Wrestling's Bella Twins are changing their name, leaving WWE

Streaming HUBMarch 16, 2023

(NEXSTAR) – The Bella Twins are not going to be “The Bella Twins” anymore.

The 39-year-old former WWE wrestlers announced on this week’s episode of the SiriusXM “Nikki & Brie Show” podcast that they have decided to start a “new chapter” that requires a name change.

“So today is a big day for Brie and me,” said the entertainer formerly known as Nikki Bella. “It is a day of celebration, a day of enthusiasm. It is the beginning of a new chapter. We are going back to our roots; we are going back to the names we were given at birth.

“Today, we are officially, from here on out, the Garcia twins.”

Nikki and Brie Garcia revealed that they changed their names following a “mutual” decision not to renew their contracts with WWE. WWE, meanwhile, owns the trademark on “The Bella Twins,” citing the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The women stated that they held no ill will towards WWE, and were nothing but “grateful” for their “Bella Twins” identity and the opportunities they have received since signing with the company in 2007.

Nikki Garcia said, “When our contract with WWE came through, mutually we all knew we had to enter this new chapter.”

Wrestling's Bella Twins are changing their name, leaving WWE
The June 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 features professional wrestlers formerly known as Brie Bella and Nikki Bella. The two announced on their podcast that they are now going Brie and Nikki Garcia. (Photo by Sean Gardner / Getty Images)

WWE Hall of Famers further revealed that they chose to use their father’s surname – Garcia – rather than their married names: Nikki Chigvintsev and Brie Danielson. (Nikki Garcia is married to “Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev, while Bree Garcia is married to professional wrestler Bryan Danielson.)

“Our dad is doing backflips right now,” said Nikki Garcia. “Why not go back to your roots? We love our Mexican culture, and let’s go back to Garcia.”

In addition to hosting “The Nikki and Brie Show” on SiriusXM, Deadline reports, Garcia is set to host a reality dating series called “Twin Love,” which will premiere this summer on Amazon Prime Video and FreeVee. Will happen.

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