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- Best Known For
- First WWE Match
- First Film
- First TV Show
- Personal Trainer
- Nikki Bella Favorite Things
- Nikki Bella Facts
- Nikki Bella body measurements:
- Brie Bella body measurements:
- 1: Squat Jump (Six sets of 4 reps)
- 2: Sumo Deadlift (Four sets of 6 reps)
- 3A: Incline Barbell Bench Press (Three sets of 8-10 reps)
- 3B: Chin-up (Three sets of 8-10 reps)
- How to meet a lady at the gym
- Charlotte Flair
- Nikki Bella
- Summer Rae
- WWE Diva Natalie Eva Marie’s Rise-and-Grind Workout Playlist Is Totally Worth Stealing
- LA BELLA VIDA
- Alfredo Berrios
- ‘People think it’s a joke’: WWE twins’ big news
Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace
Nikki, Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in Arizona
San Diego, California, United States
Nikki Bella attended Chaparral High School and graduated in 2002. She then got enrolled at Grossmont College but left after just one year. Later, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Professional wrestler, actress, model, television host, executive producer
- Father – Jon Garcia
- Mother – Kathy Colace
- Siblings – Brianna Monique Danielson aka Brie Bella (Younger Twin Sister) (Retired professional wrestler, actress, and model), J.J. Garcia (Brother)
- Others – Joseph John “Joe” Colace (Maternal Grandfather), Alice Mary Dessert (Maternal Grandmother), John Laurinaitis (Stepfather) (Retired Professional Wrestler)
Nikki Bella is signed up with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
55 kg or 121 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Nikki Bella has dated
- When Nikki was twenty years old, she got married to her high school sweetheart. Their marriage survived for three years before they decided to get it annulled.
- Nick Nemeth (2008-2010) – Nikki started dating wrestler Nick Nemeth (ring name Dolph Ziggler) in the early months of 2008. They had been signed up with WWE’s development wing, Florida Championship Wrestling, and had grown pretty close while finding their feet in the wrestling industry. It was later revealed that their relationship was the reason for Nikki’s feud with Maria Kanellis as Dolph and Maria were going out and Nikki was responsible for breaking them up. Once, Dolph and Maria had been dancing together and Nikki managed to sneak in, leading to a catfight between them.
- John Cena (2012-2018) – Bella started dating WWE superstar John Cena in 2012. However, their relationship managed to stay under the radar for quite some time as WWE’s strict policy mandates to keep their wrestlers’ private life a secret so as not to affect the show’s storylines. They got engaged in April 2017 after he got down on his knee post their mixed tag team match at WrestleMania 33. The couple publicly announced their separation in April 2018 after 1 year of engagement.
- Artem Chigvintsev (2018-Present) – Nikki met choreographer Artem Chigvintsev in 2017 when they were partnered together while competing on the Dancing with the Stars. But, she was dating John Cena at that time. In 2019, it was revealed that they were dating from some time and got engaged to him in November. She made the news public in her Instagram New Year’s post.
Race / Ethnicity
On her father’s side, she has Mexican ancestry. While on her mother’s side, she is of English, Scottish, Irish, and Italian descent.
- Toned figure
- Prominent nose
- Chiseled jawline
39-27-38 in or 99-68.5-96.5 cm
8 (US) or 40 (EU) or 12 (UK)
36C (36A before implants)
Nikki Bella has been featured in a TV spot for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in which she co-starred with her fiancé John Cena. Also, she has used her strong online presence to promote products and brands through her social media activity.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most popular WWE female wrestlers.
- Her very successful stint with Smackdown during which she went on to become WWE Divas Champion.
First WWE Match
In September 2007, she made her professional WWE debut along with her sister in a tag team match against Nattie Neidhart and Krissy Vaine. They went on to win the match.
In 2014, she made her theatrical film debut in the supporting role of Erica in the comedy-drama, Confessions of a Womanizer.
First TV Show
In 2009, she made her first TV Show appearance in the sports series E.C.W. as herself.
Early on in her wrestling career, Nikki Bella used to focus on lifting heavy weights to prepare her body for the heavy-duty wrestling performances. However, it left her feeling uncomfortable in her body. Plus, she was bored of pumping iron. But then, her sister introduced her to Pure Barre. Her Pure Barre classes usually last for 55 minutes and she makes it a point to be as regular as possible.
