Michelle McCool Reveals She Didn’t Click with Beth Phoenix, Talks Botched Glam Slam

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Former Divas Champion Michelle McCool has talked about her former colleagues, including Melina, Kelly Kelly and more, all week, but it looks like it will be her latest comments that get the Internet talking.

The former WWE Diva opened up about her tenuous working relationship with the recently retired Beth Phoenix, stemming from her receiving a botched Glam Slam during a champion vs champion match on SmackDown in 2008. Michelle was the only Diva who took the move who didn’t have her arms unhooked as she came down to the mat (watch a clip here).

Speaking to her official website, McCool revealed: “Everyone always used to ask when I was going to wrestle her or I want to see you in a one-on-one match with her. I think one of the most consistent answers for any of the girls when they’re asked, ‘Who do you want to wrestle’, is Beth Phoenix — but that was never really the case for me, as far as an opponent or dream opponent. For me, that was always Molly Holly, Lita and Awesome Kong/Kharma. Personally, Beth was never the answer for me.”

Addressing that cringe-worthy Glam Slam, Michelle says: “At the time, I was like: ‘Oh, man. I’ve never seen that happen before. How did she not get my arms unhooked?’ I didn’t understand, but figured it must have just been a mistake. I never said anything, but I did have a concussion from that. But I’ll never give anybody any credit for hurting me — that’s just my stubbornness, it has nothing to do with WWE. I’ve just always been that way. At the time, I just thought she didn’t even know she did it.

“Come to find out, and it wasn’t even that long ago, I remember getting the WWE magazine in the mail and flipping through the pages. Sure enough, she’s doing an interview in the magazine talking about when she gave me the Glam Slam and saying how bad my head hit the mat, how she didn’t unhook my arms and oops! I’m just like: ‘Wow. Years later, the truth comes out’. She knew that she did that, it definitely sounded like she knew she did it at the time. I was just like: ‘Dang! What did I ever do to her?’ What was that? Was that my “I didn’t come in the ranks” welcome to the rings match — what? I didn’t care. I just blew it off.”

Michelle also reveals that the two decorated champions didn’t have the best working relationship when they were put in a feud on SmackDown in 2010, pitting Layla and Michelle against the Glamazon.

She said: “It was definitely bumpy, to say the least. It was never easy. I understand that it can’t be easy on the other side of the LayCool gimmick, no matter how tough the exterior is. It was just definitely a struggle. Being a Diva in a man’s world, you’re constantly in an uphill battle; pitching ideas, trying to get TV time, trying to get in-ring time, the whole nine yards.

“It seemed like we were on the same page — pitching stuff, throwing ideas off one another in the locker room, but then come to find out… that wasn’t the case behind-the-scenes. We didn’t understand why stuff would keep getting shot down. Steph, agents and writers would come to us and say: ‘We’re no longer doing this’, or, ‘This hits too close to home’. Whatever. There was definitely some stuff being said on the other end and that made it a struggle. She could have just been at a different place in her life, we all go through tough times or confusing times — I just don’t really know what her case was. I’m sure people will start hating me for my own opinion, but that wasn’t a fun LayCool storyline for us. We had some good matches and I’m always going to do business, but I think I had a different experience with her than most people who wrestle with her or against her.”

Listen to Michelle talk about Beth Phoenix below:

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  • charovnica

    Not surprising.They didn’t have good chemistry in the ring imo and now I know why.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xDivatoxicV3 MiPiMafia

    “Hits too close to home” who knows what that may have been.. possibly Beth was pitching to make fun of Michelle winning the title because she is married to Taker? who knows.

    I must admit, I wasn’t much of a Michelle fan but not with all of these interviews, i must say, she seems like a very nice women who loves life and loves her husband.

    Michelle got ALOT of cuss and stack against her because of what rumors were going around on websites and backstage.

    The whole “There must have been something coming from the other end” What must have Beth said I wonder?

    • TheLadySamantha

      “…possibly Beth was pitching to make fun of Michelle winning the title because she is married to Taker?” And break kayfabe? I don’t think so.

    • layglamacool

      I think Michelle was possibly saying that Beth might have been uncomfortable with some of the ideas that were being pitched.

    • EL ROYALTY

      Too close to home: an obvious reference to Buffalo, NY, or at least that’s what I think. McCool probably pitched something else to happen in Buffalo the day Layla beat Beth for the title.

