“I Saw Stars”- Stephanie McMahon Recalls Getting Slapped By WWE Superstar

Published 07/16/2020, 4:07 PM EDT


In a recent interview on WWE’s The Bump, Chief Brand Officer of WWE Stephanie McMahon talked about her big rivalry with Brie Bella back in 2014. She even recalls a particular moment that caught her by surprise.

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Stephanie McMahon is the pioneer of the Women’s Evolution. Her groundwork makes the WWE Women’s division what it is today. Being responsible for the rise of such a strong, restructured division, Stephanie McMahon did not hesitate to get into the thick of it.

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She found herself in a heated rivalry with Brie Bella. This stemmed from the actual feud between Daniel Bryan and the Authority. Stephanie won the feud after delivering a devastating Pedigree to Brie, defeating her,

“I’m so incredibly proud of that match. It was my most favorite match that I had ever had, not that I’ve had that many, until the match with Ronda happened, but I love Brie, you know, I love Nikki,” says Stephanie. “They’re incredible and to be able to go in there and have what was one of the biggest stories going into SummerSlam that year, you know, it was a privilege.”

The feud was ignited when Stephanie placed an ultimatum before Daniel Bryan and Brie. She gave them the option to choose between Bryan losing his title and Brie Bella getting fired. 

Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon have both slapped each other!

Brie Bella quit instead, saving herself from the humiliation. In another segment, she appeared as part of the front-row audience. She then attempted to mock Stephanie but was iconically slapped by her!

When asked if that moment ranked high on the list of people she had slapped, Stephanie replied:

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“It does it does, but you know Brie’s slapped me, that may have been a little bit of payback because when she had slapped me originally when I had put Daniel Bryan in the unfortunate position of he was either going to-, I believe I was going to strip him of the title or fire his wife ‘cause you know that’s kind of the person I am,” jokes Stephanie. 

“But then anyway Brie then quits and she slaps me and let me just say it ranks as one of the hardest times I have ever been hit in my entire life,” says Stephanie. “Definitely like, I saw stars. She got me so good so I don’t know, maybe there was something built up in that moment.”

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Even though the feud against Brie Bella may not have been the headliner, it was certainly fun to watch. Stephanie played a huge role in evolving the Women’s division. The feuds can now compete with the men’s division in terms of viewership. The future looks bright for the division as it grows bigger each day.

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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