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Edge Celebrates International Women's Day And Celebrates Beth Phoenix's HOF Induction

Edge Celebrates International Women's Day And Celebrates Beth Phoenix's HOF Induction

Posted: Mar 9th 2017 By: Edge

In salute of #InternationalWomensDay I thought it was time to talk about a 2017 WWE Hall of Fame inductee, but more specifically, my wife, Beth Copeland, aka The Glamazon, aka The Glamamom, aka Beth Pheonix(that's a lot of handles).

Now obviously I'm biased, and extremely proud of Beth, but after she expressed doubt as to whether she should go into the HOF so quickly, I looked at her resume. I stepped out of the husband shoes and looked at her question and came to the conclusion, that, hell yeah she should be. Who cares what year it happens, if you have a HOF resume, you deserve to go in plain and simple. There's no time eligibility as with pro sports, so who cares when it happens, as long as it does. It's not a race between people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that's mine, and since I'm a hall of famer myself, my opinion is more important(I kid, I kid, kind of).

Let's roll through the credentials:
-first women's ladder match in history vs Katie Lee Burchill
-first women's Table match in history with Natalya vs Laycool
-first women's I Quit match vs Melina
-second woman to ever enter the Royal Rumble(and eliminate The Great Khali)
-3 time WWE Women's Champion
-1 time Divas Champion
-third most female ppv appearances with 38, one behind Trish Stratus and Natalya at 39

There's a reason she was put in those positions. She was damn good at her job. I always felt(even before we were an item) that Beth was a wrestler. Plain and simple, she could wrestle. In a time when female physical strength was not in vogue, she still stuck to her guns(get it?). In the days of diva searches(no offense diva search contestants) Beth was a throwback. She joined her high school wrestling team. The first woman to do so at her school and broke down barriers, all with the goal of making it to the WWE after seeing Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart at Wrestlemania 10. She was, and is, a true fan of the industry which sadly can be a rarity within the industry. She left a good, safe job to hop in her Geo Prism and drive to Louisville, KY to try and get into OVW(at that time WWE's farm system). After being told for years by the higher ups in WWE talent relations that she wasn't what they were looking for(which was the next Trish Stratus) and waitressing in Perkins to make ends meet, she continued showing up. Finally she was hired, eventually made it to Monday Night Raw, and in her first match, broke her jaw(and finished the match). Not deterred she came back with an idea and a different attitude and The Glamazon was born.

She could play the straight woman to Santino. She was the woman who the company could depend on for years on pay per view. She was one of the women to keep the flame alive for women's wrestling in an era where it was put on the back burner, and let's face it, given little attention by the WWE. I think the current renaissance of the division happened in part because of women like Beth, Nattie, Laycool, Mickie James, Candice etc. Those were some leanly written years for the women's division but they kept the torch lit for women like Charlotte, Bayley, Becky, Nia and Sasha to show what badasses they are today.

The truest testament of your skill is what your peers think, especially in the WWE locker room. That's a tough audience to win over, and Beth had the respect of everyone for being a worker. So this year that's honored. And that's great. But more important than all of that is the woman she is. Strong, idenpendent, smart, continuing her education and recently receiving her masters in forensic psychology and now about to embark on getting a degree in clinical mental health. All while being a mother to our two little girls, Lyric and Ruby and setting a sparkling example of what a woman can be if she believes in herself. In spite of today's political climate. So, yeah, I'm pretty proud of her.

Who cares about the WWE Hall of Fame, if there was a Hall of Fame for life, Beth would be in first ballot.

 

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Spotlight in History

  • 1960 Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser def. Prince Maivia & Johnny Walker 1st for the TSW Southwestern Tag Team Champion
  • 1978 Mike George & Randy Tyler def. Jerry Brown & Bobby Jaggers for the TSW United States Tag Team Champion
  • 2004 Mitch Carter def. Beau Dalton for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 2004 Shane Morbid def. Mitch Carter for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 2004 Pork Chop def. Shane Morbid for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 2004 Beau Dalton def. Pork Chop for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 2012 Rick Russo def. Kareem Sadat for the SWCW Hardcore Champion
  • 2012 Kareem Sadat def. Rick Russo for the SWCW Hardcore Champion

