Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace is a retired American professional wrestler and television personality signed with WWE. She is best known for her work with Dancing with the Stars and WWE under the name Nikki Bella. She is a two-time Divas Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer.
Bella and her sister were signed with the company back in 2008. They were sent to FCW to train. She made her in-ring debut along with her sister, Brie. She had several feuds during her time in FCW.
The Bella Twins (2009-2012)
The duo made their debut on SmackDown and tricked Victoria and Natalya. They faced Victoria and Natalya on SmackDown and won. In November, they developed an on-screen relationship with The Colons. The storyline expanded with including John Morrison and The Miz. The storyline saw the duo split and exchanged victories over each other over the coming weeks.
At Draft, they drafted the duo to RAW and later on ECW. In October, they were drafted back to RAW. They predominantly appeared in backstage segments and with various RAW guest hosts. In 2010, the duo chased the Divas Championship but failed. The duo was announced as pros for season three of NXT. The duo was involved in a storyline with Daniel Bryan, and by the end, they turned heel.
In March, Nikki helped her sister to win the Divas Championship from Eve Torres. After 70 days, Brie dropped the title to Kelly Kelly. The twins spent most of the rest of the year on tag team matches. Nikki sided with Team Teddy, while Brie sided with Team Johnny at WrestleMania 28.
In April, Nikki Bella defeated Beth Phoenix to win her first Divas Championship. However, Bella dropped the title a week later at Extreme Rules to Layla. Eve Torres fired the twins after the event.
Return and Longest Reigning Divas Champion (2013-2015)
A year later, the twins returned to assist The Rhodes Scholar. For a while, they teamed up with The Rhodes Scholar. Nikki began her feud with Natalya and her ongoing storyline about Total Divas. The show heavily featured the divas of the roster along with Nikki and Brie Bella.
In 2014, Stephanie McMahon put Nikki in several handicap matches as a punishment during her storyline with Brie Bella. Nikki went under weeks of torture by Stephanie. At SummerSlam, Nikki turned on her sister and sided with McMahon. At Hell in a Cell, Nikki defeated Brie and forced her to be her manager.
At Survivor Series, Nikki won her second Divas Championship by defeating AJ Lee. At this point, the sister reconciled, and the team was established as heels. The Bellas faced AJ Lee and Paige at WrestleMania 31 and lost. Nikki went on the become the longest reigning Divas Champion until she dropped the title to Charlotte Flair at Night of Champions 2015. Nikki was sidelined with a life-threatening neck injury and was out for a year.
Return and Retirement
At SummerSlam 2016, Nikki returned in a 6 woman tag team match and won. She began her feud with Carmella and Natalya on SmackDown for a few months. After being victorious in her feuds, she and John Cena teamed up at WrestleMania 33 to face Miz and Maryse, which Nikki won. After the match, Cena proposed to Nikki, and they took some time off.
In 2018, Nikki took part in the inaugural Women's Royal Rumble and lost to the winner, Asuka. At SummerSlam, she and Brie returned to support Ronda Rousey. After being back full time, The Bellas turned on Ronda and started their rivalry. Nikki faced Round Rousey for the RAW Women's Championship at Evolution and lost. In 2019, she announced her retirement from wrestling, and the next year; she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.