On this day in history:

May 14th, 2010 | At a certain point in time, if you feuded with either Layla or Michelle McCool, you feuded with the both of them. Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix learned this the hard way when she had to defend her title in a Handicap match. Even the Glamazon couldn’t overcome the odds, and she was pinned by Layla. But, while technically that made Layla the Women’s Champion, Lay-Cool decided to split the title–literally–and reigned as unofficial co-champions until the title was unified with the Divas Championship later that year.

What are your memories of this moment?

  • Ollie Roche

    Am I the only person that didn’t care for laycool? They always treated Layla like the sidekick even though she had more personality than Michelle, but wwe were so high on her they gave her everything. She even became a co women’s champion which was ridiculous because it was rightfully Layla’s.

    • Wicked Emma

      I couldn’t stand Laycool. Layla was better than Michelle McCool.

    • And Layla shared the title when Michelle held it so idk what your point is. Layla scored more wins during LayCool than Michelle.

      • Ollie Roche

        We’ll that was also bad so there’s my point!

    • jcott3

      I liked Lay-Cool, but even I think they got over-pushed.

  • Wicked Emma

    It’s amazing how Michelle McCool starting to get these opportunities, when she first start dating The Undertaker. WWE had the nerve to pick her as first Divas Champion?. And to top it off she disrespected the title by breaking the championship. So her and Layla can be Co women’s champions.
    Imo Layla was more talented than Michelle McCool.

    • Or maybe because Torrie was injured and Michelle was a plan B, as the next top babyface? It’s all a storyline baby, she didn’t split the title on her own.

      • fearlessfoxy

        I still think Natalya should’ve been the first divas champion. Oh how different her career may have turned out if she was given that opportunity

        • Maybe, but I think it was too early for Nattie at the time. When she won in 2010 it was perfect but untortantely they gave up on her as soon as she won the title.

        • Yeah. McCool only started working full time less than a year before so Nattie wasn’t much newer than her considering how on an off McCool’s schedule had been previously. And Nattie stuck around for the long run, so she definitely deserved it more.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Michelle was injured and released, she then returned. Why you guys always like to talk crap about these women?

          • She wasn’t ever released lmao.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Yes she was, first she came as face with Dawn Marie, got released and came back with the teacher’s pet. If she wasn’t then is still good because she was injured.

          • She went down to developmental.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            “In November of 2006, Michelle McCool was hospitalized with a broken sternum, an enlarged kidney, and an electrolyte imbalance all from an eating disorder. She was released from the hospital a few days later, but didn’t see action again until March of 2007.”

            Just adding facts.

          • Released from the hospital, not WWE you illiterate idiot.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            “McCool ultimately won the competition and was crowned SmackDown’s top diva. McCool would sustain more injuries in the forms of two broken ribs, a broken sternum (again) and a broken xiphoid, all in one overseas match against Victoria during a European tour.”

            But you’ll insist she was just on and off schedule because of the Undertaker.

          • Are you dumb? You said she was released during her original stint on the roster when she just went down to DSW.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            I’m not still debating that she was released after that. I’m stating that McCool wasn’t working full time because she had several injuries.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            You are right, she wasn’t released from WWE (and I wrote that, my mistake) but she saw injuries early in her career that prevented her from being a full time worker, not to mention she started on SmackDown, where there could be weeks without a women’s match and most of the times only used Torrie & Dawn Marie.

        • YonceLuvsDivas

          No it would’ve been too early for her at that point. She won the title at the right time. She had gotten a lil more polished and advanced more by the time she won it.

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      • Wicked Emma

        Michelle could’ve came up with the title split on her own. Michelle McCool had say in her feuds and matches.

        • Yeah that’s why she was pinned by SNOOKI at WRESTLEMANIA.

          • Wicked Emma

            You mean to tell me that you think that Michelle didn’t have a say so in her storylines?.
            Not buying that.

          • Bitch completely messed up all the hard work Mickie, Melina and Beth had put in and made them second tier stars and not a surprise that the division suddenly started sinking. Then she retired, and the only credible girl in Layla wounded up injured. Kelly had a bit of momentum so it was her and Bellas. Because Nattie, Melina etc. all had gotten buried mainly due to McCool’s influence.

