If you are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment, aka WWE, then you must also know the E! Network’s American reality television series Total Divas.
If not, then here is a little background. Total Divas first aired on television on July 28, 2013, and showed the viewers an inside look at the women of WWE — female WWE wrestlers — which included their works in the WWE and their personal lives.
The show ran for nine seasons in total, with the ninth season and probably final season premiering on October 1, 2019. As of now, it has been confirmed that Total Divas and its sister show, Total Bellas, have been canceled by E! Network due to low ratings and lack of interest from the show’s cast members.
Some of the cast members of Total Divas were Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Naomi, Renne Young, Cameron, Natalya, Lana, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Maryse, Nia Jax, Carmella, Ronda Rousey, Summer Rae, Paige, Alexa Bliss, and others.
Promotional poster for Total Divas season nine (Photo: Pro wrestling Fandom)
As of now, many of these WWE superstars are no longer associated with the wrestling company and are competing in other brands around the world. And that might also be one of the few reasons behind the show’s cancellation.
But, while the show was still up and running, it attracted several million viewers worldwide. While many enjoyed the show, some curious audiences were quick to question the reality show’s authenticity and how much of the story is real and fake.
Well, John Cena’s ex-girlfriend and a fellow WWE wrestler, Nikki Bella, had something to say about that in the past.
Nikki Bella has revealed ‘Total Divas’ is scripted
Over the course of Total Divas’ nine-season long run, the cast members – including Nikki Bella – have gotten into some gruesome arguments.
Those arguments surely helped the show’s TRP to rise. But, some of those fights weren’t real, as per Nikki.
Nikki Bella (left) with her twin sister Brie Bella (right) (Photo: Instagram)
In one of the episodes of her The Bellas Podcast, which she co-hosts alongside her twin sister Brie Bella, Nikki mentioned that the show’s producers occasionally scripted the arguments and dramas with other cast members.
She further stated, “I don’t wanna say argument, but where we kind of like bump heads with production because they would push certain things or cause certain things.”
Some real and scripted moments from ‘Total Divas’
In June 2020, the online outlet sportskeeda went further deep into the real and scripted moments of Total Divas and pointed out a couple of moments from the show which were real and scripted.
One of the scripted moments that the outlet pointed out was the argument between Summer Rae and Natalya in 2014, which was also one of the talked about things of the show back then.
That moment was when Rae showed up at Natalya’s house and slapped her. That moment came when the two argued in the WWE locker room, and Natalya replied by mocking Rae for not having a partner at the age of 30, leading Rae to slap Natalya.
Around five years later, in an interview with Ring The Belle, Rae revealed that the whole argument was scripted, and she was portrayed as a “horrible and really mean” person on the show.
She added, “People that know me in real life know who I am and know I would never do anything like that. But, you know, it’s your first season, you’ve got to stir the pot! It was a scene heard from around the world!”
Similarly, one of the real arguments the outlet mentioned was of Paige and Lana. In a 2018 episode of Total Divas, a rift between Paige and Lana was shown, and Paige had even said she hated Lana as a person.
She had said that statement after a fight with Lana regarding who would be given the green light to sleep in which room during their visit to Lake Tahoe. And as per both of them, that fight between them was real.
In May 2020, Paige mentioned during a Twitch stream that the reason she didn’t like Lana at that time was that the latter had accused her of being a bully in an “in-character” tweet of 2015.
As she went on, she said that the rift between them oversleeping arrangements was 100% real, and now they have become good friends.
Around four months before she said that, in January 2020, Lana had also talked about her friendship with Paige.
She also implied that their argument was real and that Paige gave her a friendship bracelet after their fallout.
Is ‘Total Divas’ scripted or real?
By now, we have had talked about Nikki’s revelation of Total Divas being scripted and some real and fake moments in the show. So, is Total Divas real or fake?
Well, while some aspects of the show haven’t been tampered with by anyone, some moments are completely scripted for the sole purpose of entertainment.
To conclude, it couldn’t be said that the show is entirely real or fake. And if there is any middle ground between scripted and fake, Total Divas might just fall into that.