Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are considered the most likable couple in wrestling today. Everyone loves Bryan for his long road to the top of WWE. The hard work and genuine passion for the industry made him the fan’s choice for the top guy. All wrestling fans were saddened when Bryan was forced to retire earlier in 2016 due to his concussion-related head injuries making it dangerous for him to perform again. Brie has been one of the more popular female wrestlers in recent history with the rise of the Bella Twins. She also left WWE earlier this year with the hopes of starting a family.
The endearing couple are frequently in the main stories of E! reality television series Total Divas and Total Bellas. WWE marketed the show around the two stars and fans enjoyed them. Bryan and Brie have a relatable love that brings in viewers from many demographics. They appear to be perfect together and any kind person will be rooting for them to make it in the long run. The couple has a high profile with their lives being filmed for the world to watch. We’ll take an in-depth look at fifteen facts about the relationship of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella.
15. WWE Unintentionally Started the Relationship
The first stages in the relationship between Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella actually started thanks to the WWE writing staff. Bryan was booked to be the love interest of both Brie and Nikki Bella. The Bella Twins made a bet behind Bryan’s back to see who could sleep with him first. WWE’s poor writing saw the reveal be that the Bella Twins thought Bryan was a virgin, confusing it with the word vegan.
This was the first time the two formed any sort of relationship. Two wrestlers working a storyline together usually mean they have to spend a lot of time with each other planning out ideas to execute the segments. Bryan and Brie started to get to know each other, outside of just pleasantries, thanks to the booking of them being placed together. If not for a horrible WWE storyline, they may have never had the opportunity to connect.
14. They Were Friends Before Dating
The relationship to come out of the television storyline was actually a friendship before they became a romantic couple. Daniel Bryan revealed in his autobiography “Yes! My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania” that they started to hang out outside of the television shows as friends. Brie Bella happened to have a lot of similar interests to Bryan that made them an unlikely but sensible couple.
In various platforms, Brie stated she liked Bryan for quite some time but it took him a while to make a move. Bryan actually walked back to Brie’s place after a hanging out session to finally kiss her. For those of you out there feeling like there’s no hope to find a romantic relationship out of friendship, Bryan did the impossible to inspire us once again. The friendship between Brie and Bryan set the chemistry and common bonds that sparked the relationship getting started.
13. Kept Their Relationship Quiet Until Total Divas
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella started dating during the Bella Twins first stint in WWE. Brie and Nikki parted ways with the company in 2012 hoping to branch out with new opportunities outside of the wrestling business. They still made appearances on the independent wrestling scene but they tried to find a new career path. Brie and Nikki both returned to WWE in 2013 to be the stars of Total Divas as the show was being launched.
Bryan and Brie were dating for a couple of years before that but they kept it rather quiet. Most couples in wrestling are public with the nature of the internet and wrestling dirt sheets getting the scoop. Their relationship was relatively unknown until the Bellas returned to WWE. Brie started posting more photographs of the couple on Instagram and the Total Divas basically made them one of the most highly publicized wrestling romances of all time.
12. Bryan Helped Train Brie in Wrestling
The Bella Twins had a terrible reputation during their first stint in WWE as being two of the worst wrestlers on the roster. WWE hired models in that time frame to make up the women’s division with little to no experience in wrestling. Despite learning the basics in developmental, Brie and Nikki clearly weren’t ready for the big time. Their matches were horrible but both managed to improve in recent years in the second stint.
Daniel Bryan is regarded among the best technical wrestlers of all time and he used his knowledge to help Brie. Many of the moves and storytelling implemented in Brie’s game came through the hard work of training with her love interest. Bryan even went out of his way to help Nikki in the ring at times and she improved even more than Brie did. The fact that you could learn how to get better at your job by your significant other has to make learning fun.
11. Brie Made Bryan Get a Tour Bus
One of the more memorable episodes of Total Divas featured Daniel Bryan getting talked into renting a tour bus. Brie Bella wanted to have a better route to get from town to town and the entire cast of Total Divas joined them. The rules set out by Bryan to the ladies of the reality show and their significant others were a bit odd. Bryan demanded no pooping or sexual activity was allowed on his bus or the talent would be kicked off.
