Nikki Bella Compared To Michelle McCool – Does She Have Heat Backstage For Dating A Top WWE Star?

Though Nikki Bella is romantically linked to John Cena, unlike retired wrestler Michelle McCool, there is no animosity toward her among her WWE co-workers for dating a top star. It was noted within some circles recently that McCool had “tremendous heat” among some of her peers when she rose to the top years ago, but was “bullet proof” because of her romantic affiliation with The Undertaker. Nikki and twin sister Brie are well-liked among their peers, with organization officials holding them in high regard.

It’s also said that with Nikki dating Cena, the twin duo can “get away with a lot.”

McCool has been greatly criticized over the years for taking the fast track to WWE glory. After entering an intimate relationship with The Undertaker in late 2007 (who she married in June 2010), many critics attributed her position in the company to her influential partner rather than her ability to perform. Months after her spring 2011 retirement from the squared circle, the four-time champion was asked in an interview why she has received so much flack from her colleagues.

Dan Murphy of Inside Wrestling asked McCool, “I know you like to keep some things private and this was never announced, but you did marry The Undertaker. He’s obviously a veteran and icon in the business with a lot of influence. Was it the Diva Search background or having the relationship with someone like him that’s responsible for the heat and resentment you got?”

She responded, “Bottom line: People in our business are always going to look to find reasons to see the negative in somebody and to become resentful. I don’t really know where it began: probably with me getting the tag as “Diva Search reject.” But I don’t know anybody who, if they had an opportunity like the Diva Search, they wouldn’t jump at it. If they didn’t jump at it, they’d be idiots.

“People can say what they want to say, but at the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror. I know how hard I fought. I know how many storylines I pitched. I know how hard I worked in the ring. I can’t tell you the number of times I was one of the first people at the arenas or at TV, constantly trying to better myself. I can honestly say that my hard work paid off. My resilience paid off. My persistence paid off. That’s all there is to it. People are always going to say what they want to say and believe what they want to believe, but that’s the bottom line.”

(source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

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  • Huh?

    Michelle McCool was one of the better female performers to come along in the last 10 years. Her progress shown for itself from her initial start to the time of her retirement. The Bellas only work as a gimmick with this twin thing. If one were gone, the other would find herself not too long put aside or out either. That’s only if one weren’t dating the “face” of the company.

  • Progress_Now

    McCool was one of the finest performers in the ring. what exactly do the Bellas got going for them? no charisma, hardly any personality. only thing they got going for them is their tits. that’s where their entire “talent” load lies.


      “McCool was one of the finest performers in the ring”….Were u drunk when u wrote that comment, or High?? Lmao

      • askbillmitchell

        By WWE standards McCool was one of the finest performers in the ring. I am sure that was what PN was talking about.

        • Progress_Now

          FINALLY……….the first other person around here I can actually accuse of having a brain.

          • phoenix

            I don’t wanna sound like a voice of reason, but I’ve follow women’s wrestling, and I thought McCool was a great athlete as well. She obviously wasn’t anything special at first, but really improved. She was like Trish in that regard, but never got as over with the crowd. Her best work was as a heel in my opinion. In WWE standards, she was definitely one of the better ones.

          • G.I.R.L.

            I’ll just assume I’m other person.

      • Progress_Now

        lol if you assume I watch the “alternate” shit you evidently are into, you’re dreaming.

  • Main Event Player

    Nikki Bella and Michelle McCool got something in common… they both fine as hell! Taker and Cena (even though I don’t like his corny ass) done good for themselves..

  • Andrew Campbell

    Not happy to see the Bellas back in WWE. Yes, they’re hot, but they’re talentless In the ring and have zero personality.

    • shutuphoeassbitch

      They should fit right in with current roster of Divas.

  • aweCM1

    Is Brie still dating Daniel Bryan? I’d definitely consider him a top star as well.

    • Reality

      Yeah but he doesn’t have the authority Cena can have. That’s why they don’t mention Bryan here

      • alontrae walker

        Yeah ture but… whether nikki was dating cena or not, they were set to return around wm 29, because they took a break and didnt get fired. ANd aj lee is the #1 contender for kaitlyn so…so much for authority

  • Noach

    “People are always going to say what they want to say and believe what they want to believe, but that’s the bottom line.” Because Michelle McCool said so!

  • TheKillingMoon

    Michelle McCool could actually wrestle compared to these no talent hacked bimbos. There shouldn’t be any comparison here.

    • Rodriquez Antonio


  • heterosexual

    ya’ll complain they can’t wrestle, but you let your dicks tell vince who to hire~

    • askbillmitchell

      Well in that case why hasn’t Trina Michaels not gotten a try out let alone a try out?

      • Stranger

        or a try out, for that matter…

        • askbillmitchell

          Yeah I admit I was half a sleep when I commented, I edited it. :)

    • Progress_Now

      not me, I don’t :) and you should know that better than anyone, baby.

  • Peer Pressure

    I just noticed AJ tongued down both these chicks boyfriends. JAJAJAJA!

    • Progress_Now

      and also gave Kane a woodie :), don’t forget the woodpecker!

  • Rodriquez Antonio

    Doesn’t matter…Michelle had in-ring ability and could back it up with or without backstage influence of Taker.

    The bellas can’t hold their own like Michelle could….
    and the WWE would be stupid to push her or them like they did McCool!

  • fiestychick

    Daniel Bryan is a better wrestler than cena. Not sure why cena has so much pull. I’m a female and don’t find him attractive at all. I think randy orton and dolph ziggler are much much more better looking than cena. The bellas has flirt their way to the top that’s why noone has issues with them. They are on vince’s good list and others are probably scared to say anything negative about them. Michelle mccol was a lot better wrestler than both the bellas put together. There is not enough twin magic to make anyone of them a good performer. She is probably dating cena to get further in the company. Most female fans like cena because they think he will be easier to get than someone like orton.

    • alontrae walker

      Further…in what the diva’s division is crap. And she dated dolph first. The man looks like somebody smash his face in. and has the squeakies voice for a dude. Sexies wrestlers by far are: John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns.