The former member of ‘LayCool‘ sat down for an interview for the first time since retiring from WWE in 2015. Reflecting on her career with the company, she was also asked about her retirement and potential for a return to the squared circle.
I think I had a great career. I was very privileged. I explored everything I could explore in WWE, like what else more could I have possibly done? I got to be around great people, and I got to travel the world. I was able to get a great fan base behind me. And it was just time. I didn’t want to age too much on TV. The older we get we’re more prone to injuries. It was just time.
I just feel that I had a very fruitful long career, and I attained everything I possibly could have attained in WWE, and I was given every opportunity. That door is closed, and I’m okay with that. And I feel just happy that I was able to have that. I look at my past, and I’m like, ‘wow I did all that stuff,’ and that’s just how I’d like to keep it.
Layla bowed out of WWE with a defeat to her ‘LayCool’ partner and wife of The Undertaker, Michelle McCool. Layla challenged McCool to a no count-out, no disqualification match at 2011’s Extreme Rules PPV. McCool accepted on the condition that the loser leave WWE. Layla lost the match, thus ending her career with WWE. Interestingly that same match saw the debut of Kharma who post-match attacked McCool.
Her final match in WWE didn’t come without complications, Layla also revealed that she in fact wrestled that bout with McCool with a torn ACL and MCL.
I don’t think I ever told anybody this, but I wrestled this match with a torn ACL and torn MCL. Yeah, but we didn’t know what was wrong with me. I knew my knee felt funny that I knew I’ve done something prior that day, but I didn’t know what it was. I just iced it, and went out there. Yeah, I wrestled that match with torn ACL and MCL, but I love that match, I love it. I can’t watch it too much cause I cry.
Since her departure, Layla hasn’t stepped foot inside a WWE ring, and has found a new career as a real estate agent.