Is Matteo Chigvintsev going to be a big brother in the near future?
Nikki Bella gave a big update about possible plans to have a second child with fiancé Artem Chigvintsev on the Mar. 10 episode of The Bellas Podcast with twin Brie Bella.
"I've been having some conflict in my head lately. And I know I talk to you about this a lot, I go back and forth, but baby No. 2," the Total Bellas star shared this morning. "So I thought I was one and done and then Matteo makes me want to give him a sibling and Artem makes me want to give him a baby girl, not that I have any control over that. Then I'm like, 'Closer in age is good,' but then I'm like, 'I really want to do a WWE return with you Brie. I really want to go after the tag title.' That's one thing I really want to do before I hang up the Nikes for good."
As fans know, Nikki and Brie recently revealed plans to come out of retirement for a WrestleMania return in 2022 or 2023.
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Nikki added, "But when I think of that I'm like, 'OK, so that means I'm going to get pregnant in like 2023.' I'll be 38 in 2021."
Brie chimed in, "I mean, people are having babies at 45."
Nikki shared, "I know, but I don't know if I want to be pregnant at 40. This is where I'm having a really tough time."
"I definitely see that you want to do a WWE run before pregnancy but if we even talk about if baby No. 2 is possible for you, I think everyone wants to know if this WWE run is going to happen," Brie said.
Nikki then gave an update on her neck injuries and revealed she's "not cleared to wrestle" currently.
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"I saw a doctor last week who is starting to help me with neck-strengthening exercises," Nikki explained. "He's starting to help me gain that strength...We're gonna see what a year does and how that bone grows and how strong my neck can get."
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Nikki Bella called twin sister Brie when she thought her son was choking
Last summer, television and WWE stars Brie and Nikki Bella welcomed infant sons within 22 hours of one another. For the past year, the sisters have been raising the boys while living across the street from each other in Napa Valley, California.
Being so close was a relief when first-time mom Nikki, who had recently introduced solid foods to son Matteo, feared the baby was choking. She immediatly called Brie, who "sprinted across the street" to help out.
"I'm doing things like giving Matteo more chunky food and that is one thing that terrifies me is my son choking," said Nikki. "I think every parent goes through this with their first child where they're going from pureed food to, 'Wait you’re telling me I have to give him half a banana cut in half? Are you serious?'"
"There's definitely a point where you know a mother really has concern, and with my sister I can either hear it in her voice or see it on her face when she legit doesn’t know what to do and she's at the point of being scared or needing help," Brie explained. "That’s definitely where I know to come in."
Brie Bella's son Buddy was born August 1, 2020, the day after Matteo. She also has 4-year-old daughter, Birdie, with husband Daniel Bryan.
In just a few weeks, the baby boys will celebrate their first birthdays and Brie Bella says the event will be a "wild" affair commensurate with the boys' personalities.
"Our boys are wild, so we felt like there was no more perfect party than having kind of a woodland theme and calling it 'the wild ones.'" Brie told TODAY Parents. "We're going to have a joint birthday party — I feel like it's probably going to be the same for the boys for a majority of their lives."
Both sisters agree there is much to celebrate this year.
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"Being a new mom is so incredible," Nikki said during a conversation with TODAY Parents promoting the twins' new line of strollers, baby carriers and other infant products in collaboration with infant brand Colugo. "Creating this life and just watching Matteo grow has been the best experience and the best moments of my life so far. It goes by so fast."
Nikki says her sister was vital to making it through her first year as a new mother, explaining Brie kept a perfect balance of supporting her when she needed help while allowing her to form her own ideas about and methods of parenting.
"You have to figure things out for yourself in those uncomfortable moments as a new mom," said Nikki, who is engaged to "Dancing with the Stars" pro Artem Chigvintsev. "It makes you a better parent who knows how to handle situations when someone like Brie isn’t around, but I've also been blessed because I've had Brie in moments where a lot of people don't have that person."
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In addition to adjusting to Buddy and Matteo moving from babyhood to the toddler years, the twins say their relationships with their husbands and their family lives have moved into a better routine as their babies, now 10 months old, get older.
For Nikki, her relationship with Chigvintsev may have gotten a bit steamier since adding parenthood to the mix.
"We'll look at each other and go, "Oh my gosh you're such an amazing mom, you're such an amazing dad,'" said Nikki. "Being parents together has really made our relationship stronger, and how I see him teach Matteo and how he plays with Mateo literally melts my heart. It's probably a bigger turn on now than anything ever was a turn on back then."
