NIKKIE Bella has heard it before and with the hope that one day I will not hear it again.
Two weeks ago, during a "Monday Night Raw" promotion, Ronda Rousey mentioned the real-life relationship of fighting star Bella and her separation from WWE icon John Cena.
Bella had just talked about the doors she knocked down during her time in WWE, and Rousey responded by saying that the only door Nikki had knocked down was "to John Cena's bedroom, and that he finally threw you out that door".
Bella, who will challenge Rousey for the Women's Raw Championship on Sunday in the first pay-per-view Evolution of Women in the WWE, said she is used to hearing the assumptions that Cena is responsible for what she has accomplished in her career. . She would like to move beyond that.
"I've become thick skinned," Bella said.
"I just can not wait for the day I can stop and not all the promotions to me show me to my ex and I think it will stop." I think one day will come for that, but maybe not, but I hope so. "
Bella has been in WWE for more than a decade, is the longest Divas champion in history, has returned from a neck surgery and has participated in the Total divas Y Fine Totals reality show. She and her sister Brie also have their own clothing line among other activities.
Rousey's promotion was criticized because many thought that painting Bella as the need for a man to get ahead and use sex to do so are the stereotypes of WWE women and a show like Evolution They are trying to put behind them.
Nikki sees a mixture of past and present on the road. Evolution It is being promoted due to the greater number of women's matches compared to a regular program.
However, she wants the WWE to go beyond the idea of "saying that women slept until they reached the top" or (they got there) because of a man who made a woman.
"I think we are taking some old ways and introducing them (Evolution)," she said.
"I definitely hope it will change, and I think it will because I think women are better than that." I think we can tell empowered stories that have nothing to do with men or how men define us because that is the point of Evolution.
"We define ourselves as women. We want equality. We do not want to be defined by our men or our relationships because almost all women are in a relationship with another fighter in our industry. It's crazy I've never seen him like this before, but he's beautiful. We are such a big family. "
With that said, Nikki understands that rivals become personal for a very good story.
"I think it will only depend on the story, the situation, are they the ones who lead the show?" He said.
Former WWE announcer Lilian Garcia, who will also play that role in Evolution, sees the use of Nikki and Cena's relationship in the story as a way of Rousey trying to get under Nikki's skin.
"What bigger button can pressure a woman than say that the only reason she came forward was for a man?" Said Garcia, who is the host of the Chasing the glory podcast
"That's a great button to squeeze, and I think he's just trying to get in his head, but I know Nikki." Nikki knows that Nikki got there, period.
Nikki Bella said that the perception of how she got ahead, Rousey also called her "DNB" or "Do Nothing Bella" in promos, can cause her nerves with her sometimes, but it can also make her feel sad for those who point fingers.
"I guess where I do not get angry or feel bad about myself is that I know the hard work I've done to get where I am," Nikki said.
"I know what … John did not do what everyone said, he was my biggest supporter, he gave me incredible advice, I would choose his brain all the time, and that's what he did for my career, (like) all those who They have that special person in their life. "
Nikki hopes that the vision of successful women in general will continue to evolve positively.
"I think that for me, this is the part where men not only have to evolve, but also women, that the fact that a woman is successful does not mean that she owes her man," Nikki said. "I think it's unfair."
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.