How Did the Bella Sisters Rise to Fame?

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Former WWE wrestlers and podcast personalities Nikki and Brie Bella have a historic career together. Their influence outside the ring stretches from television reality shows, to social media and broadcast. Their great careers came humble beginnings, here’s everything to know.


The Twins Got Their Start At Wrestling

It’s no secret that the twins first became famous in the WWE scene, as the tag team twin divas that everyone loved. The twins grew up in a farm, dreaming of making it big in the entertainment industry. Proving that dreams do come true, the Southern California twins went on to become famous professional wrestlers.

“We can almost go unconscious in moments of rage and not even remember what we said,” said Brie.”It is probably ironic that we fight for a living. But part of the process has been transmuting the pain of our childhood into something productive.”

Having witnessed their mother’s unhappy marriage sparked the twins into making something out of their experiences while growing up. Eventually, they found that working at WWE was their calling and a lengthy career gave them world wide fame.


Nikki Found Love With Her Dancing With the Stars Partner

After nearly marrying fellow wrestler John Cena, the two called off the engagement due to disagreements from both sides. When the Bella twin joined the celebrity cast of Dancing With The Stars in 2017 however, she was paired up with Artem Chigvintsev.

Nikki found an instant connection to her dance partner, but remained strictly friends as she was still in a relationship with Cena at the time. Once Nikki officially announced her split with Cena in July of 2018, she and Chigvintsev started dating. In January 2020, Chigvintsev proposed to Nikki and she said “yes,” eventually the two got married and share a son together.

Nikki Joined America’s Got Talent: Extreme

The Bella twins definitely know a thing or two about death defying stunts, both having their own personal experiences. Nikki puts that experience to good use as a judge on AGT: Extreme joining Simon Cowell and Travis Pastrana on the judging panel.


The spinoff to the popular reality competition show takes the performances out the theatre and into the open air. The stunts are a whole lot more outrageous, jaw-dropping, and enormous in scale to the original series.

Brie Bella Competed On The Real Dirty Dancing

Brie on the other hand competed on FOX’s The Real Dirty Dancing which sees celebrity pairs recreate scenes from the cult classic. The Bella twin did great in the show, and revealed she “loved,” her time doing the weekly routines.

“I was really nervous ’cause I didn’t know how I would look but I feel like Antonio Gates and I really brought it.” Brie said.

Regardless of the show’s outcome, there’s no doubt that joining the show has been a great thing for her. The experience made Brie brought out “that sexy side,” which she kept to herself for a while since becoming a mother.

Starting a Podcast Together

Having been involved with many forms of entertainment, the Bella sisters now adds broadcasting a podcast to the mix. During the season finale of Total Bellas, they both announced that The Bellas Podcast is becoming a reality.

Since The Bellas Podcast first aired in 2019, fans have been enjoying a weekly dose of twin magic anywhere and anytime. The twins has since continued to be incredible mothers and inspirations to fans around the world.

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