Nikki Bella came through a rather scary surgery on her neck with success recently, and her boyfriend, fellow wrestler John Cena, shared a photo of Bella smiling from a hospital bed. Cena praised her for being so strong and asked fans for prayers for her continued recovery.
“What a strong woman! That smile makes me melt. Asking u to keep @BellaTwins in your thoughts 2day #StayFearless,” Cena wrote on Twitter.
The couple are in for a long recovery time, as Bella won’t be able to travel or do much of anything over the next three months. As for getting back in the ring, it will be at least six months before Nikki is able to even think about it. However, the surgery was to repair a herniated disk in her neck, an extremely painful injury that could have ended her career or even paralyzed her.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 27, 2016
“I have basically a broken neck, a pretty bad herniated disk. What makes mine a little bit difficult than most people is that I have some disk behind my vertebrae so with a lot of prayers we’re gonna pray that the doctors can get the piece behind my vertebrae with just a bone fusion,” Nikki told E! News last month.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) February 1, 2016
Nikki said last month that the cameras would be around to capture her recovery for Total Divas, and fans will be able to see some of what she went through pre-surgery.
“The cameras never stop filming, so you’ll get to see this whole process step by step. Unfortunately, they’re not allowed to go inside doctors’ offices with me, but they’ve been there on the car rides, when I walk in, when I walk out. I even filmed a meeting with one of the doctors. They’re going to be there for the surgery and they’re going to be there for my whole rehab,” Bella said.