It seems we’re coming to the end of an era in sports entertainment.
Nikki and Brie Bella recently told ET they’ll be ending their E! reality show “sooner than later.”
The reason is that the mothers of young children don’t want to force their kids to grow up on camera.
Brie: “We love filming reality. We don’t mind it, but you start seeing your kids and that’s what you have to start to think about. My daughter hates the camera. So does my husband.
“Birdie doesn’t even let me take pictures…So I’m very respectful of her space, what she wants. I only let her film if she wants to walk into a scene. Both Nicole and I always say, we have to respect our families and at any time where our families feel like it’s time for them to be done, then we have to think about that too. So we feel like we might have a little bit in us, but we also have to really just fill it out with our families.”
Nikki: “I can maybe do a few more seasons of reality TV, but I just can’t raise my son in front of the cameras.” I just don’t want him one day to look at me and be like, ‘You never gave me that choice. You put my life out there and you didn’t let me have the say, choose that,’ and I don’t want that. I want him to have a normal upbringing and when he’s 18 he can choose whatever it is he wants to do, or even younger than that.”
This doesn’t mean to Bella Empire is going away. The ET interview was done to promote their new investment in and personal line for baby products company Colugo. And The Hall of Famers say they “have some ideas” for “different types of shows” beyond just reality programming. The interview also doesn’t specifically address if Total Divas would end without the Bellas involvement.
We’ll see how quickly this plays out. But love or hate the Bella Twins, and the reality show franchise that’s synonymous with them, you can’t argue that Nikki, Brie, Total Divas & Total Bellas weren’t a huge factor in how WWE marketed itself in the 2010s. Since that was also a time when WWE = pro wrestling for much of the world, their brand is also inextricably linked to how the company’s approach to women’s wrestling changed. Does #GiveDivasAChance happen without the Bella Army?
That’s something we can debate another time, and something that might be easier to look at objectively when Total Bellas is a thing of the past.