‘The Queen of Harts’ Natalya has spoken about being part of the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Table Match at the 2010 edition of Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
A decade ago, Natalya and best friend Beth Phoenix battled the team of LayCool – Layla and Michelle McCool – in a bout which helped to establish WWE’s then Divas as more than just pretty faces and reality show wannabes.
In a way, the clash was the first sign of what would become the women’s evolution in the promotion with the bet friends prevailing by putting their foes through a table.
Now, both Natalya and Beth Phoenix have appeared on WWE’s The Bump to talk about that match and how the women’s revolution wasn’t ready for the pair. Beginning with ‘The Glamazon’, the former WWE Women’s Champion detailed how the duo had pushed for a more serious role:
“This is something that we had been pushing for, for years. We wanted these opportunities. We didn’t want to be, we were tired of just being put into a box where if there was a big PPV coming up like Elimination Chamber or Hell in a Cell, that we knew we weren’t going to be included in those cool matches with stipulations. So to be given the opportunity to compete in a stipulation match like this, in a first-ever, this was something that we had been fighting for it, and to be able to do it with Nattie, because she and I dreamed of a moment like this… It’s one of the most memorable moments of my entire career and it’s something that’s still talked about by fans to this day.”
Natalya then took over to cite her belied that the pair were too far advanced of the women’s division and revolution:
“We weren’t used to having those opportunities. We weren’t used to getting to do the kinds of things that the guys were doing and so to be presented with the opportunity of doing the first-ever women’s table match in WWE, it was huge. I still believe that – and I’ve said it again and I’ll say it now – Beth Phoenix and I, we were ready for the Revolution before it was ready for us.”
The last time Natalya and Phoenix teamed together was during WWE’s tour of the United Kingdom in 2019. At a live event in Liverpool, England, on May 12, the double act defeated The Riott Squad.
Credit for the interview: WWE’s The Bump
h/t for the transcription: Fightful