‘I will make sure she pays’: Brie Bella speaks to WWE.com about her confrontation with Stephanie McMahon on Raw
Payback is a you-know-what, which is coincidentally what Brie Bella called Stephanie McMahon on Raw, eating a slap to the face as a result. The former Divas Champion got the last laugh, though, when she had one of WWE’s principal owners arrested and charged with aggravated battery. WWE.com caught up with Brie in our second interview with The Bella Twins concerning the incident, and learned that as good as she got Stephanie on Monday, Brie may only just be getting started.
WWE.COM: What compelled you to even be there on Raw Monday?
BRIE BELLA: I’d been watching for a couple months now, every Monday night, and seeing my sister get tortured by Stephanie McMahon. I’d been seeing a lot of the Divas on the roster beat up on her, seeing them come together and taking her out, one by one. I just felt like, “You know what? I need to come. I need to support Nikki. I need to let everyone know that she isn’t on her own, that she does have me.” I felt that if I was sitting front row, I’d give Nikki a little hope that she could do this, and that she isn’t defeated. So it was pretty much just me supporting my sister.
WWE.COM: How does Nikki feel about that support? Was she surprised?
The lioness is coming out.BRIE: I definitely feel that Nikki was surprised because I’ve been going through a lot at home, you know? I’ve been a new wife and I’ve been taking care of my husband as he’s been going through this neck surgery. I think she was surprised that I took time out of my busy life to come support her, but you know what? That’s my twin sister, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
WWE.COM: Things obviously escalated once Stephanie McMahon saw you in the crowd, and the situation culminated with a slap in the face. What was going through your mind as all that was happening?
BRIE: Well, I figured it’d probably bother [Stephanie] that I was there. But I paid for a ticket, I’m sitting in the front row, I didn’t even go backstage because last time I did that she was so bothered by it. I figured, you know what? I’m gonna be the bigger person, I’m gonna go to my seat, watch Nikki’s match and take off. But [Stephanie] was so bothered I was there. I had no idea she was going to come out and have words with me, and just completely demolish me in front of everybody.
When she slapped me across the face … I can’t even explain the feeling I got inside. My blood rushed so quickly to my brain that I was just like, “It’s on.” You want to destroy my husband, and now you want to destroy my sister? No. The lioness is coming out; these are the claws, and I will take you down.
WWE.COM: You’ve had some choice words for Stephanie since you quit WWE. Is there some kind of satisfaction that comes from knowing that, even though you’re not employed here, you can say these things with no fear of repercussions?
BRIE: Oh, completely. The greatest thing is that I got to sit in the front row and just look at [Stephanie] while she kept talking and just be like, “Whatever, you b***h.” I think everyone around me was shocked when I said that, but it’s like, what are you going to do? You gonna fire me? I don’t work for you, you can’t do anything to me.
What she was doing to Daniel [Bryan], her and Triple H, I sat there and bit my tongue for a very long time. All I kept seeing was this ungrateful, spoiled little brat taking her power out of control and just doing whatever she wanted, like a little bratty princess. And you know what? I don’t have to bite my tongue anymore! I do not have to bite my lip. I can sit there, look her straight in the face and tell her what a vindictive b***h she really is, and she knows it. And I feel bad that she has to wake up every morning, look in the mirror and know all the families she has destroyed. But guess what? You’re not going to destroy my family. Because now, it’s on.
WWE.COM: Speaking of destroying your family, are you worried there will be consequences for Nikki for what happened on Monday?
BRIE: That’s the one thing I know I have to be careful about. My sister still has a job at WWE, and so does my husband. But it’s gone past that. Stephanie is truly lucky I don’t take this further and pursue a civil suit against her. And another thing is that it’s not done. I got a lot of satisfaction seeing Stephanie arrested, but I’m not here to say, “Ha-ha, I one-upped you.” It’s not about that. It’s about Stephanie McMahon paying for every single thing she has done to my family. And I will make sure she pays. The way those handcuffs felt on her wrists on Monday, I hope she knows the pain she caused when she had my husband handcuffed and getting beat up all over the place. Every single pain she has caused my husband and my sister, she will feel it right back. And I promise you, I will make sure she does.