WWE Hall of Famers The Bella Twins recently revealed dealing with some issues in the locker room before their televised debut. The twins made their first appearance on the August 29, 2008 episode of SmackDown, with Brie Bella taking on former WWE star Victoria.
Brie Bella opens up on the issues
During the match, she switched places with her twin sister Nikki after rolling under the ring. However, the promotion didn’t acknowledge them as twins until November. During their A&E Biography: WWE Legends episode, The Bella Twins spoke about being bullied backstage when they arrived on the main roster.
They stated that they were nervous before their debut and pointed out how women back then had to fight for a spot to be on TV:
“I was very nervous to go to TV. I just had a lot of pressure. We were entering a whole new group of women, and dealing with TV time and money… If you look at television, there’s probably 10 different segments, maybe 12. But there’s only one for women. And that’s a lot of women fighting for a spot,” said Brie Bella.
Brie added that other women in the locker room had issues with the twins’ ring gear:
“And then we put on our outfits and then we were told, ‘Oh, it looks like your pants look like bell bottoms, some other girl wears bell bottoms.’ We’re like oh my gosh. ‘Oh, black and red? Well someone else wears black and red, you guys can’t wear that.’ And Nicole and I just looked at each other and we’re like, we were supposed to debut tonight, what are we going to do?'”
However, the seamstresses of WWE helped them in a huge fashion, and the twins had new wrestling gear made on the night of their debut:
“The seamstresses at WWE, they were amazing. They were like, ‘We’ll help you, what do you have in your bag?’ And we’re like, well, we have a tankini swimsuit, some BB workout pants, and they literally cut our swimsuits. They sew them onto our workout pants that we actually worked out in that day, and we made a wrestling gear,” Brie recalled.