Normally, seeing two equally gorgeous twins requires a night of heavy drinking and some serious beer goggles. But, with the Bellas – Nikki and her sister Brie – the double vision is the real deal.
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 the Divas division, culminating with Brie’s Divas Title reign in 2011. Nikki followed with a Divas Championship victory of her own, defeating Beth Phoenix in April 2012. The cunning femmes fatale made a lasting mark on the Divas division — even if it meant breaking more than just a heart or two — and after a brief sabbatical from the ring, a return in March 2013 proved that the Bellas still have plenty of twin magic in their collective arsenal.
Since their return, The Bella Twins have found success in reality television as stars of the E! hit series “Total Divas,” and have remained vigilant in pursuit of the Divas Championship. However, things began to change drastically for the twins in the spring of 2014.
At WWE Payback, Brie sacrificed her own WWE career to save her husband, Daniel Bryan, from having to surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Stephanie McMahon. Now, WWE is a Bella short, a startling scenario that continues to leave Nikki vulnerable to unfair stipulations and cruel Handicap Matches, per The Authority. As revealed by Stephanie McMahon on the July 21 edition of Raw, the same night the Bella was placed in a 4-on-1 Handicap Match, the ultimate goal is to force Nikki to quit as a result of these insurmountable odds. However, based on the way she’s handled The Authority’s machinations thus far, there’s just no quit in “Fearless Nikki.”
Supporting her sister as Brie prepares to battle Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam, Nikki was part of a contract signing for the anticipated bout that came to a shocking conclusion when Stephanie hit both Bella Twins with her husband’s signature Pedigree. At SummerSlam, the surprises continued as Nikki clobbered her sister during her match against Stephanie, which allowed the Billionaire Princess to claim victory.
The following, Nikki explained that the attack on her sister was a long time coming, and that she had finally freed herself from her “selfish” and “manipulative” twin. Then, when Brie tried to reconcile with her sibling, Nikki responded with a harsh slap across the face. Efforts to mend their relationship were similarly unsuccessful one week later on Raw, when Nikki harshly told her sister that she wished Brie had never been born. For her honesty, Stephanie rewarded Nikki with a Divas Championship Match at Night of Champions.
Even though Nikki is seemingly getting what she wants, she still has unfinished business with Brie, and not even a Jerry Springer intervention on the season premiere of Raw could help the warring sisters make peace. After successfully teaming with Divas Champion Paige against Brie and AJ Lee, Nikki punished her twin in a post-match assault. Now, she’s ready to prove her dominance by capturing the Divas Title at Night of Champions.
What’s next for Nikki? Seemingly, only she knows for sure.