          • Laycool completely put over Nattie TWICE, but they dropped that only to give Eve the title. Michelle had nothing to do with it.
            They gave Beth the title – got injured, and was still pushed after that.
            They even gave Melina the title, cutting Alicia’s reign short just so she could be the one to face Michelle. Then they went separate brands so if they wanted to push Melina (aka that Nattie “feud”), they would have. But they didn’t.

          • And? Melina should’ve went over at NOC. She was million times more over than McCool who couldn’t generate a crowd reaction no matter how hard she tried. Alicia in the unification match never would’ve made sense, so it was only logical to have Melina be a transitional champion to make that match possible. The same reason Layla didn’t compete in the match either.

            And stop making excuses for Michelle. They’ve been debunked several times. Why does it matter that she put Snooki over? She didn’t put over anyone else, nor did anyone benefit from working with her. The only girl that really was protected against her was Beth. And that’s because Beth always had pull too.

          • Why, when the only reason she won was to actually be in the match, not to unify the titles? And like I said, they went separate brands and she still jobbed to Nattie in one minute and then Eve obliterated her and Nattie’s push for no reason.

            She put over everyone literally, but with most of them it was an accident or they never followed it up.

            Lost to Mickie within 20 secs at RR, cake in her face and everything – Mickie got injured and they went back to Michelle.

            Lost to Beth in an Extreme match (with BOTH Vickie and Layla at her side) only for Beth to get injured as well. Then they went with Layla to mix things up.

            Then unified the titles so LayCool could put over the next big face – Nattie. They BOTH lost at Survivor Series, within 3 minutes, where Michelle was the one who tapped out.

            Then again, BOTH were put through a table only to further give Nattie credibility. And still, instead of following it up, they had her randomly lose to Eve.

            Then came WM, she loses to a reality star.

            After that, puts Layla and Kharma over on her last night. Unfortunately, Layla gets injured and Kharma ends up pregnant.

            She did her job, like it or not, but what followed up was not her fault.

          • Windyhawaii

            You have a lot of biased hate against certain wrestlers that makes you stubborn and ignorant and makes you make outlandish accusations that don’t make any sense, considering you just got done defending an 11 year old that was saying Michelle split the title in two for real.

          • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

            They gave? I didn’t know that LayCool was part of the creative team.

          • Wicked Emma

            I ?% agree.

          • Windyhawaii

            You’re *unbelievable

          • Wicked Emma

            Thanks

          • I gave you a simple example which debunked it.

          • Wicked Emma

            I know what you was saying.

          • Wicked Emma

            Nattie, Beth, and Snooki is the only ones she put over.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            She did, and that’s how Natalya got the title. Michelle constantly pushing for it to happen. And that’s how Nattie got her table moment. Michelle telling WWE that it was the best thing to do and that she needed to put them BOTH her and Layla threw the table while WWE wanted her, MICHELLE MCCOOL to win the table math at first.

          • Wicked Emma

            That’s probably the ONLY time She wanted to put someone over. The divas division back then was ALL about Michelle McCool.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            See, you are making me laugh.
            First of all, she’s not the one making the final decision. She does what she’s asked and not what she wants to. You seem to take issues with her personally for WWE pushing her that way. She’s not the one to blame and neither is she that selfish woman you seem to think she is.

            Oh and why was it all about McCool? Every time, others would get injured. Beth got injured at a KEY time, Melina got injured when she was about to get her big push on Raw as the top face of the brand and Mickie was released due to backstage politics.

            Plus, Natalya the only one she wanted to put over? Do you think for herself? Plus, I’m pretty sure she wanted to put over both Layla and Kharma so… your point yet again…

          • Wicked Emma

            McCool had a lot of pull back then. Go back and watch The McCool era. 2008 to 2011, it was ALL about McCool on Smackdown.
            The only REASON why she put Layla over was because they’re best friends.
            The only reason she put Kharma over was because, she was leaving.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            You just don’t like her and you are one of those fans that will believe anything about wrestlers. There is no point in educating yourself, you will stay blind regardless.

