'Total Divas': Season 3, Episodes 19 & 20 recap: Beginning of the end
Does Paige have a boyfriend? No, at least not during the first half of E!’s double-sized “Total Divas” Season 3 Finale. She does, however, have a guy pal of some vaguely romantic nature, a soft-spoken singer named Bradley who joins the “Three Amigas” party crew on a Key West, Fla., getaway. Bradley’s a hit among the ladies, but Paige’s hot-and-cold overtures toward him leave the poor guy questioning whether or not she’s got him pegged as a legitimate boyfriend. The situation degenerates quickly when he brings it up to her and is brutally shot down. With the Amigas’ support, Paige rolls the dice later on by admitting her hesitation to commit to an official relationship thanks to a previous, ill-fated romance, and Paige and Bradley end the episode on amicable terms.
The Bellas, meanwhile, are at the center of yet another familial dustup when brother JJ accidentally sends a private picture meant for his wife to Nikki and Brie. The twins are understandably horrified, but Nikki can’t resist showing the image to some extended family members who happen to be in the room when they receive it. That drives JJ into a full-on fit, and Brie takes justice into her own hands by unlocking Nikki’s Instagram and posting her mushy, homemade Valentine’s Day card to John Cena all over the Internet. Turnabout being fair play, Nikki can’t get too mad, but she isn’t exactly thrilled about it either, and she elects to let it slide even as she secretly plots her revenge.
With Natalya and Tyson Kidd back together, you know what that means: The cats are back! Makavelli and Louis enter the equation once again as potential Internet sensations, an idea Nattie catches on to after meeting Grumpy Cat (and her managers) backstage at Raw. They decide to have the little guys groomed to better prep them for viral stardom, but the tidy-up is a total hatchet job, and it appears Internet stardom will have to wait for the time being.
Does Paige have a boyfriend? Yes! Or at least she does in thesecondhalf of E!’s double-sized “Total Divas” Season 3 Finale, in which The Diva of Tomorrow has officially claimed Bradley as her boo and even floated the idea of moving in together only a month into their relationship. Understandably, Bradley’s a bit taken aback and attempts to stall for time by telling Paige she has to meet his mom first. All good, says the Diva, and a family gathering is soon arranged wherein everything spirals downward fast. First, Bradley’s mom is taken aback by Paige’s outgoing nature. Then, Paige’s rapid-fire hints about the move-in situation are all but ignored by Bradley, who it turns out was previously married, something he neglected to tell Paige. (It’s like Nikki and Cena, but in reverse!) When Paige presses Bradley to lay his cards on the table, he admits he’s not ready to move in together and the two part on questionable terms.
Meanwhile, in the land of “All Red Everything,” Eva Marie comes across several endorsement and tie-in opportunities, including a hair extension line, thanks to the moving and shaking of Jonathan as her “husbandger.” Jonathan’s treatment of Eva, her friends and associates during photo shoots, though, leaves a lot to be desired. Eventually, it turns out Eva’s ventures might land her in hot water as they’re unsanctioned by WWE’s legal team, and she attempts to bail while she still can. After Jonathan forces her to press on, she blasts him with the revelation she can’t reconcile his forceful business tactics with his behavior as a husband, leaving their relationship in jeopardy, too.
However, unlike previous season finales, Nikki Bella and John Cena are doing A-OK! The only relationship in danger there is that between The Bellas and WWE itself as their contracts come to an end and the prospect of a three-year re-up is floated before them. With baby fever gripping Brie and opportunities outside the ring knocking at Nikki’s door, the twins are seriously debating hanging up their boots even after Nikki wins the Divas Championship at Survivor Series. As the season comes to a close, the sisters agree that their chance to pursue other ventures is rapidly thinning and they have to strike while the iron’s hot. The Bellas shockingly inform WWE officials that, while no departure date is set, their days as Divas are officially numbered!