Update on Beth Phoenix’s Injury

Former Divas Champion Beth Phoenix‘s injury last night on Raw appears to have just been part of the storyline, according to PWInsider.

Phoenix appeared to hurt her ankle on the show last night during a title defense against Nikki Bella. PWInsider reports that the injury was just a storyline device used to explain the title switch.

The website reports that Phoenix, who did a great job selling the injury, even convinced some wrestlers backstage that she was injured.

The report adds: “I was told that Phoenix actually sold the injury after leaving the building last night and in the Detroit airport this morning while she was in front of fans.”

Thoughts: Watching the segment, it did appear to me that Beth’s injury was a work, however, I have been hesitant to comment in case it did turn out to be a legitimate injury (in which case, well wishes to her). The focus on the injury and Beth’s selling of it felt a little too coincidental. Usually when wrestlers are legitimately injured, they tend to try and push through or roll out of the ring (such as Eve’s bloody nose earlier this year) and little focus is put on them, while Beth was seen visibly crying and shouting. I’m sure we can all agree, if worked, Beth did a phenomenal job putting over the injury.

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  • http://vincenotvance.wordpress.com VinceNotVance

    I wonder where this story line will lead. Kind of an abrupt end to Beth’s reign as champ (she was on track to become the longest-reigning Divas’ champ, passing Maryse in a matter of days). Hmm.

    • arwrestling

      Well…. Kharma can return and make good on her promise of taking out the Bellas. It would also mean that if Kharma returns, now that Beth isn’t champ, that money match can be put off and they can spend their time teasing it rather than having to give it to us immediately. Just smart business, quite frankly.

      • shameronstar

        Hopefully, the eventually feud with Kharma will give the push Beth FINALLY needs to cement her status as a legendary diva!

    • TheGamergirl22

      I see like a CM Punk return Beth get new music can show up with the Classic Women Championship (Medusa wanted to give it to her), That would be awesome. Also maybe be repackages with a new wardrobe and pyro.

      But maybe you her her theme and she wear something new (please wear something new I hate that skirt the old on was better

  • wl75

    You know a work has done its job when even the wrestlers backstage aren’t 100% if it was real or not…I guess that means Beth will be off TV for a few weeks.

  • Bethinho

    hopefully this is true and it’s really a work and she isn’t away for too long.

  • shameronstar

    Bravo Ms. Phoenix, phenomenal acting! I think Beth should give her acting coach’s number to the Bellas! Also, I can’t wait to see Beth sell the brutal beating from Kharma!

  • wwe141

    From wat I’m reading on different websites this is all bein done to bring kharma back and immediately win the title then feud with Beth rather than having her go straight thru Beth

  • ricky_says_hi

    well if they had to take the title off her then i guess it’s good they had her kayfabe seriously injured. it looked very much like the end of the match was improvised but perhaps that was deliberate. perhaps she is injured in some way but not seriously and this is a reason to take her off tv to heal, also why she wasn’t appearing much after wrestlemania either. afterall, layla two weeks before finding out about her injury

  • Mikas

    She deserves an oscar ;-)
    Best seller in womens wrestling.

  • HeyChrissy

    Give this girl a Slammy,Oscar,Diva Dirt Award,give it all to her *Claps*
    I cannot wait until sunday

    • Jhonmarco

      This.

      Totally fooled me.

  • Nostalgia

    They’re bringing in competition gradually for Beth. Same way they did with Trish bringing in Jazz

  • TheGamergirl22

    Now if only they can make AJ busting Natalya open a storyline

  • corndogagenda

    I bought that “injury” like a piece of Godiva chocolate. Damn, girl. :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/DivasManiaHD xILOVENATTIEx

    Like i said on the other page, i really felt that it was to much of a coincidence for it to be real.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/dsanchez96?feature=mhum sanchezdiego96

    Makes sense Melanie. But I was honestly worried!! She sold it perfectly. Beth is just a goddess. *bows down to Beth*

  • silverink-25

    If the injury is fake, then she did a damn good job at acting like it was hurt. Her crying at the end had me so worried for her, and I am a guy who’s known to have a heart of stone, so that’s saying something.

    Anyway, as soon as I heard it was a Divas Title match, I knew the belt was gonna switch hands, and it was confirmed when the match turned into a Lumberjill Match, those are usually deathly when it comes to titles.

    BUT, it really does set up for Kharma fulfilling her “new dream” and it would be a nice exit for the Bellas, which is sooo weird when you really think about it. If Kharma does return at Extreme Rules, then it would be a whole year since she debuted AND since Michelle ended her contract. But since the Bellas’ contract is up the day after, Kharma may return the night after to give the Bellas’ a nice exit. OR maybe WWE will switch the belt to Kharma on Sunday and give the Bellas a chance to say goodbye on Monday, which would be a nice surprise.

    Anyway, I hope Kharma does take the title and feuds with both Beth and Nattie…And if Tamina gets better in the ring, her as well. A Divas Championship fatal four match with those women at Wrestlemania would be soooo AWESOME!!!!

  • Marlon Eric

    Oh god, stay on the sidelines. I have absolutely no interest in a Kharma/Beth program if WWE, especially if WWE wants people to think Beth can tie Kharma’s boots. I much rather see this role go to Nattie and more less but yet interestingly so Tamina. A stiffer Alicia Fox would be nice also.

    • DAFereldan91

      Nice one,hater. :)

      • Marlon Eric

        Your point groupie? I’ll hate harder than every motherfucker on here and STILL not give a fuck. Why don’t you go back and think of another insult that’s not more over-used than the word “epic”.

  • Maryse101

    This woman sure does know how to work a “Injury”. I thought it was real, though it still might be. Wrestlers do seem to get out of the ring if the injury is real. This was way to focused on to be real. Not saying it isn’t, but if it wasn’t, then she did a extraordinary job at selling it!

  • TorrieWilsonFan03

    It doesn’t matter if it’s real or fake, it’s still a good opening for a storyline, I would like to see kharma win at Extreme Rules, or at least attack Nikki and later dominate a fatal 4-way or battle royal later for the Diva’s Championship, then have her attack Diva’s but leave Natalya till last, then see her go for Natalya only to have the Glamazon return from her “injury” save her friend and start a feud for the Championship!