Beth Phoenix Biography
Beth Phoenix (Elizabeth Copeland) an American professional wrestler and color commentator signed to WWE and performs as a commentator on the NXT brand.
She is as well a former WWE Divas Champion, a three-time WWE Women’s Champion, and the youngest person to ever be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. She had a successful amateur wrestling career in high school, before being trained by the All Knighters. After her debut in May 2001, she wrestled for numerous independent promotions.
She as well appeared at the inaugural Shimmer Women Athletes shows. In 2004, she started working for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and signed a developmental contract with WWE in October 2005. She had her debuted on WWE’s Raw brand in May 2006 but suffered a legitimate broken jaw the following month.
With her numerous surgeries and returned to OVW for further training. While there, she won the OVW Women’s Championship twice, although her second reign is not officially recognized by OVW.
Beth Phoenix Age
Phoenix was born on November 24, 1980, in Elmira, New York, U.S.A.
Beth Phoenix Wrestling Career
Phoenix began wrestling on the Notre Dame High School scholastic wrestling team. She was the first female varsity wrestler in the school’s history. She became the North-East freestyle women’s champion in 1999 and also won at the New York State Fair Tournament the same year.
At the time, she was also a member of USA Wrestling, a freestyle wrestling association. Her life goal was, according to her, to become a professional wrestler, and she believed that having a solid amateur background would help her reach it.
Beth Phoenix World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
Phoenix was invited to a tryout with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2004 and then relocated to Louisville, Kentucky to work for their then developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
She debuted on OVW television on July 2004, having changed her ring name to “Beth Phoenix”, and became the on-screen girlfriend and valet of Chris Masters. The storyline was short-lived, and the following month Phoenix was repackaged as the manager of Aaron “The Idol” Stevens.
She signed a developmental contract with WWE on October 20, 2005, the same month that she broke her hand. The duo was then joined by Shelly Martinez, who Phoenix soon feuded within early 2006. Phoenix then stopped appearing regularly on OVW after debuting on WWE’s Raw television show.
Trish Stratus’ ally (2006)
Phoenix began her career on WWE’s main roster on May 8, 2006, episode of Raw as a face by attacking Mickie James while James was assaulting Trish Stratus. After this incident, James berated Phoenix for “ruining everything” and questioned why she showed up in the first place. A week later, Phoenix was formally introduced by Stratus and then attacked a distracted James on Stratus’s behalf.
When James finally escaped, Phoenix claimed that James had “ruined her life”, and would not let her get away with it, before calling her a “psycho”. On the following episode of Raw, Phoenix attacked James after her match with Torrie Wilson.
Then, on the May 29 episode of Raw, Phoenix and Wilson, with Stratus in their corner, teamed together to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria, who had James in their corner. During the June 5 episode of Raw, Phoenix suffered a legitimately fractured mandible during a match with Victoria, but was able to continue the match, and emerged victorious despite the injury.
Phoenix spent a year having surgeries and recovering, including getting a titanium plate and nine screws placed in her jaw, but she was only out of action for two months, as she returned to action in OVW instead of on the main roster.
The Glamazon (2007–2008)
On July 9, 2007, episode of Raw, Phoenix returned as a villain, when Melina claimed to be injured. Phoenix replaced Melina in a tag team match as Jillian Hall’s partner, and the two lost to Candice Michelle and Mickie James.
At the SummerSlam pay-per-view, Phoenix won the Interpromotional Divas battle royal to become the number one contender for Michelle’s WWE Women’s Championship.
Phoenix was then pushed as a dominating Diva, dubbing herself “The Glamazon” and attacking James, Hall, and Michelle on the September 10 episode of Raw.
At Unforgiven, however, she failed to capture the Women’s Championship from Michelle. Their storyline rivalry continued when Phoenix pinned Michelle during a non-title mixed tag team match on Raw on September 24.
Beth Phoenix Return To WWE
WWE Hall of Fame and part-time commentator
On February 27, 2017, WWE announced that Phoenix would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Her induction made her the quickest female to be inducted after her retirement, as she had retired only five years prior and made her and her husband Edge the first real-life couple to both be inducted.
Starting in 2018, Phoenix became a part-time color commentator for WWE, mainly for women-related events, starting from January 16 to April 3, 2018, for the first season of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge, commenting the tournament each week alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves.
On January 28, 2018, at the Royal Rumble event, she made a one-night wrestling return as a face for the first time since 2012 by entering the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match as a competitor.
Making her the first person to appear in both a men’s and women’s Royal Rumble. She entered at number 24 and lasted over two minutes before being eliminated by Natalya.
Phoenix went on to continue to work as a guest commentator at various events and mainly women’s matches such as the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34.
The 2018 Mae Young Classic, the women’s Royal Rumble match at the 2019 Royal Rumble event, and the Elimination Chamber match to determine the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions at the 2019 Elimination Chamber event.
On March 10, 2019, at the Fastlane pay-per-view, Phoenix acted as a commentator on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match between defending champions The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection and Nia Jax and Tamina.
After their defeat, Jax and Tamina attacked Bayley and Banks. Phoenix came to their aid, soon joined by Natalya, but the four were still overpowered by Jax and Tamina.
The following day on Raw, Phoenix accompanied Natalya to her match against Jax, eventually causing a disqualification by attacking Jax.
Beth Phoenix Net Worth
Phoenix has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Beth Phoenix Championships
- Women’s Champion
- FNW Cruiserweight Championship
- Frank Gotch Award
- Class of 2019
- GLORY Championship
- OVW Women’s Championship
- WWE Divas Championship
- Slammy Award
- WWE Women’s Championship
- Diva of the Year
- WWE Hall of Fame
Beth Phoenix Hall Of Fame
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced that WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix will be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend.
The Class of 2019 also includes Bruno Sammartino, Thunderbolt Patterson (Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award). Slaughter (Frank Gotch Award), Brian Shields (Jim Melby Award), and UFC’s Daniel Cormier (George Tragos Award).
Phoenix is the first female to be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame. She received the Frank Gotch Award in 2015.
The ceremony will be at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, July 27.
Beth Phoenix Height
Phoenix stands tall at a height of 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 68 kg.
Beth Phoenix Family
Phoenix was born to her Polish parents in Elmira, New York. At the age of eleven years old, she earned a coloring contest with a prize of tickets to a television taping for the World Wrestling Federation. She as well earned credits this as when she fell in love with professional wrestling. She cites Bret Hart, Owen Hart, and Ted DiBiase as her favorite wrestlers.
Beth Phoenix Husband
Phoenix got married to Edge (Adam Copeland) in 2016. She was previously married to Joey Knight in 2001 and ended in a divorce.