Obviously, the rules were broken on multiple fronts and Bryan was not happy. The tour bus experiment ended rather quickly. Bryan is one of the cheaper wrestlers that tried to save his money and the idea of a tour bus seemed out of character for him. The convenience however does provide temptation but it was an unhappy time on the bus. We will likely never see Bryan demand his own tour bus for his role as the SmackDown Live General Manager.
10. Bryan Would Continue Wrestling if Not For Brie
Daniel Bryan tried to fight WWE’s desires for him to retire for many months. The WWE doctors refused to clear Bryan claiming he was not healthy enough to compete in the ring without risking severe injury. Bryan met with multiple doctors that gave him differing opinions and the belief that he could wrestle with his brain being as healthy as the average person. After one of his private doctors agreed with WWE, Bryan officially retired on Raw in his home of Seattle.
The post-retirement life has seen Bryan still seek other opinions with doctors continuing to give multiple opinions. Bryan has stated he would have left WWE to work for companies like Ring of Honor and New Japan if it were up to him. Brie Bella’s influence in wanting her husband to live a long and healthy life was the difference maker. The fact that they are expecting to have their first child next year makes it worthwhile for Bryan to give up in-ring competition.
9. Brie is Still the Wrestler of the Family
Brie Bella leaving WWE following WrestleMania 32 has left many fans wondering if she is officially retired. The desire to leave coincided with wanting to have a child with Daniel Bryan due to both badly wanting to have children. Brie is currently pregnant with the couple’s first daughter expected in the spring of 2017. The mother to be still works for WWE with the reality show projects and she does ambassador work.
Bella Twin fans can rejoice because Brie recently went on the record to say her plans are indeed to return to the ring after giving birth. The timetable given out by Brie is SummerSlam 2017. Brie hopes she can get back in ring shape a couple of months after giving birth and WWE will clear her to return to the ring. Many people still have negative opinions of the Bellas, but you can’t argue that they have passion for the WWE.
8. Rare Funko Pop Couple
The collectible world continues to grow with new concepts being made every year. One brand to become hugely popular has been the Funko Pop figures. WWE has a line with limited wrestlers having the honor of their likelihood being made into a Funko Pop. Daniel Bryan was in the first line of major top stars having the figures made to sell. Brie Bella joined him later on WWE releasing Bella packs in their Total Divas line of Brie and Nikki.
It is very rare for a real life couple to both have their own Funko Pop figures. You know you made it when you have place your own figures next to each other in your home. The price of Bryan’s figure has gone up through the years with the demand growing. The Bellas also have a rare collectible of two Pops being packaged together. If you have your Bryan and Brie Funko Pops, be sure to keep them as they could be worth something one day.
7. Brie Helped Bryan Deal With Depression
One of the sadder moments on the recent season on Total Bellas featured Daniel Bryan having to deal with depression. We all think of his endearing smile and lovable personality but the retirement from wrestling affected his life negatively. Brie Bella revealed that Bryan was dealing with depression for quite some time but it hit new lows with the cavalcade of sad events happening to him.
Following the best moment of his career winning the main event of WrestleMania 30, Bryan suffered numerous injuries, endured the death of his father and was then forced to retire. The inability to get personal time by having to film Total Bellas in John Cena’s home made things worse and he left before the season ended. Bryan appears to be in better spirits today. The return to WWE has him hanging out with his friends again and the dream of having a child is now a reality.
6. Bryan Didn’t Like the Way Maryse Treated Brie
The sixth season of Total Divas recently started with Maryse becoming the latest member of the cast due to her return to WWE. Maryse and the Bella Twins used to be close friends but it ended when they were all trying to broker deals to be the original stars of the reality show. The accusations of Maryse were that Brie and Nikki both blocked her from getting a good deal so they would be the only two main stars returning.
