Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, better known as Nikki Bella, was born on November 21, 1983, in California. She is a professional wrestler and television personality from the United States. Bella joined W.W.E. in 2007 and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling’s developmental territory with her twin sister Brie Bella, forming the duo, the Bella Twins. She made her “SmackDown” debut in 2008. Bella is a two-time W.W.E. Divas Champion, holding the title for the longest time. Bella was ranked first in “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” Female 50 in November 2015, and she was named “Rolling Stone”’s ‘Diva of the Year’ in December 2015. She and her sister won the Teen Choice Award for ‘Favorite Female Athlete’ in 2016. We’ll help you celebrate her special day right here.
Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace
November 21, 1983
Nikki Bella was born in San Diego, California. She was born 16 minutes before her twin sister, Brianna, to parents Jon Garcia and Kathy Colace, and raised on a farm in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. She and her sister were both members of the Scottsdale club when they were in elementary school. In 2002, she graduated from Chaparral High School and went on to Grossmont College in San Diego, where she played soccer. She moved to Los Angeles a year later, where she worked as a waitress at the Mondrian Hotel while looking for an agent. She then began modeling, acting, and promotional work. On the Fox reality show “Meet My Folks,” she made her first national television appearance. Following that, Bella and her sister were hired as Budweiser’s World Cup Twins and were photographed holding the World Cup trophy.
They competed in the “Body Doubles: International Twins Search” in 2006. She and her sister signed a developmental contract with W.W.E. in 2007, where they competed as the Bella Twins against Nattie Neidhart and Victoria Crawford. Bella also competed in mixed tag team matches with male wrestlers on occasion, like Kofi Kingston and Robert Anthony. Her sister made her debut as Brie Bella on August 29, 2008, and defeated Crawford, after which Bella was revealed as Nikki Bella.
Bella is the longest-reigning Divas Champion in W.W.E. Divas history; she held the title for 301 days, surpassing A.J. Lee’s previous record of 295 days. She had a neck injury but returned for one night in December 2016 to accept the Slammy Award for ‘Diva of the Year.’ She announced via Instagram that she would be taking time off from wrestling in 2017. On January 22, 2018, the Bella Twins appeared on the 25th Anniversary of “Raw.” She made her in-ring return several months later at a live event in Puerto Rico. However, on June 20, 2019, it was announced that a cyst on her brain had been discovered, effectively ending her ring career. She along with her sister Brie were inducted into the W.W.E. Hall of Fame in 2020. However, the ceremony was postponed until the following year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bella was announced as a judge on “America’s Got Talent: Extreme” alongside Simon Cowell and Travis Pastrana on October 1, 2021.
Bella graduates from Chaparral High School and attends Grossmont College in San Diego.
Bella and Brie sign a developmental contract with "W.W.E.," where they win after competing as the Bella Twins against Nattie Neidhart and Victoria Crawford.
The Bella Twins debut at their first independent wrestling event in May but the match is canceled due to time constraints.
Both Bella and her sister are nominated for ‘Choice Female Athlete’ at the Teen Choice Awards.
Bella and Brie are inducted into the W.W.E. Hall of Fame, but because of the pandemic, the ceremony is postponed until the following year.
Bella joins Simon Cowell and Travis Pastrana as a judge on "America's Got Talent: Extreme," which premieres on February 21.
Why We Love Nikki Bella
She made a name for herself
The W.W.E. didn't take Bella and her sister seriously at first, but she went on to become the company's major female star several times. They always support each other and they have won numerous titles and awards.
She is a very down-to-earth person
Bella has appeared on television numerous times, and she has been described as relatable, down-to-earth, and likable due to how she is as a person. Despite her wealth and fame, she does not act like a celebrity.
She is very close with her sister
Bella and Brie have been through a lot in and out of the ring during the first few seasons of the show "Total Bellas." They've always been by each other's sides, no matter what.
5 Surprising Facts
She was married when she was 20
Nobody knew until recently that Bella married her high school sweetheart when she was 20 years old and they stayed together for three years.
She is a novice poet
Bella is best known for a job that is all about physicality, but she has kept her writing almost entirely to herself, indicating that she isn't trying to turn her poetry into a career.
A record-breaking W.W.E. championship reign
As impressive as her time with W.W.E. is, Bella's reign as W.W.E. Divas Champion is arguably her crowning achievement.
She aspired to play professional soccer
When she was younger, Bella was named M.V.P. of her high school female soccer team during her rookie year, and she was offered a sports scholarship by Arizona State University.
She dated many celebrities
Bella has dated John Cena, and was also in a relationship with another professional wrestler, Nic Nemeth, who plays the W.W.E. character Dolph Ziggler, before her current partner Artem Chigvintsev, with whom she was partnered on the show "Dancing with the Stars."
Nikki Bella FAQs
When is Nikki Bella getting married?
After more than a year of being engaged, Bella finally revealed her wedding date during the season finale of “Total Bellas,” as the Thanksgiving weekend in 2021. However, the plans were canceled due to the pandemic.
What's Nikki Bella's baby's name?
Bella posted a photo of her baby on Instagram, revealing that he is named Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev.
Are Nikki Bella and John Cena still friends?
Bella and Cena are still friends; when Bella and her sister Brie gave birth to their kids, Cena congratulated them both.
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