Beth Phoenix paved the way for women’s revolution in WWE at a time when women’s wrestling was not taken as seriously as it is now.
Before WWE Evolution, Beth spoke to Planeta Wrestling and among other things, she talked about competing in the first women’s ladder match in WWE.
“I always liked the ones that were outside the box, a little dangerous. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to compete in the first women’s ladder match. We did that in OVW and that was really groundbreaking at the time. I was really proud to have the opportunity to put something out there that hadn’t been done by the women.
I also look forward to the day when we’re no longer doing groundbreaking things, where the women are just equal with the men, we’re a part of the show, and we don’t have to constantly say, ‘this is the first-ever’ because we’re already there.”
Beth also talked about her favorite matches in WWE and she went on to mention three of them.
“I would say myself v. Eve Torres at Madison Square Garden, that was really special. We had a championship match there, and we did a top rope Glam Slam at the end. She’s a friend of mine and that match meant a lot to us, we worked really hard together.
“Natalya and myself, we had a really special match on SmackDown, a one-on-one wrestling match, which we didn’t have our entire career’s together, despite our friendship. It was just a regular one-off match on SmackDown with no special stipulation, but it was just in Buffalo in my hometown. That meant a lot to me.
“I wrestled Mickie James in London. We had this really great rivalry up to that point, it was a really special match. I remember the feeling of the finish of that match; I remember the feeling that the entire crowd blew up. I’ve never had that feeling before in wrestling. I cried in the locker room with her, I said, ‘Wow that’s why I got into the business, that’s why I wanted to do this.’ I’ll never forget that moment and how special it felt.”