      • Marlon Eric

        “Too close to home” means something hitting your nerves very personally or to take something very personal. It doesn’t mean literally close to your hometown of Buffalo NY.

  • shameronstar

    I never knew Michelle and Beth didn’t really like each other. It’s kind of disappointing because if they had a better relationship I’m sure their matches together would have been even better. But I wonder why Beth stiffed Michelle like that though because that doesn’t seem like something she would do since she seems like a nice person?

    • Marlon Eric

      “Seems” and “are” are two different things. When I first seen Beth Glam Slam Michelle without unhooking her arms, I knew she was a fucking bitch.

      • ssilva872

        LMFAO!

        I just though it was McCool’s fault for not knowing how to take it but nope Beth was being an unsafe bitch for not letting McCool’s arms out in time. If I was McCool I’d certainly tell her off or someone because that shit is not right.. Beth lost a LOT of points in my book for pulling that crap.

        • 04bia

          ssilva872, i agree

      • Nostalgia

        I just died

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          Over reacting much plus it was just michelle nothing of worth was lost in her getting injured….even thou that last part was sarcasm i just find it hilarious of these comments….

      • Marlon Eric

        Art, how in the fuck is reacting to someone’s obvious harmful gesture to another person….”overreacting”?

        • moonpiggy

          wow.. and I just bought a figure of f*cking Beth today SMH

  • 04bia

    nice interview from michelle, and im glad she talked about beth, erm i dunno what to say michelle seems so laid back and honest and i gotta say if beth did that glamslam on purpose and didnt unhook michelles arms then that was completely wrong of her and unprofessional. the least she could have done was apologize, i mean it could have seriously injured michelle, she could have broken her face or her torso which she previously broke in the past. i mean dont get me wrong i love beth shes an amazing talent and i have soo much respect for her, but it just makes me wonder was it really intentional and did beth have something against michelle?
    like michelle said she never did anything to beth they were mostly on separate shows. and when she did the interview with wwe magazine beth just said “oops” does that mean she did it on purpose.
    hhmm i dunno but michelle is so classy by letting it go and not making it a big issue like some others might have done. good for michelle!

  • Hilden

    I really like them both, but its kind of sad that they didn’t get along!

    I’m asking myself, if Beth liked Kelly… I don’t think so..

  • Jasmin

    I don’t know how I feel after listening tbh. It was obvious to me at the time that something was ”off” during the whole LayCool/Beth thing, but there has got to be a lot more to this than Michelle is saying and if Beth’s history is an indication, she probably won’t even comment. I’m shcked moreso because this is the first time someone’s outright said something negative about her(Beth). I’m really looking forward to seeing what comments Michelle has about Maryse now…

  • TheLadySamantha

    That’s weird. I remember flicking through a magazine featuring a Beth Phoenix interview and this “botched” Glam Slam subject came up. I remember Beth saying that it was a complete accident and later went on to praise Michelle in the interview for taking the bump.

  • Slapavel

    i always hated ms.mccool but she seems like a very nice person! and i remeber that match between them to & seen the glamslam…dang beth you should have been more professional than that. maybe beth was jealous that michelle was handed titles. and just granted things!

  • darkangels

    Wrestling fans Most female wrestlers never really like each just tolerate each each other because of the job.

    • TheGamergirl22

      Yes it’s like that in any other workplace there’s always tension with girls

    • TheGamergirl22

      Yeah surprise to hear something negative said about Beth (other than Punk)

      would like to have Beth in a Divas dirt interview about the matter

  • Slapavel

    she wasnt the only , natalya was too with that triple ther , #1 contenders match with beth natalya & mickie

    • Slapavel

      Threat**

    • redsandman99

      I was about to say this. I thought I was the only one that noticed.

    • DJ8946

      I think that was an accident because Nattie came down so fast

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        Beth let go of one of natties arms & nattie didn’t land face first plus beth & nattie are best friends…

  • Clarke

    Not surprising, I don’t think the majority of female wrestlers today like each other because they are always in competition with each other for the top spot. I remember Ivory saying that the Golden Era divas got along though so maybe that’s not why.

