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Brie Bella. Image Credits: WWE

Born on 21 November 1983, Brianna Monique Danielson is an American retired professional wrestler. She appeared frequently with her twin sister Nikki as The Bella Twins. Meanwhile, Brianna, along with her sister Nicole, signed a contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in June 2007. Brianna adopted her nickname as Brie Bella in her first match in the SmackDown edition and went on to become a one-time WWE Divas Champion in 2019.

Brie Bella married with a fellow professional wrestler Bryan Danielson, famous as Daniel Bryan, on 11th April 2014. Three years later on 9th May 2017, Brie gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, and named her Birdie Joe Danielson. And then on 29th January 2020, she announced that she was expecting her second child along with her twin sister Nikki Bella. She gave birth to a boy on 1st August 2020, a day after Nikki gave birth to a son.

Early Life

Brianna Monique Garcia-Colace was born in San Diego, California, and was raised alongside her twin sister – Nicole, on a farm in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born sixteen minutes after her twin sister, Nicole, to parents Jon Garcia and Kathy Colace. Being a soccer enthusiast like her sister, Brianna also played for the Scottsdale club in elementary school. She graduated from Chaparral High School in 2002 and then returned to San Diego for college. A year later, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked as a waitress at the Mondrian Hotel while trying to find an agent.

Brie Bella
Brie Bella. Image Credits: WWE

And then, Brianna started modelling, 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. Brie Bella and her sister Nikki Bella were contestants in the 2006 “International Body Doubles twins search”. Brie Bella and Nikki Bella later participated in the 2006 WWE Diva Search, but they did not make the cut.

Personal Life

In September 2013, she revealed her engagement to fellow professional wrestler Bryan Danielson, better known as Daniel Bryan. They got married on April 11, 2014, and then two years later, on 5 October 2016, Brie announced that the couple were expecting their first child. She gave birth to a girl on May 9, 2017, and named Birdie Joe Danielson.

Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan
Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: WWE

On 29 January 2020, Brie announced that she was expecting her second child, with her twin sister Nikki Bella announcing her pregnancy the same day. Their children eventually ended up being born one day apart. Nikki gave birth to a boy on July 31, 2020, and Brie gave birth to a boy on August 1, 2020.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE

Florida Championship Wrestling (2007–2008)

Both Brianna and Nicole were signed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in June 2007. And the two were assigned to WWE’s then-developmental territory – Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in Tampa, Florida. The Twins made their in-ring debut on 15th September 2007 and dubbed The Bella Twins, as they defeated Nattie Neidhart and Krissy Vaine while Victoria Crawford acted as the special guest referee.

The twins started a scripted rivalry with Neidhart and Crawford, feuding against them in a series of matches throughout October 2007. As a part of their on-screen personas, they would often switch places behind the referee’s back if either of them was hurt. Meanwhile, they also occasionally competed in mixed tag team matches, teaming with male wrestlers including Kofi Kingston and Robert Anthony. They also made some non-wrestling appearances on Heath Miller’s Happy Hour promo segment.

Starting in December 2007, they started managing Derrick Linkin, but this storyline was cut short when Linkin was released in January 2008. This had them resuming their feud with Neidhart and Crawford, wrestling them throughout much of 2008. Later in April 2008, Neidhart was called up to the WWE roster and thus, Milena Roucka replaced her in the feud. The twins also competed in bikini contests and wrestled against the likes of Katie Lea Burchill and Daisy. Their last FCW appearance was on September 2, when they competed in a Divas battle royal won by Miss Angela.

The Bella Twins (2008–2011)

On the 29 August 2008 episode of SmackDown, Brianna debuted as Brie Bella and defeated Victoria. From there, Brie Bella began a scripted rivalry with Victoria and Victoria’s accomplice – Natalya, wrestling against the two in series of matches. In each match, Brie Bella would roll out of the ring and go underneath it, emerging and appearing revived, and then win the match. However, on the October 31 episode of SmackDown, Victoria grabbed Brie Bella’s legs as soon as she went under the ring, but the second pair of legs kicked her off, implying that a second person was under the ring.

The following week on SmackDown, Brie Bella picked up a win against Victoria and then again, ran under the ring to escape Natalya and Victoria.  But both, Victoria and Natalya reached for Brie Bella under the ring, resulting in both Nicole and Brie Bella being pulled out who, then, attacked Victoria and Natalya to celebrate afterwards. After this, Nicole was introduced as Nikki Bella. The twins had their first official match as a team on the November 21 episode of SmackDown, where they defeated Victoria and Natalya. They continued competing in tag team matches over the following months.

