Beth Phoenix Explains Why She Originally Left WWE

Beth Phoenix Explains Why She Originally Left WWE
Beth Phoenix spoke on Prime Time with Sean Mooney and explained why she chose to leave WWE and her in-ring career in 2012.

“I was really frustrated with where the women were at from a company standpoint and the investment that was being made in us. I felt in my heart I had done my best, and I’d try really hard to change things but, at some point, I just got really frustrated.”

Creative frustrations can be frequent concerns that are heard from many wrestlers. During the time Phoenix left was also a time that women were not utilized correctly. Although women’s wrestling has come a long way in the past few years, frustrations aren’t the only thing that can cause someone to leave the squared circle. Phoenix also explains that the demand of travel and being on the road eventually took a toll.

“Also, all the travel. I had been away from my family for a long time. We buried both my grandparents, my uncle passed away from cancer; I missed so many milestones in my families lives, that I just thought it was time to come home and be with them for a little bit and take a break from the road.“

“And in that time, Adam’s [Copeland] career as an actor was taking off, and I had just had the baby. I just took that supportive role at home, and I loved it. I loved being a stay-at-Home mom. I followed wrestling, but I had just kind of made peace with, like, that was my career. I’m now a mom, and I’m going to find other things to do with my life.”

It is unknown how much Phoenix may lace up her boots in the future, but she has made a great home on the NXT commentary team which now airs live on the USA Network.



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