Nikki Bella Triumphantly Returns From Neck Surgery For WWE SummerSlam

Surprise at SummerSlam!

Nikki Bella made her long-awaited return to the WWE on Sunday in Brooklyn, nearly one year after she suffered a severe neck injury that required surgery.

In her time away, her sister, Brie, and brother-in-law, Daniel Bryan, both retired from wrestling in WWE, and her boyfriend, John Cena, also spent several months away nursing an injury.

Last September, the former women’s champion lost her belt to Charlotte, who held it until last month when Sasha Banks claimed the title on “Monday Night RAW.” But Charlotte reclaimed her title earlier in the evening Sunday, defeating Banks in a rematch.

Bella no longer can use her trademark finisher, The Rack Attack, so she showcased a modified version of it Sunday before pinning Carmella to win a six-woman tag match. She also showed off some other moves.

Nikki is one of the best women’s wrestlers WWE has ever seen, so it’s certainly a welcome return to the squared circle.

UPDATE (12:22 a.m. ET): Nikki will be joining “Smackdown Live.” She talked about the night and joining Smackdown after her match.

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@SummerSlam

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