And, Brie says while going from one baby to two intimidated her at first, she's now at a place where she can't imagine life without baby Buddy in their family.
"It does take a while to adjust to bringing a baby into your home, but now I can't imagine it before (Birdie and Buddy) came into this world," Brie said. "Daniel’s been helpful and we're back to normal. The only ones acting up are my French Bulldogs."
Terri Peters is a writer and editor for TODAY.com. She lives in a small beach town on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband and two kids. When she isn't writing, she can be found at the beach or exploring Florida's theme parks with her family.
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Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev’s Son Matteo’s Baby Album: Family Pics
Bonding with their baby boy! Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsevhave been showing off their son, Matteo, since welcoming him in July 2020.
“7/31/20,” the former professional wrestler wrote via Instagram the following month. “Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE! Everyone is safe and healthy.”
The Dancing With the Starspro added with a post of his own at the time: “Proud of my love @nikkibella.”
Since Nikki’s twin sister, Brie Bella, gave birth to her and husband Daniel Bryan’s second child, a son named Buddy, less than 24 hours later, Nikki gushed about their “tag team” via Twitter.
“I beat her,” the new mom wrote in August 2020. “As you can imagine everyone said it was my baby & mines competitive side that kicked in! I can’t wait for our Bellas Boys to grow up together! … Such a beautiful learning experience, still is, and wow a love like this! Everything you all have said it would be! I’ve never smiled so much with such little sleep. I’m in heaven! I’m so happy!!”
Nikki went on to call the Russian dancer “the best dad,” tweeting, “Our baby boy is so lucky. I didn’t think I could love him even more, but goodness I fell more in love with him the past few days. I feel so blessed. Can’t wait for the day to officially makes us a family.”
She and Chigvintsev kept their son’s name under wraps until announcing it later that same month, as well as his middle moniker, Artem. “My life is so complete,” Nikki captioned a family photo at the time.
As for Brie and Bryan, who also share daughter Birdie, their newborn son’s name was inspired by family members. “Buddy Dessert Danielson,” Brie wrote via Instagram. “Named after Bryan’s Dad and his middle name is pronounced Desert after my Nana’s maiden name. He came into our lives in such a special way we wanted to name him after some special people.”
Keep scrolling to see Nikki and Chigvintsev’s little one’s sweetest moments with his parents, from sleepy selfies to cute cuddles.
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Nikki Bella Shares Photo of Her Post-Baby Body 5 Months After Giving Birth
Nikki Bella is working on her post-baby body!
It's been five months since the 37-year-old Total Bellas star gave birth to her and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev's first child together, son Matteo. On Friday, the new mom showed off her post-birth figure, writing, she's "getting there" and is "finally going to start workouts."
In the Instagram Story mirror selfie, Bella rocks comfy grey sweatpants and lifts her white long-sleeve shirt up to show her stomach. In another pic, the former WWE wrestler wrote about working out "hopefully today but definitely tomorrow!" adding she would start a 30-day hot yoga challenge.
On Saturday, Bella posted an adorable video of her son eating pureed butternut squash. The tiny tot is sitting in a bounty chair as his mom feeds him.
Bella took a moment to reflect on her "memorable 2020" on New Year's Eve. In her Instagram slideshow, she touched on how she was given the "greatest gift I could have ever prayed for, our Matteo."
Bella and the Dancing With the Stars pro are committed to being the best parents to little Matteo. Last month, the reality star revealed during the Tamron Hall Show that they plan on going to couples therapy in order to "be amazing parents."
"I was so supportive and pushing him out the door to go do Dancing and then I realized once he left, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what did I do? Like, I need him.’ And so it was really hard," she confessed, of being away from her beau for a few months. "We’re going to start [therapy] after the season and it’s mainly just to be amazing parents and knowing how to balance parent life out and also our own relationship."
"Because Artem and I don’t ever want to have a struggle," she continued. "You know, we plan on being married."
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American retired professional wrestler
Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace (born November 21, 1983, colloquially known as Nicole Garcia-Colace) is an American reality television personality, entrepreneur and retired professional wrestler signed to WWE under the ring nameNikki Bella, where she is a Hall of Famer. In 2007, Bella signed with WWE and was assigned to developmental territoryFlorida Championship Wrestling (FCW) alongside her twin sister Brie Bella, forming the duo The Bella Twins. She made her debut on SmackDown in 2008. Nikki Bella is a two-time WWE Divas Champion and holds the record for the longest reign with that title (301 days).
