Michelle McCool is a former WWE Women’s Champion and Diva’s Champion. McCool made a name for herself as one of the top female WWE Superstars during her time as an active performer. She is also married to The Undertaker but would ultimately leave the business after getting too much heat on her. That being said, she commented on the Divas era being skipped over in general.

Michelle McCool was a beloved babyface for a long time during her tenure in WWE, but perhaps her best run was as a heel. Her teaming up with Layla and forming Team Laycool helped raise her stock considerably.

McCool worked in an era in WWE where women simply did not get as much emphasis in matches as well as storylines. However, she still paved the way for many upcoming WWE Superstars.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Michelle McCool talked about her time in WWE and noted how people always tend to skip over the Divas Era in the company. In the end, Michelle McCool stopped loving the business, and she left, but not before having a personal conversation with Vince McMahon.


“You hear about the Women’s Evolution and of course, you hear about the Attitude Era with Trish and Lita and Jazz and Ivory and Victoria which all were amazing, obviously. Then our little Diva era kind of just gets skipped over.

We had to fight and claw. I think even on my retirement match, I think we were given 12 minutes with entrances. So probably, you know, nine minutes of wrestling, and we thought that was a rib, like, we’re getting this much time, because normally we had two or three.

I grew up loving the business, and when you love something so much, and then you start not enjoying it as much because of whether it’s, you know, obviously I married a top guy, right? So clearly, I got everything because of who my husband is and not the hard work that I put in. There’s that aspect of it. Then there’s just all this chaos around all the time. We really were just fighting for our spot. We didn’t know if we would be on TV the next week, so it was hard, but I wouldn’t change it. I’m not afraid to fight. I’m not afraid to work for what I’ve got. In fact, we’re just lecturing our daughter about that, but it was hard, and it was stressful, and it broke my heart to retire.”

I started not liking something that I love so much. It wasn’t an overnight decision. It was like a two year process. I talked to Vince about it and he’s like, ‘Whatever you want to do, you’ve got my blessing. Whatever you want to do, you just let me know.’ I’m just like, I don’t want to hate something that I absolutely love and adore, and that’s what was happening slowly, you know, day by day, week by week. So it wasn’t an overnight decision.”

Still, it wasn’t easy to step away. It was rough after that for a little while because you look back or you start watching, and you’re like, ‘Dang, I wish we had a little bit of that.’ I’m happy for the girls, obviously, but gosh, just a little bit would have been so nice. It makes now a thousand times better. I’ve never felt more loved by the fans than when I came out on Sunday. You know, we didn’t get that. That was just super special and I truly just appreciate that so much more because of how things worked when we were wrestling years ago.”

Michelle McCool took part in the Women’s Royal Rumble match last week and fans were simply happy to see her compete. This is despite the fact that she was not invited to participate in the match, despite living close to the Royal Rumble venue. We’ll have to see if she will return to WWE one day again.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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