Nikki Bella, of the Bella twins and WWE fame, joined dance partner Artem Chigvintsev on the premiere of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) on Monday night, Sept. 18, 2017. Though she and Artem didn’t get the highest scores of the night, they do have people talking about their routine. Nikki Bella picked up her dance partner and body slammed him to the ground.
Nikki and Artem danced the tango, but when Nikki’s experience as a wrestler came out on the dance floor, she got people talking. Social media blew up as fans of the show had yet to see a woman body slam her male partner on the dance floor.
You can watch Nikki’s and Artem’s tango dance, including the body slam in the video player below.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev came in fourth with a score of 20 out of 30. It certainly wasn’t the worst performance of the night, but Nikki and Artem will have to step up their game if they want to win the mirror trophy. Nikki explained that she is used to being in control and using her power to slam women around in the wrestling ring.
It must be quite a change for Nikki to have to follow partner Artem’s lead and direction. It seemed she had enough order taking when she body slammed Artem to the floor, but will that type of routine win her votes as the show progresses?
Nikki also said she felt out of her comfort zone wearing the dresses and dancing in an elegant manner. It looks like it won’t be too difficult for her to start feeling more at home on the dance floor.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Nikki reminded the audience that she has been wrestling for ten years, but has only been dancing for several weeks. Though she looked completely in control of the situation, she said that being on the dance floor is scary.
Though Nikki and Artem had practiced their body slam, the pair revealed that the slam did hurt, especially on the wooden floor. Nikki also explained that she had a rush of adrenaline before completing the move and lifted him higher than they had practiced.
The pair hopes Nikki’s WWE fans will call in and cast enough votes for them each week.
Did you watch the Dancing With The Stars premiere? What did you think of Nikki and Artem?