WWE Diva stops in Rochester
11:01 AM, Oct 02, 2013
Who: The Bella Twins, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton and others.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square.
Cost: $25.30 to $107.
For more: bluecrossarena.com, ticketmaster.com or (585) 758-5300 or the arena box office.
Brianna Garcia-Colace was 21 when she first saw World Wrestling Entertainment’s Divas on television.
In awe of the female wrestlers, she picked up her phone and dialed her twin sister, Nicole.
“I said, ‘These girls are not only hot, but they’re really awesome in the ring. They’re kicking butt, and they’re strong and empowering. Nicole, I think that’s our calling!’ ” says the 29-year-old.
The twins grew up playing soccer in Scottsdale, Ariz., and tried their hand at modeling and acting. When they started working with WWE, Garcia-Colace says the two “fell in love with the ring and realized this is what we’re supposed to be doing.”
“My sister and I, growing up, always loved to entertain. We loved to put on little skits for our family and friends. … But we were also tremendous athletes and soccer was a big part of our childhood … so WWE was probably the only industry that really fit what my sister and I enjoyed, and that was entertainment and athletics,” says Garcia-Colace, who along with her sister is scheduled to compete in a match on Saturday during WWE Live at Blue Cross Arena.
Garcia-Colace, the younger twin, made her wrestling debut on SmackDown as Brie Bella in 2008 and defeated Victoria, the former women’s champion.
At different points during that match, Brie Bella crawled under the ring and emerged shortly after, suddenly rejuvenated. This pattern would repeat over the next few months, with Brie Bella winning her matches.
Little did the audience know that she was using a little twin magic to win.
When it was discovered that Brie was getting help from her sister in late 2008, The Bella Twins, aka Brie and Nikki Bella, were introduced to viewers. And in 2011, Brie Bella won her first Divas Championship.
One of Garcia-Colace’s favorite parts of the job is the creativity she can bring to the ring.
“Every time you go out into the ring, you’re doing something different or figuring something out with your character or seeing how you can change a crowd. I think it’s just keeping your creative mind going that keeps me from getting burned out,” says Garcia-Colace, who can also be seen alongside her sister on E!’s reality show Total Divas (airing Sundays at 10 p.m. on E, cable channel 39).
In Brie Bella, fans get a devious character, a “bad girl,” says Garcia-Colace.
Outside of the ring, Garcia-Colace couldn’t be more different from her WWE persona.
She’s a woman who finds that the hardest part about being on the road is leaving her French bulldog, Josie, at home.
“I can’t even express to you how leaving her on Friday mornings is heart-wrenching! And I think about her all weekend long, and I’m like, ‘What is she doing?’ ” she says with a laugh.
And she’s also a woman who looks forward to traveling to matches with her fiancé four-time world champion wrestler Bryan Danielson, known in the ring as Daniel Bryan.
Garcia-Colace says the two of them who became engaged during a hike in Big Sur, Calif., in late September make their own “little adventures” on the road, stopping at local food spots recommended on Yelp and enjoying the town until it’s time to leave.
“I’m a typical girl,” she adds. “I’m such a Cathy Chatters. We’ll have a five-hour drive and I’m like ‘Yes! Him alone in a car I can just express everything and talk to him.’ And I’m sure he’s like ‘Oh gosh, music!’ ” says Garcia-Colace with a laugh.
The WWE Diva says she will enjoy her last few years in the world of wrestling before entering the next chapter of her life as a wife and mother.
When she becomes a mother, Garcia-Colace says her focus will shift from the ring to her children. “I’m Mexican and Italian. I want to raise my babies, I want to be home with them every day. And I’m excited for when that chapter in my life happens,” she says.
When the time comes for Garcia-Colace to leave wrestling behind, she says she looks forward to sharing fond memories of her experiences in the WWE world with her children.
“Succeeding in this sport has been so empowering,” says Garcia-Colace. “It just gives a lot of fuel to your inner fire and makes you feel kind of unstoppable. At first it can be intimidating, but the drive that I got from my intimidation just created this really powerful woman inside of me.”