When it comes to diet, she tries to be thoughtful and balanced in her approach as she doesn’t believe in crazy dieting methods. In case she is preparing for an event or shoot, she simply becomes more watchful about her eating habits. Otherwise, she balances her diet to allow room for indulgences as well. For example, if she wants to have a glass of wine and dessert for dinner, she refrains from having avocados in her lunch salad.
Nikki Bella Favorite Things
- Beauty Inspiration – Jennifer Lopez
- Workout Song – Black Widow by Iggy Azalea
- Disney Princess – Pocahontas
- Cheat Meal – Donuts
- Past WWE Diva she would like to feud with – Lita
- Ideal Date Night – Dinner under the stars with John Cena and Etta James playing in the background
- Celebrity Crush – Jonathan Taylor Thomas
- Karaoke Song – These Boots Were Made For Walking
- All-Time Favorite Wrestler – Bret Hart
- Movie – Scarface
- Biggest Role Model – Her nana
- Boy Band – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Coffee Order – Black coffee with 1 Splenda
- Vacation Spot – Lake Tahoe
Source – Buzzfeed, Shape
Nikki Bella Facts
- During her early days in Los Angeles, she was employed as a waitress at the upscale Mondrian Hotel.
- She is a licensed real estate agent. She has claimed in her interviews that if she hadn’t become a professional wrestler, she would have preferred to become a real estate agent.
- For her tremendous achievements in the ring, the Rolling Stones declared her as the Diva of the Year in December 2015.
- While growing up, she harbored dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. However, she was forced to give up on her dream after suffering a horrific leg injury.
- In her free time, she loves to write poems, which she claims helps her in escaping her busy lifestyle.
- Initially, she wasn’t thrilled with the idea of moving to Tampa for WWE. It was only after WWE officials negotiated with her mother that she and her sister conceded.
- In 2006, she and Brie failed to make the cut for the WWE Diva Search, which left them facing the prospect of missing out on a wrestling career even before it had started. However, WWE saw their potential and signed them up on a developmental contract.
- Nikki and her sister were set to face Naomi and Cameron at the iconic WrestleMania main event in 2013. However, their match was scrapped, depriving them of a chance to find greater fame early in their career.
- Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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Date of birth: November 21, 1983 (Age: 32 years)
Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight: 131 pounds (59 kg)
Nikki Bella body measurements:
Waist: 27 in (69 cm)
Chest: 39 in (99 cm)
Hips: 38 in (97 cm)
Bra size: 32C
Shoe/feet: 8 (US) / 38-39 (EU)
Hair colour: Dark brown
Eye Color: Brown
Date of birth: November 21, 1983 (Age: 32 years)
Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight: 120 pounds (54 kg)
Brie Bella body measurements:
Waist: 24 in (63 cm)
Chest: 35 in (89 cm)
Hips: 35 in (89 cm)
Bra size: 32A
Shoe/feet: 6 (US) / 36 (EU)
Hair colour: Dark brown
Eye Color: Brown
These hot girls were born with the difference in just 16 minutes, but they are totally different. It concerns not only their style, but their drinking preferences, training circuits and eating habits.
The first point in our list is training process.
As a part of her training program, Nikki prefers elliptical and weightlifting sets. She trains three or four times a week. At the same time, her “younger” sister Brie prefers cardio sessions. Besides, she adores Pilates and yoga and can’t imagine her day without it.
The next difference between the twins lies in food preferences.
Nikki says that six days she eats only meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. But what does she eat on the seventh one? She eats whatever she wants and sees! Such a crazy diet plan.
Brie, on the contrary, doesn’t accept any restrictions in food. This woman wants to enjoy life without limitations. Brie prefers eating natural products, taken from farms. Besides, she doesn’t like eating fried and fatty food, as well as processed one. However, sometimes she allows herself a bit of junk food, but such day is always followed by four days of food limitations.
In a question of drinking alcohol, however, the girls agree. They both drink red wine at times and they don’t consider it to be a crime. It helps to relax a bit after a fight or just to distract a little bit.
As you see, being twins doesn’t mean being totally identical. Tastes always differ, even if you look alike.
One part of slimming down really bums out Nikki Bella. Thanks to her Dancing With the Stars stint and adherence to calorie counting, “I feel like my butt doesn’t look like it used to,” admits the two-time WWE Divas champ, set to wed John Cena in 2018. “That’s the one thing that sucks about losing weight. I’m like, ‘Can I lose it in my inner thigh before you take it from my butt?’”
