2022 has been the year of the wrestling comeback with some big-name WWE legends returning to the ring.
Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled for the first time in 19 years, Ric Flair returned to the ring, Ricky Steamboat rolled back the years in a six-man tag team match and even Vince McMahon had a match at WrestleMania 38. There was also the small matter of Cody Rhodes leaving the company he helped create in AEW to go back to WWE.
Someone else who also got in on the action very earl yin the year was Beth Phoenix.
Beth Phoenix Refuses To Rule Out WWE Comeback
With her husband Edge at odds with The Miz and his wife Maryse, Phoenix stepped back into the ring at the Royal Rumble. In her first match in two years she helped Edge dispatch the A-List couple.
However, that wasn’t Phoenix’s only in-ring action of the year. At Extreme Rules Edge took on Finn Balor in an “I Quit” Match. Despite initially helping even the odds in the match by confronting Judgment Day’s Rhea Ripley, the former Women’s Champion was soon overwhelmed. The end of the match came with Ripley threatening to deliver a Con-Chair-To to Phoenix in an effort to get Edge to quit. Although the veteran forfeited the match to save his wife, Ripley attacked her with the chair anyway.
Neither Phoenix or Edge have been seen on WWE television since. Although due to the ending of the match, many fans believe that the pair will return to take on Ripley and another member of Judgment Day sometime down the line.
During an appearance on Brandi Rhodes’ “2 Lies and 1 Truth” podcast, Phoenix was asked about her mindset when it comes to getting back in the ring. Interestingly, the veteran refused to rule out lacing up her boots one more time.
“Who knows these days? [Beth laughed when asked if she’ll be back in a wrestling ring] You know, I say this every single time, it’s the most cliché thing but never say never or like, retirement in wrestling isn’t a thing, right? It’s embarrassing to say I’m retired because it’s never true.”
Beth Phoenix initially signed with WWE in 2004 and went on to win the Women’s Championship three times, and the Divas Title once. Her full-time in-ring career came to an end in 2012 and she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. Phoenix joined the NXT announce team in 2019 and worked at the commentary desk for two years.
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