    • darkangels

      ^^^so true

      • ssilva872

        That doesn’t really make much sense though since Beth was the Women’s Champion for most of 2008 and Michelle was the Divas Champion for a lot of 2008 as well. So why would/should Beth be jealous of McCool she had the better belt and was on the ‘A’ show.

        This is just so shady on Beth’s part and it is quite sad. . .

        • Clarke

          hm yeah you got a point there, didn’t really think my post through haha. It still applies to divas on the same brand though, so maybe they didn’t get along during Beth’s Smackdown run??

  • Clarke

    I hope Michelle talks about Maryse next, I bet she has some dirt on her haha

    • KJ Mendez

      Anticipating this !

      • Lita-Sault-666

        Why would there be dirt between the two? I like Maryse and Michelle and dont wish for any dirt to be between the two :P.
        Boring, i know xD.

        • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

          Would love to hear anything about my French beauty! I don’t think I’ve ever heard any “dirt” on her, good or bad. Well aside from Tara/Victoria saying that she was the girl most like her on screen character, but anyone with half a brain could tell that was the case lol

        • Clarke

          it’s just that nobody ever talks about her in interviews, I just wanna know if Maryse Ouellet is exactly like WWE Diva Maryse.

          plus if I remember, Maryse and McCool never got on in 2008, either that, or the two were really committed to their feud (both were constantly creating blogs on their WWE profiles where they would diss each other)

    • Bhentoooot

      Agreed! i heard they didnt get well together so WWE decided to transfer Maryse to RAW leaving Michelle to SD. I’m starting to love Michelle. Every diva should do this kind of interview :)

  • DJ8946

    I like Beth but I’ve heard that she was a bitch backstage. I heard that she got Alicia pushed stopped & that SHE wanted the time off. I mean I know that she is dangerous at times but don’t act tough if you’re not. Eve is working with a injured elbow & Michelle worked with a broken foot. If they can work actually injured you can work bruised.

    • ssilva872

      I never heard about that. Was it Alicia’s late 2009 Divas Title push [against Mickie/Melina] or was it her 2010 push where she won the Divas Title?

      Either way I’m mad if this is true because I think Alicia was good in a main heel role. At least she was something different at the time. Sure she isn’t the best but Alicia is NOT as bad as some people make her out to be.

      • KJ Mendez

        I think they’re talking about Alicia’s minor push when Kelly was still champion . She was at least relevant during that time & had frequent matches ; unlike now . Plus , I know Alicia botched her flip Leg Drop & ended up bruising Beth’s face which I think DJ8946 is talking about “..you can work bruised.”

        • redsandman99

          Alicia seemed to be next in line for a shot at Beth’s title once Beth beat Eve a second time at Survivor Series and that’s the push that got stopped. I’ve never heard anything about Beth stopping the push though. I know there was the incident of the goose egg under Beth’s eye from Alicia’s leg drop and she clocked Natalya pretty good with that move on the Smackdown right before that. I don’t know if WWE looked at that and pulled it themselves or what.

        • ssilva872

          Oh yeah my bad I totally forgot this.

          I was hoping Alicia was going to be the next champion there but the legdrop happened and Beth was gone for like a month.

          I agree she should have worked bruised but it may have been WWE’s call to keep her off tv with her big bruise. I think a bruise like that should have been brought into the storyline. Beth could have been like this bitch gave me a bruise and I’m going to do so much worse to her at the PPV [Royal Rumble].. If anything it would have made Beth look better since she never defended her belt against Alicia on TV/PPV when Alicia beat her on Raw [I hate when people who should have earned a title shot never get theirs!]..

        • KJ Mendez

          I don’t know why I can’t reply to your post SSILVA872 .. But anyways , Now I remember it was Beth who was Champ . This is a great idea ! WWE needs to look at these Diva Dirt comments …

        • KJ Mendez

          It would’ve been a great idea***
          That sounds better .
          Sorry for the multiple posts !

    • layglamacool

      I know some people implied that Beth Phoenix was pushed during that time because of her relationship with CM Punk.

  • WweLitafan4ever

    Michelle was good in the ring…never knew her and Beth had beef with each other and I never knew she wanted to wrestle Lita!Man,come to think of it,I would like to see that match.

    • ssilva872

      That is one of my dream matches!