Nikkie Bella and Brie Bella
Nikkie Bella and Brie Bella. Image Source: Twitter

By November, the twins had developed an on-screen relationship with The Colóns (Carlito and Primo), appearing in numerous backstage segments with them, often accompanying them to the ring. In February 2009, the storyline expanded to include John Morrison and The Miz, who flirted with the Bellas, taking them on a date for Valentine’s Day. The date provoked a rivalry between the teams of The Miz-Morrison and Primo-Carlito.

The four of them competed for the affection of the twins, who were seemingly confused between them. On March 17 on ECW, Carlito and Primo accidentally spat apples in the face of Brie Bella which they aimed for Morrison and The Miz. At this, the minutes-elder twin, Nikki began to laugh at Brie’s misfortune, and a fight broke out between the two.

This led to Nikki leaving with The Miz and Morrison, while Brie Bella stayed with Primo and Carlito. Brie Bella won her first match over Nikki in a six-person inter-gender tag team match on SmackDown the following week. However, she was defeated by her villainous sister in their first singles match against each other on the edition of March 31 of ECW, after a distraction from Morrison and The Miz.

On April 15, 2009, The Bella Twins were drafted to the Raw brand of WWE as part of the 2009 supplemental draft. On April 27, Brie Bella made her Raw in-ring debut in an eight-Diva tag team match, which was won by her team. Meanwhile, Nikki Bella also made an appearance as she was under the ring to help Brie Bella during the match. Nikki then made her in-ring debut for the brand the following month in a battle royal but was eliminated by Beth Phoenix.

On 29 June 2009, both of the sisters were both traded to the ECW brand where they returned as the special guests on The Abraham Washington Show. The two of them instantly developed a storyline feud with Katie Lea Burchill, when Nikki defeated her in a match by switching places with Brie Bella 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 the backstage segments with the weekly guest stars and only occasionally competed in matches. On January 4, 2010, episode of Raw, Brie Bella participated in a tournament for the vacant Divas Championship.

However, switching with her sister later in the game had resulted in her being pinned and Brie Bella lost the match to Maryse in the first round. In June 2010, they developed a feud with Jillian Hall, when Brie Bella defeated her after switching places with Nikki. The following week, Nikki defeated Hall after switching with Brie Bella. The feud was exacerbated when the Bellas acted as the special guest referees during one of Hall’s matches.

During the match, Hall attacked Bellas but lost the match when Nikki made a fast count, allowing her to be pinned by Gail Kim. The following 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 while Brie Bella accompanied him to the ring for his match.

Following his win, Nikki ran out and the two fought over Bryan’s affection until Bryan meddled in between 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 after 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)

After their appearance as lumberjills during the Divas Championships match between Eve Torres and Natalya on the 14 February episode of Raw, the twin sisters began feuding with Torres. After the match, both of them attacked Torres backstage before Gail Kim and Natalya stopped them. The following week, the twins defeated Torres and Kim in a tag team match. And then a week later, Nikki won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship. She challenged Torres on March 7 for the championship but was unsuccessful to defeat her.

The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins. Image Credits: WWE

On April 11, Brie defeated Torres to win the Divas Championship, the first time when either of the twins held a championship in WWE. Brie Bella went on to successfully defend the championship against Kelly Kelly at Over the Limit, having switched places with Nikki.

On a special “Power to the People” episode of Raw on June 20, Brie defended her WWE Divas Championship against Kelly, who was selected by voters. However, Kelly defeated Brie Bella and won the championship to which Brie Bella challenged Kelly for the championship rematch on July 17 at Money in the Bank but failed to win.

After that, the twins spent the rest of the year in tag team matches, regularly facing Kelly and Torres. The Bellas began to show friction for the second time in their WWE career after both twins lost to AJ Lee in singles competition. After Brie’s match with Lee, Nikki revealed that Brie Bella was rooting for Team Johnny in the 12-man tag team match at WrestleMania XXVIII, whilst Nikki was rooting for Team Teddy.

