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Here’s A Look At 20 Facts About WWE Champions Brie And Nikki Bella You Probably Didn’t Know

The professional wrestling duo known as the Bella Twins have made quite a name for themselves in the world of WWE. The two reality stars are both former Diva Champions and have accumulated a pretty dedicated following since their days tag teaming against major names in the wrestling world.

Here’s a look at 20 fun fact about the twins.

They’re true blue Latinas.

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The Bella Twins weren’t always just called the Bella Twins. Long before their career, they were given the name Nicole and Briana Garcia-Colace by their parents. Their father Jon Garcia was born in Mexico and their mother Kathy Colace is Italian.

Their names aren’t Brie and Nikki

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The twins were born Brianna Monique Garcia-Colace and Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace in 1983. You may have noticed this when Cena used Nikki’s real name when proposing over the weekend. When it came time to pick names for the ring, they decided to go by their nicknames, Brie and Nikki, and just add the ‘Bella’ as a stage surname.

Nikki is the older twin.

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The twins were born sixteen minutes apart with Nikki being born before Brie. They were born in San Diego and raised on a farm in Scottsdale, Arizona.

They grew up being pretty athletic.

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The two sisters played soccer in high school and Nikki considered pursuing a Division 1 scholarship. Brie was also a ballet dancer during her high school days.

The two started off waiting tables.

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Like so many aspiring actresses, the sisters packed up their lives and headed to LA to pursue acting careers. While they waited to hit it big they waited tables at a Mexican restaurant in West LA.

When they finally made it big it was all thank to reality TV.

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The twins made their reality television debut on a show called “Meet My Folks.” At the time, the casting director told them about auditions for WWE’s Divas initiative. The twins were hesitant to pack up their lives and move to Florida to train but they ended up making a decision that changed their lives. The show “Total Divas” propelled them to stardom.

Nikki got married when she was 20 but had the marriage annulled.

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The wrestler revealed on Total Divas that she married her high school sweetheart when she was just 20 years old but had the marriage annulled three years later. 

Brie had a boyfriend die when she was in high school.

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Brie’s bear claw tattoo can be seen on her lower stomach. She’s said it is in memory of an ex-boyfriend who passed away when she was just 18-years-old. Brie has said that he had made a bear figure in art class their senior year and she kept it by her bed. 

Nikki is a poet.

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Both of the twins are pretty creative. Nikki has said in interviews that she’s passionate about writing poetry. “I write poetry. One day I’m going to put my book out with all my poetry.” Maybe this means when she’s finished with wrestling we’ll see a book of her poems on shelves?

Nikki kissed Brie’s man once.

They might be husband and wife now, but before Brie was shacked up with Daniel Bryan, Nikki was fighting in a stage storyline that had the two sisters after the affections of the NEXUS wrestler. As part of the storyline, Bryan kissed both sisters.

Nikki also does real estate. 

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Before she was playing a total Diva for WWE, Nikki planned on doing real estate for a backup. She passed all of her real estate exams while living in Los Angeles and is a licensed real estate agent.

They own a company together.

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While pursuing their wrestling careers, Bella and Nikki both launched a women’s underwear liCalledlled Birdie Bee, the underwear line sends part of it’s earnings to young women in need.

They used to work for Budweiser.

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Before their fame, the two models worked for Budweiser as their World Cup Twins, during an international soccer tournament.

They’re pretty private for reality stars.

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As stars of reality television shows, you’d think the Bella twins would be a bit more open to letting cameras capture their every move. Still, the Bella twins made sure to keep certain parts of their lives underwraps especially when it came to their relationship with John Cena. The two chicas have made a point to avoid letting cameras into their space especially for family dinners. 

They’ve had quite a few high profile relationships.

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Before there was John Cena or Daniel Bryan, the Bellas twins were getting together with some A-list celebrities. For some time, Nikki dated fellow wrestler Dolph Ziggler and Brie was connected to Richie Kotzen, the former guitarist for Poison.

Brie retried from WWE to be a stay-at-home mom.

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Back in 2016, after her husband retired from wrestling with an emotional farewell, Brie decided to step out of the ring herself.  

Brie’s pretty invested in the environment.

Brie and her husband Bryan are huge environmental advocates. Brie has said that she plans to focus more of her time on advocating for animal rights and environmental issues.

Nikki is a WWE Divas Champion

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Nikki won her first WWE Divas Championship back in 2012.

Nikki has had a long reign for a fighter.

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The wrestler is actually a two-time WWE Divas Champion. Her second reign as champion made her the longest in the title’s history at 301 days. 

They have a wine label.

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The girls’ label is called Belle Radici and it’s in collaboration with Hill Family Estates and Gauge Branding.

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Meet Marti Belle, The Dominicana Pro Wrestler Who Is Literally Kicking Ass


Meet Marti Belle, The Dominicana Pro Wrestler Who Is Literally Kicking Ass

Marti Belle knocks down barriers for a living — literally. A professional wrestler on the American independent circuit, the Afro-Latina is the first-ever dominicana to compete on WWE and Impact Wrestling stages.

