Rolling Stones magazine posted an online interview with WWE star and now reality television star Nikki Bella.
Bella hit on my many topics about her rise into the ranks of women's professional wrestling to her injuries and her recent appearance on Dancing with Stars.
See below for some excerpts from the article:
How does the fatigue of DWTS compare to that amount of time on a WWE tour?
I'll admit: My body has not ever felt so sore and in so much pain. It was the hardest thing I've ever put my body through. Even last week, learning the jive, I felt like I was getting shin splints and needed knee replacements. I was like, "Oh my god, this is crazy."
How do you walk the line of branding your own career while collaborating with Brie and being associated with John?
People can say, "Oh, she gets this or that with John," but John wasn't in my matches. Everything I did, I did on my own, and I did so much leading up to when we were together. Even with Birdiebee, John doesn't do anything with it except be a typical man [and say], "I'm so proud of you, great job." I know I've worked so hard to get to where I'm at, and I'm not close to where I want to be, and it's because of me and my sister and amazing people. I couldn't do this on my own, but when I hear, "Oh, you're fiancé…" they weren't on the floor of Dancing With the Stars doing ballroom with me. When you let those comments effect you, you don't grow, and if anything, that negativity would fuel me even more…. Let me show what women can really do, and it doesn't take a man to do it.
And per those rumors, might we see you as a female SmackDown GM soon?
[Laughs] I'm not gonna lie, I totally pitched hard to do that. The company thought it was a great idea, but creatively at the time it wasn't going to work out because I did sign on with Dancing With the Stars and no one knew yet, so it was going to be too short of a run. But they were positive about it, so I'm hoping that door stays open. I would love to come back and be a bad guy. I feel like I'm where John stands — I'm better used as a good guy. But can you imagine me coming back as a bad girl and having some fun with Shane [McMahon]? It would just be amazing. So we'll see.
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