With Total Bellas preparing for its season 3 finale this Sunday, and the official breakup of Nikki Bella and John Cena, the Bella Twins will rejoin the other WWE women for Season 8 of Total Divas in September.
Deadline reports that the original WWE female-centric reality TV show Total Divas returns to E! TV on September 19 and will feature Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Natalya, Naomi, Lana, Nia Jax and Paige for the new season.
The new season of Total Divas will focus on Paige’s return to the WWE in a new non-wrestling role following her career-ending injury. The Total Divas preview states that Paige seeks out the Bella Twins to help her get her confidence back.
Total Divas season 8 opens with the women getting ready for WrestleMania in New Orleans with Nia Jax getting her chance at a title match at the biggest event of the year.
The seventh season of Total Divas was a ratings’ success for the WWE, bringing in an average of 884,000 viewers per episode and 547,000 in the prized 18-49 age range.
However, not all is good with the promotion for Total Divas season 8. The WWE is using the phrase “All In” to promote the new season — something that many wrestling fans and analysts have called the company out for when it comes to hypocrisy.
The #TotalDivas cast is ALL IN for Season 8, premiering Sept. 19 at 9/8c on @e_entertainment! https://t.co/8A8qQR9VA1@BellaTwins @NiaJaxWWE @RealPaigeWWE @LanaWWE @NaomiWWE @NatbyNature pic.twitter.com/Zs3mBZbUK6
— WWE (@WWE) July 26, 2018
All-In is an independent wrestling event taking place later this year and paid for by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks.
The WWE actually sent The Young Bucks a cease-and-desist letter last year to force them not to use the Too Sweet hand gesture anymore and take the shirts with it off the market.
For those who think this is a coincidence, WWE agent Brian James (Road Dogg) made it clear on Twitter that this might be something the WWE did on purpose to strike back.
Have you ever heard the phrase,”what’s good for goose is good for the gander”? If it’s ok to bite, it’s ok to bite, right?!
— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) July 26, 2018
It makes little sense that the WWE would be this petty since they did win the day with the cease-and-desist letter and there isn’t a reason to try to hurt the All-In event by stealing its name to promote their own show.
Total Divas returns on Wednesday, September 19 on the E! network.