Throughout this season of Total Divas, we have seen the Divas go through many ups and downs. However, this season’s finale ended with possibly the biggest down of all. Before we get to that however, let’s discuss what else happened in season eight’s final episode.
All this season, Naomi and her husband Jimmy Uso have been experiencing marital discord. Their discord seemed to only intensify as the season progressed. This week however, it seemed as though the couple would be headed to divorce court for sure. Recently, Naomi’s car was broken into and her wedding ring, which she left inside, was stolen. The fact that Naomi doesn’t often wear her ring, but Jimmy always keeps his on has long been a source of tension for the couple. This time, though, on top of everything else that the couple has been through this season; it appeared as though the loss of Naomi’s ring was the final straw for Jimmy. At first, Naomi thought that the simple solution would be to merely replace her ring. The couple even visited a jewelry store in order to find a replacement. However, when the sales clerk asked Jimmy if he would be selecting a new ring as well he seemed to snap.
“Oh, no thank you, I have mine I wear mine, unlike some people,” he said. This pointed reference to Naomi’s decision not to wear her ring caused Naomi to leave the jewelry store in a huff. On the ride home, she chastised Jimmy for embarrassing her, and asked him what was wrong. She couldn’t seem to understand that Jimmy was concerned more about the symbolism behind Naomi’s ring, rather than the ring itself. Perhaps, he thought that if Naomi could so easily disregard the symbol of their marriage she could disregard their marriage as well. While I agree with Jimmy as to the ring’s being an important symbol of the marriage I found what he said next to be a little unnecessary
“That’s okay, because when we get home I’ll have those papers on the counter for your ass to sign and dot,”, he said. Because of the couple’s lack of communication, Jimmy was unaware that Naomi’s worst fear is getting a divorce, or maybe he knew of her fear and was trying to get back in her for forgetting her ring. Either way, I find his statement extremely cold.
However, Naomi must have realized how important her lack of ring was to Jimmy because she came up with a permanent solution. She decided to have her and Jimmy’s initials permanently tattooed on her ring finger, so that, even if she wasn’t wearing her ring, she would still be representing them as a couple. She even convinced Jimmy to get the same initials tattooed on his ring finger. The gesture was even more impressive considering that Naomi is afraid of needles. I still believe that replacing the ring and promising to always wear it would have been simpler, and less painful, but it wasn’t my choice. Meanwhile, another Diva was preparing for an extremely important event.
It is no secret that Lana has been wanting to make her way back to TV as a wrestler. She has devised all sorts of plans for getting the attention of the talent relations people at WWE, even changing her appearance drastically by dying her hair pink. Lana’s constant badgering finally accomplished something, because she was given a spot in the second annual Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, and while she didn’t win, being on a major pay-per-view is certainly a far cry from being completely absent from TV. Perhaps, next season Lana will be even more active on WWE’s televised events.
While Lana was making a long-awaited return to TV, two more prominent Divas were conspicuously absent, the Bella Twins. However, as we all know, their absence didn’t last long. Shortly after the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, both twins returned to TV. Therefore, by this time we have our next Money in the Bank pay-per-view maybe Brie’s daughter, Birdie, will be able to see both her mom and her aunt wrestle. Birdie certainly seemed riveted while watching her father Daniel Bryan wrestle on this episode.
Meanwhile, while everyone else recuperated from Money in the Bank; WWE Superstar, Natalya, and her family suffered a devastating loss. Natalya’s father, Jim Neidhart suffered a seizure because of his Alzheimer’s disease, and passed away suddenly. In the days following the news of his tragic death outpourings of love came in for the family from both past and present members of the WWE roster. I thought that Natalya held up surprisingly well during the funeral even when she had to give the eulogy. Furthermore, she even rebounded enough to appear at the WWE event SummerSlam. While I’m sure her father’s death was devastating I feel that Natalya probably honored her father in the best way that she knew how by competing in the sport that they both loved. My condolences to the Hart family as they continue to grieve.
Hopefully, the next season Of Total Divas will open on a more positive note.