Beth Phoenix returned to WWE, but it wasn’t as a full-time competitor. Now she is a full-time commentator for NXT.
She is very happy to have this role and after cutting her teeth on commentary during the Mae Young Classic, The Glamazon soon showed that she has what it takes. She is definitely prepared for the big challenges that await her as NXT makes their big move to the USA Network.
While speaking to Prime Time With Sean Mooney, she discussed this big adjustment in her career. It’s totally different to talk about the action rather than perform it in the ring, but she’s up for the task and she has very talented people surrounding her with Nigel McGuiness and Mauro Ranallo.
“It’s been one of those things where I’ve had to just kind of commit myself, and give myself up to the process. I fail all the time, and I’m always making mistakes, but we learn each and every week, and I’m learning to find my voice, and my place in the team, because, being a color commentator, adding that analyst role, is really different than being play-by-play.”
“They’re two completely different animals. Driving traffic as a play-by-play guy, that is a big responsibility and a lot of work, and, as an analyst, my job is to take some of the burden off the play-by-play announcer, and try to add a little bit of credibility from somebody that has experience in what is going on in the ring.”
“It was definitely not something I would have ever thought I would do. If you told me five years ago I was going to be sitting alongside Mauro [Ranallo] and Nigel McGuiness in NXT, I would have laughed at you. Here I find myself, and I’m just giving it my best.”
Some fans might gravitate toward NXT because they remember Beth Phoenix from her days in the ring. She certainly has a wealth of experience waiting to show off on commentary. As NXT continues on the USA Network, Beth Phoenix is bound to use this experience to better herself as an all around television personality.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote