On this day in history:

June 17th, 2012 | At No Way Out 2012, Divas Champion Layla had a big challenge in front of her: the Glamazon Beth Phoenix. She had faced Beth before, but that was with Michelle McCool by her side. Now, all alone, the odds seemed insurmountable. However, like a true underdog, she bucked the odds and defeated Beth with a well-timed neck breaker, retaining the Divas Title.

What are your memories of this moment?

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  • Rosanna

    I know this is probably the wrong time. But does anyone know where I can watch the Caylee Turner vs Raquel Diaz FCW divas championship match? I’ve looked everywhere on YouTube and cannot find it. I really want to see what to see more or Caylee Turner.

    I absolutely loved this match. I loved every time Layla and Beth faced off. But god I’m glad Beth knew it was time for her to leave around this time. Not because she was loosing matches because everything starting going down hill once they made Kaitlyn champion. The Eve vs Kaitlyn ft Layla and Aksana storyline was so cringe. Good thing Beth wasn’t apart of that.

    • I’m pretty sure Caylee won the title on a live event.

      • Rosanna

        So it was never recorded or anything like that? That sucks.. I really wanted to see usually in a title match they give it there all and in her FCW debut matches I never once seen her use her finisher. Ugh!

        • #BrieForPeace ?

          Someone probably has it recorded but never really uploaded it. Maybe there’s hints of it on twitter or something? Back then social media didn’t have as much impact as it does now

          • Rosanna

            So she had the FCW divas championship for 47 days and was never show with it? She could have been a big star if she didn’t ask for her release to become a cheerleader now a realtor.

  • Darryl lee

    Honestly, this match did nothing for me. The whole beth vs layla feud did nothing for me. The divas division in 2012 was in pretty bad shape.

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  • Rosanna

    Cringe AJ and Kane kissing.

  • These two had such great matches but shame the storyline was non-existent.

  • Raleex2

    I hated Layla’s title reign. That was the beginning of the worst women’s division in history, I’m not blaming the girls that were there on the time but how WWE treated them as the restroom and chips break. Layla evolved as a wrestler but her entertainment factor was eliminated by the time she turned face after defeating McCool.

  • Aye Mate

    I miss Layla. In 2012 she had improved immensely as an overall wrestler, and WWE typically doubled down on that with a piss poor title reign during which they gave her little to do.

    • jcott3

      The problem was Layla tore her ACL & MCL in 2011 and, by the time she returned almost a year later, she had cooled off too much and I think WWE lost faith in pushing her. If they had been able to push her coming out of the Lay-Cool breakup, she would have fared much better.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    2012 Layla was the best! Damn, she really proved she could run the division. The only part I disliked was that her and the other divas would go weeks without being used. Other than that, any time she had a match I was glued to the screen. Definitely one of my favorite Divas. Damn near a full package.

  • Monkey Meat

    Layla a TALENT! She was better than most of the indy bred girls. A natural.

  • To think that if these two had even HALF the leeway the women of today have in their matches/”feud,” this match/feud would’ve SLAYED!!!!!

    *SIDE NOTE*

    This was Layla’s BEST ring attire!!!

    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      Exactly. I was just talking yesterday on the Kaitlyn/Aj thread that these two had some great chemistry/matches, and had they been given a proper storyline they could have blew it out of the park.