          • Wicked Emma

            So I can’t like a wrestler on my own because of what people had to say about her?
            Wrong! I never been a fan of Michelle McCool. I never been a fan when she was in the diva search.
            I educate myself everyday. But not with Michelle McCool matches.

            You’re being biased right now.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            YOU are being extremely biased because you don’t like her, finding excuses every time some one prove you a point about her. You claim that she put no one over and then when we give you evidences, you just ignore them and find excuses because you don’t like her personally.

            You are biased. You will discredit anything she does so yeah, I can’t take you seriously.

          • Wicked Emma

            I’m not the biased one here…..

    • I agree.

    • Windyhawaii

      Um, you do know splitting the title in two is storyline right?

      • Wicked Emma

        Storyline or not. Splitting the Women’s Championship? in two, was disrespectful.

        • Windyhawaii

          If it was done for real, but it wasn’t. But your point means nothing

          • Wicked Emma

            You think your points is valid?

          • Windyhawaii

            Very, yours however? Laughable

          • Wicked Emma

            My points are valid.

          • Dionte Brown

            I think the point is that it was quite horrible. They took the most prestigious title in the company, the title that has been around longer than the wwe title, took it and broke it on tv then wore it around their necks. It was horrible. I understand that it was apart of a storyline and I get that it wasn’t Michelle’s decision but when I saw that my mouth hit the floor. I was extremely angry. As a male I started watching wrestling because of the women and I e seen this title go through some BS but snapping it in half was definitely top 3 worst things to happen to that title. I felt disrespected like everyThing that I loved about women’s wrestling become nothing. Became relegated to a broken championship. It was really hard to get over that.

    • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

      Layla was never more talented than Michelle, she is one of the worst women in history.

      • Wicked Emma

        Layla was a good wrestler. Better than Michelle McCool.

        • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

          None of them were good, but Layla was worse.

          • Wicked Emma

            Layla wasn’t a bad wrestler.

      • George

        She was funny

      • She was better than Maryse at everything. Including her pins.

        http://oi42.tinypic.com/10qcdh3.jpg

        • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

          So delusional. Take this dwarf and get out.

      • howie_ruhl

        That’s bull. Layla could move smoothly in the ring. She was also talked and acted comfortably as opposed to Michelle who looked contrived most of the time. Michelle was a better wrestler but the difference between her and Layla only seemed great due to the fact that Layla’s moveset didn’t look as dangerous as Michelle’s.

    • Charlotte Flair [Mod]

      yeah they paired Layla with McCool bc her personality was as interesting as watching paint dry. there’s a reason she had like 6 flopped characters before finally pairing her with Lay

      • Oop.

      • Lacey’s ugly stick

        The all american girl was NOT a flop. She was the most searched thing on Yahoo by the time she had that gimmick. And Layla wasnt anything else but a jobber. She jobbed to Kelly on ECW then to Eve. So iif anything Michelle helped Layla more than Layla helped Michelle.

        • Opriana Grande

          if she was “the most searched thing on Yahoo” and so “over” why did they get rid of the character? WWE is stupid, but they’re not that stupid to fuck up something that is clearly working, and the “all american girl” clearly wasn’t working

          • Lacey’s ugly stick

            “WWE is stupid, but they’re not that stupid to fuck up something that is clearly working” Does Emmalina ring a bell for you ?

    • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

      What the fuck with these haters, Michelle McCool was an excellent worker, she got good matches with Jillian and Victoria then got real matches with Maryse, Natalya, Beth & Melina. Was in a great storyline with Mickie & Layla too. She also did an impressive heel turn. Don’t be talking about how Nattie deserved it more when you be calling her boring since forever. I guess McCool did so well her job as heel that she’s still hated.

      • Wicked Emma

        You can’t make people like Michelle McCool.
        I don’t like Michelle McCool get over it.

        • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

          Is not abot liking McCool, is about respecting her talent and not talk all that crap you guys are used to.

          • Wicked Emma

            Michelle McCool is not a good wrestler.

          • Cilla

            You can completely shit on her mic skills fair enough, but to say she wasn’t a good wrestler is quite the stretch.

