Brie Bella has no issue admitting that her twin sister and fellow WWE star Nikki was the star when it came to their playing days on the soccer field at Chapparal High in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Nikki was really good,” Brie said. “I was good too, but, yeah, she was better.”
Still, don’t think for one second that Brie doesn’t have claim to fame when it comes to dominating a game.
Can you say “Chickenfoot?”
“I’m pretty amazing at that,” Brie said matter-of-factly. “I was playing one of my cousin’s friends one time and he got so upset that I was beating him so bad that he literally threw all of the dominos off the table.”
I caught up with Brie to chop-it-up about everything from her background as a penalty kick specialist to her worst injury to what she dominates her husband WWE heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan in.
Jason Jordan: We had your twin sister Nikki on the Chop-Up recently and she told me that you guys played soccer at Chapparal High in Scottsdale, Ariz. Question is who was better?
Brie Bella: (Laughs) Well, she was a sweeper and I was center mid; I had a lot of endurance and everything, but, overall, my sister was a better athlete and soccer player.
JJ: What was your shining moment on the soccer field?
BB: Probably whenever I’d do penalty kicks. I was really good at that so I was always drafted by my coach to take those shots. It was pretty neat and 9 out of 10 times I’d make the shot.
JJ: That’ll get it done.
BB: Yeah, you know what’s funny is that when Nikki would be at soccer practice I’d show up in my tutu because I’d be doing ballet on the side with my babysitter. Then a couple of years later the soccer coach convinced me to play because if I’m Nikki’s twin I’d have to be pretty good. I was pretty good at soccer, but I would’ve loved to have kept up with ballet or played an instrument. I wish I was good at those things.
JJ: Let’s take it random; what do yellow traffic lights mean to you?
BB: (Laughs) Yield! It doesn’t mean speed up. I’m a grandma driver! I hate driving with Nikki because she drives like a bat out of hell. A lot of our big fights are from driving.
JJ: In their primes, who wins a heavyweight bout between Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali?
BB: Oh man! The skill of Muhammad Ali or the feistiness and power of Mike Tyson… I would have to say Mike Tyson.
JJ: Are wrestlers the best athletes in the world?
BB: Ya know… Gosh… It’s hard because we’re extremely athletic, but I would say the most athletic athletes are Olympic athletes. They give up their lives training.
JJ: What’s the worst injury you’ve sustained in a wrestling match?
BB: Probably a broken nose. It was only on one side, but I have this curve in my nose. My husband always tells me not to point out my flaws, but I’m a girl so hey! I have a tomboy side that’s proud of the injury though.
JJ: Here’s the scenario; you tap a car in a parking lot and no one’s around do you leave a note or move to a different row?
BB: (Laughs) Wow, well I’d get out and look and if there’s no damage I wouldn’t leave a note. But if I see the littlest dent I’d definitely leave a note. I’d lose sleep if I didn’t leave a note. That’s just how I am.
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word of?
BB: (Laughs) Oh man the Salute Your Shorts Camp Anawanna song. I was singing that the other day and Daniel couldn’t believe that I remembered that.
JJ: What random game are you dominant at?
BB: Definitely Chickenfoot. I rock Chickenfoot!
JJ: What are you so much better than your husband at?
BB: Multitasking. I’m the world’s greatest multitasker. He can be folding laundry and I can ask him to grab something for me and, all of a sudden, I’ll see this little anxiety build. He can’t do two things at once. Me, I can be cooking breakfast, texting my grandmother, looking at emails and doing laundry at the same time.
JJ: What’s your secret talent?
BB: Sketching. I like doing that in my free time. Rembrandt is one of my favorite artists. I like sketching Rock-N-Roll artists.
JJ: If you ever, unfortunately, find yourself in the Witness Protection Program what will your cover name be?
BB: (Laughs) Oh wow! My cover name would be Monique Mesqual. Monique is my middle name and Mesqual is connected to the street I grew up on.
JJ: Talk or text?
BB: I hate saying this, but text. It’s just convenient when you have a life of chaos.
JJ: Do you clear out your inbox or hoard messages?
BB: No, I clear out. I get weird if I see a lot of text messages in my inbox; I have to clean it out. I can’t keep them more than a couple of days. It bothers me.
JJ: Twitter or Instagram?
BB: Instagram; it’s a fun little book of people’s lives. It brings out everyone’s artistic side.
JJ: Let’s hop into the DeLorean Time Machine (Back to the Future), what time period would you love to visit?
BB: Definitely the 1960s! I would love to experience the free love movement and intermix with all the hippies and their minds at that time. And the music was so cool! I would’ve done anything to be able to have gone to the original Woodstock! That would’ve been so cool!
JJ: Talk about what fans can expect coming up from you?
BB: Well, the greatest thing for all of our fans is the new WWE Network! You’re always being updated on what happens on Raw and SmackDown, but you can also see the vintage Bella’s and what we looked several years ago. Another cool thing is that on Total Divas you really get to see me take a journey through my wedding. You get to see how Nikki is the worst Maid of Honor in the world and the highs and lows of planning a wedding. The best part is the season finale when you see that beautiful moment when Bryan and I say “I do.” I was happy to share that with everyone!
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