– Brie Bella spoke with the WWE website this past week. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:
WWE.COM: There’s been a lot of speculation around the internet regarding your current status with WWE. Is there anything you would like to announce to the WWE Universe?
BRIE BELLA: Yes. WrestleMania 32 was my last match.
I wouldn’t say my last match forever, just my last match that you’ll see in a while. I am here at home because Daniel Bryan and I want to start a family soon. Or I shouldn’t say soon — we want to start it now! We’re going to start having babies, so I have to put my career on hold. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to be gone. I’m going to be an ambassador for WWE. But I’m going to try motherhood.
WWE.COM: So, this isn’t an official retirement then, but it is more than just a break.
BRIE BELLA: Exactly. The hardest part is that it takes a while to have a baby. So, I hate saying retirement because after I have kids, I would love to make a comeback into the ring. I feel like I could bring a whole army with me, like Trish Stratus, who’s a mother. Michelle McCool, who’s a mother. Beth Phoenix, who’s a mom. It’s a good bunch of us who could come back and have one hell of a career. I just don’t know the timing of it. I don’t know if it will be a year and a half, two years or three years. So, it feels like a retirement. At the same time, I’m just not going to close that door.
WWE.COM: Will you miss the term “Diva”?
BRIE BELLA: No! Absolutely not. Granted, of course, I have so many memories being a Diva. I guess it will always hold a special part of me. We always called ourselves Divas. I came in through Diva Search. I was a Divas Champion. I always felt like it had this negative feeling to it because a Diva is so much more high maintenance, and that’s the last thing we women wrestlers are. I’m really happy to see it go, just as I was really sad when I saw the original Women’s Championship go away. It’s amazing to just finally have it. So, yeah, I definitely won’t miss it.
WWE.COM: This is the second time that you’ve stepped away from the squared circle. How different is this experience compared to the last time?
BRIE BELLA: Last time, I wasn’t ready to leave. I just felt like I had to leave because I wasn’t happy with where my career was going. This time, I felt ready. I think, too, because my husband, Daniel Bryan, has not only been my number one cheerleader, he’s been my coach. He’s the one who’s made me excel in wrestling. And he’s been everything. I think not having him on the road or him not being a part of it, to him being forced to move on, it makes me feel like it’s time for me to move on. It couldn’t feel more right that this timing has worked out for both of us. This time, the fact that I came home to him and to Josie, and that we’re going to start this exciting new life together, it kind of made me not shed any tears.
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