The Bella Twins have decided to both retire from in-ring competition .

The Bella Twins have confirmed their retirement from wrestling

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The 'Diva Era' has well-and-truly ended as Nikki Bella has followed in her sister Brie's footsteps and announced her retirement from the wrestling ring.

Brie stated a few weeks ago on the reality show Total Bellas that she had fully retired after Nikki's Evolution match with Ronda Rousey.

And on yesterday's season finale, Nikki also confirmed that she had decided to hang up her boots for good.

Nikki stated that she made the decision during WWE's tour of Europe in November 2018, where she decided she didn't want to go through with all the strenuous travelling that a full-time superstar goes through on a weekly basis.

I just feel like I’m too old for that travel. The travel was really, really rough," Nikki told her family, per Cageside Seats.

"So I realised, I was like, ‘Why am I doing this anymore? I don’t feel good and I can’t — I mean, the girls are doing amazing things over there. I really am ready to hang up the jersey. I can say it fully.”

The Bella's debuted on the main roster in 2008, and for the first few years of their career they used their 'twin magic' to win matches and were involved in several romance storylines.

It was only in 2011 where Brie became the first champion out of the two, defeating Eve Torres and holding the Divas Championship for 70 days.

Brie Bella was the first of the twins to capture the Divas Championship in WWE

Nikki started her first reign in April 2012, but that only lasted for a week and some weeks later it was announced that The Bellas had departed the company and they wouldn't be seen for another year.

They returned in 2013 and with the debut of Total Divas later that year, The Bellas became prominent figures on the main roster, both in the ring and out of it.

Brie was given a huge match at SummerSlam in 2014 against Stephanie McMahon in a bout where Nikki turned on her sister, before they re-united at Survivor Series where Nikki defeated AJ Lee to start her record-breaking 301 day Divas Championship reign.

Nikki had two reigns as Divas Champion including a record-breaking 301 day stay as champion

Shortly after dropping the title to Charlotte in 2015, Nikki needed career-saving neck surgery, and with Brie shortly going on to start a family with her husband Daniel Bryan, both took an extended break from the business.

Both however returned for the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble in January 2018, and returned for a short-term full-time stint on Raw after SummerSlam.

Brie's last match would be a six-woman tag match on the October 8 edition of Raw, and some weeks later Nikki would have her farewell match in a loss to Ronda Rousey at WWE Evolution.

We would like to wish Nikki and Brie the best in their no-doubt successful futures as celebrities and their other projects.


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