Nikki Bella has issued a public apology after comments she made about Chyna on an episode of E!’s Fashion Police in 2013 resurfaced online.
Appearing on the show then hosted by comedy royalty Joan Rivers, Nikki was alongside sister Brie when she made the comments about The Ninth Wonder Of The World. In the episode that aired on July 26th, 2013, Bella held up a card showing Chyna’s picture and commented “We don’t know if it’s a man or a woman.” Rivers responded that she agreed with Nikki Bella’s statement.
With the clip of the event doing the rounds online almost eight years later, Nikki Bella has taken to social media to issue a public apology for her comments.
“I want to apologize for a comment I made over 8 years ago on Fashion Police. I am sorry and embarrassed by my 29 year old self, who offended Chyna and in turn, hurt her family and others. I wish I could take it back. Please learn from me, it’s not worth hurting someone’s feelings for a meaningless laugh. Chyna will always be remembered as an icon and pioneer who helped create the opportunities for women in wrestling that exist today. Thank you Chyna! – Nikki Bella”
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) June 28, 2021
Chyna was a trailblazer for women in wrestling during the Attitude Era and the turn of the century. A founding member of D-Generation X, Chyna made history in 1999 when she became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble match and when she became the first, and as yet, the only woman to hold the Intercontinental Championship. Sadly Chyna’s life was cut short after she died on April 20th, 2016 following an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription medication. The former WWE Women’s Champion was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of DX in 2019.
Yeah this is messed up…Poor Chyna. pic.twitter.com/7QP1oqpMnq
— Vin (@TheVindictive) June 27, 2021