Total Bellas episode 5: Bella Family Secrets recap

It looks like the number of people staying at John Cena’s house just keeps going down as the weeks progress on Total Bellas.

Last week, Daniel Bryan chose to leave the house because of his mental health. This week, Brie decided that she couldn’t leave her husband in on his own. I agree that when your husband is suffering a severe mental health crisis you have the right to, and should leave your rapidly healing sister to fend for herself; especially because she still had her mother and brother to look after her. Besides, Nikki couldn’t have been doing that badly since she was well enough to join Kathy and several of her friends for Kathy’s bachelorette weekend in Naples, Florida.

While in Naples, Nikki and her friends tried to encourage Kathy show off her body in a bathing suit. While I agree that every woman no matter her age should feel confident about her own body, I think that Nikki and her friends were being a tad hard on Kathy. Everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to personal appearance and all of Kathy’s family should learn to respect that.

Another thing that made me annoyed with Nikki, Kathy, and the rest of the bachelorette party attendees was their inability to refrain from discussing Brie and Bryan’s relationship when they were not there to defend themselves. They also, should not have criticized Brie’s choice to go home and take care of Bryan.

Meanwhile, back in Phoenix, Brie and Bryan continued to see an endless round of specialists in order to try and make Bryan’s dream of returning to the ring a reality. However, the specialists did not seem to think that Bryan’s return to full-time wrestling was best for his physical health. This caused Bryan to feel an increasing degree of depression and despondency.

Brie continued to feel more and more helpless as she watched her husband’s mental state deteriorate before her very eyes. In addition, Brie was dealing with the ending of her own career as she helped Bryan deal with the end of his. Brie confided to Lauren, JJ’s wife, that she was having difficulty enjoying watching the culmination of everything that she had worked so hard for while her husband was suffering so deeply.

Back in Florida, Nikki was having troubles with the man in her life as well. John has become increasingly irritated with Nikki’s dog Winston. It seems that John doesn’t appreciate having the responsibility for Winston’s care shifted to himself when Nikki decides to go traveling away from the dog. I completely agree with John stance on this one, if the dog was Nikki’s before they got together and she promised to have total responsibility for his care, then she shouldn’t expect John to be overjoyed when she leaves dog sitting duties to him while she travels.

I also appreciated JJ’s insights into his sister. Perhaps, JJ maintained, Nikki was hoping that leaving puppy care to John would make him feel more more favorably toward the idea of having human babies. But, the whole Bella family had far more to worry about than John’s aversion to parenting.

It seems that Kathy has been keeping an important secret from her loved ones; a secret that her fiancé John didn’t feel should be kept from her children until after their impending nuptials. I am sad to report, that the mom of the Bella clan found lumps on her breasts weeks prior to the start of filming of “Total Bellas”.

Furthermore, up until this point Kathy had not done anything about the discovered lumps. She had not gone to the doctor in order to discover whether or not the lumps were malignant, or even informed her children of their existence. While generally I think that everyone should have the right to see to their own medical problems in a way in which they see fit, I have to agree with John Laurinaitis when he said, “I would want to know if it was my mom.”

Of course, the Bella children were incensed that their mother had kept a secret from them, and insisted that she go to have her breasts examined immediately, just hours before her wedding to John. We will have to wait until next week to know the results for certain the let’s just say it doesn’t look good. See you next week WWE Universe.

Dorsey Schroeck
Dorsey Schroeck
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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