          • Wicked Emma

            To me she wasn’t a good wrestler.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            What? Then you must be missing those matches with Beth, Melina, Victoria, Mickie & Jillian.

      • George

        Ironic if you talk same shit about naomi everyone in this site go crazy

        • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

          I feel that we shouldn’t. All of these ladies are talented, you might like one over the other for different reasons but that’s ok. Why do we have to tear the others down because we have a favorite? That’s stupid.

          • George

            Exactly, but i feel like you’re not allow to have opinions in this place anymore.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            We can all have an opinion about who is better and the reasons or about who is not doing so good and also mention it. Still we don’t need to rip them personally because of it.

      • howie_ruhl

        She was an excellent wrestler and had many good matches BUT she lacked charisma, she couldn’t act for shit and her mean girl character was so contrived and painful. She was mismanaged. They tried to force her into greatness by giving her all of those opportunities through ways that she couldn’t handle adequately. And while the company was pushing her down our throats, other more deserving women were getting buried.

        • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

          Please, she was the best to watch at her prime. Laycool was great for the division when Mickie & Beth got stale. Then Melina lost all of her credibility since she was an off and on jobber. McCool wasn’t the most charismatic but she was a great heel, she wasn’t likeable and could wrestle. Personally, I didn’t liked her as face because it felt forced but once she turned heel on Maria, attacked the hell out of Eve and started to become that history making character she was, I loved every second of it. You can argue there were a few women more talented or with more charisma but their time had passed by that time.

      • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

        McCool was not hated for being a good heel, she was just tall and ugly.

        • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

          I’m pretty sure you were describing yourself.

    • A?.

      I swear some of you can never praise some women for their hard work, they always get opportunities because either they’re dating a top star or because of their looks.

    • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

      Queen had talent and made the best out of all opportunities!
      Live with it

      • Wicked Emma

        *Yawn
        I don’t like Michelle McCool.
        Deal with it and get over it.

        • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

          So…. i don’t care anyways…

          • Wicked Emma

            Why did you respond….

          • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

            Because I always reply to people who reply to my comments :)

          • Wicked Emma

            You still care about my comment though :)

          • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

            Honey you failed…

          • Wicked Emma

            Why did you say you failed?

    • Lacey’s ugly stick

      Keep telling yourself that. Laycool carried the division back then. They worked with all the faces and helped them one one or another. (Kelly, Beth, Natalya, Tiffany, Rosa, Kaitlyn)

      • Wicked Emma

        You keep telling yourself that….
        Anyways from 2008 to 2011 Michelle McCool buried the diva division on Smackdown.

        • Lacey’s ugly stick

          Carried*

          • Wicked Emma

            *buried

  • Jesus’s brother

    I wish Beth didn’t get injured so we could see a proper 3rd reign as champion… Her reign was cut short by the injury and this was done to write her off… Beth was really over with the crowd and it showed here.
    Also, I wanna see Beth Phoenix back to WWE… Beth Phoenix vs. Charlotte Flair or Beth Phoenix vs. Sasha Banks is money

    • jcott3

      Given that Beth has two very young children, I don’t think we’ll see her for anything more than a guest appearance.

  • MK126

    This “co-womens champions” would have been fine if it was defended under a free bird rule cause it always seemed like Michelle was defending it even though it wasnt her reign

    • Both of them defended it once before it was unified.

      • MK126

        Yeah but michelle shouldnt have defended it at all tbh

        • Well, Layla defended the title as well when Michelle held the Divas title so it was fine to me. They didn’t just have one over the another even tho most think that way.

    • jcott3

      Singles titles should not be “co-held”, plain and simple. I hated it when Chris Jericho and Chyna were co-IC champions in late-1999/early-2000, when 3-Count jointly held the WCW Hardcore title in 2000 (WCW at least had the excuse that they were being run by idiots then), and I was not a fan of Lay-Cool as co-champions here.

      I think WWE were going for the angle that Layla was the “real” champion, but Michelle wormed her way in and stole the spotlight from her, planting the seed that Michelle cared more about being champion than about her BFF, which would lead to them splitting, Layla turning face and them feuding with each other. They did tease a split right around the time of the unification match, and when they didn’t split then, that’s when my love affair with Lay-Cool began to wane.

