Beth Phoenix has announced Beth Phoenix as the next inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando this April.

The story of Phoenix’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame this year was first reported by USA Today earlier today before WWE made the news official.

Phoenix made her debut in WWE back in 2006 and ended up suffering a severe jaw injury that kept her out of action for nearly a year on the main roster. She would go on to become a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and a one-time WWE Divas Champion. Phoenix quietly stepped away from WWE and wrestling all together in late 2012.


  1. …Really? I mean, I don’t have anything against her. I like Beth Phoenix. Still, it seems kinda soon to be in the Hall of Fame.

    That said…yeah, she DID leave rather quietly, didn’t she? What happened, anyway?

  2. It’s been 5 years. There have been people who went in sooner than that. Eddie Guerrero (albeit under extenuating circumstances) went in just months after his final WWE match. Ric Flair went in the night before his final WWE match. HBK went in one year after his final WWE match. Ron Simmons went in just over 4 years after his final WWE match. These are just of the top of my head. There may be more.

  3. So was Beth, Her first match was in 2001. Just because she only spent 6 years in WWE (technically she was with WWE for 8 years (she signed her first contract in 2004) as she spent her first two with the company in OVW which at the time was a WWE developmental territory) doesn’t mean she wasn’t in the business elsewhere. There are wrestlers in the WWE Hall of Fame that never set foot in a WWE (or WWF or WWWF) ring.

  4. A little wrestling trivia for you: When Beth Phoenix is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame prior to Wrestlemania 33, she will be the first former WWE Divas Champion to be so honored.

  5. She was a game-changer. And she can still comeback. Cool choice. Never a druggie, never an embarrassment. Even put up with comedy situations. Was a wrestler when it was still diva time. She’d be dominant now

  6. After Lita and Trish retired in 2006, Beth and Mickie were the two that really carried the ball until WWE began to become a predominately supermodel driven company with their divas. She had incredible battles in her time and was the perfect blend of beauty and power. You never know how special someone is until they’re gone. She is only 36 btw so she can easily fit herself back into this women’s evolution if she really wanted to.

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