Her twin sister, Brie, would prefer to offer up her tummy. Nine months after having daughter Birdie (with retired wrestler Daniel Bryan), “I have this little tire,” she says. But with just 10 pounds to her goal, “I know I can lose it.”
The 34-year-old Birdiebee founders talk body in the new issue of Us Weekly.
US: Brie, how tough has it been bouncing back?
BB: A lot more challenging than I realized! You’re so sleep-deprived, you’re just trying to find any ounce of energy you have left.
US: Did you start slow?
BB: Power walking, then the bike and elliptical, anything that wasn’t too demanding because I was recovering from a C-section. It was weird, because you’re so trapped inside, it was the one time I was like, “Yes, I’ll go the gym!”
US: What’s been the most effective workout?
BB: Definitely training in the ring. You can go running all day, but you have a 10-minute match and you might get blown up. I’ve been doing Orangetheory: You’re lifting and then jump on the treadmill. It reminds me of a ring performance.
Hit my goal weight today! Has taken me sooo long but the healthy way does take time and hard work does pays off. Just have to stick with it and never give up!💋💪🏽 Now let’s see how long I can keep it off because all I can think about is 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🤷🏽♀️ lol #mybirdiebee #beestrong #beefearless #beeyou #nevergiveup
US: Nikki, what’s your go-to?
NB: I like to do barre classes a few days a week and in between, I go to the gym. I’m the elliptical queen. After playing soccer and wrestling, it keeps it easy on the knees.
US: What’s your lifting strategy: light or heavy?
NB: More repetition, less weight. But I miss squatting heavy. I feel like my legs were able to get toned and my butt stayed bigger.
US: Are you guys big dieters or everything in moderation?
BB: I’m getting into a strict diet. It’s hard because breast-feeding sometimes will make me more hungry than when I was pregnant. But Nikki is big on counting calories using this app MyFitnessPal, so I downloaded that.
NB: I’ll wake up and even put in my wine for the night so that I know I can only consume so much.
US: Anything you avoid?
NB: I don’t eat red meat. And if I want carbs, I usually have them in the morning.
BB: I’m a vegetarian. For dinner I’m always making something. Last night it was cauliflower wings! But I do allow myself cheat meals. When I’ve been good for four days, my husband and I are like, “Let’s share a pizza!”
US: Nikki, with your wedding coming up, are you really cracking down?
NB: Not yet. But I do have a plan to become strict like a month or two out.
US: Will you focus on your upper body?
NB: I want to make sure head-to-toe looks good. Because then you go on the honeymoon. We haven’t picked ours yet, but it will probably be something that has me in a bikini — or naked.
US: Brie, what’s your goal?
BB: Definitely to get into ring shape. And then to get my abs back. I feel like 2018 is the year of the Bellas, so I have to get ready.
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Think you’re as tough as Kaitlyn? Test your fitness with this routine, courtesy of the former Divas Champion herself, Kaitlyn! Sure, she can rattle off “Simpsons” quotes with astounding proficiency, and wax poetic on ironic mustaches, but once the champion and self-professed “Hybrid Diva” steps into a squat rack, the jokes end and this woman is all business.
Kaitlyn’s bodybuilding past | “Hybrid Diva” hits the weights
“A ‘Hybrid Diva’ demands a hybrid training program, so here’s a routine that combines several fitness qualities — power, strength and muscle growth,” says Dan Trink, C.S.C.S. — peakperformancenyc.com. “Training this way may mean training like a girl — as long as that girl is strong as hell.”
Think you can keep up? Get going!
PS: Before you start, remember: Exercises 3A and 3B are to be performed together as a superset, one right after the other, until the routine is finished.
1: Squat Jump (Six sets of 4 reps)
Set a barbell with very light or no weight across your traps. Unlock your hips, bend your knees and squat down as low as possible. Once you achieve the bottom of your range of motion, drive to the ground and explode upward, extending at the ankle, knee and hip until your feet leave the ground. Land with soft knees, and return to the start.
2: Sumo Deadlift (Four sets of 6 reps)
Assume a wide stance (about double hip-width) with your toes turned out at a 45-degree angle. Keeping your back flat, hinge your hips backward and bend at the knees until you’re able to grab the bar. Keep your chest forward and pull the barbell off the floor by pushing your hips out using your whole leg (glutes and back included) to follow through and complete the lift.
