'Total Divas' Season 4, Episode 1 recap: 'The' Eva Marie

'Total Divas' Season 4, Episode 1 recap: 'The' Eva Marie

Eva Marie gets her head back in the game: Total Divas, July 7, 2015

After Eva Marie's training with Brian Kendrick hits a roadblock, she must snap out of her funk or decide to go home.

Oh, hi everyone. Welcome back. When last we left our beloved “Total Divas,” The Bella Twins were ready to throw in the towel and leave WWE behind, and now, with the queen bees halfway out the door, the she-lions of the division – Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox and Naomi – are circling their spots on the Season 4 premiere of E!’s “Total Divas.”

Natalya makes her move first, pitching a character change into a leather-bound catwoman (Natwoman?) to accompany her husband Tyson Kidd’s newly-formed tag team with Cesaro. Her hands-on research into the persona rankles Tyson something ferocious, but she eventually settles into a less aggressive, “cat’s meow” getup that stops Jimmy Uso in his tracks.

Photos: Natalya transforms on "Total Divas" premiere |  Watch the climactic confrontation

While that’s going on, Eva Marie, originally slated to hone her training at NXT in Florida, has instead been enrolled in a private, one-on-one program with former WWE Tag Team Champion The Brian Kendrick at home in California at the behest of WWE officials. That raises the hackles of the ladies, who resent the “special treatment” Eva’s gotten. (Naomi’s the only one who speaks out against the group’s gang mentality.) The beating she’s taken during training and the animosity from the other girls saps Eva’s confidence for a spell, but she gains it back just in time to return to a viper’s nest of drama backstage at Raw. Eva attempts to clear the air, and is summarily eaten alive by the rest of the Divas who openly question her commitment and talent.

As the episode winds up, Nikki, who’s riding a reinvigorating high as the Divas Champion, decides she isn’t quite ready to cede the queendom just yet and tells the ladies she is, in fact, re-signing her WWE contract. On the other hand, sister Brie is fine with going out on top and moving on to the next chapter in her life. Find out what’s next for The Bellas the rest of the “Total Divas” when  new episodes air Tuesdays at 9/8 CT on E!.

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