Beth Phoenix On Whether She Has Really Retired, Why So Many Divas Have Departed WWE, What Makes Trish An Icon

Arda Ocal of The Score Television Network, Baltimore Sun and Layfield Report spoke with former WWE Diva Beth Phoenix. Highlights:

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.”

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.”

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.”

Phoenix discusses the state of the Divas division, highlights of her career, favorite matches, returning to her high school in Elmira, New York for a charity basketball event, life post-professional wrestling, boyfriend Adam “Edge” Copeland’s transition to retirement, Trish Stratus being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and more.

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  • 7 year old boy

    Now this can only be a dream match: Beth Phoenix vs Kharma :'(


      on film, with oil, nude…. a true TLC match

      • 7 year old boy

        I don’t think my mom will allow me to watch that.

        • Pay_Per_View


        • SolomonGrundy

          Aren’t you supposed to be 8 years old by now?

          Just sayin..

          • 7 year old boy

            July 15!

        • IKeepsit100

          Stays in character, bravo my good man!

      • 2Sweet

        Imagine how hot Eve Torres would look nude drenched in oil, or Akasana.. With their sexy thick bodies..


          triple threat match or a four way dance…yummy

        • Mike

          Only a you know what, would thumb this down… Unbelievable..


            right? i don’t have anything against gays, but these thumbs down people should lighten up and realize that the one thing we all have in common is that at some point someone had sex to create us. sex is natural and thinking about sexy women is too..lighten up people

        • Randy James Crawford

          If your going to do that bring back Maryse and Melina.

          • Facts

            Naw man, Melina’s face is wretched.

          • SonofSheik81

            Agreed! Melina is not hot at ALL.

        • Jordan Zelisko

          Beter add Trish, Lita, Torrie, Stacy, Sable, Michelle McCool, and Maria

  • Initializing….

    Phoenix vs Stratus. WM 30

  • omega riddler

    i don’t like watching women’s wrestling because they make wrestling look fake. When they had Trish Stratus, Lita, Mickie James, and the other good female wrestlers in WWE, it was something I could watch but once they were gone things went downhill. WWE should hire Trish and Lita to train the divas at NXT and even on the main roster

    • Dan Kincaid

      they don’t really let them according to the mccool interviews

      • MissyH316

        I haven’t read or heard McCool’s interviews, but I believe there’s definitely some truth to what she said. During one of his visits to OVW a few years ago, Johnny Ace remarked something to the effect of, “We (WWE) aren’t interested in a woman unless she looks like she could pose in Playboy”.

  • Randy James Crawford

    Here is a great idea to fix the Divas Divison an 8 Diva Elimination Chamber for The Divas Title with Tamina, Natalya, Kaitlyn, Beth Phoenix, Kharma, Alicia Fox, Trish Stratus and Paige or Layla.

    • 7 year old boy

      That match will last 3 mins given WWE standards,

      • Randy James Crawford

        No it actually wouldn’t because there would be talented women who can actually wrestle and it’s a match where it is mean’t to last a long time and it builds stars too.

    • WWEFan4Life

      Wwe wouldn’t allow Divas in the elimination chamber. Why? I dont know

  • HunnyBunnyAngel

    I hope that hints that if kharma ever returns, she will return just to feud with her

  • RespectTheSwag

    If you go on wwe’s website, they talk about Heyman gathering Shiels, Maddox, Lesnar, and Punk for this huge stable.

  • phoenix

    Lita will get her day soon hopefully.

  • Seth Bob

    Who cares. The less women wrestling the better. They should be valets/eye candy and nothing more.

  • jccox01

    Lita should be inducted this year also, she’s had her parts in tlc matches, hardcore matches, going throw tables, fighting guys, etc.

  • Max

    So many left, because the WWE don’t give a fuck about the divas division.

  • MissyH316

    Beth used one REALLY telling expression here: “The women’s division there are so few of us…”. The “women’s division” literally and figuratively has not existed in WWE for quite awhile now. :-(