As one-half of the dazzling Bella Twins, Brie debuted on SmackDown in 2008, defeating her first opponent, Victoria, by way of “Twin Magic” — a move in which she and her identical sister, Nikki, secretly switched places during matches. In 2011, the sneaky tactic helped Brie defeat Eve to win the Divas Championship.
Every bit as cunning as she is cute, this half-Mexican, half-Italian beauty, along with her doppelgänger, truly blazed a path for female athletes to follow over the years, both inside and outside the squared circle.
Outside the ring, Nikki & Brie have thrived as the center pieces of the hit E! reality show “Total Divas,” alongside the likes of Paige, Natalya, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes and Alicia Fox. Life as a reality star didn’t dull Brie’s abilities in the ring; alongside sister Nikki, she quickly staked out a spot at the top of her division. Even though she has retired from in-ring competition, “Brie Mode” will be the default status on the WWE Universe’s lips for a long, long time to come.
If there’s a barrier to be broken or an accolade to be earned, Nikki Bella has done it, and done it with style.
A self-admitted “tomboy” with a feminine side, Nikki originally planned to play professional soccer until a leg injury ended her career. From there, she followed her twin sister Brie’s lead into WWE. Unsuccessful in seizing spots in the 2006 WWE Raw Diva Search, The Bellas caught the eyes of execs and soon landed in FCW. Training for the competition they’d soon crush (while male WWE fans formed crushes on them), Nikki and her sibling made their way onto the main roster in 2008 and turned heads whenever they set foot inside the ring.
But don’t be fooled — Nikki is more than just a (really) pretty face. With a dash of “Twin Magic,” Nikki and her sister stirred up WWE, culminating with a Divas Title reign apiece in 2011 and 2012. But after a brief sabbatical from WWE, the sisters began an astonishing reinvention, with Nikki cementing herself as the division’s mean-girl powerhouse and earning a Divas Title reign that lasted a record-setting 301 days. Now, as a pivotal member of the SmackDown LIVE roster, Nikki continues to test the limits of competition in a complete and totally Fearless fashion.
So go ahead. Underestimate her because she’s a woman. Or a twin. Or a reality show star on hit shows like Total Bellas and Total Divas. Or because of whom she’s dating. Write her off if you must, but do so at your own peril because when it comes to separating the contenders from the pretenders, rest assured Nikki Bella is the real deal.
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