3A: Incline Barbell Bench Press (Three sets of 8-10 reps)
Sitting at an incline bench, grab the barbell in an overhand grip. Lower the bar toward your chest with tucked elbows. Once the bar reaches an inch or two above your mid-chest (touching your chest puts stress on shoulders), drive the weight back up. Follow each set with a set of chin-ups.
3B: Chin-up (Three sets of 8-10 reps)
Perform each set with a set of incline barbell bench presses.
Take a pull-up bar with a palms-in grip. Start in a “dead hang,” your arms straight, and pull yourself to the bar, starting by depressing your shoulder blades. Chin-ups are easier than pull-ups because your biceps and your back are doing the work. Bring your chest to the bar before lowering back to the start.
Next: Kaitlyn gives her Ps & Qs on how to meet a lady at the gym
How to meet a lady at the gym
The “Hybrid Diva” explains what sets her workout routine apart from other WWE Divas.
And now, a few tips on how to navigate the modern dating minefield that is your local YMCA.
- Approach carefully: Her body language dictates your approach. The earbuds-in-watching-TV look’s a red light! Wait till her set’s done before saying “hello.”
- Don’t offer advice: Dial down your inner personal trainer. “Negging” only works for Neil Strauss and in “The Hangover.” Hey — she just might know more than you.
- Take a class: Don’t scoff at those class signs on the wall — that’s where the women are. Group workouts are designed for mingling, so take advantage.
- Don’t forget your manners: Let her go first and wipe down the machine! If you plan on letting her lift steel in your sweat, she won’t want to chat anyway.
- Don’t be creepy: If she sees you as a friendly dude instead of just another creep, that’ll improve your chances with her. So be friendly to everyone.
“I think the Divas we have now are all super athletic. I played soccer my whole life, so I’ve had a lot of experience with sports training and hybrid training. It’s not girly, and you get sweaty and dirty. It’s not what people think when they think of a traditional Diva.” — Kaitlyn
If you’ve ever watched WWE, you know how insanely fit their female Superstars are. They don’t just look good—they can kick, punch, flip, and whip out all kinds of maneuvers that blow away just about anybody who watches them.
Of course, they didn’t become that fit by accident. They log hours at the gym in order to be able to bring it in the ring—and they earned amazing bodies in the process. With that in mind, we pumped few female WWE Superstars, some of whom you can catch on WWE Network’s WrestleMania for their go-to gym moves, so you can try them at home.
Maryse first broke into WWE as a finalist in the 2006 Diva Search competition. (Her French Kiss DDT finishing maneuver is epic, BTW.) Maryse swears by high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which she says is her favorite thing to do in the gym. “HIIT work outs are the best high intensity workouts to get your body burning calories—your body actually burns calories for eight to 12 hours at rest after a good HIIT session,” she says. “These workouts are fast-paced and are great for building lean muscle.” (Dance your way fit with High-Intensity Dance Cardio, the first-ever socanomics DVD!)
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The E!’s Total Divas star is known for being tough on her opponents—and she doesn’t hold back on her workouts, either. While Natalya says her go-to exercises are squats, lunges, and Olympic lifts (clean and jerks, push presses, deadlifts, and snatches), her favorite gym move is heavy squats. “These exercises help me so much with my in ring performance because I use my legs a lot for strength,” she says. “When I power-bomb Charlotte Flair, I know I can do it with ease, because my front squat game is strong. Squats also keep me curvy… and I’m all about that!” Natalya says she also loves running, adding, “If I have a good running partner, I can run for hours.”
Related: Exactly How to Use Squats to Lose Weight, Run Faster, and Get a Tighter Booty
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Front squats…. So when I powerbomb you, it’ll be a piece of cake. 🍰 #KeepMeThick @hardnockssouth @mogyapp
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Wrestling is in her blood: Charlotte is the daughter of legendary WWE champion Ric Flair. She also has some seriously sick abs, but Charlotte admits she’s still working on her gym game. Her favorite workout move right now is the snatch, an explosive lift taking a weighted bar from the ground to overhead in one move that requires a lot of coordination. When Charlotte does snatches, she says she cranks up her music and “just goes to town.”
