Today in History: Beth Phoenix Debuts

On this day in history:

May 8th, 2006 | After watching Mickie James defeat Maria, Trish Stratus got into a brawl Mickie, one armed and all. Mickie soon got the better of Trish, removing her arm sling and choking her with it. Suddenly, a mystery woman (Beth Phoenix) emerged from the audience to attack Mickie, and it took two security guards to tear her away. Clearly, the two had some history between them, because as Mickie retreated, she yelled “What are you doing here?” and “Nobody wanted you!”. Beth would eventually reveal that Mickie had wronged her in the past, but we would never find out how. Beth soon suffered an injury that would put her on the shelf for a year and set her up for a return as a heel who was quite indifferent to Mickie.

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  • divaboy1999

    what was there past???

    • Choko

      Mickie explained their kayfabe past in a WWE magazine in early 2007, can’t remember though. It is the same magazine where Mickie praised Torrie’s body. OH THE MEMORIES!!!! :’(

  • DAFereldan91

    Beth is the best. :)

  • Nostalgia

    It may have never been stated by Beth Phoenix’s first professional wrestling match was against Alexis Laree… Aka, Mickie James

    • Nostalgia

      *but not by

    • TheGamergirl22

      That would be a great storyline kinda like CM Punk and D-Bri they known each other for over a decade

      like if Mickie return and goes crazy she can stalks Beth saying she never forgot how Beth beat her 11 years ago (Beth did win right? cuz most wrestler win in their debut). Also how their former friend.

  • lucky1now

    that was her start loved her since then would have loved to see where tha storyline would have led to

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    such a bummer the storyline ended quickly. Love Beth..and why was her cheeks kinda puffy when she first debuted???

  • California Dreamin

    BETH GOT INJURED (IF MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECT), DURING A DIVA TAG MATCH, WHICH WAS HER FIRST OR SECOND MATCH IN WWE. SHE WAS WRESTLING VICTORIA, VICTORIA SLAPPED/SMACKED HER IN THE FACE, AND BROKE/DISLOCATED HER JAW!

    GOTTA LOVE VICTORIA! SHE DEFINITELY WASN’T THE LADY TO MESS WITH.

    THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW TIMES VICTORIA HAS REFERENCED THIS, ESPECIALLY DURING A WWE.COM BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW DURING HER LAST YEAR AT WWE!

  • https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch&_rdr#!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

    Come to think of it, the only rivalry Beth Phoenix has really completed in her career is with Kelly Kelly. Her feuds with Mickie James, Candice Michelle, Melina and Michelle McCool were prematurely cut short or clipped thanks to injuries. Something fans might want to keep in mind when Kharma arrives on the scene.

    • TheGamergirl22

      yeah either Beth was injured or her opponent but Kharma was already out of action be fore they stared feuding

    • perceval

      There was LayCool, too. She’d been their primary opponent for their final months, teaming with Nattie and Kelly. LayCool’s final match as a team was against Beth & Kelly. The Michelle-Layla feud started after that match.

  • redsandman99

    I always did wonder what the reason of this feud was gonna be. Given that they feuded off and on throughout the years, the backstory would have been nice to know.

  • TheGamergirl22

    One of the biggest what ifs, I wonder if Beth would have been more over if she never got injured

    I wish they would revel the original plans

  • mariah.

    I’m crying at Mickie screaming in terror over Beth! I can’t.

    • https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch&_rdr#!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

      It’s true. Psychos have more fun in wrestling. :)

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    I always wondered what happened between these two, but most importantly, why did Mickie stop being psycho? I asked her in an interview and she said that the fans were just to assume that Mickie was medicated now. I always wanted a reason WHY Mickie became sane.

    • perceval

      It had to do more with who replaced Beth in the storyline after her injury. According to Trish, the original plan had been for Beth to turn on Trish and target both her and Mickie in a three way feud for the Championship.

      But, with Beth injured, when the time came, it was Lita & Edge who attacked during a Trish-Mickie match, instead (And, in a nice inversion of how this is usually done, the vain prima donna cutting the bitchy promo being jealous of the attention Trish was getting was Edge). Having Lita as the third person in the storyline changed the dynamics. Having Lita & Edge there meant the Women’s Championship storyine was now blended with the WWE Championship storyline with Edge’s & Lita’s partner, Orton, and the guys they were feuding with, Cena & Carlito.

      Mickie just wasn’t going to get the heel heat that Lita got, so she shifted into a tweener, then made up with Trish just before Trish retired, becoming a full scale face. She was still, officially, unstable, but they paired her with DX against Lita, Edge, & Orton, which made her more “loveable anti-establishment eccentric” than “psycho.”

      From there, we had the all too brief return of Psycho Victoria, prompting one of my favorite Mickie lines: “People call me psycho but THIS beyatch is CRAZY!” The short skirts and thongs outfits were phased out, and the crazy aspect disappeared sometime during her feud with Melina.

      So, Beth’s injury affected more than Beth’s first push, but the entire development of Mickie’s character, AND led to a classic resolution to the Trish-Lita rivalry. The involvement of Cena, Edge, Orton, Triple H, and HBK kept the Women’s Championship in a VERY high profile.

      Now, they could do the same for the butterfly belt if AJ targeted Layla, while bringing the Punk-Bryan storyline into the Divas Championship storyline with her. But, of course, they would never do such a thing, because it would make too much sense and also run the risk of having a great series of matches between AJ and Layla that would get the crowds into the Divas. Can’t have THAT…

      • http://www.youtube.com/rockinred45mvs RR45

        That’s preposterous! You can’t have an amazing feud with the Divas that also involves the men! Pshhh…

  • jcarcano12

    I thought they were girlfriends or something? LOL