Nikki Bella went off on a WWE.com article about the Diva's division. The article, titled Divas of Doom ... or salvation?, discusses the state of the Divas division and whether Natalya and Beth Phoenix are going to destroy the division or save it. The article mentions The Bella Twins by name as WWE Divas who 'diva purists' can't believe are being featured on television over more talented in ring performers. Nikki seems to have taken exception for it, as she posted an extended rant on the Bellas' Twitter feed:
"First off.... Um you want me to slap you with all of my awards and championships I have won? I was a #1 athlete... Which other Diva was?
"Secondly, Bri & @RealKellyKelly have been the only entertainment that has happened 2 the Diva's Division & have worked harder than anyone!
"Thirdly, I've seen 2 girls the past few weeks try as hard as they can to be 'models' while us 'models' have busted our butts.....
"Oh and good luck with the up and coming Divas.... Sure you'll make a lot of money with them.... Um actually NOT!
"Lastly, @RealKellyKelly & Us are better than anyone in the past so Katie Raymond check your self and come read this article to my face! NB"
Since then, a number of Divas have weighed in on the article. Kelly Kelly followed up with:
"#divas we're just doing what we love, entertaining every week. We've all worked very hard to get here. just wish all this hate would go away."
Beth Phoenix had her own posts on the matter:
"Its not the Divas Division that needs saving, but the WWE Universe. Myself and @NatbyNature are on a mission to make you change your minds...As long as I can remember I have worked my butt off and been underappreciated while the crowd adores @RealKellyKelly and @EveMarieTorres…I am tired of looking and being the best and being passed over time and time again. Im done asking for approval. And just getting started proving my point. #DivasofDoom"
Brie Bella came in late in the game, posting the following:
"Wow, I just woke up to the craziness! The words spoken by Katie are laughable, but I'm a women who will stand for what I believe in...so...
"I know what I've given to the fans and that's all what matters. WWE might think your a bunch of puppets that are persuaded by their words..
"I know how you all feel :) good and bad, I love it! I mean if WWE cared about Divas why do we have such little time on tv?
"Kelly Kelly and myself have worked to hard to have an unknown, untalented writer say the things she did. Katie (whoever) Suck it! Love Brie"
Former WWE diva Melina responded to the Bellas' rant with the following:
"You know I love you but everyone needs to seriously calm down and think before tweeting. This is not worth it."
The Bellas then responded to Melina:
"@RealMelina you know that wasn't towards you girl :) I know you know that"
Melina replied once again with the following:
"Everyone, these are all good girls. All of them. Yes everyone's experience level varies but I'm damn proud to step into the ring with them.
"Wrestling is not easy on so many levels. It's not only physical grueling but mentally & emotionally. Against ALL odds you have to overcome.
"Through the hardest of times you have to pretend ur ok, pick yourself up & think about others because we are role models. Even when we hurt.
"2live our life in wrestling is not easy. Even though it looks like it is... If it does that means we r THAT good. but it isn't. Far from it.
"I love wrestling. No matter what promotion... This is art. This is an extension of me. I may not be in the WWE but my heart is still there.
"I'm going 2do what I love & Friggin go all out at @WSUWrestling. I'm so excited about it. U have no idea how much I miss being in the ring."
The Bella Twins finished off by saying:
"Well today has been fun so far haha wow... off to Columbus, OH.... Wonderin' what's in store for the Divas... Uh oh! Besos! Nikki #divas"
Lastly, CM Punk decided to weigh in:
"So wait. The divas are mad about an in house article on wwe.com that is potentially designed to garner them attention/TV time? Awesome. Looks like @NatbyNature and @TheBethPhoenix are also #pinupsmart"
The responses could be in-character of course, though in an in-character situation Nikki would not be likely to be so complimentary to Kelly Kelly.
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