"I was shocked. I wasn't expecting that," Nikki, a WWE wrestler, told E! News. "I wasn't expecting a double elimination and I just wasn't expecting to hear our names. So, still I'm in shock, for sure, [and] sad."
Likewise, Artem was so caught off-guard by the couple's departure that he admitted he was "at a loss for words."
"I don't know how I'm feeling. I was taken by surprise. That's my honest answer. I didn't think we were going home," Artem told E! News. "I'll be honest with you. I don't know what happened."
"I have no regrets," Nikki said when reflecting on her Dancing with the Stars experience as a whole, adding that she wouldn't have changed a thing or done anything differently in anticipation of a different outcome.
"I have to say that every performance we did was so different. I knew that just by my hair, makeup and wardrobe alone. I got to be a different character every week, and Artem's choreography challenged me in such amazing ways."
Nikki, who is engaged to American Grit host John Cena, couldn't help but gush about her "amazing" and "incredible" journey on the ABC reality dancing competition.
"[I learned about] coming out of your comfort zone and being uncomfortable and knowing that it's okay, and having fun even though it's really hard work," explained the brunette beauty.
"I definitely have no regrets. If anything, I'm just so beyond grateful that I got to be on the Season 25 cast and I got to experience this, and that I got Artem as a pro, because in the end, Artem became more than a pro to me, he's become a good friend."
As for what Artem will take away from thisDancing with the Stars season, he told E! News "a new friendship," which is something he said you "cannot change or trade."
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