LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 04: Nikki Bella attends WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration Marking Premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at Staples Center on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
Nikki Bella Remembers Total Divas As The First Thing WWE 'Couldn't Control'
Nikki Bella recently shared criticisms of how WWE has treated women on its roster and how the success of "Total Divas" ruffled feathers within the promotion. "As far as the boss, I felt like it was the first time he lost control of what he could make and could not make," Bella said of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
"When Brie and I won Diva of the Year [in 2013], we got in trouble and I got yelled at. And I remember we came back so happy and it was like, 'Oh, because you brought in all these new viewers and the women are now voting for you and all these new women are here.'" Bella said she was shocked at the angry reaction to them winning the fan-voted award.
"It wasn't what they wanted," she said. "They were the storytellers. They push who they want the crowd to be behind. Perception is reality; that is WWE to a tee. Even though the fans think they own it, they laughed in the back, like, 'We own you at the end of the day.' So, I truly believe 'Total Divas' was the first thing they couldn't control."