Brie and Nikki Bella's contracts reportedly expired on April 30th. The two were fired onscreen by Eve Torres and now look to join the growing line of models who made the most of life after wrestling.
The Bellas weren't ring technicians, nor were they bionic byproducts of the professional wrestling business.
Not even close.
In fact, given the typically jaded mentality that has come to define pro wrestling journalism—and online journalism itself—the rest of this article could easily be spent discussing everything The Bella Twins weren't. But that hardly seems like the proper send off for a twin pairing that had come so far.
One of the side-effects of a never-ending pro wrestling cycle is the constant recycling of old ideas. Yet a twin team of Divas was still a novelty in the WWE before the Bellas came aboard. It was a novelty the WWE wasn't shy about show-ponying around during backstage segments or as pretty little accessories to accompany visiting celebrities.
Yet, when given the chance, Brie and Nikki Bella were so much more than accessories. In today's devalued state of the Divas division, the "they could be worse" category that the Bellas fell into made them a 2012 pair of Alundra Blayzes.
The drop-dead gorgeous duo outperformed their abilities as models-turned-wrestlers. The athletic prowess and palpable party-girl charisma between the two made them right at home in a pro wrestling setting.
And when the WWE's ongoing experiment of teaching cute girls to work officially becomes a failure, one can always look back at the interchangeable careers of the Bellas as a mild success, all things considered.
The improbable title reigns of Brie and Nikki produced yet another refreshing pro wrestling idea in the Divas division that was a take on an old-school philosophy.
Each time a Bella defended the Divas Championship they would use a bait-and-switch tactic known as Twin Magic where one Bella would enter the match unbeknownst to a preoccupied referee.
The heel tactic was reminiscent of a similar swerve used by Skull and 8-Ball during the Attitude Era or even the Freebird Rule as both Divas were virtually defending one title.
The Bellas were such an entity as a team that multiple attempts to book an inevitable split between the two were always quickly discarded.
Ironically enough, it was identity that always seemed to be a thorn in the Bellas' side creatively. Long term, the WWE never seemed to know whether the two were better suited as a babyface or heel unit, or even whether one should be the evil twin.
Such flip-flopping is consistently detrimental to character development, especially in a division where TV time is few and far between.
But as they did of their WWE careers, the Bellas made the most of any segment or match they were a part of, and when this era of wrestling is all said and done they'll be looked upon with reverence as hearts grow fonder with their absence.
Admit it, you miss them already.
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