The past year has been a rollercoaster of events for the Bella family inside the ring and outside of WWE. Back in October, Nikki Bella became the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, but she also went down with a serious neck and spinal injury that took her out of the WWE ring until last weekend’s WWE Summerslam event.
While she was recovering, Daniel Bryan’s fight to continue his wrestling career in WWE came to an emotional and heartbreaking end in February. He was forced to retire due to serious health concerns, which eventually led to him returning to WWE many months later to commentate the “Cruiserweight Classic,” and he became the new General Manager of SmackDown.
After Daniel Bryan had called it a career, it was only a matter of time before Brie Bella followed him into retirement. For a brief time, it was just Brie performing in WWE, which was such a strange turn of events. However, it all came to an end at Wrestlemania 32 as Brie Bella got the submission during a five-on-five tag team match to call it a career on the grandest stage of them all. During an interview after the match, Brie had an unofficial goodbye for the WWE Universe and dedicated her career to her family.
The final days of Brie Bella’s career were bittersweet for the fans of The Bella Twins. However, Brie Bella is still a close member of the WWE family, and the Bella brand continues to be featured on WWE programming through Nikki Bella, on Total Divas, and on the E! Network’s new spinoff Total Bellas, which will premiere in October.
Shortly after her retirement from WWE as an active competitor, Brie Bella revealed during an interview with WWE.com that her match at Wrestlemania 32 wasn’t the last match she’ll ever have in her career, but it was the last time she’s going to be wrestling in a WWE ring for quite some time. Brie Bella said the following about the future of her wrestling career in WWE.
“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.”
The potential for Brie Bella to return to the ring for a match or a program at a major WWE event is going to be exciting for a lot of the WWE Universe, and they’ll have the chance to reactivate “Brie Mode” again. Not much time has passed since Brie Bella’s retirement, but she recently teased a potential return to WWE programming after last week’s edition of SmackDown Live.
On last week’s edition of SmackDown, Nikki Bella returned to the brand and was preparing for her first singles match since her return to WWE. Her opponent, Carmella, took the opportunity to attack Nikki during her pre-match interview, beat her down, and make a big statement about her place in SmackDown’s Women’s Division.
Obviously, Brie Bella took to Twitter to respond to Carmella’s attack on her sister and just be an active fan. However, there is some speculation that Brie could step back into the ring for a tag team match eventually if the feud between Carmella and Nikki Bella gets personal enough and it develops beyond the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WWE Backlash.
As of this writing, there are no confirmed plans for Brie Bella to return to WWE programming. However, SmackDown would be the obvious brand for her to return to because SmackDown is run by her husband and Nikki is expected to become the first SmackDown Women’s Champion at WWE Backlash in less than two weeks.
With Total Bellas premiering in October and Total Divas returning with a new season on the E! Network this fall as well, it’s not out of the question for Brie Bella to make some appearance on WWE television to help promote both shows. However, it also may give her the excuse to get back into the ring for another match or a short program.
After all, Brie’s final match at Wrestlemania 32 didn’t feature Nikki as part of the match. WWE officials may want one last show of “Twin Magic” on WWE programming before Brie and Daniel Bryan start a family and these opportunities stop presenting themselves. Most likely, nothing will come of this. However, something small can always lead to something big in WWE.
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