  • Layla desseved it ?

  • Jaded

    The audacity of Michelle being the one to unify the title when she wasn’t even champion.

    • Windyhawaii

      Lol

  • Layla was definitely the Beyonce of the group. The more talented one, the triple threat. She could do it all. It’s a shame that WWE handled her solo babyface run horribly.

    • jcott3

      I think WWE had big plans for Layla after Lay-Cool ended in 2011. Problem was she got hurt and was on the DL for almost a year. By the time she came back, she had cooled off. If they had been able to strike while the iron was hot with her, who knows?

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Beyonce was a leader, she was THE leader, the star. That’s being very generous to say that Layla was, knowing that McCool was always the bigger one.

      • Michelle wasn’t the leader of LayCool. They were equals after they became co-champions. The leader of Destinys Child was their manager. And Beyonce was the lead vocalist. Layla wrestled more matches, and defended the title more, so she was the lead wrestler of the group.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          That’s where you are wrong. First of all, Layla was JUST pretty much McCool’s sidekick in the beginning of LayCool till this match.
          Then, with this title win, they tried to act like they were both equals when the reality is, they were not. Michelle was always the star. She was the one getting the biggest opportunies and Layla was pretty much the one taking losses.

          The biggest proof of this is actually the unification of the women’s title AND the divas title. They made it VERY CLEAR that McCool was the top girl by having her go at it with Melina, WWE’s two biggest stars at the time and choosing her to make history. Not Layla.

          Michelle was always the leader and it was very well known at the time and still to this day (apart from those who don’t like her for many reasons which includes some very stupid ones and the Layla fans who are just being biased).

          • You’re not the star when you can’t be over unless you have Layla and Vickie. Michelle didn’t have star qualities, hence why she desperately needed Layla after all of her characters before her flopping.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Then I guess Layla was never a star because her solo run was a failure and she was not over on her own as well.
            McCool needed Layla just as much as Layla needed her and I would even say less because she would have been pushed regardless of Layla being there or not.

          • Layla got the title strapped around her waist, and then what? Nothing. They didn’t give her a springboard she could jump on to soar. McCool had everything handed to her, and still flopped on her own. It doesn’t matter if McCool’s push would’ve resumed or not. Not a single audience member reacted to her until Layla came along during her almost two year long push when she was going solo. And the other thing that I think is pretty hilarious, is that a fan of Emma is trying to lecture me about Layla not having star qualities.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Talking about someone then try to sneak in someone else because you’re not confident in your arguments… Nice.
            Anyway, I am not saying that Layla didn’t have star qualities. That’s not what I said, but more like if we would follow your logic, Layla was never a star only if we do follow your logic based on what you said about McCool.

            Handed? She worked for everything that she got and was competent. She deserved what she got. Now, regardless of what you think about her, without McCool, there wouldn’t be no Layla but without Layla, there would be a McCool because she already had the trust of officials and was going to be pushed regardless.

            Plus, since after LayCool, her reactions were just as good as McCool’s before Laycool, I wouldn’t talk that much. They both needed each other and learned about the others to improve themselves as peformers.

          • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

            Layla was never over. Tell me how much over it was in 2012.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            For real, that’s why their arguments makes me laugh. Always talking about how McCool wasn’t over until Layla came in but Layla was never over BEFORE LayCool and wasn’t over AFTER Laycool as well.

          • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

            There are so many delusional people here on Diva Dirt.

    • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

      What was she most talented at? Stop pretending Layla had some talent. She was terrible at everything. We saw how trash she was after Michelle left.

      • howie_ruhl

        Dancing is a talent. Layla could dance. Acting is a talent and by WWE standards Layla could act. Layla was not the best wrestler but she could look smooth in the ring and it also takes talent to do that. I was never a huge fan of Layla but the way you’re exaggerating her weaknesses makes me think that she may have snubbed you in the past or something.

        • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

          Dancing is not a talent in wrestling. Layla was terrible inside the ring and she couldn’t make any move look real, neither her or her opponents.