Related: The 3-Minute Abs Workout Kayla Itsines Swears By
This Total Divas and Total Bellas star is pretty impressive to watch in the ring, and she says Barre has helped her stay fit. Nikki says she uses free weights to tone her arms and squats for her legs, but goes to Barre during the week. “My favorite thing is Pure Barre because I see such amazing results and it isn’t hard on my joints,” she says. “I also love doing the elliptical—I get a great sweat on and burn calories.”
10 plank variations that’ll help you mix up your workout routine:
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Enjoyed an amazing @pure_barre sesh at @purebarrems today! The girls in there were kicking insane butt! So impressed! And with Mollie the instructor! My Jackson MS #bellaarmy you gotta go check the out! 😘 #sundayfunday #purebarre #purebarrems #lifttoneburn #aloyoga #onzie
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Summer has been sidelined with a knee injury but she’s working hard to stay fit. The Superstar says weight training works best for her. However, she still has cardio days where she’ll do spinning. According to Summer, she loves to do “leg day,” a day where she focusing on getting stronger legs. “If you’re having a bad day its a great way to get out aggression and is a stress reliever,” she says.
Korin Miller Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.
WWE Diva Natalie Eva Marie’s Rise-and-Grind Workout Playlist Is Totally Worth Stealing
You don’t have to be a WWE fan to know who Natalie Eva Marie is. The first female WWE star to cross over into film full-time, she’s appeared in cameo roles in Entourage, CSI: New York, and 90210, and most recently wrapped Action #1 for YouTube Red. Next up, she’ll appear in the movie Inconceivable, alongside Nicolas Cage and Faye Dunaway.
Before she began acting, though, it was all about wrestling—meaning Natalie is no stranger to the gym hustle. If you’re one of her near-4-million followers on Instagram, you know she still makes it a priority to sweat day-in and day-out. Her can’t-miss gym essential? A killer playlist. (Also: Tips on how to put together an epic workout playlist.)
“Music is everything to me,” she says. “When I have a solid playlist, my workouts hit hard! I have had those moments where I have showed up to the gym only to realize I forgot my headphones and I think, ‘okay this isn’t going to work.'”
That’s why Natalie shared her favorite rise-and-grind playlist exclusively with Fitness—she gets how much not having one can suck, and this way you can steal her get-psyched-and-sweaty tunes featuring everyone from Big Sean to Kanye West and Beyoncé. (Only want Queen Bey? Try this workout playlist.) The two she currently has on repeat: “Moment For Life” by Nicki Minaj and “Can’t C Me” by 2Pac. “It doesn’t matter how I’m feeling or where I am, if you put those on, I’m ready to get to work,” she says.
Click through to the playlist on Spotify here, or listen straight from the window below—and don’t forget to follow Shape x Fitness Spotify page for a stready stream of new workout playlists to meet your every need.
LA BELLA VIDA
Muscle-bound men, Latinos, and twins? It sounds better than anything Adam Sandler has ever put out. “Growing up, we were always the feisty Latin girls,” Brie says. So much so that they sought to have it reflected in their WWE personas. “We really wanted our characters to be very Latin-based because we’ve always been so proud of our roots,” Brie says. Even their stage name is a nod to their cultures—“bella” meaning “beautiful” in both Spanish and Italian. From how they eat tamales at Christmas to always honoring la Virgén, the two credit their Mexican heritage for teaching them to value family, have faith, work hard, and live passionately.
Rather than wait for someone to invent their next chapter, the duo are rewriting their book. First up is the launch of Birdiebee, a lingerie line in the spirit of TOMS Shoes, with a plan to donate a pair of underwear to a girl in need for every pair sold. The pay-it-forward concept has already attracted interest from Shark Tank investor Daymond John. “We’re hoping Birdiebee will launch in September, the perfect time for Fashion Week,” says Nikki, who acknowledged that sneak peeks will be released all summer. “It’s a brand about women’s empowerment, not just ‘panties with a purpose,’ ” says Nikki. “It will be a brand to educate women and girls about feminine health.”
Beyond their careers, they’re each focused on starting families. “Bryan and I have had serious baby fever for the last year,” Brie says. That’s why she opted to retire a few months ago. “I just felt like I should move on to the next chapter of life together with him and not just have him be at home waiting for me while I live his dream.”
