As former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan remains on the sidelines following a setback from major neck surgery, the WWE Universe waits in anticipation for the leader of the YES! movement to make his grand return.
Brie Bella, Daniel’s wife, was recently interviewed by Neil Docking of the UK Mirror. She discussed how Daniel’s recovery is going, her feud with Stephanie McMahon, as well as her sister Nikki possibly breaking AJ Lee’s record Divas Championship reign:
One of the main things we’ll see you having to deal with [on “Total Divas”] is the career threatening injury Bryan has suffered. How is he doing?
“You know he’s doing really well, he is, but it has been very hard. This injury unlike any other has just been the hardest because in the past we at least knew ‘okay it’s surgery, this long to recover’, he unfortunately had a relapse, but then we knew how long it would be to recover after the relapse. But with this one it’s so unclear and that’s the hard thing. As a wife, to put myself away from wrestling, as a wife it’s so hard to see your husband go through this. I mean, you know when doctors are starting to think, and you see his dreams come crashing down, it breaks my heart. To the point where I wish I was in his position and he was in mine because I hate seeing him like that. But my husband has so much fight in him and he tells me every day ‘I’m getting back in that ring, just you watch’ and I’m like ‘oh I bet you will’. I have his support 100% and I really think he will get back in there, I really do. He doesn’t see it any other way.”
What was it like to feud with Stephanie and your sister and be part of such a big storyline this time last year?
“Oh, it was the highlight of my career. It was amazing to work with Stephanie McMahon, you know for a Diva it was amazing to have a great story. And to have it happen organically from the Daniel Bryan situation. You know Stephanie and I main evented Raw two weeks in a row. Just as women. We had no men in our storyline, it was just two women who had beef. And then when we were going into SummerSlam to have Vince McMahon tell us that we helped sell the pay-per-view and that was the main story going in, it was incredible. Those are moments I will be telling my grandchildren, that I will remember forever. And the best part too, someone like her was bullying my husband and I got be the bitch that stepped in and put her in her place.”
Nikki has now passed Maryse as the second longest reigning Diva’s Champion, with AJ Lee’s record of 295 days in her sights. Do you think she will break it?
“I hope so, I really do. But you know what? The one thing I really like about my sister is when I look at her holding this title, she says ‘I don’t care about the length of the reign, I care about the fight’. She has been the number one champion for putting that title on the line. That’s what Nikki cares about and keeps asking, every week she wants to put the title on the line. She wants to fight for it constantly and that’s her mentality. I really hope she does but she wants the NXT girls to come up and start fighting for it, she has a different outlook, she wants to change the division. I hope we start seeing that soon. The girls down in NXT are tremendous wrestlers and I hope we see them on the roster soon.”
For a full look at the interview, including Brie’s thoughts on possibly becoming Divas Champion again, click here.