Nikki Bella has been a fixture in the women’s division, formerly the Divas division, for the past two years. She currently competes on SmackDown Live and is one of the featured female performers on the blue brand. Nikki has gone from being a remnant of the Divas era and one-half of twin magic, along with her sister Brie Bella, to become one of the most improved wrestlers in the company over the last twenty-four months. Her progress, both in and out of the ring, has been reflected in her value to the company and has positively affected Nikki Bella’s net worth and salary.
Nikki Bella is one of the most accomplished women in the WWE, having won the WWE Divas Champion twice in her career. Her second reign lasted 301 days and is officially recognised as the longest reign in the history of that championship.
She is also second on the list of the combined number of days as WWE Divas Champion with a total of 307 days, only behind AJ Lee.
Nikki Bella was born on 21st November 1983, as Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace and is the elder of the Bella twins. Unlike the Four Horsewomen of the Women’s Revolution, Nikki Bella did not have a background and experience of working in the smaller independent promotions nor did she belong to a rich lineage in professional wrestling.
Growing up in her hometown of Arizona, Nikki was a soccer (football) player and she played for her elementary and high school. Initially, she received an offer for a scholarship to play for Arizona State University, which had to be withdrawn, when she suffered a serious leg injury.
Later both the twins decided to pursue acting and modelling, which lead to them relocating to Los Angeles. The Bella twins took part in the 2006 WWE Diva Search contest but were unable to make the final cut, as they refused to relocate to Florida, where the developmental territory of the WWE at the time, Florida Championship Wrestling, was located.
However, a year later, their mother convinced them to reconsider their decision and seize the opportunity. The two later signed a developmental contract with the WWE and competed in FCW.
Nikki’s first run in the WWE was from 2008-2012, where she was part of The Bella Twins. The female duo was notorious for their signature manoeuvre, Twin Magic, where they switch places mid-match unbeknownst to the referee, to gain an advantage over their opponents.
Even though they used to compete inside the squared circle every once in a while, they were predominantly utilised in backstage segments. In April 2012, Nikki Bella won the WWE Divas Championship on an episode of Monday Night RAW, defeating Beth Phoenix in a Lumberjill match, marking her first reign with the championship.
The twins were released from the WWE soon afterwards.
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After a brief stint on the independent circuit, The Bella Twins made their WWE return just under a year later, and Nikki has been with the company ever since. The second run has been the most successful for the diva with the Mexican-Italian heritage.
She became one of the central characters on the reality show Total Divas, captured the WWE Divas Championship for a second time in November 2014 and went on to hold it for a record-setting 301 days.
Nikki Bella has been in a relationship with WWE Superstar John Cena since 2012 and is also the sister-in-law of Smackdown Live general manager Daniel Bryan. Nikki returned at SummerSlam 2016, after successfully recovering from an almost career-ending neck injury.
Breakdown of Nikki Bella’s net worth
Even though a lot of criticism has been levied in the direction of the Bella twins, due to their meteoric rise within the WWE landscape following their return three years ago, there’s no denying that Nikki Bella has made a marked improvement in her in-ring work.
Nikki has positioned herself, as a big money-maker and a valuable asset for the WWE, not only due to her in-ring work but her work in the entertainment industry.
Currently, Nikki Bella earns the highest salary per year among the active WWE women’s superstars and earns at least a hundred grand more than the next highest paid female competitor. Her $400,000 per annum figure is inclusive of her base salary and the bonuses she receives.
There has been a tremendous increase in the total earnings per year for The Fearless Superstar, since her debut in 2008. Initially, she used to make just $90,000 reportedly. Her yearly paycheck has increased by 300% over the last eight years.
She has also made numerous non-wrestling appearances for the company in the various Comic-Cons and photo shoots.
Nikki Bella is also one of the most marketable women’s superstars. She yielded the most in terms of her share in the merchandise revenue among all women superstars, adding to her brand value and net worth, which is approximated to be around $4 million dollars.
Nikki Bella net worth – $4 million
Cars and Houses
Even though Nikki Bella owns a house in New York, with a market value of $3 million dollars in 2014, she currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her boyfriend, John Cena. The spacious mansion has an indoor pool and a rock cave. Nikki Bella has a personal room custom-made for her wardrobe, including her clothes and shoes.
The mansion is featured throughout the Total Divas and the recently debuted Total Bellas series. John Cena gifted Nikki Bella a Range Rover in 2013, which was also documented on the Total Divas show.
Before catching the eye of the WWE's top brass, Nikki and Brie Bella were featured on NBC’s Meet My Folks in 2002. Nikki Bella has also played a small role in a film called Confessions of a Womaniser. She has also appeared as herself in shows like Psych and Clash Time.
However, she is best known as one of the primary characters of E! Network’s hit reality television series Total Divas. The show became one of the highest-rated shows on the network and had consistently featured in the upper-half, in terms of viewership and television ratings for the channel.
In the early part of 2016, it was announced that a spin-off show of Total Divas, would debut called Total Bellas, which revolved around the Bella Twins, their partners and their family.
Nikki Bella is also a licensed real estate agent, which definitely serves well for her future post-WWE.
Here are the net worth figures of some of her peers in the WWE:
|Alicia Fox net worth||$2 million|
|Becky Lynch net worth||$650,000|
|Eva Marie net worth||$2.5 million|
|Lana net worth||$1 million|
|Natalya net worth||$5 million|
|Sasha Banks net worth||0.75 million|
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