Ahead of her big Mixed Tag Team Match at the Hell in a Cell PPV this Sunday, Brie Bella spoke with Yahoo Sports to discuss making her return to WWE, wanting to inspire other mothers and addresses her now infamous suicide dives on Raw. Highlights of the interview below.
On leaving WWE in 2016 to start a family: “I had already made that decision with my husband to try and start a family and Bryan was going through a really tough time with his dream being taken away. At that point, timing in my life with Bryan was perfect. Unfortunately, that night, it wasn’t for my career. I felt this during the first few months of my motherhood. You lose who you are, you lose your identity, because when your baby comes you give, give, give and no one gives back and you just wonder ‘Who am I?’ ‘What am I?’ ‘How do I live life now?’ It’s all for this baby. I hope moms see that you can balance career and motherhood. Just because you are a mom doesn’t mean whoever you were before is gone, you can bring it back.”
On her appearance at the Women’s Royal Rumble match: “It was hard for me at the Rumble just vanity-wise. It sounds silly, but I was wondering if people were going to say ‘Woah, Brie looks weird.’ I still have baby weight to lose and I didn’t know if it would disappoint the fans that I wasn’t the Brie from before I had my baby. [Afterward,] I felt more empowered than ever and so I hope that moms see that with me as someone who is very honest with her body and how difficult it is. I hope I am inspiring moms to get up and be a bad ass, because we are.”
Feud with The Miz and Maryse: “As a wife, sitting back and seeing this story build with Miz, it’s really fun. When they called me and asked me to be a part of it, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I would love to.’ I feel like this has layers and I feel that Miz and Bryan have something so powerful there that Maryse and I can add a little more oomph to it.”
On her recent missed suicide dives on Raw: “With any type of physical body change, it changes so much. Even last week on ‘Raw’ when I did the suicide dive and it was less momentum than I should have had, I forgot that I’m 10 pounds heavier than what I was. Gravity doesn’t lie. That was a little different for me. I don’t mind if I fail or if I succeed. No matter what, I want to look back with no regrets. If I fail, last week for example, I went to sleep at night and I was kind of bummed out, but I learned something about myself. I learned where my body is at, where I am at.”
Brie also recalls on the night of #GiveDivasAChance, discsuses wanting another baby in the future and other hurdles of stepping back into the ring.
What did you think of the interview? Have you been enjoying the Brie/Bryan vs. Maryse/Miz feud? What do you think is next in store for Brie Bella? Let us know in the comments below!