The following is a group of pictures that – hey, hey! Down here please, there are words to be read in this introduction that are critical to the enjoyment of this article, so please, continue reading before moving on.
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Well, for the rest of you who stuck around, this article will focus on some of Nikki Bella’s finest pictures, with background on why each one is considered “must see”. There will also be some fun facts, stats, and trivia thrown in about the longest reigning WWE Divas Champion for good measure.
Thanks to her many years with the WWE and appearing on E’s Total Divas, Nikki has become one of WWE’s most widely known personalities. With her twin sister, Brie Bella, and boyfriend, WWE’s John Cena, by her side, Nikki’s popularity has grown immensely over the past few years. Although, Nikki still shares a Twitter account with Brie (who does that?), she has quite the following on Instagram with over 2.7 million followers, also known as “The Bella Army”.
Anyways, that’s quite enough reading, so let’s get right to the pictures before Nikki shows up, and blasts you in the mug with her world famous running forearm smash.
10. Instagram Bikini Photos
Yep, let’s get right to the bikini shots, not going to waste your time, because time is indeed precious. Although they’re becoming fewer and fewer, Nikki had a phase of taking bikini shots in, what looks like, the same bathroom. These candid shots usually stopped the Internet for a few seconds – nothing was broken, though.
As you can see, being a WWE wrestler has kept her in unbelievably great shape, where she is absolutely rocking these bikinis to the fullest. Blah, blah, blah, you’re not even reading these words, so why not move on to the next picture, yeah?
9. Nikki’s Fashion Sense
Nikki’s got a real knack for fashionable outfits, just search the net and you will see her in tons of lovely looking ensembles from the variety of media events that she goes to. In this photo, aside from the great looking dress, her hair is pulled up, something that fans don’t see quite as often.
If you follow Nikki on Instagram, you’ll see tons of pictures with Nikki showing off her fashionable side. On Total Divas, they’ve dedicated entire shows to her shopping addiction, as she literally spends thousands of dollars on a purse, among other items.
8. Early Wrestling Days: Florida Championship Wrestling
In this picture, you will see Nikki (right) and Brie, during their early days with the WWE. After not getting picked up via WWE’s 2006 Diva Search, they were eventually signed to a developmental contract to FCW in 2007. Looks like they are about ready to have a match, or possibly be in a bikini contest, kind of tough to tell.
The Bella Twins were in FCW for just over a year, and eventually got called up to the main roster to start working on SmackDown. Before their time in FCW, they had no previous wrestling experience, instead working as mostly promotional models. Nikki and Brie were known as “The World Cup Twins” for Budweiser.
7. WWE Days
Aside from taking a break in 2012-2013, Nikki has been working on WWE’s main roster since 2008, doing a mix of wrestling, managing, and backstage segments. Initially, she was not one of the better wrestlers on the roster; it took Nikki a couple years to really get into honing her craft inside the squared circle.
Since around mid-2013 her skills inside the ring and on the mic have improved immensely, to the point where more fans actually became accepting of her talents. This picture shows off her typical wrestling attire (colors vary) and hat.
6. Twin Magic
Probably the biggest reason Nikki (left) got a chance with the WWE is because she has a twin sister, Brie Bella. They are able to do things on the roster that most others cannot get away with, most notably:“Twin Magic”. Basically, during a singles match, if Nikki is getting beat down by her opponent, Brie will wait for the ref to be distracted and make the switch in the ring. When their opponent comes over, usually the fresh twin can surprise them, and get the 1-2-3.
For a majority of time, the Bellas would come out wearing the same attire, thus being able to trick their opponent when needed.
5. “Twin-ish” Magic
This worked great up until about two years ago when the twins didn’t quite look the same anymore. “Enhancements” aside for Nikki, she became more into power lifting, building up more muscle, and developing a “Lady Hoss” style in the ring. Brie went more of the lean, fit look, further separating the sisters from looking exactly alike.
This didn’t stop the WWE, as they still continue to do the same shtick, but if Brie has to look like Nikki, she just adds some “stuffing” to her top. Yes, it’s as stupid as it sounds; hopefully it’s something that won’t be used much more in the future.
4. AJ Bella?
Last November, Nikki was feuding with the then WWE Divas Champion, AJ Lee, and during an episode of SmackDown, AJ decided to come to the ring dressed just like Nikki. AJ is pretty petite so she had to get some extra padding to mimic Nikki’s look, and if you check the video, AJ did a pretty admirable job with her opposition’s mannerisms.
Later that month, Nikki took on AJ at Survivor Series, and became the new Divas Champion, eventually going on her record breaking run. Note to future Divas champions: don’t dress like Nikki Bella, it makes her really mad, and you won’t like her when she’s mad!
3. The Rack Attack
Nikki’s finisher is a modern twist on the Torture Rack, which was made popular by former WCW wrestler, Lex Luger. Instead of it being a submission move, Nikki throws her opponent on her shoulders and promptly drops to the mat, making it more of a high impact move.
It’s one of the better looking finishers in the women’s division and actually made it into TheRichest’s “Top 30 Finishing Moves in WWE”. Her overall moveset is much improved over the past year, including more power moves, such as an awesome looking running forearm that looks like it could seriously hurt her opponents.
Over the past few years, Nikki and Brie have slowly built their own “brand”, to help separate each other away from just being known as The Bella Twins. For Nikki, she has gone with the simple, yet effective “Fearless” that is embroidered on most of her tops, and she has worked it into her gimmick, in particular, during her latest championship run.
Merchandise is key for wrestlers to not only gain more fans, but earn extra income, and Nikki has one of the larger sections when it comes to selling merch on WWE Shop. Who wouldn’t want some “Fearless: Nikki” flip-flops?
1. WWE Divas Champion
Nikki’s greatest improvements came during this reign: she was able to cut solid heel promos, and back up her words with great in-ring work. She revamped her look and moves to help separate herself away from the pack, allowing her to become the longest reigning Divas Champion at 301 days. The previous record holder was AJ Lee at 295 days.
Her best matches came early against AJ Lee and Paige, then late in her reign, against the new champion, Charlotte. Nikki’s newest wrinkle has been adding solid ring psychology to her matches, as she’s becoming a consistently evil heel, using dirty tactics throughout her most recent matches.
This picture is great because it shows what really matters in pro wrestling; a wrestler and their title.