Right at the start of the year Eve Torres announced she was leaving WWE to pursue other interests. My first reaction was “wow, another Diva is leaving the company. The exodus continues!”
Overall I thought 2012 was a good year for the WWE, but sadly the Divas division continued to lose their top stars. First the Bella Twins. Then Kharma. Then Kelly Kelly. Then Beth Phoenix. And now Eve. I’ve written about this before, but the number of Divas that have left the company in the past two years is stunning.
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network, Baltimore Sun and Layfield Report spoke with former WWE Diva Beth Phoenix.
Here are the highlights:
- On giving back to her community and returning to her high school in Elmira, New York for a charity basketball event.
- How she feels about her life, post professional wrestling.
- Has she had the itch to return to professional wrestling yet?
- “I never wanted to be that person who said, I’ll never come back, I’m retired, I’m done and then in a couple of years get the itch. I haven’t said I’ll never ever be back because I don’t know what opportunity will come up that I’ll find to be really awesome.”
- How Edge’s transition to retirement and being in her support system is helping her ability to deal with leaving the WWE.
- The number of divas that have left the WWE in the past year. Is it a coincidence?
- “I think it just timed out that way because lots of times with the girls there is a window of opportunity and a lot of the girls that left kind of came in at the same time. The women’s division there are so few of us, you can only see me wrestle Kelly so many times.”
- Her feelings towards Trish Stratus being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and how her advice helped her career.
- In her opinion, what made Trish Stratus an icon?
- “Sometimes people like to remember the controversy, that’s what stands out, but I think I would rather look at the content of someone’s career. She always welcomed whatever kind of physicality that needed to take place in the ring. She was tough as nails, she never complained and worked for what she had and you have to respect that.”
- How she feels about the Divas division right now, including NXT.
- Her advice for the current and upcoming WWE Divas.
- The highlights of her career and what her favourite matches were.
FULL INTERVIEW CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.layfieldreport.com/Beth-Phoenix-talks-Divas-Divisi.news
Courtesy of Diva Dirt.com:
Former WWE Diva Beth Phoenix has been featured on New York news channel WENY-TV, discussing her return to her hometown of Elmira for a celebrity charity basketball game this Friday.
Beth’s team will face the Harlem Wizards and will be playing to raise money for the Southern Tier Smoke travel softball team.
Courtesy of WWE.com:
WWE fans should never jump over the barricade and interfere with the action inside the squared circle. However, there have been times throughout WWE history when a Superstar made their debut appearing as fans. There was always a motive behind their actions and many went on to become successful WWE Superstars.
www.Buffalo.com recently published an article on hometown hero Beth Pheonix:
WWE pro wrestler and Western New Yorker Beth Phoenix is throwing in the towel after years of battling brutes in the ring.
Upon news of her leaving the company, the WWE posted a collection of Beth Phoenix’s best matches and moments.
The website says:
“Multiple-time Women’s and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix was unceremoniously FIRED [kayfabe] on Monday Night Raw by Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero. What did The Glamazon have to say in her final farewell, exclusively on WWE.com?”
After a small absence, welcome back to the Women’s Wrestling Write-Up here at Online World of Wrestling. I’m Jack and after a few weeks of settling back into university life (aka planning my dissertation with a bit of partying in between), it’s time to combine work and play in the best way I know how, writing this column for you mad lot! This week was somewhat mediocre until WWE gave us the best possible match up we could have asked for in terms of the girls on their roster. Find out what that match was later on. In addition to history being made in the form of the ‘dream’ match I’ve already alluded to, we’ve had accusations aplenty on TV and departures aplenty behind the scenes. With so much to discuss and scrutinise, I say we should get on with things!
Daniel Pena of LordsofPain.net posted a report from Raj Giri of WrestlingINC.com that claims WWE Diva Elizabeth Carolan, a.k.a Beth Phoenix, will be finishing up with the company shortly. According to a source, Phoenix will be retiring in October.
Phoenix made her WWE debut in 2006 as an ally to Trish Stratus during her feud with Mickie James. She formed a funning pairing with Santino Morella called “Glamarella” after she and Santino won their respective championships at SummerSlam 2008. She was then announced as WWE’s Diva of the Year.
Phoenix would go on to hold the WWE Women’s Championship three times, as well as the WWE Diva’s Championship once.
Beth’s career was interrupted several times by injuries including a broken jaw and a torn ACL.
Phoenix was en route to displacing Maryse Ouellet as the longest reigning WWE Divas Champion in history earlier this year, however she lost the belt a week before she could break the record to Nikki Bella on the April 23rd episode of Raw.
I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago for WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view. It was a big trip for me because now I’ve attended all four of WWE’s legendary shows, a goal I made for myself when I was a kid. It took me 24 years but I finally did it.
“Where’s Beth?” I asked my friends. I mean, it was bad enough she wasn’t wrestling for the Divas title at SummerSlam, but now she wasn’t even dancing with Kevin Rudolph? Was she not going to be on the show at all?! Apparently not. I left Staples Center pretty disappointed.