Beth Phoenix is one of the most powerful and talented women to ever step foot in a WWE ring.
The Glamazon signed a developmental contract in October 2005, which landed her in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Beth honed her craft in OVW with matches against the likes of Katie Lea, Serena Deeb, and ODB to name a few.
Phoenix debuted on Raw in May of 2006 but sustained an injured a month later. Beth broke her jaw in a match with Victoria but finished the match, nonetheless. The injury sidelined her and after a short stint back in OVW, she returned to Raw in July 2007.
Beth dominated the roster during her tenure with WWE from 2007 until her retirement in 2012. During this time, she was a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and held the Divas Championship once.
Phoenix was really ahead of her time. The vast majority of the female roster were former models and fitness connoisseurs. They weren’t formally trained wrestlers like Beth and her best friend, Natalya.
Although she only wrestled in WWE for five years, she cemented legacy during her time in the ring. The Glamazon was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2017. During post-retirement, she and husband Adam “Edge” Copeland had two daughters. Phoenix also finished her Master’s degree in forensic psychology.
Perhaps, being back with her peers at the Hall of Fame gave her the itch to lace her boots back up, because she made a surprise appearance at the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble in 2018. Later, Beth delved into the art of commentary. She donned a headset for the second Mae Young Classic and then moved on to NXT, where she is now currently part of the weekly commentary team.
As far as her in-ring return, she has made several comebacks after her appearance at the 2018 Royal Rumble. She teamed up with her old Divas of Doom teammate, Natalya, for a short run in 2019. This led to her appearance at WrestleMania 35. At the event, she and Nattie competed in a fatal four-way match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Beth Phoenix helped changed the aesthetic of what a female wrestler in WWE should look like and paved the way for so many women.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top five matches of Beth Phoenix’s career.