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Brie Bella Compares Raising Toddler Son To Wrestling, Says It's Tougher

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on July 17, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT

Brie Bella is still trying to conquer the rings of motherhood despite being a WWE Champion

Brie is part of the dynamic duo, the Bella Twins, comprising her and her twin sister Nikki Bella. The pair is renowned for their impressive feats in the World Wrestling Entertainment franchise, having faced countless opponents and claimed numerous titles. 

However, despite their impressive success, the girls are opening on their most formidable challenge yet... motherhood!

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Brie Bella Opens Up About The Challenges Of Raising A Toddler

Brie Bella and her family

At the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, the TV personality and former wrestler, 39, exclusively told PEOPLE that "raising a toddler" is a much more difficult undertaking than any wrestling championship she has been a part of. 

“You don't get a break,” she told the publication of her son Buddy Dessert, whom she shares with husband Daniel Bryan. "You know, when you're a champion, you at least get to a point where it's 1, 2, 3, and it's done. There's no 1, 2, 3, tap, tap. That's it. No tapping with the toddler.”

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The star — who arrived on the carpet with sister Nikki — also noted that Buddy is keen to enter the ring. "My son's the wrestler. Oh my God,” she says. Nikki, who agreed that competing in a championship wrestling match is more difficult than raising a toddler, claimed that her son Matteo Artemovich is more like his father, "Dancing with the Stars" pro, Artem Chigvintsev.

Nevertheless, the two sisters claim that they are relishing "mom-ing" collectively. “We do it together. We pour wine and we just enjoy the chaos,” Nikki says, to which Brie adds, “We do enjoy it.” “We’re the champion tag team of moms,” Nikki added. “Beyond. And we're very hands-on. We love mom-ing, doing the mom-ing.”

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Little Buddy may be eager to emulate his mother's wrestling career, but Brie earlier this year revealed that her son also enjoys cultivating strawberries. The former WWE wrestler shared a few cute photos of her Buddy and his sister, Birdie Joe, 6playing in her garden in May on her Instagram Story. 

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Brie Bella and son Buddy
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Nikki Bella Also Gets Candid About Being 'Exhausted' With Parenting

Brie’s twin, Nikki is also encountering her own set of challenges.  Despite the joy of welcoming her first child, Matteo, with her husband, Artem Chigvintsev, on July 31st, 2020, they were unprepared for the emotional roller coaster that comes with raising a child.

Days ago, the "Barmageddon" host shared insights into her life as a mother in an interview. In her words, "The toddler stage, I'm not gonna lie, has rocked me a lot. I feel like I've been exhausted for almost three years, and I'm like, 'Brie, when do I get my life back?'

Reflecting on the challenges of parenting, Nikki shared relatable experiences. From teething to dealing with preschool and illnesses, she emphasized that there always seems to be something demanding her attention. 

Despite the difficulties, Nicki said she cherishes every moment spent with her son. She expressed a desire to freeze time while gushing about his blossoming personality and his strong attachment to her.  The TV personality expressed her delight in her two-year-old son, noting that he possesses his father's sweet nature while also displaying a spirited side that she adores.

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The Bella Twins Sons’ Make For A ‘Perfect Little Tag Team’

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvinstev with son Matteo

The Bella Twins' sons seem to have a bond as strong as their mothers. Last year, during a special recording of their podcast, "The Bellas Podcast," Nikki and Brie opened up about their busy lives as mothers of their energetic boys. 

Brie mentioned that she and her twin sister have become accustomed to their sons' spirited behavior, finding amusement in their budding wrestling partnership.  She expressed, "Yeah, we're used to these wild boys. It's funny because they're already a perfect little tag team. It feels like every day is baby mania at home, whether Buddy is playfully head-butting someone or they're cuddling each other."

The mother-of-two further commented on the adorable relationship between the cousins, noting that the kids act like brothers. 

Last year, Brie melted the hearts of her social media followers by sharing a picture of the boys on a playdate. The photo, posted on Instagram, showed Buddy and Mateo, who were 9 months old at the time, bonding with each other amidst an elaborate toy setup.

The cousins, who were born just a day apart, wore curious smiles as they interacted. Brie captioned the post "BFFs for Life" with two red heart emojis.

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