WWE Hall Of Famer Beth Phoenix was one of the pioneers of women’s wrestling in WWE during a time where female wrestlers were not given much of a focus.
Beth Phoenix won multiple women’s titles during her time as an active competitor and her in-ring skills were second to none. Barring a few matches, Beth Phoenix has not been active as an in-ring competitor in a long time.
While speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Beth Phoenix stated that she isn’t against making a return to the squared circle, adding that Phoenix would love a big farewell match.
“I am (medically cleared. Once a wrestler, always a wrestler. I’m not gonna lie about it. I feel like, you couldn’t do this and want to do this your whole life without having that little bug. I get so happy to be in the conversation of today’s stars would look forward to facing. When I left WWE, I felt really insignificant and like I hadn’t done anything. Like I hadn’t moved the needle. I felt so sad about that part but okay to move on. Now, I’m getting this wonderful recognition from today’s women and it makes me feel so good.
As far as coming back to the ring, I say this in every interview, ‘never say never.’ If the right opportunity arose and I could do business, that’s all I could care about. Would I love to have a retirement match, a big farewell, and give someone the high five and pass the torch? Heck yes, but there is only a limited amount of people I could do that for where, as on commentary, I can do that for two hours every single week. Every week, I can tell you how awesome Indi Hartwell is and tell you ‘look at Shotzi Blackheart’s improvements’ and help all the talent weekly on commentary. In that respect, I love commentary because I feel like I’m contributing in a positive way. The in-ring stuff, I don’t know what the future brings. I don’t write off anything or close any doors. If there were something that WWE is interested in doing, I would love to say goodbye and high-five somebody and give them an endorsement from a Hall of Famer. Who wants to retire a Hall of Famer?”
Beth Phoenix last competed in the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble and since then has remained a fixture as part of the commentary team on NXT. We will have to wait and see if Beth Phoenix does make her in-ring return and have a retirement match.
h/t to Fightful for the quotes.