As for Nikki, her relationship with Cena started with doubters and haters. “People thought I was such a gold digger,” she says. “Because my man is handsome and successful, that makes me a gold digger? First of all, I pay my own bills and I still pay my own bills. But if your man is gonna give you a gift, you’re gonna accept it. I’m not gonna be like, ‘No, can you please take back the Louis Vuitton purse?’ Absolutely not.” After four years with John, Nikki is eager to tie the knot. “Marriage fever,” she says with a sigh. “I have to remind him when I get hit on, ‘I got hit on because no one saw a ring.’ The good thing is, he’s more open to marriage now—kids, unfortunately, no.” Despite the uncertainty about her romantic future, Nikki keeps it all in perspective. “When I envision having my life without John, it hurts more than having a life without kids.”
A return to the ring isn’t far from either of their minds. Although Nikki was sidelined by surgery, she’s already adopting safer ring techniques and crossing her fingers that she could return to action this summer. “I want to have the comeback of a lifetime. As long as I work smart, I know I can get back in that ring and do some damage.” Brie sees herself coming back after she becomes Mama Bella.
The return of the Bella Twins will be felt throughout the sports world. They’d be sure to wear their signature red crop tops emblazoned with their mottoes, “Fearless” and “Brie Mode,” strutting into the spotlight to their theme music, the Bella Army screaming along (“You can look, but you can’t touch!”) at the top of their lungs.
Today, they’re walking back to their five-star hotel in Manhattan. No entourage, no glam squad, no nada. Just Nikki and Brie, as always. Together.
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When she was searching for a role model during her formative teenage years, Stephanie Nicole Garcia found one in a dynamically talented Latina: Jennifer Lopez.
As she considered the path she wanted her future to take, Garcia, who is now best known as WWE superstar Nikki Bella, her choice of inspiration led her directly toward her present success. But it didn’t come easily; at times she felt she didn’t fit in — in a number of ways.
Nikki, whose father, Joe, is Mexican, grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She latched onto Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, as her motivation as she went through her teenage years.
“My idol was Jennifer Lopez,” Bella said during a recent interview with ESPN Deportes during Royal Rumble weekend. “I was maturing in a way that all my friends weren’t. How is it that I’m 10 and I look 15 and all my friends don’t?”
Bella can draw a clear line from seeing Lopez on the cover of Latina Magazine to her own appearance in the magazine more than a decade later.
“I’m so proud to be a Latina,” Bella said. “Growing up and being Latina and growing up with my father and getting to do a lot of the Hispanic traditions, I loved it.
“It was funny, because when I shot the cover for Latina Magazine, I spoke about that when the magazine came out,” Bella said. “I was in sixth grade, and it was something very important to me because as a Latin woman growing up, a Latin girl, I related to them and there were people that I was growing around that I wasn’t relating to.”
Bella featured on the Latina Magazine cover in 2016 with her twin sister Brie, just a few weeks before Nikki’s return to the ring after a serious neck injury that kept her out of action for close to a year. It was also just a few months after Brie announced she was retiring from the ring to start a family with former WWE superstar and current SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan, real name Bryan Danielson.
This step in her twin sister’s life makes Nicole very emotional because before Brie’s marriage to Danielson, they had been together all of their lives.
It was the case throughout their childhood and through the start of their wrestling careers. After going into modeling and acting at the same time, in 2007, they signed WWE contracts and began training in Florida Championship Wrestling, then the development territory for World Wrestling Entertainment.
That was where the Bella twins, Nikki and Brie, were officially born, morphing over the years into company icons after their debut as part of the main roster in 2008. Today, among many things, they are stars of the WWE’s reality show, “Total Divas,” which presents their life outside the ring along other female stars, as well as their own spinoff, “Total Bellas.”
While Brie is in the midst of her pregnancy and awaiting her first child with Bryan, Nikki is back to performing five times a week as part of the Smackdown Live brand. She’s not all alone, though, as Bryan makes weekly appearances on the TV show, and her boyfriend John Cena, one of the biggest WWE superstars of all time and a pop culture phenomenon in his own right, is also right by her side performing on the same show.
Now that Brie is expecting, Nikki can’t hide her joy.
While they spend more time apart now than they have previously in their lives, as Brie starts her family and Nikki carries on in the ring, they still film their reality shows together, as well as several other business interests. But after spending so much time together with Brie in the ring, this change in circumstances has motivated Nikki to shine on her own. It’s not a totally foreign feeling, either, as Nikki was the longest-reigning Divas champion in the title’s history, before it was retired in favor of the Raw women’s championship.