On the April 6 episode of SmackDown, Nikki defeated the Divas Champion Beth Phoenix in a non-title match, after 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 Bella 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, the twins failed to win back the Divas Championship from Layla in a triple threat match which was supposedly their last match with the WWE. Later that night, WWE announced on their website that the twins had been fired by Executive Administrator Eve Torres.

Independent circuit promotions (2012–2013)

A year after being fired from WWE, the twins appeared at their first independent wrestling show in Newburgh, New York held on May 1, 2012, at Northeast Wrestling. Later that year, the two of them 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)

On the 11th March 2013, episode of Raw, The Bella Twins returned to WWE in a backstage segment with Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow). The twins then attacked The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) on the March 15 episode of SmackDown. For the next week, they interfered in matches between Team Rhodes Scholars and Brodus Clay and Tensai but were attacked by The Funkadactyls.

On the March 27 episode of Main Event, the twins made their in-ring return facing and defeating The Funkadactyls, after interference from Cody Rhodes while defeating them again 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.

The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins. Image Credits: WWE

However, 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 a standard tag team, and six-Diva tag team matches. In June, Nikki suffered a fractured tibia.

After the debut of the Total Divas reality television program in July, The Bellas began a feud with their co-star on the show, Natalya. Brie Bella and Natalya went on to trade victories in singles competition on Raw and at SummerSlam. After that, the cast of Total Divas transitioned into a scripted feud with Divas Champion AJ Lee, who mocked the show and cast, turning The Bellas faces in the process.

Following this, at the Night of Champions, Brie Bella challenged Lee in a losing effort for the Divas Championship in a four-way match, involving Natalya and Naomi. Following Brie’s real-life engagement to Daniel Bryan, their relationship began to be acknowledged on WWE television. Meanwhile, the feud between Brie Bella and AJ Lee continued in October which led to a face-off between the two at the Battleground and Hell in a Cell pay-per-view for the Divas Championship, but Brie was unsuccessful.

Her twin, 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. However, the twins failed to win the Divas Championship again at WrestleMania XXX in the Divas Invitational match, which was won by AJ Lee.

In April 2014, Brie Bella became involved in her real-life husband Daniel Bryan‘s ongoing storyline with Stephanie McMahon and Kane. As a part of the storyline, McMahon threatened to fire Brie Bella if an injured Bryan did not relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback, which forced Brie Bella to “quit” WWE before slapping McMahon in the face.

After Brie Bella quit, McMahon put Nikki in several handicap matches as punishment for the revenge against Brie Bella. After a month of absence, Brie Bella returned to WWE television, appearing in the crowd on July 21 which was the result of the confrontation where McMahon was arrested for slapping McMahon at her special guest appearance. In order to have Brie Bella drop the “charges”, she was rehired, receiving a match against McMahon at SummerSlam.

Brie Bella vs Stephanie McMahon
Brie Bella vs Stephanie McMahon. Image Credits: WWE

At the pay-per-view, Nikki turned heel by attacking Brie Bella, which helped McMahon to win the match. The next several weeks witnessed the twins fight in several backstages and in-ring segments, including a cameo appearance from Jerry Springer on Raw on September 8. As part of the storyline, McMahon declared Nikki as the face of the WWE Divas division.

She granted Nikki 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 Bella 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, where 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.

Team Bella (2014–2016)

On 23 November at Survivor Series, Brie helped her sister Nikki in her title match against AJ Lee, as Brie became the two-time Divas Champion. By this point, the duo had reconciled, with Brie also turning heel in the process. Later, Nikki once again retained her title against Naomi at Extreme Rules with the help of her twin sister, Brie.

However, after this, on April 26, a feud started as Naomi aligned with the returning Tamina to even the odds against the Bellas, who began showing more heroic characteristics. However, 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, which Naomi and Tamina won. Two weeks later, at Elimination Chamber, Brie was banned form the ringside while her sister Nikki retained her title against Naomi and Paige in a triple threat match.

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. For weeks the Team Bella outnumbered Paige, Naomi, and Tamina. Following their winning streak, Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the WWE Divas division and introduced the debuting Charlotte and Becky Lynch as Paige’s allies.

Team PCB
Team PCB. Image Credits: WWE

Meanwhile, the NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks debuted as an ally to Naomi and Tamina, which led to a brawl between the three teams. Following this arrangement, Nikki 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, where Team Bella first eliminated Team B.A.D. before Team PCB defeated them and won the title.

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. But, 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. But later at the Night of Champions held on November 20, Nikki lost her title to Charlotte, ending her reign at 301 days.