  • Nathan Bootleg Kardashian

    THis is off topic, but do SUperstars travel with their titles or do they hand them over to someone and just fetch them at the next show?

    • They travel with them. I’ve heard people in interviews talking about getting it through TSA.

      • Nathan Bootleg Kardashian

        I feel like that would be super uncomfortable since the belt weighs like 30 pounds ??

  • Jesus’s brother

    Can’t stand Layla, ugh
    Michelle is much better

  • havok

    Beth’s face run as champion could’ve been great tbh. It would’ve been interesting to see how it would have turned out considering the women’s title was retired just four months later. Maybe she could have been the last original women’s champion.

    Also why are some of y’all hating on Michelle in these comments lol, yeah she was pushed to the moon back then but she was a solid wrestler in the division back then and had character. Well as a heel at least.

  • Rose Márie ?

    Question so is Layla a 4x champion within WWE holding the divas championship 2x one with Michelle and holding the women’s championship I think 2x one with Michelle or is she just a 2x women’s and divas champion? I forget the history and how that worked out.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Nope, she only was women’s and diva’s champion once. Although Michelle unified the Women’s and Diva’s title under Layla’s reign that still counts as Michelle winning it.

      • Rose Márie ?

        Wow Michelle took Layla’s title reign mess. So she’s only a 2x champion? So them splitting the titles are both defending them means nothing? Because it was Michelle win?

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Yep.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I was so happy Layla got to be Women’s champion! What a journey she had in WWE. Diva Search winner, to jobber, then things fell into place, she got paired with Michelle, and became the first and only diva search contestant to win the women’s championship! Once Mickie left in 2010, Layla became my favorite diva. She so deserved this.

    • Only Diva Search contestant to win the title? How about Michelle McCool & Candice Michelle?

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        did they win? because I said winner?the answer is no.

        • You literally said verbatim “..and became the first and only diva search contestant to win the women’s championship!”

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I literally said what I wrote idiot. And said “winner”.

          • I’m not sure if English is your first language or not but you obviously don’t understand. It’s not that serious little girl, don’t get your panties in a bunch. It’ll be okay!

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Are you seriously stupid??? How are you gonna correct my English when you are the one who can’t read?

          • Don’t project your misery on me sweetheart, take that shit back to 10th grade where you came from. Bye!

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Don’t correct me acting all sly then.

          • Organization XIII
          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I said diva search winner in the beginning though… i meant to say winner.

          • hahaha thank you!!

          • ssilva872

            ‘itsDezAndrew’ clearly won so this PYM person can take their lying ass elsewhere.

            I love how they hung on to their lie and thought nobody would see their mistake after they edited the comment..after talking all that shit too!

            Well played with that screenshot. ;)

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I just changed it recently. I didn’t realize what he was talking about because I kept seeing “Diva search winner”. I’m tired of all these people making everything I say look bad. fuck off all of you. :)

          • End the rat.

          • Organization XIII

            I just couldn’t take it lol Like it’s literally right there

          • ssilva872

            I am the same way.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I’m worried because I don’t think you can fucking read.

  • Lay-Cool was life for me, I loved these two. Michelle was the force and Layla the agil. I remember feeling so happy when Layla won this.

  • Aye Mate

    Today in history: Layla becomes the first British born Women’s Champion, but has her moment inexplicably overshadowed by WWE’s obsessive push of Michelle McCool.

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Should have never been co champs. Should have only been for Layla and she should have been the one to defend the title onwards, like when they had to unify the titles.

  • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

    Thanks DD for making me remember the worst moment of 2010

  • Organization XIII

    Queen’s ?

  • George
    • My point exactly, I really don’t care what others have to say about Mccool. She was the best diva I’ve seen to step in the wwe ring

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Why are we still talking about how Undertaker got Mccool her opportunities? Have we not learned that nobody controls what happens but Vince, management and writing? Most storylines that happen in the WWE are all back ups for one that didn’t work out.

  • The start of a very great character development, Layla & Michelle helped each other in so many ways & I’m happy for them.
    I’m mad it was at the expense of Beth though ugh.

