Beth Phoenix to be Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 (February, 27th 2017)

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After Speculation earlier in the year regarding the rumored names in the WWE Hall of Fame 2017, most of which have been unveiled, it also appeared true that Beth Phoenix would be this years Hall of Fame Female Inductee. The News was confirmed earlier today via WWE’s official Twitter account.

Phoenix, one of the most dominant female performers in the era of which included the likes of Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Melina and Jillian Hall to name a few, is a 1x Divas Champion and 3x WWE Womens Champion, the 4th longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE History, as her reigns were surpassed by the fellow Divas Champions Maryse, AJ Lee and Nikki Bella in ascending order. Phoenix debuted in WWE as an ally to Trish Stratus against then heel Mickie James in 2006, though the storyline was cut due to an injury inflicted to Phoenix weeks into it. She then returned to WWEs main roster in 2007 as the Professed “Glamazon” portrayed as a dominant women’s superstar, engaging in feuds with the likes of Candice Michelle and Mickie James throughout that year and into 2008, earning two Women’s Championship reigns in between that time. Phoenix also had famous matches with the likes of Mickie James and Melina, one including a non title I Quit Match, the first in WWE Women’s History.
In January 2010, Phoenix would follow the likes of Chyna by becoming the second overall female entrant into the WWE Royal Rumble, though she would not win the match, Phoenix would go on to win her 3rd Womens Title at Extreme Rules later that year from then champion Michelle McCool, though the run wouldnt last long (her first as a babyface) due to injury, leading to her dropping the title to Layla as a part of the LayCool Co-Womens Champions storyline. Phoenix renewed her rivalry with the pairing at Survivor Series that year, aiding her fellow women’s superstar Natalya after Natalya emerged successful in defeating them for the Divas Championship, leading to the babyfaces defeating LayCool at TLC in the first ever Womens Tag Team Tables Match.
In 2011, Phoenix would resume her alignment with Natalya, this time as a Heel as they formed a unit named the Divas of Doom, targeting the likes of Eve and Kelly Kelly. This lead to Phoenix having her first Divas Title reign, which began at the Hell in a Cell Pay Per View that year by defeating Kelly Kelly. Her over 200 day reign was ended in April 2012 at the hands of Nikki Bella, and due to her not being medically cleared to compete (kayfabe) Bella would end up defending the championship against a returning Layla, who won the match. Phoenix would pursue the title on two occasions while Layla was champion, losing in both efforts. Phoenix then began a storyline with Vickie Guerrero, which played into her termination from WWE, though in reality Phoenix was departing from the WWE after a five year tenure. It would then come to light that Phoenix was romantically linked to retired WWE Superstar Edge, who have since got married and had two children.

Congratulations go out to Phoenix on her upcoming Hall of Fame Induction, which also makes her the youngest inductee in WWE History at the Age of 36, the first woman of her particular era. It is yet unknown who will induct Phoenix into the Hall of Fame, but long time partner Natalya reacted to the news via Twitter. Rumored to be returning Women’s Superstar Kelly Kelly also hinted at being a part of the induction in a recent interview, stating she would be attending the Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The WWE Hall of Fame 2017 Ceremony takes place Live on the WWE Network on March 31st 2017, featuring the induction of Phoenix as well as DDP, Kurt Angle and Theodore Long amongst others.

– Catherine

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