Brie Bella gives a lot of credit to "Total Divas" for helping boost the profile of women's wrestling.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Brie was asked whether she believes the reality show "Total Divas" deserves more credit for shining a light on women's wrestling.
"100 percent. I think sometimes wrestling fans will feel different, but the thing is, Total Divas introduced women’s wrestling to the world," said Brie. "There were so many people who were like, ‘Wow these women do this?’ Because it was like this underground thing, even though WWE is this global company and we’re worldwide famous, but it still feels mom and pop-y.
"I think Total Divas really not only put women on the map, but it showcased how hard it was to be in-ring and out of the ring and balance being a wife, a girlfriend, and someone just trying to figure out their lives and I think people really connected to that and I think people thought, ‘Wow these women work just as hard as the men, but when I tune into WWE television I’m watching them do two-minute matches or a five-minute match.'" Brie continued, "I think people weren’t understanding, because they were like ‘but we see them on Total Divas working their asses off’. So I really think Total Divas started that fire and I think it really peaked a lot of people’s interest and it got them so connected to these women in WWE that they wanted to fight for us. So I give a lot of credit to Total Divas."
"Total Divas" debuted in July 2013. The Bella Twins have been part of the cast since the premiere episode and even have their own spin-off "Total Bellas." Season four of "Total Bellas" premiered on Jan. 13.