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Michelle McCool Responds To Her Critics After Being Asked About The Undertaker

Michelle McCool has been greatly criticized over the years for taking the fast track to WWE glory. After entering an intimate relationship with The Undertaker in late 2007 (who she married in June 2010), many critics attributed her position in WWE to her influential partner rather than her ability to perform. Speaking to Inside Wrestling, the four-time champion is asked why she has received so much flack.

Dan Murphy asks McCool, “I know you like to keep some things private and this was never announced, but you did marry The Undertaker. He’s obviously a veteran and icon in the business with a lot of influence. Was it the Diva Search background or having the relationship with someone like him that’s responsible for the heat and resentment you got?”

She responds, “Bottom line: People in our business are always going to look to find reasons to see the negative in somebody and to become resentful. I don’t really know where it began: probably with me getting the tag as “Diva Search reject.” But I don’t know anybody who, if they had an opportunity like the Diva Search, they wouldn’t jump at it. If they didn’t jump at it, they’d be idiots.

“People can say what they want to say, but at the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror. I know how hard I fought. I know how many storylines I pitched. I know how hard I worked in the ring. I can’t tell you the number of times I was one of the first people at the arenas or at TV, constantly trying to better myself. I can honestly say that my hard work paid off. My resilience paid off. My persistence paid off. That’s all there is to it. People are always going to say what they want to say and believe what they want to believe, but that’s the bottom line.”

  • venom

    McCool was a decent wrestler. She might have got more success for marrying Taker, but I think she got what she deserved.

  • Eddie

    @Devil Rising
    it’s OBVIOUS you have an axe to grind. McCool got better over time, she could wrestle just fine; she was not a great wrestler but that’s how it is, deal with it. if she completely sucked she wouldve gotten booted long before she was in a relationship with the Undertaker, simple as that. Natalia: Great wrestler, zero personality that’s why she doesnt get much of a push yet McCool could sell a decent match and have a character that would get heat (LayCool as you say annoyed you thus the point, it worked)
    Maryse was the same, her character overshadowed her lack of in ring skill and made you hate her.

  • Mojojojo

    Hmmm, marrying a very influential person in the wrestling business to get to the top…isn’t that how Triple H became CEO!?

  • Devil_Rising

    @Mark No, it doesn’t “work 2 ways”, because their professional relationship has nothing to do, or SHOULD have nothing to do, with their personal one. Sure, Taker may have fallen in love with her, married her, whatever. But that doesn’t change the fact that he obviously probably used his stroke backstage to get her pushed in the “Divas” division.

    She was NOT a good top heel, “LayCool” was damn annoying, and neither one of them were really able to wrestle. It was really shitty by the WWE to have someone like Mickie James, a GOOD wrestler, jobbing out to those broads, and having them constantly take jabs at her being “fat”, because (God forbid), she wasn’t an anorexic ho like most of the Divas. James has a real woman’s body, a healthy, natural woman’s body. Yet the made fun of that, calling her “Piggy James”, which isn’t even a good storyline, and it gives little girls who might be watching WWE the wrong impression. Mickie said that herself, and said she didn’t understand that shit.

    Undertaker is my favorite wrestler of all time. Don’t get it twisted. I have nothing but mad love and respect for him. But that still doesn’t make it right that some under-talented Diva Search Reject, which she was, got a mega-push (for a woman in the WWE that is), because of who she knew, not her talent. Hell, no Diva Search WINNER should have ever gotten pushed as much as she did, let alone one of the losers. That whole thing was a sick joke from the beginning, WWE more interested in looking for skinny models to look good in the ring, than in actually hiring REAL wrestlers like Mickie James, Melina, Gail Kim, Natalya, Beth Pheonix, etc.

    And honestly, I think it’s laughable that my original comment got a “negative score” from people on here. Are you serious? You’re telling me all those people thought LayCool was entertaining, or that McCool really WAS talented and deserved her spot? Please.

  • Mark

    a bit harsh on her dont u think. So Taker had nothing to do with them falling in love, becoming a relationship and getting married. Doesnt this work 2 ways???

  • JIR

    But McCool has a point just because they past didn’t have that opportunity doesn’t mean they would not have taken it if its where there

  • JIR

    But McCool has a point just because they past idn’t have that opportunity doesn’t mean they would not have taken it if its where there

  • Devil_Rising

    No Michelle, as much as I love and respect Taker, you got where you were because of him. How do I know this? Because you sucked ass in the ring. Period.

  • Jon-Jon

    And that’sthe bottom line, cause McCool said so.

  • GreasyRabbit75

    The LayCool angle annoyed the piss out of me, but I have to admit to being impressed with her in-ring skills as early as her first Divas championship run. I have no kick against “Divas” being in the ring as long as they put in the work to make their in-ring work watchable. Of course, that disqualifies the vast majority of the current Divas roster.