WWE Diva Beth Phoenix recently spoke with Slam Wrestling to promote this weekend's SmackDown live event in Toronto. Here are some highlights:
Attending a WWE tryout years ago with Gail Kim & Traci Brooks:
"Gail Kim was signed that day and became women's champion just a couple of months later. It was crazy how much talent came out of that area, and still is successful to this day, Gail being a WWE diva as well, a former TNA champion, women's champion."
Her relationship with Natalya:
"One really important thing for me while I was injured was Natalya. Natalya and I are very close, and have been for many, many years, and been there for each other through the thick and thin, the ups and downs of our jobs. She was a wonderful, positive influence on my life. She was going through a lot too with LayCool on television. We were kind of each other's rock during the rough times. Even the Hitman [Bret Hart] has gone out of his way and given me a lot of encouragement. That meant a lot to me, because he was one of my childhood heroes. It was wonderful to have them motivating me along when the going got tough. That's why me being able to come back at Survivor Series and share in her title victory meant a lot to me because it was a long road for both of us to get there."
Her tables match at TLC in December:
"It was kind of cool because in WWE, I'd only had a couple of opportunities to do something like that and the tables opportunity was unique. I think in all WWE history, there's never been a female tag team tables match. Every little bit that I get to raise the bar for the divas is very special to me."
The WWE Divas division:
"With our company, we have a moniker with the divas: Smart, Sexy and Powerful. Our company is really big on us not just being beautiful, not just being about our looks, but also presenting our girls as role models. Most of our divas are greatly educated and would be happy to talk to you about current events and important issues. I think that we all work hard to be something that little girls want to emulate -- not just Barbie dolls, we're more than that."
Awesome Kong in WWE:
"There's been a lot of chatter around about her being signed by WWE. I think a lot of people, their first inclination is to think that it would be quite a clash to see us in the ring together. If we get that opportunity, it will be amazing. I look forward to it. She and I have never wrestled each other, not even on the independent scene or anything. I think it will be quite the spectacle to have Awesome Kong and Beth Phoenix in the same ring at the same time. Hopefully we'll get to see that in the near future."