monthly article.

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