Brie Bella Wants In-Ring Return
In news that will no doubt send shudders through fans of high quality women’s wrestling, Brie Bella recently told Lillian Garcia on here Making Their Way To The Ring podcast that she does not consider herself retired.
Brie’s last outing – which was billed on Total Divas as her final match – was on the pre-show of WrestleMania 32 in a throwaway ten-woman tag. Aptly enough, the bout took place on the same day as WWE ushered in a new era of women’s wrestling with the abandonment of the term ‘Divas’. With Bella very much embodying the dated Divas mentality of style over substance, it felt like the end of one ethos and beginning of another.
After retirement, Bella spent time at the side of husband Daniel Bryan, who was suffering through depression after having his in-ring career cruelly taken from him by numerous concussions (the final one inflicted by an overzealous Sheamus on a SmackDown taping). She continued to be employed by WWE as a star of E! reality show Total Divas, and as one of the focal points of the self indulgent Total Bellas. Recently she gave birth to her and Bryan’s first child, daughter Birdie Joe Danielson.
Brie told Garcia: “I definitely have to make a comeback. I’d never go on the road, because my child is number one. I would love to come back for a match. I would love it, especially if I can do it with my sister and have another match with her, because we didn’t get that. My retirement, I always visualized my husband being by my side and being in the ring with my sister. I didn’t get either of those. So I would love something like that.”
It is tough to see how this could work. Bella does not fit in with the new wave of female wrestlers on the WWE roster. If anything she represents everything that was bad about the old Divas division. Brie was a poor worker, barely improving in her time with the company (unlike sister Nikki, who did get better) and giving off the vibe of using wrestling as a stepping stone to a career in the wider mainstream. We can all certainly live happily without hearing about ‘Brie Mode’ ever again.