Maryse and Brie got into a huge argument in the season premiere with verbal daggers being thrown both ways. Brie revealed she didn’t miss Maryse’s friend and that her husband Daniel Bryan never liked Maryse. Bryan apparently thought Maryse demeaned Brie and talked down to her, which is something a husband would never want to witness occurring to his wife. The disdain between Maryse and Brie will likely continue for the remainder of the season.
5. John Cena is Moving Into Their Home
The first season of Total Bellas did well enough for the E! Network to bring the Bella family back for another five-episode season. Daniel Bryan, Brie Bella and the other members of the Bella family moved into John Cena’s mansion to help Nikki Bella recover from her severe neck injury. Next season will focus on Cena and Nikki moving into Bryan and Brie’s much smaller home in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cena and Nikki will attempt to help Bryan and Brie through Brie’s first pregnancy. Considering how the first season went, this will likely be an entertaining turn of events. Cena’s house rules and lavish style provided the setup and scenery for the first season. The next season will have Bryan and Brie setting the house rules given the fact that Nikki and Cena will be guests. Most importantly for all involved, the Bella brand will continue to grow with yet another reality show season featuring them.
4. They’re Polar Opposites to Nikki and John Cena
The main reason E! Network finds great content in filming the two wrestling couples of John Cena and Nikki Bella interacting with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella is due to being polar opposites. Cena and Nikki live in a mansion, wear the most expensive clothes and enjoy living an overall extravagant life. Bryan and Brie own a smaller home, plant their own vegetables and live a modest life.
The culture clash of the two couples being forced to live together will create chaos and storylines that can’t be written. Nikki and Brie having such drastically different personalities despite being twins is what makes them this marketable. It only made sense they dated wrestlers that are also polar opposites. The awkward double dates between the two couples will continue to provide compelling reality television content.
3. Received Creepy Wedding Gift From Natalya
An underrated perk of getting married is the wedding gifts that come with it. Everyone wants to give a meaningful and worthwhile gift to a happy couple to celebrate their big day. Natalya went above and beyond in the worst way possible following the wedding of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. The talented member of the beloved Hart family painted a portrait of Bryan, Brie and their dog Josie.
Natalya’s skills in the wrestling ring did not translate over to the artistic world. The painting was quite bad with both Bryan and Brie reacting in horror at the thought of having to place it somewhere in their house. Brie pretended to like it but had the intention of hiding it in their closet as soon as they went home. Never make your own gifts for friends unless you know you’re superbly talented at it.
2. Their Child May Be Named Branch or Basil
The wrestling world all collectively smiled when the news broke that Brie Bella was pregnant. Daniel Bryan and Brie have wanted to have a child for quite some time and their dream is finally coming true. They are looking forward to their first daughter next spring and are already considering names. Bryan and all of his siblings have names that begin with the letter B and obviously so does Brie making him want their child to share that bond.
The couple is taking suggestions for the name as long as it begins with B. Some of their potential names are quite unique. A recent video showed them discussing names with the choices of Basil and Branch being on the table. The love of nature and herbs are well known about the couple, but it may be going a bit too far. Bryan and Brie have already decided on a middle name that won’t be revealed until the child is born.
1. WWE Didn’t Let Brie Celebrate WM 30 Win With Bryan
A surprising moment in the couple’s history came at WrestleMania 30 during the biggest night of Daniel Bryan’s career. The underdog pulled off the historic moment when he won the WWE World Championship on the biggest show of the year. Bryan celebrated with confetti falling in the ring and pyro shooting all over the venue. The sister and niece of Bryan entered the ring to soak in the moment with him. One person missing from the celebration was Brie Bella.
WWE requested Brie remain backstage and not join him in the ring for the public celebration. Bryan stated that is the one thing he wishes could have been different about the moment. Cameras at least caught their embrace backstage when she was the first person he saw behind the curtain. We’ll never know why exactly WWE prevented the couple from soaking in the moment together and it will likely remain an unsolved mystery.