The last we saw Beth Phoenix, she was on her way out of WWE to go take care of her family but doing so with an exit promo that made it sound like she could be back. "I promise you haven't seen the last of Beth Phoenix," were her exact words, in fact, but in a recent interview with Monday Night Mayhem, it seems she may be finished with the business for good after all.
On her decision to retire when she did:
"I entered a different season in my life. I'm 32. I started wrestling when I was 19 years old, and I spent my entire adult life on the road chasing this dream, and I loved it. I absolutely loved everything I did with WWE, and I had a wonderful career with them. It's time to check other things and experience other parts of life that you can't when you're 'married to the business,' and that's literally what you have to do to be successful. I did so much in the way of my dream, and I certainly left no stone unturned. To chase other dreams, I kind of had to make that really tough decision to move on to the next phase of my life."
Phoenix leaving was part of a mass exodus of Divas from the WWE roster that included Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Kharma, and the Bella Twins. It's gotten so bad, in fact, that the company actively started recruiting them to come back, so far only getting the Bellas to bite.
One couldn't blame any of them for leaving, as the ladies have taken a backseat to the men even more than normal. Entire three hour episodes of Monday Night Raw come and go with nary a Divas match on the docket. Despite this, Phoenix has nothing but good things to say about the state of the division at this time:
"Wrestling goes through seasons. Some things become trends for a while or other things become a trend or the style. When women's wrestling got really hot, it was in a mature era where the girls could be more sexual and then be tough at the same time., so there was a lot of attention on it. It's hard to call attention to something when you don't have the same tools that you did. It takes a while to condition people to a different product, as opposed to what they're used to seeing. I think right now is the best time to be a Diva. What it is about is finding out what they don't and making yourself a commodity in that area. I think eventually you will see the standouts come to the forefront."
If your name is AJ Lee then yes, it is absolutely the great time to be a WWE Diva. Then again, the company is reportedly looking to put a renewed emphasis on the division, so we'll see what, if anything, changes in the weeks to come.
Just don't expect Phoenix to be a part of it either way.