Bella ranked No. 1 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Female 50 in November 2015, and was named Diva of the Year by Rolling Stone in December 2015. She also won the award for Choice Female Athlete alongside her sister at the Teen Choice Awards in 2016.
Born sixteen minutes before her twin sister, Brianna, to parents Jon Garcia and Kathy Colace, Garcia-Colace was born in San Diego, California, and raised on a farm in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. She is of Mexican and Italian descent. Keen soccer enthusiasts, she along with her twin sister played for the Scottsdale club in elementary school. She graduated from Chaparral High School in 2002. She then returned to San Diego for college where she played soccer for Grossmont College, but relocated to Los Angeles a year later, where she worked as a waitress at the Mondrian Hotel while trying to find an agent.
She then started modeling, acting, and doing promotional work. She made her first national TV appearance on the Fox reality show Meet My Folks. Following this appearance, the Garcia twins were hired to be the World Cup Twins for Budweiser and were photographed holding the World Cup trophy. Nikki and her sister Brie were contestants in the 2006 "International Body Doubles twins search". Nikki and Brie later participated in the 2006WWE Diva Search, but they did not make the cut.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
Florida Championship Wrestling (2007–2008)
Nicole was signed to a developmental contract with her sister by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in June 2007 and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's then-developmental territory, in Tampa, Florida. At a FCW house show on September 15, 2007, Nicole and her twin Brie made their in-ring debut. Dubbed The Bella Twins, they defeated Nattie Neidhart and Krissy Vaine with Victoria Crawford as the special guest referee. She quickly started a scripted rivalry with Neidhart and Crawford, competing in a series of matches against them throughout October 2007. As a part of her on-screen personas, she and her sister Brie would switch places behind the referee's back if one of them was hurt. She also occasionally competed in mixed tag team matches, teaming with male wrestlers including Kofi Kingston and Robert Anthony. She also made some non-wrestling appearances on Heath Miller's Happy Hourpromo segment.
Starting in December 2007, she managed Derrick Linkin, but this storyline was cut short when Linkin was released in January 2008. She and Brie then resumed their feud with Neidhart and Crawford, wrestling them throughout much of 2008. After Neidhart was called up to the WWE roster in April 2008, Milena Roucka took her place in the feud. Nikki also competed in bikini contests, and wrestled against other competitors including Katie Lea Burchill and Daisy. Nikki's last FCW appearance was on September 2, when she competed in a Divasbattle royal won by Miss Angela.
The Bella Twins (2008–2011)
Main article: The Bella Twins
On the August 29, 2008 episode of SmackDown, Brianna debuted as Brie Bella and defeated Victoria. She quickly began a scripted rivalry with Victoria and Victoria's accomplice, Natalya, and had a series of matches against them. In each match, Brie would roll out of the ring and go underneath it, emerging and appearing revived, and then win the match. On the October 31 episode of SmackDown, when Brie went under the ring Victoria grabbed her legs, but a second pair of legs kicked her off, implying that a second person was under the ring. The following week on SmackDown, Brie picked up a win against Victoria and then ran under the ring to escape Natalya and Victoria, but Victoria and Natalya both reached for Brie under the ring, resulting in both Nicole and Brie being pulled out. The twins then attacked them and celebrated afterward. Nicole was then introduced as Nikki Bella. The twins had their first official match as a team on the November 21 episode of SmackDown, defeating Victoria and Natalya. They continued competing in tag team matches over the following months.
Starting in November, the twins developed an on-screen relationship with The Colóns (Carlito and Primo), appearing in numerous backstage segments with them, and accompanying them to the ring. In February 2009, the storyline expanded to include John Morrison and The Miz, who flirted with the Bellas and took them on a date for Valentine's Day. The date provoked a rivalry between the teams of The Miz and Morrison and Primo and Carlito, with the four competing for the affection of the twins, who were seemingly unable to choose between them. On March 17, on ECW, Carlito and Primo, aiming for Morrison and The Miz, accidentally spat apples in the face of Brie. Nikki began to laugh at Brie's misfortune, and a fight broke out between the two, which led to Nikki leaving with The Miz and Morrison, while Brie stayed with Primo and Carlito, with Nikki turning heel in the process. Brie won her first match over Nikki in a six-person intergender tag team match on SmackDown the following week. On ECW on March 31, the villainous Nikki pinned Brie in their first singles match against each other, after a distraction from Morrison and The Miz.
