GN: Meanwhile, a lot of big stuff is happening with your wife. What’s it been like to see what’s going on for her?
Daniel Bryan: Oh my gosh, I’m so proud of her. Her and Stephanie – the main event to RAW, two weeks in a row! That hasn’t happened with Divas in years. Now she’s in what’s, in my mind, the second-biggest match in SummerSlam, and Divas just don’t get that opportunity very often. So I’m really happy for her, really proud of her. She’s worked really hard. A lot of people don’t understand how hard the girls on Total Divaswork. They’re on the road, the same as the rest of us, and then when they get home, they’ve got to be filming this whole time. So it’s a very hard life with very few days off, and she’s finally getting rewarded for that, so that’s really nice.
Before she entered the ring for McMahon’s first fight in over 10 years, Brie and twin sister Nikki Bella dished on the most challenging aspects of their over-the-top profession.
“For me, it is about determination and not letting anything bring you down, being OK with hard work and getting through all of that while on the road 52 weeks a year,” Brie told Popdust.
“You have to be fearless and really want it and if you don’t have that hunger in this business then you will get eaten up alive,” warned Nikki, 30. “Being a woman, the travel is the hardest part. When you get on a long flight you feel bloated and dehydrated.”
Many aspects of being a WWE wrestler are decidedly unglamorous, such as having to wrestle in full make-up wreaking havoc on your skin, or “getting on a flight then into a rental car and traveling to the next town,” said Brie. “Getting into the ring is the fun part! Continue reading
Total Divas” was a surprise hit when it premiered on E! last season. The show, which features a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a WWE Diva, begins its third season on Sunday, Sept. 7. The cast was in town Saturday to talk with Hannah Mitchell, the daughter of Times assistant sports editor Houston Mitchell, about the show, WWE and SummerSlam, WWE’s pay-per-view event that will be held Sunday at Staples Center. Mitchell sat down for a quick Q&A with several cast members.
Brie and Nikki Bella
Brie, most people don’t have their engagement shown on TV like you did, when the show televised Daniel Bryan proposing to you. Did that make it more special?
Nikki: And I got to see it too, which was cool. Usually you don’t get to see anyone’s engagement. I was like, “Bryan, you did good. I’m very proud.” Continue reading
Sisters really are doing it for themselves: Nikki Bella made what was perhaps the biggest power play of SummerSlam 2014 when she betrayed her own flesh and blood, Brie Bella, and fed her to Stephanie McMahon in their grudge match. As Stephanie allowed Nikki to explain, the reason for the Diva’s total betrayal stemmed from Brie’s supposed “selfishness” throughout their lives, especially in the months since Brie quit to save Daniel Bryan’s title reign. It was a cold-blooded denouncing of the sisters’ lifelong bond. Brie’s last-ditch offer of forgiveness to her sister was met with similar coldness, plus a stinging slap from Nikki to Brie’s cheek.
Stephanie McMahon def. Brie Bella
They’re sisters, they’re reality television co-stars and, until SummerSlam, they were the best of friends. However, inside the sold-out STAPLES Center, the closer-than-close relationship between The Bella Twins proved to be the most stunning casualty in the brutal war between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon.
Before Nikki’s actions would ultimately change the complexion of both the Divas division and her own family, Stephanie strode to the ring with complete confidence, sporting ring gear that was more reminiscent of a power-hungry comic book supervillainess than WWE’s Chief Brand Officer. It was the Authority matriarch’s first match in more than a decade, with the utter humiliation of Brie Bella taking precedence over a mere in-ring victory. Dragging her smaller foe around the ring by her hair and stunning Brie with a wince-inducing DDT, Stephanie showed no signs of ring rust in the early goings of this intensely emotional confrontation.
Brie was, in time, able to capitalize on Stephanie’s overconfidence when she connected with a missile dropkick from the middle rope, a maneuver that brought the capacity crowd to its feet in a booming ovation. However, those cheers soon transformed to jeers when Triple H marched intently down the entrance ramp. The Authority would win the night, one way or another.
HQ Screencaps – coming soon
E!, WWE® and Bunim-Murray Productions will once again shadow WWE Divas The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya (Nattie), Naomi (Trinity), Cameron (Ariane) and rookies Eva Marie and Summer Rae giving viewers an inside peek into how these women, who are on the road for 52 weeks a year, balance their personal lives while fighting for the spotlight. In addition, the brazen Latina, WWE Diva Rosa Mendes joins the cast when “Total Divas” returns for 10 all-new episodes beginning Sunday, September 7th at 9pm ET/PT.
In the season two finale, Brie Bella and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan had just tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends, family and many of the gorgeous girls. While most of the Divas were living large, Nikki was patching up her relationship with WWE Superstar John Cena as he had discovered her long kept secret —unbeknownst to anyone but her twin sister she had been married before. Now, the Divas are back with an even more prominent position in WWE as each woman has become a serious contender for the WWE Divas championship title. Continue reading