The Bella Twins struggled to receive time on television early in their careers, and they once threatened to quit the WWE unless that changed!
Though they’ve gone on to have incredible success and were even inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2021, The Bella Twins didn’t always find it easy to be featured on WWE programming despite bringing something unique to the company as a set of identical twins.
In fact, according to former WWE writer Freddie Prinze, Jr. on his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, Brie Bella once called her father-in-law John Laurinaitis and threatened to quit the company if she and her sister didn’t receive more time on television.
“He [WWE producer Michael Hayes] was the one that ran into the room when we were about to lose them. Because Brie Bella called John Laurinaitis and was like, ‘Look, our contracts are up. Put us on TV or we’re gone.’ John Laurinaitis calls Freebird [Hayes] and is like, ‘You gotta find a way to get the twins on television right now.’ Freebird runs in the writers’ room, he’s like, ‘We got twins! We gotta get them on TV!’”
Continuing, Freddie Prinze, Jr. praised the twins for their contributions to women’s wrestling in WWE becoming more featured as a whole, particularly when they were heavily involved in bringing Total Divas Total Bellas(and later ) to television screens.
“I think The Bellas kinda blew up the women’s division, at least in WWE. Not to say there wasn’t women killing it all over the world in other promotions… When The Bellas came in there with that reality show, it genuinely changed the business.”
h/t Sportskeeda for the transcription