On April 15, 2009, The Bella Twins were both drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 supplemental draft. On April 27, Brie made her Raw in-ring debut in an eight-Diva tag team match, which her team won. Nikki also made an appearance, reuniting with her twin, as she was under the ring to help Brie during the match, turning face in the process. Nikki then made her in-ring debut for the brand the following month in a battle royal but was eliminated by Beth Phoenix.
On June 29, 2009, they were both traded to the ECW brand. They debuted on ECW the following night on The Abraham Washington Show, as the special guests. They quickly developed a storyline feud with Katie Lea Burchill, when Nikki defeated her in a match by switching places with Brie behind the referee's back. The following week on Superstars, Brie defeated Burchill after a similar fashion, and the feud ended in September, when Nikki defeated Burchill on Superstars.
On October 12, the Bellas were traded back to Raw as part of a tri-branded Divas trade, where they predominately appeared in backstage segments with the weekly guest stars and only occasionally competed in matches. On the January 4, 2010, episode of Raw, Brie participated in a tournament for the vacant WWE Divas Championship, but lost to Maryse in the first round, when a switch resulted in Nikki being pinned. In June 2010, they developed a feud with Jillian Hall, when Brie defeated her after switching places with Nikki. The following week, Nikki defeated Hall after switching with Brie. The feud was exacerbated when the Bellas acted as the special guest referees during one of Hall's matches. During the match, Hall attacked both twins, but lost the match when Nikki made a fast count, allowing her to be pinned by Gail Kim. The next week on Superstars, the twins defeated Hall and Maryse in a tag team match to end the storyline.
On August 31, The Bella Twins announced they would be part of the all-female third season of NXT, mentoring Jamie. Jamie was the first rookie Diva eliminated on the October 5 episode of NXT. In November, the twins began a storyline with Daniel Bryan, when Brie accompanied him to the ring for his match. Following his win, Nikki ran out and the two fought over Bryan's affection, until Bryan broke it up and had them hug each other. They began to manage Bryan and frequently accompanied him to the ring over the next two months. In January 2011, both Bellas turned into villainous characters for the first time in their careers, when they discovered Bryan kissing Gail Kim backstage and assaulted her. They continued to attack Kim, both at the Royal Rumble and on Raw, and on February 7, they teamed with Melina in a losing effort to Kim, Eve Torres, and Tamina.
Divas Champion (2011–2012)
The Bellas began feuding with Eve Torres after they appeared as lumberjills during a Divas Championship match between Torres and Natalya on the February 14 episode of Raw. Following the match, they attacked Torres backstage before Gail Kim and Natalya stopped them. The next week, the twins defeated Torres and Kim in a tag team match. The following week, Nikki won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship, and unsuccessfully challenged Torres for the championship on March 7. On April 11, Nikki helped Brie to defeat Torres to win the Divas Championship, marking the first time either twin had held a championship in WWE. Nikki helped Brie once again, this time to successfully defend the championship against Kelly Kelly at Over the Limit, after switching places with Brie. However, Brie lost the championship against Kelly on a special "Power to the People" episode of Raw on June 20, ending her reign at 70 days, and failing to regain it on July 17, in a rematch against Kelly at Money in the Bank.
The twins spent the majority of the rest of the year in tag team matches, regularly facing Kelly and Torres. The Bellas began to show friction for the second time since joining WWE in March 2012, after both twins lost to AJ Lee in singles competition. After Brie's match with Lee, Nikki revealed that Brie was rooting for Team Johnny in the 12-man tag team match at WrestleMania XXVIII, whilst Nikki was rooting for Team Teddy, thus furthering their dissension.
On the April 6 episode of SmackDown, Nikki defeated then Divas Champion Beth Phoenix in a non-title match, after Kelly Kelly distracted Phoenix. On April 23, Nikki defeated Phoenix in a lumberjill match on Raw to win the Divas Championship for the first time. Brie lost Nikki's championship to Layla at Extreme Rules after Twin Magic failed, ending her Divas Championship reign after only a week. The following night on Raw, they competed in their last match with the WWE, failing to win back the Divas Championship from Layla in a triple threat match. Later that night, WWE announced on their website that the twins had been fired by Executive Administrator Eve Torres.
