Fact: Beth Phoenix bids farewell to WWE

November 2, 2012

And so farewell then, Beth Phoenix, kayfabe-fired by Vickie Guerrero on Monday Night RAW, but in reality choosing to leave WWE at the end of her contract.

I’ve always had a sneaking sympathy for Beth – smart marks whine that although she’s OK, she’s not one of the best female wrestlers in the world, and drop the names of their indy favourites, while the idiots who hate women(‘s wrestling) complain that she’s too muscular to be their stupid version of “hot”.

Well, in her seven years with WWE, she’s had a pretty decent run. Read the rest of this entry »

Wishes for 2012: a truly Divalicious Divas’ division

December 31, 2011

I am wishing for Beth Phoenix and Natalya to stop jobbing to useless bimbos like Alicia Fox, and when Kharma returns I want the Divas division begins to include more wrestling and less U R JUS JELUS storylines.

Admittedly, this is probably the least likely scenario of all those on my wish-list so far: in a world where the Hart Dynasty are jobbing to Eve and Zack Ryder, there’s unlikely to be any prominence given to actual wrestling skills. Still, the New Year is the appropriate time to look forward with unbridled optimism, and so I include this as one of my 2012 wishes with the genuine hope that one day it’ll be granted.

Rumour: Gail Kim says the Divas are told to be ‘more girlie’. Shocker!

October 16, 2011

You’ve probably seen former WWE Diva Gail Kim’s shoot by now, in which she talks about why she left WWE and criticises the way the Divas division is run.

I totally wanted to be on her side on this, but I’m really not. The entire episode makes Kim seem alternately ridiculously naive, childish and ever so slightly spiteful.

That’s not to say the WWE come out looking fantastic – of course they don’t – but have we really learnt anything about them we didn’t already know? Let’s consider the facts. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Beth Phoenix isn’t really a Diva of Destruction

October 11, 2011

Oh, she was. Once upon a time.

Yeah, she used to be a top amateur wrestler, and once graced Shimmer (where they have proper female wrestlers, in case you’re interested).

Yeah, she used to compete against men as a matter of course.

Yeah, even in WWE they’ve put her up against men, and she was the second woman ever to take part in the Royal Rumble. And yeah, whatever, she eliminated the Great Khali and his glass knees.

But let’s face it, she and Nattie can pretend all they want that they’re going to crush everyone in their path.

At the end of the day, they’re GIRLS.

(Fast-forward through to 06.44)

And girls are small and fragile and vulnerable and need to be protected in case of accidents that might impact on them, particularly from a fauxhawk-wearing man with a superiority complex and a delusionary man who is scared of both heights and spiders.

There is simply no way that a poor defenceless girl such as Beth Phoenix (who’s 30, 5 foot 7 and has a billed weight of 150lb, and who I’d probably describe as a “woman”, but clearly I am wrong) can be expected to function in a workplace where such dangers lurk.

Beth, you’ve let us all down.

Exclusive: Mickie James – ‘I can walk away with a smile on my face!’

October 9, 2011

Mickie James has to be one of the hardest-working women in pro wrestling. Not only is she on the road with TNA – “for 200 days out of the past year,” she sighs – but she’s also working on her new album. It’s a cliché, but how does she balance two demanding and creative careers?

“Wrestling, for me, I feel I know it well enough that I can get in there, do my dance and do it rather well; but I’m tapping into adrenalin-based emotion,” she says. “Music is more like the heart and soul. I try to write songs that aren’t what everyone’s said a million times, and that takes you back to a place in your life that you can relate to. It’s fun, because it goes off in a different creative pattern. Being on the road so much, I have a lot of road stories that I can play with!”

But something has to give, surely? “I think sleep is the one thing I give up. And my sanity!” she laughs. Read the rest of this entry »