Week of Sun 11-12 to Sat: 11-18

  • 11-12 1973 Tank Morgan became the TSW North American Champion
  • 11-12 1979 Bill Watts & Buck Robley def. Mike George & Bob Sweetan for the MSW Mid-South Tag Team Champion
  • 11-12 2002 Baby B def. Jeffrey Parker for the ACW Hardcore Champion
  • 11-12 2011 The Jersey Kings (Scott Riley & King James) def. Pork Chop & Shane Cortez for the SRPW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-13 1950 Verne Gagne became the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-13 1964 Angelo Savoldi def. Hiro Matsuda for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-13 1965 Jack Brisco became the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-13 2010 Arrogant Money (Randy Price & Austin Tacious) def. Awesome X (Kevin Morgan & Xavior) for the IZW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-13 2010 Awesome X (Kevin Morgan & Xavior) def. Arrogant Money (Randy Price & Austin Tacious) for the IZW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-13 2015 Pen Palz (Skyler Fayden & Dimitri Alexandrov) became the SRPW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-13 2015 Lance Osburn became the SRPW United States Champion
  • 11-13 2015 Jon Cross def. Riker for the SRPW Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-14 1980 Bruiser Brody def. Stan Stasiak for the WCCW Texas Brass Knuckles Champion
  • 11-14 2009 Goldeneye def. Sage for the ComPro Oklahoma X Division Champion
  • 11-14 2009 John O'Malley def. Aaron Neil for the IZW Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-14 2009 Running Wolf def. Michael H for the 412PE Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-14 2010 Greatness On Demand (Rage Logan & Damon Windsor) became the MSWA Mid-South Tag Team Champion
  • 11-14 2015 Aaron Neil def. Double D for the IZW Impact Division Champion
  • 11-14 2015 Nemesis (Bobby Starr & Damien Morte) def. The K. C. Wolves (Graham Bell & Luke Langley) for the IZW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-14 2015 Rolling Thunder def. Michael Duplanti for the NAW Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-15 1963 Bull Curry def. Louie Tillet for the WCCW Texas Brass Knuckles Champion
  • 11-15 2003 Northern Threat (Luc Lapointe & Dexter Hardaway) def. X-Cal for the SRPW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-15 2013 Miss Diss Lexia def. Bree Ann for the NWA-TXO Rose Champion
  • 11-15 2014 Double D & Jermaine Johnson def. The Old School Studs (Randy Price & Gary Tool) for the IZW Tag Team Champions
  • 11-16 2013 Kareem Sadat became the SWCW Luchadore Champion
  • 11-16 2013 Kevin James Sanchez def. Rick Russo for the SWCW Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-17 1971 Jose Lothario def. Johnny Valentine for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-17 1978 Ray Candy def. Ernie Ladd for the TSW North American Champion
  • 11-17 1986 Lance Von Erich & The Dingo Warrior def. Matt Borne & Master Gee for the WCCW World Tag Team Champion
  • 11-17 2007 Bernard Funk became the ComPro Oklahoma X Division Champion
  • 11-17 2007 Brad Michaels became the IZW Impact Division Champion
  • 11-17 2012 Michael York became the ComPro Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-17 2012 The Canadian Red Devil def. Michael York for the ComPro Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-17 2012 Michael York def. The Canadian Red Devil for the ComPro Heavyweight Champion
  • 11-18 1960 Jack Donovan & Karol Krauser def. Prince Maivia & Johnny Walker 1st for the TSW Southwestern Tag Team Champion
  • 11-18 1978 Mike George & Randy Tyler def. Jerry Brown & Bobby Jaggers for the TSW United States Tag Team Champion
  • 11-18 2004 Mitch Carter def. Beau Dalton for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 11-18 2004 Shane Morbid def. Mitch Carter for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 11-18 2004 Pork Chop def. Shane Morbid for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 11-18 2004 Beau Dalton def. Pork Chop for the SRPW Hardcore Champion
  • 11-18 2012 Rick Russo def. Kareem Sadat for the SWCW Hardcore Champion
  • 11-18 2012 Kareem Sadat def. Rick Russo for the SWCW Hardcore Champion
11-18
  • Red Berry Nov 20th
  • S. L. U. G. G. Nov 20th
  • Casey Platinum Nov 20th
  • El Matador Uno Nov 20th
  • Afa Nov 21st
  • Shane Douglas Nov 21st
  • Crazy Horse Nov 22nd
  • Kooter Daniels Nov 22nd
  • Ed Ferrara Nov 22nd
  • Grunt Nov 23rd
  • Selena Nov 23rd
  • Beth Phoenix Nov 24th
  • Angel Williams Nov 24th
  • Javi Hernandez Nov 24th
  • Wade Argento Nov 24th
  • Jack Donovan Nov 24th
  • Dominator Nov 26th
  • Brian Lee Nov 26th
  • Jeff Jackson Nov 26th
  • Johnny Mantell Nov 27th
  • Jimmy Youngblood Nov 27th
  • Mr. B Nov 27th
  • Urn Stokes Nov 28th
  • Dane Griffin Nov 28th
  • Brent Albright Nov 28th
  • Ernie Ladd Nov 28th
  • Shae Connelly Nov 29th
  • J. D. Nov 29th
  • Zeb Colter Nov 29th
  • Jerry Lawler Nov 29th
  • Boris Saarikoski Nov 30th
  • Damien Morte Nov 30th
  • Klondike Bill Dec 1st
  • Dave Sullivan Dec 1st
  • Karl Davis Dec 1st
  • Jason Jones Dec 1st
  • Michael H Dec 1st

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