Independent circuit (2012–2013)
On May 1, 2012, the twins appeared at their first independent wrestling show in Newburgh, New York at Northeast Wrestling. They later appeared for CTWE Pro Wrestling at the Season Beatings pay-per-view on December 15, each accompanying a different wrestler to the ring.
Return to WWE
Total Divas storylines (2013–2014)
Main article: Total Divas
The Bella Twins returned to WWE on the March 11, 2013, episode of Raw in a backstage segment with Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow). On the March 15 episode of SmackDown, the twins attacked The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi), and the following week interfered in matches between Team Rhodes Scholars and Brodus Clay and Tensai, but were attacked by The Funkadactyls. The twins made their in–ring return facing and defeating The Funkadactyls on the March 27 episode of Main Event after interference from Cody Rhodes, and also defeated them on Raw five days later. The Bella Twins were scheduled to participate in an eight–person tag team match with Team Rhodes Scholars against Tons of Funk (Clay and Tensai) and The Funkadactyls at WrestleMania 29, but the match was cancelled due to time restraints, and instead took place the following night on Raw, where The Bella Twins and Team Rhodes Scholars were defeated. The twins continued their feud with The Funkadactyls throughout April, defeating them in standard tag team, and six-Diva tag team matches. In June, Nikki suffered a fractured tibia.
Upon the debut of the Total Divasreality television program in July, The Bellas returned and began feuding with their co-star on the show, Natalya. Brie and Natalya went on to trade victories in singles competition on Raw and at SummerSlam. The cast of Total Divas then transitioned into a scripted feud with Divas ChampionAJ Lee, who mocked the show and cast, turning The Bellas faces in the process. Nikki returned to in-ring action on the October 25 episode of SmackDown, losing to Lee. At Survivor Series the following month, the twins were part of the victorious Team Total Divas. On the December 9 episode of Raw, the twins were awarded Slammy Awards for Diva of the Year.
On April 6, 2014, Nikki competed at WrestleMania XXX in the 14-Diva "Vickie Guerrero Invitational match" for the Divas Championship, which was won by the defending champion AJ Lee. The same month, Brie became involved in her real-life husband Daniel Bryan's ongoing storyline with Stephanie McMahon and Kane, where as part of the storyline, McMahon threatened to fire Brie if, an injured, Bryan did not relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback, which forced Brie to "quit" WWE before slapping McMahon in the face. After Brie quit, McMahon put Nikki in several handicap matches as punishment. After a month absence, Brie returned to WWE television, appearing in the crowd on July 21; following a confrontation, McMahon slapped Brie and was subsequently arrested. In order to have Brie drop the "charges", Brie was rehired and received a match against McMahon at SummerSlam.
At the pay-per-view, Nikki turned heel by attacking Brie, which allowed McMahon to win the match. The next several weeks saw the twins fight in several backstage and in-ring segments, including a cameo appearance from Jerry Springer on Raw on September 8. As part of the storyline, McMahon declared Nikki the face of the Divas division and granted her a match at Night of Champions for the Divas Championship, which she failed to win. Nikki then obtained permission to begin forcing Brie to compete in handicap matches, similar to her punishment at the hands of McMahon, although Brie was able to win them. This led to a match between the twins at Hell in a Cell, where the loser was forced to become the winner's personal assistant for 30 days, in which Nikki defeated Brie. Five days later on SmackDown, Nikki won a Halloween costume battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship.
Longest–reigning Divas Champion (2014–2015)
Nikki received her title match against AJ Lee on November 23 at Survivor Series, which she won with Brie's help to become a two-time Divas Champion. The duo had reconciled at this point, with Brie also turning heel in the process. Nikki then went on to retain her championship in three separate occasions – against Lee in a rematch on December 14, at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, against Naomi two days later on SmackDown, and against Paige at Fastlane on February 22, 2015. Paige and Lee then formed an alliance against Bellas, which led to a tag team match at WrestleMania 31, where Lee and Paige were victorious.
