Today in History: Beth Phoenix vs. Melina in an “I Quit” Match

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June 1st, 2008 | Some of the most interesting matches are ones that aren’t driven by the chase of a title, and the “I Quit” match between Beth Phoenix Melina at 2008’s One Night Stand was proof of that. The two Divas put everything into the match, and all with the sole aim of humiliating the other by making them say “I quit”. Beth’s power and Melina’s ferocity were in full show, but it was the Glamazon’s strength–and one mean submission hold–that won the night.

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  • MRvinaro

    I really think Melina, Victoria, Molly Holly, and Michelle McCool
    are the best female wrestlers that have ever step to the WWE Ring even better than Lita who’s by far my Favourite !!

  • shameronstar

    Ah Yes, the legendary “I Quit” divas’ match! This is how aggressive and competitive the divas should be. Damn politics!

  • shameronstar

    Also, I think Beth should bring back the Glam Slam Lock because that move looked devastating how she just rolled Melina into a ball like that!

    • ballplayer10123

      I agree I think Beth should bring back this finisher. Also, the diva it is applied to should try to withstand the hold, not tap in 5 seconds like so many finishes these days. Not tapping immediately would show that trying to win the match is actually important, not just instant give up.

  • LadyGoDiva

    What I love about this match was the fact that it showed that divas can put on a great match just like the guys.

  • lucky1now

    wow this match just brings a smile to my face i wish things like this will happen can you imagine the draw the divas can get if beth can do this yet again with eve natayla hell even with kelly it would work with almost anyone

  • Jhonmarco

    Best match of Melina’s career easily. She was so great before her injuries & she turned to being sloppy & a mess. Beautiful match. I especially loved this feud as well, one of the rare great times from the post-golden era girls.

  • 04bia

    great match, this was the time when divas actually got mor than 2 minutes!!! the match was awesome, this is one of my favourite matches alongside michelle vs melina NOC09!
    i miss seeing these matches, i cant believe how much the divas division has changed!
    no michelle mccool, mickie james, melina, the girls who actually put on great matches!! the divas division is nothing without them!!!

    • perceval

      There wasn’t a Divas Division, then. It was still the Women’s Division. Strange how much a difference a name made.

      The Mickie-Katie Lea feud was starting to heat up right about this time, too.

  •!/StephMCK2 StephMC

    Hands down, ONE of the best Divas matches in the golden era of Divas. It would’ve been awesome if the Women’s Championship was held at this match but I enjoyed it and it really had everything combined – great ACTUAL WRESTLING, crowd reactions and involvement and so much more! This is what Women’s Wrestling should be like in the WWE.

  • MNM4ever

    Absolutely amazing!!!
    Hands down, best womens match i’ve ever seen. so refreshing to see that matches of qulity like this happened in the divas divison. Melina truly is a legendary diva!! Great abiliy- in ring and promo wise

  • Zane

    Beth isn’t given near enough credit for everything she’s done with WWE.
    Both Beth Phoenix and Melina are true wrestlers in WWE.

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      Exactly….Honestly Beth is “Trying” to hold The Division on her back you can tell…She HATES what the Divas have come to but she can’t do anything about that sadly!

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  • WhalenX12

    Beth Phoenix will be a future hall of famer. I can tell.

  • No Holds Barred

    the SHIMMER title tournament also began in this day!! :)

  • art

    Love this match…shame we never get to see more divas matches like this….

  • norisclouds

    I think this ranks as one of the best divas matches of all time. Melina and Beth don’t get enough credit for their work in the ring. They had fantastic chemistry together and put on some exciting matches.

  • Raekon

    Great match! :)

    Melinas flexibility added to the intensity of the submissions a lot and both were as physical as they were allowed at that time.

  • Sherri Martel Fan

    Great match :) Both great wrestlers!

  • Sitau

    my favortie melina match ever, i just wish thhey would build up someone like this against beth, i can def see aj or aksana or maxine pulling off a great match like this with beth if given the amount air time and backstage segments