'Total Bellas' season 4: Johnny Ace furious with Nikki and Brie for 'mentoring' step-sister Maya to become a model
Trouble began when Brie and Nikki set Maya up on a photoshoot for Birdiebee, their clothing brand, without telling Ace
Maya Laurinaitis made her much awaited 'Total Bellas' debut in the latest episode on Sunday. Maya is the daughter of former WWE star John Laurinaitis aka Johnny Ace and Kathy Colace, the twins' mum.
Johnny asked Nikki during a family dinner to mentor his young daughter and Nikki happily accepted but told him jokingly, "But you can't butt in".
"I don't get to spend a lot of time with Maya. I just like having this intimate time with Maya and just getting to know my sister. This is such an honor to be asked and it feels so good," she said in a confessional after, "He's helped us get to this moment and to have Maya want to follow in Brie and I's footsteps is so amazing and touching."
As it turned out, Maya wasn't actually interested in wrestling at all, even though her dad and her stepsisters initially thought so. She wanted to model. Trouble began when Brie and Nikki set her up on a photoshoot for Birdiebee, their clothing brand, without telling Ace.
Now the sisters really were trying to help Maya out after she told them how much she loved posing in front of the camera on the ride back from the dinner.
"Everyone I know, my dad my uncle have been in the business. I love the business and everything and I have such a great outlook and mentors but I'm more excited to model," she confessed to Nikki.
"I have this passion for modeling," she added.
Maya really killed it at the shoot - so much so that the twin's photographer Nicolette, who's shot for them before, even commented that for a 16-year-old's first ever photoshoot she was a "natural."
However, when Johnny first heard of the photo shoot, he seemed upset with the girls.
"I support my daughters for anything they want to do. We are a family but I want to know about it," he explained over dinner to his daughters, and all was well in Bella-land.
Maya created quite a stir ahead of the premiere after Nikki announced her being cast in the reality show. Netizens thought that the Bella twins were turning into the Kardashians and that Maya did not deserve the exposure she would get from being on 'Total Bellas'.
Watch episode 3 'It's My Life' of 'Total Bellas' season 4 on Sunday, February 10 at 9 pm ET/PT on E!