On April 26, after Nikki, with the help of Brie, once again retained her title against Naomi at Extreme Rules a feud started, with Naomi aligning with the returning Tamina to even the odds against Bellas, who began showing more heroic characteristics. This change in character was criticized as "sudden", "randomly", and "for no reason". This led to a tag team match between the two teams on May 17 at Payback, where Naomi and Tamina were victorious. Two weeks later at Elimination Chamber, Nikki retained her title against Naomi and Paige in a triple threat match, with Brie banned from ringside.
In June, The Bella Twins became villains once again by employing Twin Magic, which helped Nikki retain the title against Paige on the June 1 episode of Raw and at Money in the Bank. During the feud with Paige, Alicia Fox allied with them to form Team Bella. At The Beast in the East on July 4, Nikki retained the title against Paige and Tamina. After weeks of Team Bella outnumbering Paige, Naomi, and Tamina, Stephanie McMahon called for a "revolution" in the WWE Divas division and introduced the debuting Charlotte and Becky Lynch as Paige's allies, while NXT Women's ChampionSasha Banks debuted as an ally to Naomi and Tamina, which led to a brawl between the three teams. Nikki then lost to Charlotte in a tag team match on the August 3 episode of Raw, and to Banks on the August 17 episode of Raw in a non-title match. The three teams faced off on August 23 at SummerSlam in a three team elimination match, in which Team Bella first eliminated Team B.A.D., before Team PCB's win.
On the September 14 episode of Raw, Nikki defended her title against Charlotte, who pinned Brie after the twins had switched places to win the match; however, since the title cannot change hands by disqualification, Nikki retained the championship, and in the process, became the new longest reigning Divas Champion in history, surpassing AJ Lee's previous record of 295 days. Nikki dropped the championship to Charlotte on September 20 at Night of Champions, ending her reign at 301 days, and failed to regain the title in a rematch on October 25 at Hell in a Cell.
Shortly after, Nikki went on a hiatus from television due to a neck injury which would require surgery, but returned for one night on December 21, to accept the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year. Nikki made a brief cameo appearance at the WrestleMania 32 event on April 3, 2016, celebrating with Brie after winning a 10-Diva tag team match. In June, Nikki confirmed that she would no longer use her Rack Attack maneuver and began training with her sister's husband Daniel Bryan, whom she announced was teaching her a new finishing move. On July 21, she was revealed to be cleared for in-ring competition and continued her training at the WWE Performance Center.
Championship pursuits and retirement (2016–2019)
After ten months of inactivity, Bella made a surprise return as a villain at the SummerSlam pay–per–view on August 21, 2016, where she replaced Eva Marie and teamed with Natalya and Alexa Bliss against Becky Lynch, Naomi, and Carmella whom they defeated after Bella pinned Carmella. This sparked a storyline feud between Bella (who was established as part of the SmackDown brand) and Carmella, also re-establishing Bella as a face in the process. Simultaneously with her feud with Carmella, Bella took part in a six–pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural WWE SmackDown Women's Champion on September 11 at Backlash, where she eliminated Natalya but was eliminated by Carmella. Bella eventually gained revenge as she defeated Carmella on October 9 at No Mercy and also on December 4 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in a no disqualification match, to end their feud.
In November, after she defeated Natalya, Bella became the team captain of Team SmackDown for the traditional five–on–five elimination match at Survivor Series. However, at the event, she was replaced by Natalya, after someone attacked her backstage before the match. In December, just after their feud ended, Carmella revealed Natalya as the attacker, who eventually confirmed it with the main reason being Bella's success and Natalya's downfall in the company. Upon the beginning of 2017, both women kept attacking each other inside the ring and backstage, which led to a match at the Elimination Chamber that ended in a double count–out. In a rematch that took place on the February 21 episode of SmackDown, Natalya defeated Bella in a falls count anywhere match after Maryse attacked Bella with a lead pipe because Bella accidentally tripped over her in the backstage make up area during her match with Natalya.
Maryse's attack sparked a feud between the two, which actually involved Bella's real real–life boyfriend John Cena and Maryse's real–life husband, The Miz. This led to a mixed tag team match between the two couples at WrestleMania 33, in which Cena and Bella were victorious. After the match, Cena legitimately proposed to Bella, which she accepted. On April 4, Bella announced via her Instagram account that she would be taking time off from wrestling.
The Bella Twins made an appearance at the 25th Anniversary of Raw on January 22, 2018. Few days later, both Nikki and Brie competed in the inaugural women's royal rumble match at the 2018 Royal Rumble where Nikki entered at number 27, lasting 16:30, and was the last woman eliminated by the eventual winner Asuka. In August, both twins made an appearance at the SummerSlam pay–per–view, showing their support for Ronda Rousey in her match with Alexa Bliss.
