Beth Phoenix hasn’t competed inside a WWE ring since the 2020 Royal Rumble, but The Glamazon has given the clearest indication yet that her wrestling career is far from over.
Appearing on the latest edition of Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Phoenix said that she isn’t done lacing up her boots and that there have been “little conversations” about a comeback.
For the WWE Hall of Famer, the issue is simple. “Once a wrestler, always a wrestler.”
“I am (medically cleared),” she stated. “Once a wrestler, always a wrestler. I’m not gonna lie about it. I feel like, you couldn’t do this and want to do this your whole life without having that little bug. I get so happy to be in the conversation of today’s stars would look forward to facing. When I left WWE, I felt really insignificant and like I hadn’t done anything. Like I hadn’t moved the needle. I felt so sad about that part but okay to move on.
Now, I’m getting this wonderful recognition from today’s women and it makes me feel so good. As far as coming back to the ring, I say this in every interview, ‘never say never.’ If the right opportunity arose and I could do business, that’s all I could care about. Would I love to have a retirement match, a big farewell, and give someone the high five and pass the torch? Heck yes, but there is only a limited amount of people I could do that for where, as on commentary, I can do that for two hours every single week. Every week, I can tell you how awesome Indi Hartwell is and tell you ‘look at Shotzi Blackheart’s improvements’ and help all the talent weekly on commentary. In that respect, I love commentary because I feel like I’m contributing in a positive way.”
While Phoenix admitted that she doesn’t know what the future holds, she says that she would love to have a big retirement match to endorse a new star on her way out the door.
“The in-ring stuff, I don’t know what the future brings. I don’t write off anything or close any doors. If there were something that WWE is interested in doing, I would love to say goodbye and high-five somebody and give them an endorsement from a Hall of Famer. Who wants to retire a Hall of Famer?”
Expanding further, Phoenix was reluctant to reveal the name of someone she would like to face, before adding that she still has goals to accomplish.
“I have a feeling there is somebody that will end up across the ring from me at some point. I don’t want to give any clues on that, but I don’t think Beth Phoenix is done lacing up the boots forever. Right now, with Adam’s current position, I have been in a supportive role and fortunately, it’s helpful for him to have a wife that he can body-slam. I’ve been in the ring and pouring my energy into that. I do have some personal goals and I know the time is ticking on that stuff. There are little conversations had here and there.”
Beth Phoenix first signed with WWE back in 2004, appearing for the company’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. Phoenix would make her main roster debut in May 2006 as an ally to Trish Stratus, however, she returned to OVW after a fractured mandible completely severed her jaw.
Phoenix would make her return to the main roster in 2007, dubbing herself ‘The Glamazon’. She would go on to play a pivotal role in the women’s division, becoming a one-time Divas Champion and three-time Women’s Champion.
The Glamazon retired from in-ring competition in 2012 and was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame five years later. Following a few sporadic returns to the squared circle, Phoenix joined the NXT commentary team in 2019.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.