Nikki Bella is an American professional wrestler, actress, model, and reality TV star. Nikki Bella, who is of Mexican and Italian descent, was born Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace on November 21, 1983, to parents Jon Garcia and Kathy Colace. She grew up, alongside her twin sister Brianna, on a farm in Scottsdale, Arizona, and fell in love with soccer as a child. The self-confessed tomboy played soccer all throughout elementary, middle, and high school, and was quite good at it. She even aspired to make a professional career out of it but had to drop those dreams after a serious leg injury in 2003.
Nikki Bella’s First Foray Into Showbiz And The WWE
Following the premature end of her soccer dreams, Nikki Bella moved to L.A. and started her career as a model and actress. She did several promotional works and even featured on the Fox reality show, Meet My Folks. She and her identical sister were also hired to be the World Cup girls for Budweiser. Still sticking with each other for years, the Bella twins participated in the 2006 edition of WWE Diva Search aimed at recruiting new female talents for the universe; unfortunately, the two were unsuccessful.
They, however, refused to give up and their doggedness soon caught the eyes of the WWE executives. Nikki and her sister were subsequently handed a developmental contract in June 2007 and made their debut at the Florida Championship Wrestling in September of that same year. During her very first match, Nikki Bella, alongside sister Brie, defeated the duo of Nattie Neidhart and Krissy Vaine. She then commenced a scripted rivalry with Neidhart and Victoria Crawford, competing in a series of matches against them throughout October 2007.
How She Became A WWE Diva Champion
Between 2007 and 2011, Nikki Bella wrestled across the SmackDown, RAW and ECW circuits. She and her sister teamed up with the likes of Kofi Kingston and Robert Anthony and competed in mixed tag-team matches. They also developed scripted relationships with The Colons, John Morrison, and The Miz. By 2012, Bella won her inaugural WWE Divas championship. She, however, lost her belt after just a week, and her problems were further compounded after she and her sister were fired shortly after. This type of setback could have demoralized any mere mortal but not Nikki and her sister.
They had already dealt with several career disappointments and as such, they refused to be shaken. They remained steadfast on the indie circuit and were recalled to the WWE in 2013. Since that return, the fearless Nikki has gone on to record several accomplishments including being the longest-reigning Divas champion in history. The Scottsdale native defeated AJ Lee to nab the championship on the 23rd of November 2014. She subsequently held on to the title for the next 301 days, successfully defending it against the likes of Beth Phoenix, Paige, and her own sister, Brie.
Exploring The Benefits Of Her Multifaceted Career
Nikki Bella has been able to build up an impressive net worth and the reason for this is her multiple streams of income. Asides her WWE salary, which is put at $1 million per annum, the diva is also the star of a popular reality TV series known as Total Bellas which debuted in 2016. The show chronicles the ongoings in the twins’ lives. The show airs on the E! Network and has proved to be quite popular with viewers. Even though Nikki’s exact earnings from Total Bellas are not known, there is no doubt that it would be in the six-figure region.
Another source of income for Nikki Bella is her entrepreneurial endeavors. She and her sister have launched several thriving businesses including an activewear and lingerie brand, a body and beauty line as well as a wine label (Belle Radici). Belle Radici translates into beautiful roots and is a joint venture with Hill Family Estates. Finally, Nikki Bella has also obtained her real estate license and is a qualified real estate agent in San Diego. She claims she did this in order to be able to make extra money in the off-season and to help build her career when her wrestling days are over.
Nikki Bella And John Cena’s WWE Love Story
Nikki Bella owes a large part of her fame and success to her hard work and determination but there is no gainsaying the fact that her love life has also played a part in making her famous. The former model was previously one-half of a WWE power couple with the other half being John Cena. John needs no introduction and is one of the most popular sports entertainers on the face of the earth. He has won several titles including 16 world championships. He has also made waves in Hollywood, appearing in movies such as Blockers and The Marine.
Bella and Cena first got to know each other in the course of starring in WWE. They subsequently commenced a relationship in 2012 and remained together for the next five years. During this period, they both moved in together. They also supported each other’s careers and appeared on Total Bellas together. The couple never shied away from expressing their love for each other and the fans lapped it all up. They became even happier after Cena proposed to Bella during Wrestlemania 33 in 2017. The couple had just defeated the duo of Maryse and The Miz when Cena knelt down to pop the big question.
A stunned Nikki Bella said yes and the crowd erupted into cheers. Following this elaborate proposal, Nikki and Cena started planning their nuptials and actually set a date in May 2018. However, a month to the wedding, they called things off. They reconciled a few weeks later but finally went their separate ways in July 2018. The news saddened many WWE fans.
Cena also described the split as his worst day ever while Bella had an emotional time packing her things out of his home in Tampa, Florida.
Meet The New Man In The Wrestling Star’s Life
The WWE diva later revealed that the relationship with John Cena crashed because they both wanted different things out of life. According to her, Cena had been upfront about not wanting to get married and have kids while she herself desired these exact things. She, however, had to shelve her desires for some time in the hope that he would come around. That never happened and this naturally marked the end of their relationship.
Nikki Bella has now moved on with her life and is now engaged to Russian-American professional dancer, Artem Chigvintsev. The duo first met when they were paired up for the 2017 edition of Dancing with the Stars. They started dating in December 2018 and got engaged in November 2019. The couple will be welcoming their first child in July 2020. With these developments, there is no doubt that Nikki would be one happy lady seeing as these things are exactly what she wants out of life.