In September, The Bella Twins returned full-time on Raw and started feuding with The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) over which they scored victories in various tag team and singles matches. To even the odds, Ronda Rousey aligned with The Bella Twins, and the trio was able to defeat The Riott Squad at WWE Super Show-Down in a six–woman tag team match. Two days later on the October 8 episode of Raw, after defeating The Riott Squad in a rematch, Nikki attacked Rousey, with Brie later following suit, turning villainous for the first time since 2015. Later that night, it was announced that Nikki would face Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship in the main event of the first ever all women's pay–per–view, WWE Evolution in which she was unsuccessful despite multiple interferences by Brie. On June 20, 2019, it was announced that a cyst had been found on her brain thus ending her in-ring career.
On the February 21, 2020 edition of SmackDown, it was announced that Nikki and her twin sister Brie would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Prior to working with WWE, the twins appeared on Meet My Folks. Both twins also appeared in the music video for "Right Side of the Bed" by the band Atreyu. They also appeared in the music video for "Na Na" by Trey Songz in 2014. The twins made a guest appearance on the MTV series Ridiculousness in October 2012.
The twins guest starred on the television series Psych, in the 2014 episode "A Nightmare on State Street". Nikki and Brie are part of the main cast for the reality television show Total Divas, which began airing in July 2013, and star in their own spinoff entitled Total Bellas. The show premiered on E! on October 5, 2016. Nikki and Brie co-starred in the 2014 independent film Confessions of a Womanizer, and provided voices for the 2015 movie The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!. Both twins appeared on the WWE YouTube show The JBL & Cole Show. She appeared at the Miss USA 2013 pageant as one of the celebrity judges. They appeared at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, where they presented the award for Best Female. The twins were both nominated for Choice Female Athlete at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, an award they would later win at the 2016 ceremony.
On November 21, 2016, Nikki and Brie unveiled their new YouTube channel, "The Bella Twins.” The sisters’ channel features daily fashion, beauty, travel, fitness, relationship, and health videos, along with daily video blogs, created by the twins themselves.
The Bella Twins appeared in YouTuberLilly Singh's video "When Someone Tries to Steal Your BFF" on March 2, 2017.
On August 21, 2017, Nikki and Brie launched their own wine label called Belle Radici in collaboration with Hill Family Estates and Gauge Branding.
On September 6, 2017, Bella was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. She was eliminated on October 30, 2017.
On November 1, 2017, Nikki and Brie launched Birdiebee, a lifestyle intimates and activewear brand. The line includes transitional intimates, activewear, and loungewear aimed at “empowering and educating women through mirroring the twins’ passion for life, strength, women's health and wellness, and fun.”
On January 28, 2019, Nikki and Brie launched Nicole + Brizee, a body and beauty line.
On March 27, 2019, Nikki and Brie launched their own podcast.
Bella has appeared in eleven WWE video games. She made her in-game debut in WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2010 and appears in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, WWE 12 (DLC), WWE 13, WWE 2K14 (DLC),WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16,WWE 2K17WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20. On May 23, 2018, Bella appeared in the celebrity edition of American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs Ninja.
In May 2014, Nikki revealed on Total Divas that she had married her high school sweetheart at the age of 20; the marriage was annulled three years later.
Nikki began dating John Cena in 2012. The couple became engaged on April 2, 2017, when Cena proposed to her after their mixed tag-team match at WrestleMania 33. On April 15, 2018, the couple called off the engagement and cancelled their wedding, which was planned for May 5, 2018.
She has been dating her Season 25 Dancing with the Stars partner and Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev since January 2019. On January 3, 2020, the couple announced their engagement. On January 29, 2020, Nikki announced that she is expecting her first child alongside her twin sister Brie, who announced her own second pregnancy the same day. On June 11, 2020, on the season five finale of Total Bellas, Nikki announced the baby's sex, a boy. She gave birth to Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev on July 31, 2020.
Nikki and her sister Brie are fans of the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
Championships and accomplishments
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- Worst Feud of the Year (2015) Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella
- Worst Worked Match of the Year (2013) with Cameron, Eva Marie, JoJo, Naomi, and Natalya vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, and Tamina Snuka on November 24
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