WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix has revealed which match made her want to begin her own journey inside the ropes.
Speaking on the latest instalment of the WWE Icons series which took a look back at her life and career to date, Beth Phoenix has recalled the moment when she decided that she wanted to be more than just a wrestling fan.
Reflecting on her wrestling fandom, Phoenix detailed how it was the show stealing clash between Bret and Owen Hart at WrestleMania X that made her want to pursue wrestling as a career.
“My transition from being a wrestling fan to this is what I want to do, this is all I want to do is very clear to me. It was when I saw WrestleMania X, Bret Hart versus Owen Hart, the opening match. That match was just so beautifully and masterfully done, and I was so captivated by these characters and the ride they took me on, and from that moment on, I wanted to provoke that emotion from others that I got from that match. It was a light switch that went off in my head. I was like, ‘somehow, someway I have to figure out how to do what Bret and Owen just did.'”
The Glamazon initially left WWE in 2012, effectively ending her in-ring career, telling Vince McMahon that she wanted to “go home” while also being dissatisfied with how the company were utilising the female roster.
Following her induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, Phoenix has made sporadic returns to the ring, most notably at WrestleMania 35. Reforming the Divas of Doom alongside Natalya, the team challenged for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
During the pair’s entrance for the match, Phoenix got to briefly interact with one of the men who sparked her interest all of those years ago at WrestleMania X, Bret Hart. It was a moment The Glamazon described as “beautiful.”
“Getting to high-five Bret Hart was so meaningful because it was closing that book for me on why I started this in the first place. WrestleMania X is why I started, and it was beautiful.”
Beth Phoenix made her most recent return to the ring at the 2020 Royal Rumble. Meanwhile, the former Women’s Champion was also ranked at number 11 on WWE’s list of its top 50 female Superstars.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.