Shortly after, Nikki went on a hiatus from television due to a neck injury that would require surgery. She returned for one night on December 21, to accept the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year. Meanwhile, Brie continued to compete in singles competition, and in tag team matches with Fox. She defeated Charlotte in a non-title match on the February 1 episode of Raw. After this, Brie was granted a match for the Divas Championship at Fastlane on February 21, failing to capture the title. During that time, Team Bella quietly disbanded and both Brie and Fox transitioned into fan favourites.

In March, Brie was placed in a feud with Lana, who argued that Brie’s fans only supported her out of pity for having a “bad husband”. After this, she went on to distract her and attacked Brie during and after her matches. Brie then aligned herself with fellow Total Divas cast members Alicia Fox, Natalya, Paige, and Eva Marie, while Lana aligned herself with Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina), Summer Rae and Emma.

This led to a 10-Diva tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 kickoff show, which was won by Team Total Divas after Naomi submitted to Brie. Three days later on April 6, Brie confirmed that she would be taking an extended break from in-ring competition, citing family reasons, while also stating that she would continue working for WWE as an ambassador.

Sporadic appearances (2018–2019)

The Bella Twins returned for the 25th anniversary of Raw on January 22, 2018. Later, Brie returned to in-ring competition at Royal Rumble, entering at number 28 in the inaugural women’s Royal Rumble match. But she was eliminated by Nikki from the match minutes later in the game. At SummerSlam, The Miz defeated Daniel Bryan after Miz’s wife, Maryse intervened in the match.

On the following SmackDown, Miz and Maryse came out, Miz then mocked Bryan’s retirement speech two years earlier. Brie and Bryan came out and confronted them. A mixed tag team match with Brie and Bryan against The Miz and Maryse was scheduled for Hell in a Cell. At the event, Brie and Bryan were defeated after Maryse pinned Brie.

Brie Bella and Nikki Bella
Brie Bella and Nikki Bella. Image Credits: WWE

At WWE Super Show-Down on October 6, Brie teamed with Nikki and Ronda Rousey, defeating The Riott Squad. Two nights later on Raw, the Bellas and Rousey defeated The Riott Squad in a rematch, and afterwards, Brie joined Nikki in attacking Rousey, with Brie turning heel for the first time since November 2014. On March 10, 2019, episode of Total Bellas, Brie announced her retirement from wrestling. On February 21, 2020 edition of SmackDown, it was announced that Brie and her twin sister Nikki will be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame, during A Moment of Bliss segment.

Other media

  • Before joining WWE, the twins had appeared on Meet My Folks. They 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. Meanwhile, 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 first aired in July 2013. They’ve also starred in their own spinoff entitled Total Bellas, which 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. 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.
  • Brie appeared alongside Paige, Natalya, and the Chrisley family on the 88th Academy Awards edition of E! Countdown to the Red Carpet in February 2016. Meanwhile, Brie and Nikki were also voted as Choice Female Athletes for the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
  • On November 21, 2016, Brie and Nikki 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 YouTuber iiSuperwomanii’s video “When Someone Tries to Steal Your BFF” on March 2, 2017.
  • On August 21, 2017, Brie and Nikki launched their own wine label called Belle Radici in collaboration with Hill Family Estates and Gauge Branding.
  • On November 1, 2017, Brie and Nikki 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, Brie and Nikki launched Nicole + Brizee, a body and beauty line.
  • On March 27, 2019, Brie and Nikki launched their own podcast.
  • The Bella Twins have appeared in eleven WWE video games. They made their in-game debut at WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 and appeared in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, WWE ’12 (DLC), WWE ’13, WWE 2K14 (DLC), WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16, WWE 2K17, WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19, and WWE 2K20.

Championships and accomplishments

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Ranked No. 11 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2015

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Female Athlete (2016) – with Nikki Bella

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Worst Feud of the Year (2014) Brie vs. Nikki
  • Worst Feud of the Year (2015) Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella
  • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2013) with Nikki Bella, Cameron, Eva Marie, JoJo, Naomi, and Natalya vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, and Tamina Snuka on November 24

WWE

  • WWE Divas Championship (1 time)
  • Slammy Awards (3 times)
  • Couple of the Year (2013, 2014) – with Daniel Bryan
  • Diva of the Year (2013) – award shared with Nikki Bella
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2020)
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