The New York City-born fighter kicked off her career in 2008 as a valet for Tristan Spade for the World of Unpredictable Wrestling. A year later, she made her wrestling debut, bringing her agility and strength to the ring.

Since then, Marti Belle, born Martibel Payano, has proven to be a force on stage. The 29-year-old, formerly a TNA Knockout who also appeared on the WWE’s Mae Young Classic, has several championships, including with the American Pro Wrestling Alliance, New York Wrestling Connection, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Shine Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored.

We had the chance to speak with the Latina making a living out of literally kicking ass about wrestling, representation, challenges and making her dreams come true.

1. We can tell by your social media presence and wrestling singlets that you’re dominicana. Tell us about your upbringing.

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I was born in New York City and moved to La Romana, Dominican Republic. I moved back to New York for good at age 7 to live with my abuelita, Martina. I grew up in the Inwood/Dyckman area of Manhattan. There was a true sense of community. It felt like everyone knew each other. I loved playing outside and grabbing a slice. Now I currently live in Kansas City and previously lived in Cleveland, but going back home is one of my favorite things in the world. My abuelita made sure that I grew up with my culture deeply instilled. Spanish was my first language, and the only language my grandmother communicated in, so thanks to that I was completely immersed.

2. Speaking about your childhood, did you always dream of being a wrestler?

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When I was younger, my goal was acting, to be in novelas and movies, but I wanted to be something other than a side character, the nanny or the maid. I wanted to be featured in the lead roles, la protagonista. I just never saw that growing up. It was hard to find someone who looked like me in the shows I would watch on TV, even on Telemundo or Univision.

3. It’s true. It’s rare to find Black Latinas, or even athletic Latinas, on our TV screens. Even in wrestling, you’re the first Dominican woman wrestler in the history of the WWE. How did you stay motivated to materialize your dream while not seeing yourself represented?

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Even though I didn’t realize it as a young girl, my abuelita was my hero. She was the greatest example of hard work, compassion and determination. She pushed me to follow my dreams and was my No. 1 fan in anything I did. She would attend my softball games and then sit through a three-hour play in English, even though she didn’t understand it, just to see me on stage. It’s still a goal of mine. I want girls who look and sound like me to be able to turn on their televisions, see me in the ring, on a show or even YouTube, and see themselves truly represented. I must also point out that JoJo Offerman is a ring announcer and wrestler, and she is of Mexican and Dominican descent. So I like to say I am the first female Dominican citizen, which I guess is more accurate. My parents see me on TV and online a lot, and they saw me wrestle live once in DR. Sharing that with my family keeps me motivated.  

4. Can you remember a particular moment when you decided you wanted to be a wrestler?

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When I moved back to New York City, my cousins and I watched WWF and WCW. We loved cheering on our favorites and yelling at the bad guys. I think this also helped me learn English faster. Ten years ago, I stepped into the ring for the first time as a valet, accompanying a wrestler to the ring. From that day, I knew I had to start training and be one of the girls actually wrestling. It was completely addicting.

5. What are some of the challenges you face as a woman of color in this industry?

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I’ve always tried to keep a positive mindset and repeat to myself that challenges won’t last, but I will. When I was younger, I would always write down affirmations for myself, like, “approach things from a desire-based not fear-based.” It takes a lot of self-confidence to be able to navigate this industry. I remember when I first started, I was constantly told I had to straighten my hair because my curly hair wasn’t “professional.” And I actually did that for many years. It is very easy to lose yourself, lose your confidence and doubt who you are as a performer. I have to be able to think fast and be resourceful. I used to work for a company where I was able to wrestle, host and conduct interviews, and then the company closed.  

6. You competed in the Mae Young Classic, as one of the only three Latinas in the entire tournament. What was that like?

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Well the Mae Young Classic is a WWE tournament, with a lot of matches spanned over a few days. Three months to the date of my grandmother’s death anniversary, I got the call I had been waiting years for. The WWE invited me to participate in a match that would put  32 women from all over the world in the ring for the first time. I was selected to represent the Dominican Republic, which to this date is one of the biggest accomplishments of my career. I was eliminated in the first round, which is not what I was expecting or hoping for, but it was still an amazing experience. DR was one of three Latin countries represented in the tournament (Mexico and Brazil being the other two). During the first day of the tapings, we had what they call the Parade of Champions. They introduced us to the crowd one by one. Everyone was watching on Facebook Live back home. I managed to hold it together right until they said, “And representing the Dominican Republic…” and then broke down in tears because it felt so right.

7. If you could go back to when you first started, what advice would you give yourself and other women who want to break into professional wrestling?

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I would tell myself [and other women] to always keep your head up. Challenging times will pass. Soak up as much knowledge as you can, especially in your first few years. Eventually, I decided to do my own thing, and embrace who I really was, then I started seeing more success. Once I learned to speak up for myself, I found myself getting better and bigger opportunities.

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