After an initial stop-start beginning to her WWE career Beth Phoenix went on to enjoy a championship-laden run which would lead her all the way to the WWE Hall of Fame.
Beth Phoenix appeared on WWE RAW for the first time in May 2006, aligning herself with Trish Status. However, the New York native would be off television as quickly as she arrived, after sustaining an injury in a match against Victoria.
Phoenix made her return to WWE’s main roster in July 2007, billing herself as ‘The Glamazon.’ The hall of famer would then go on to win the WWE Divas Title as well as WWE Women’s Championship on three separate occasions.
The Glamazon, would eventually leave WWE in 2012 effectively retiring from in-ring competition. Appearing in a new documentary, as part of the WWE Icons series, looking back at her life and career to date, Phoenix recalled the conversation she had with Vince McMahon, where she told him about her desire to leave.
Phonenix revealed that WWE wanted her to sign a contract extension, but she just wanted to go home, adding that she was frustrated with how women were being used on television at the time.
“My contract was expiring in October and they’re like, ‘We’d like to re-sign you. We want to talk about this.’ I lost both my Grandparents and my one uncle whom I was very, very, very close with. I lost all three of them within a timeframe of a year and I was just feeling the call to go home. I was feeling frustrated with the women. I didn’t feel like there was going to be any change.
“So I had to take a deep breath and I was walking in to tell Vince that I have to go home and leave a dream that I have chased since I was a little girl and close the book. It was maybe one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It hurt. It hurt terribly, and he said, ‘I understand.’ He gave me a huge hug and he said, ‘Thank you for everything you’ve done for me,’ and I walked out the door.”
Beth Phoenix was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, and has since made occasional returns to the ring, most recently in the 2020 Royal Rumble match.
Meanwhile, Phoenix also recently landed at number 11 on WWE’s list of its top 50 female Superstars.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.