  • Women’s Revolution

    I’m new here. I am a fan of DD from back when the originals posted recaps and wasn’t as judgemental as the ones in charge now (no offense)

    I was a fan of Michelle McCool since the failed personal trainer, school teacher, and All American Girl gimmicks. She truly came out as her own when LayCool was born. I didn’t like the bashing of her then and I’m here to defend it now.

    The issues people commenting have with her seems personal and they don’t know her, they claim to know her because the blogs bashed her, she’s dating Undertaker etc.

    Michelle McCool I believe didn’t finalize any decisions, I’m sure she was asked for her input but at the end of the day WWE decided.

    I forgotten the writer name at the time, I heard his podcast and he explained the bashing of McCool. He chose her because she was the one dedicated hard worker they felt could run with the opportunity if given to her because of her dedication and improvement,

    Problem solved, at the end of the day Michelle McCool has a HOF career

    • Lacey’s ugly stick

      Saying that Michelle had a personal trainer gimmick is like saying that Carmella had a hairdresser gimmick. They were only introduced as such. And the all american diva gimmcik worked just fine for her she was the number 1 most searched thing on Yahoo for a whole year.

  • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

    Some dark times in Women’s wrestling history when they let anyone win the championship. First Debra, The Kat, that one guy who won the women’s title…and then Layla smh.

  • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

    Diva dirt users are very disgusting and disrespectful when it comes to McCool!
    She was a Queen who made history.
    She was a very talented wrestler who could’ve carried dead dogs to a 5 stars match.

  • i was sooooooooooo happy for layla here she deserved it love that women

  • Aye Mate

    Michelle McCool, aka the Yoko Ono of wrestling, is a prime example of why we can’t have nice things. The conversation, most historically on here, focused less on her enormous growth as an in-ring performer (which would feasibly warrant a strong push in any given promotion) and more on the typical misogynistic discourse of nepotism and politicking. Sure, being the partner of one of WWE’s most influential performers didn’t hurt her brand, but at her peak McCool was among the division’s strongest wrestlers. (And actually, I’d go out on a limb and say she was their best female ring general during that time; there was no one she wasn’t capable of dragging a fine match out of.) Point in case, if you truly believe VKM or any of the institutionalised dinosaurs in WWE were going to let McCool dictate the nature of her career to them, you’re deluded.

    LayCool were also something different to anchor the women’s wrestling output in a time which saw the genre faltered by poor management and creative directions. No, McCool didn’t strike one bit natural as the infantile mean girl, but Layla’s unabashed goofiness made it work. What I would say, though, is that their act was booked all wrong: after Layla won the championship, that would have been an opportune moment to explore the dynamics between the two on an even level, with perhaps even McCool using dirty tactics to leverage the title back in her favour – causing Layla to gradually turn face and oppose her. The biggest rub anyone could have gotten from Michelle was always going to be Layla, and they kinda blew it for me. Their eventual dissolution could have been one of the most defining stories in the women’s division.

  • EYECON

    To be clear right out of the gate despite them both hold the title Layla was the winner of the match and recognized as the champion. She did a photo (by herself) with the title and is noted in history as the last Women’s champion to hold that specific title.

  • EYECON

    Layla Reaction when she won was AWESOMELY HILARIOUS!! and when Vickie and Michelle held the belt up and she couldn’t reach it Priceless. I miss Layla much Respect and she deserve to be in the hall of Fame https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f2e0a22d9951bac8d1b6c99cb2c9366b4940b7caa7610074f5436765fd394bad.jpg

  • brimode

    People are always so quick to jump on the “she’s only pushed because of who she’s sleeping with” stuff. Michelle has always worked so hard throughout her career and the WWE have always been relatively high on her. Since she made her debut, she had a lot of focus, from her feud with Dawn and MNM, to having the teacher gimmick then her rivalry with Jillian/Victoria.
    Michelle has always worked hard and none of that has anything to do with her relationship with The Undertaker.
    IF her relationship with Taker had anything to do with her success, she’d still be commented on and spoken about now. But she gets no recognition for her hard work, like many other talented women from her era.