“In the beginning I kind of felt like lonely, and I kind of embraced it. Hey, now actually I can prove the people that I’m an individual, I just don’t have to be a Bella Twin to make a name for myself here. I can be Nikki Bella, Fearless Nikki, and I’ve really enjoyed that,” she said. “But there are moments like the Royal Rumble or different moments that I wish I could share with Brie, and I do miss seeing her out there. Like when I do tag matches , ‘Oh I miss my sister Brie.’ So it has its ups and downs.”
As she further explores her independence, Nikki also hopes to return to some of her roots. Among her goals in the next few months, besides wrestling, Nikki would love to learn more Spanish.
“I’m so proud, from the food to the women to the curves. I just need to learn a little more español. Entiendo un poquito.”
WWE sent out the following:
The Bella Twins cover ‘Latina’ magazine
WWE Superstars Nikki and Brie Bella are featured inside and on the cover of the latest issue of “Latina” magazine.
The cover feature inside the August issue of the largest magazine designed for Latin women goes in-depth in detailing what inspired The Bella Twins to pursue sports-entertainment, and how they eventually revolutionized Women’s competition in WWE.
Don’t miss our empowering feature with our August Cover stars @BellaTwins! #BellaTwinsOnLatina https://t.co/0l6RIVr4k3
— Latina Magazine (@Latina) June 28, 2016
“The first time I ever saw women wrestling, I immediately felt connected,” Brie tells “Latina.” “I thought, ‘This is what I’m supposed to do.’”
We are so honored & happy to share with you our cover of @latina Magazine! B&N #BellaTwinsOnLatina pic.twitter.com/K5ipzRaBXC
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) June 28, 2016
The Bellas’ influence is also felt outside the ring. Nikki and Brie detailed their goal to empower and inspire women through their own success in WWE and on their reality shows. “Latina” also discusses the success of E!’s “Total Divas,” plus what’s in store for Nikki and Brie in their upcoming spin-off “Total Bellas,” premiering on E! Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
Check out the Bellas feature online now at Latina.com. The August issue of “Latina” magazine is available on newsstands next week.
‘People think it’s a joke’: WWE twins’ big news
The pair, 36, can barely be kept apart at the best of times and now they’ll be sharing another intimate journey together after confirming the remarkable news.
What’s more, their due dates are just two weeks apart but they insist it remains just a coincidence.
Speaking to People, Brie said: “Wait, twins being pregnant at the same time?
“People are going to think that’s a joke. We both are shocked. People are going to think we planned it, but you can’t really plan pregnancy!”
Brie is married to fellow WWE superstar Daniel Bryan while Nikki is engaged to professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev.
Nikki was just weeks away from walking down the aisle with John Cena in 2018 but ended up calling the wedding off.
Since announcing their retirements in March last year, the pair star in reality TV show Total Bellas and have also launched a wine label.
Brie already has a two-year-old child and added of the news: “My husband and I were trying for seven or eight months, but then I felt in my heart it was a sign from God, like, ‘You guys are good with one,’ so we stopped trying.
“When we were in France meeting Artem’s family, I felt a little off. I was irritated and uncomfortable in my body. When we got home, I took a test two days before Thanksgiving, and when I saw the positive sign, I was like, ‘Oh, s***.”
Brie and Nikki when Brie was pregnant in 2017.Source:Getty Images
Nikki claimed a nagging feeling encouraged her to take a pregnancy test.
She said: “I was in yoga, and I kept getting this feeling that you need to take a pregnancy test, but I wasn’t even late yet.
“And so I’m like, ‘Why do I keep having this feeling? Am I getting twin vibes from her? Because she just told me she’s pregnant?’”
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Retired WWE star Nikki Bella and twin sister Brie are both pregnant by their respective partners.
It will be the first child for Nikki who is engaged to former Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev, while Brie and her husband Daniel Bryan, who have been married for six years, are expecting their second child.
Speaking to People, the sisters explained they are only due one and a half weeks apart from each other, with Brie quipping: “Wait, twins being pregnant at the same time? People are going to think that’s a joke.
“We both are shocked. People are going to think we planned it, but you can’t really plan pregnancy!”
Nikki added: “(It was) a total surprise. It took even me a good week to come to terms with like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m pregnant.’ I’m not ready for it.”
The former wrestler explained that she and Artem weren’t trying to get pregnant, but she had a feeling she was.
