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.”
What was it like growing up with a twin sister?
Nikki: I’m standing right next to you, so be careful.
Brie: The amazing thing is you always have a best friend. Anytime we moved, I knew I’d be OK because I had her next to me.
Brie, What do you have planned for Stephanie McMahon during your SummerSlam match?
Brie: A lot. I have a lot planned. I have been training so hard. The one thing I know is that Stephanie has a lot of power and a lot of tricks up her sleeve. But I’ve been in that ring for the last couple of years and I have been working hard. Plus, with Daniel Bryan as my husband, I learn a lot.
If you both get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day, who would you want to induct you?
Brie: I would love for Natalya [Neidhart] to induct us. We grew up together in developmental and have been on this long road with her in WWE and on “Total Divas,” so I’d really like her to do it.
Nikki: Maybe I’m being a little biased, but I’d really like to see John [Cena] induct me because he is so engaging and I’d really love for him to.
Brie: OK, maybe John and Daniel together.
Nikki: Yeah, maybe Nattie starts it and John and Daniel finish it.
The WWE Divas have been getting more TV time on “Monday Night Raw” and are becoming more and more popular. Do you ever sense the male wrestlers getting a little jealous?
Nikki: I definitely think so. It’s like being on the playground with 80% boys and you are beating them in all the sports.
Brie: We used to have one segment on TV and the guys 10 or 11. Now we are in more segments so I think the guys are definitely worried. But leave it to the women to keep them on their toes, right?
How competitive are you with each other?
Nikki: We are very competitive with each other but in a good way, where we make each other better. It’s made us better in our careers and it has made us better as sisters.
Brie: I think we are also each other’s biggest cheerleader, so when she does a new move in the ring I get maybe a little jealous, but I am so happy for her.
Nikki: You’re good, but I’m the strength of the Bella!
Brie: Yeah, right.
Nikki: See, there’s some bickering. It’s like a 30-year marriage!