“I was in yoga, and I kept getting this feeling that you need to take a pregnancy test, but I wasn’t even late (on my period) yet,” she said. “And so I’m like, ‘Why do I keep having this feeling? Am I getting twin vibes from her? Because she just told me she’s pregnant?’”
Nikki previously dated wrestler-turned-actor John Cena in 2012, with the pair getting engaged at the WrestleMania 33 event in April 2017. The former couple announced they had ended their engagement a year later, and split for good shortly after as Cena didn’t want to have children.
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WWE did the right thing in adding two Divas to a depleted division, but it chose the wrong women in Nikki and Brie Bella.
One can only hope WWE has some brilliant plan to utilize the twins outside of the ring, but more likely we’re just in for the Bellas taking up space that more talented women should be getting.
The Divas division needs more women to challenge for Kaitlyn’s championship. The female portion of the roster needed variety and depth, not more eye candy.
The twins showed up on Monday’s Raw in a segment with Team Rhodes Scholars.
It’s no secret that WWE sees the Divas division as a means to attract lusty boys and men. Otherwise, Kelly Kelly would have never have had a job in the company.
There was plenty of sex appeal in the division before the Bellas came back. AJ Lee, Rosa Mendes, Kaitlyn and Layla promise plenty of sexiness.
Bringing in additional attractive women makes sense. It’s disappointing, though, that the addition is a pair of women with such limited ring skills. The Bellas are quick and agile but essentially one-dimension performers. They don’t have the stage presence, power or technical skill as the best female wrestlers out there.
When Nikki and Brie Bella were released last year, it felt like a sign that WWE was going in the right direction, finding the perfect blend of sports and entertainment. Sure, fans enjoy hot ladies, but they don’t want to see clunky, awkward matches in the process.
When there are women in NXT who are both beautiful and good at wrestling, why the move to add the inelegant Bellas again?
Paige, Sasha Banks or Summer Rae would have done more for the division than the Bellas are capable of.
Re-signing the Bellas is a backwards move. To hear them talk of saving the Divas division on their Raw segment is chuckle-worthy, as best said by this fan on Twitter.
The Bellas saying that their going to save the women’s division is like Nickelback saying their going to save music.
For fans of women’s wrestling, WWE has been a source of constant frustration. Extremely skilled women are often underused and misused. Beth Phoenx never got enough airtime. Natalya was asked to play a farter.
In a year that WWE is honoring one of its most successful female stars in Trish Stratus in the Hall of Fame, it’s disheartening to see the company mishandle the Divas. Nikki and Brie are about as far from Trish as one can get.
Meanwhile, this generation’s next Trish Stratus could be in NXT or sitting on WWE’s bench.
Watch Brie Bella in this 2012 match against Tamina Snuka.
Brie shows off some athleticism, but in the end she is outclassed by Tamina. Tamina is a much more well-rounded performer, the kind of woman WWE should be signing.
WWE seems to make mind-boggling decisions at the same rate as it taps into exactly what its audience wants.
As a miscalculation of the audience’s wants, bringing back the Bellas ranks right up there with only giving Daniel Bryan and Sheamus 18 seconds to work with at WrestleMania 28.
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While Nikki Bella is retired from wrestling, she is reportedly open to a return.
Both Nikki and her twin sister, Brie, announced their retirements on the season finale of the E! reality show Total Divas this week. However, according to TMZ Sports, Nikki may not stay out of the ring forever.
Sources told TMZ Sports that Nikki is “definitely open to returning to the ring” if the “timing is right.”
Nikki will reportedly remain part of WWE as an ambassador and will continue to star in Total Bellas alongside her sister.
A number of factors reportedly played into Nikki’s decision to retire, including the toll wrestling takes on her body, as well as her outside business ventures. Nikki and Brie own clothing and wine businesses, and they announced they are starting their own podcast.
Even before officially announcing her retirement, Nikki had essentially become a part-time Superstar for WWE. She didn’t wrestle in any matches in 2019, competed in just eight in 2018 and 17 the year before that.
Nikki still made a significant impact, though, as she was the final person eliminated by Asuka in the first Women’s Royal Rumble match last year, and she headlined the first all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, against Ronda Rousey.
The 35-year-old Bella is the longest-reigning Divas champion of all time at 301 days.
While Nikki’s appearances on WWE programming would likely be few and far between, she remains a big name and a crossover star, so she could still be an asset, provided WWE picks its spots regarding when and how to use her should she return.
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