      Lita is my # 1 of all time and McCool is my # 5 of all time. Lita has already had matches with my number 2, 3, and 4 women [Trish, Mickie, and Gail] so that would be my favorite new match that could possibly happen.

      Shame McCool is retired now and a mom because with the rumors of Lita maybe coming back McCool would have been the perfect opponent.

      I’m still sad that we never got LayCool vs Lita and Trish. :'(

      • WweLitafan4ever

        Lita vs Michelle would probably be a great match.
        They could’ve done Laycool vs Lita/Trish at WM 27 in Atlanta.

        • ssilva872

          I know that would have been AMAZING but nope Trish had to team with that Jersey Shore troll and JoMo [who I like but he and Ziggler should have had a one on one match at WM 27 because they deserved SO much more]..

  • Marlon Eric

    I think Beth is a douche bag. If Punk says it, than it must be true…..LOL

    • http://www.youtube.com/xDivatoxicV3 MiPiMafia

      Punk is GOD!

    • WweLitafan4ever

      LOL

    • ssilva872

      Oh yeah I forgot Punk said that!

      So true now that I know this info..

    • ZPZA

      I hope you’re being sarcastic. Punk is the one that seems like a douchebag.

      • MattyM

        ^^^ Punk does seem like a douche though

    • EVEROCKS

      BEST IN THE WORLD!!!
      Pipe Bomb…..

    • EVEROCKS

      Although he didn’t exactly say that. He said, and i quote:

      “I don’t want to i’m over the woman…I just ended a realationship.”

      “It pisses me off to watch people you love and admire become complete douchebags…that’s just what it is.”

      “People just…flake.”

      “I realized it didn’t matter who it was as long as someone was her boyfriend.”

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    Beti tripped & dropped her like seriously michelle thinks beth isnt a safe worker please.
    Maybe beth didnt like that michelle didnt have to work for anything she got but i dont think beth would ever want to injure anyone

    • 04bia

      listen to the video again, michelle did NOT say beth isnt a safe worker, she just couldnt understand why beth didnt release her arms.
      of course you will speak against michelle, your one of her haters.

    • Slapavel

      Omg same thing I was thinking! I think michelle was just handed titles & granted opportunities

    • dsan

      Whatever Michelle does in her personal life is besides the point here. Beth didn’t unhook her arms. Beth said she held her arms very tight. There’s no reason for that. Michelle didn’t say Beth wanted to injure her, she just stated the truth.
      This “Michelle being handed opportunities” complaint is getting so tired now. Seriously, put it to rest.

    • layglamacool

      You always put words into McCool’s mouth and have a ignorant interpretation of the things that she says. And Michelle was not just handed titles, she worked and improved in the ring. Remember when McCool was carrying the Smackdown divas division when Maryse the Champion was injured? McCool even worked through her injuries when she hurt her foot.

      • k2evecrew

        If Michelle was pushed because of her relationship with undertaker then why wasn’t beth punished back stage for hurting her ?? I’m pretty sure the officials & taker probably seen what happened

      • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

        @04bia omg another hatertard……

        Beth slipped when holding michelle up & dropped her,she didn’t get time to release her arms so what…..

        @layglamacool michelle was just given titles it doesn’t matter if someone improves or not because wwe has put the title on divas who shouldn’t be wrestling….michelle got the titles due to the undertaker michelle was never charismatic or able to do anything other then wrestle…
        remember when layla was versing melina for weeks on end because michelle couldn’t wrestle injured…

        • layglamacool

          @ART Remember when Michelle spent pretty much the last couple months of her career wearing that protective boot when she was injured? Oh okay.

        • Litaker61

          @ART; Hi, another “hatertard” here. Im not sure if your partially blind or jus blinded by hate (yes i used the hate word sue me) but if you honestly watched that glam slam and thought Beth slipped then you either have some sight issues or ur haterism is just clogging your judgement, yes i can make up words too what a wonderful world we live in.

        • Clarke

          lmao at Beth slipped, sometimes wrestlers botch you know?? and it’s not a big issue

  • KJ Mendez

    I’m loving Michelle’s little interviews & comments on the divas A LOT . More divas need to do this .

  • Jamal

    Michelle seems like a nice enough person but she’s definitely displaying a little of a passive aggressive side in this interview. I don’t know why she felt the need to hit us over the head with the fact that she doesn’t consider Beth a dream opponent. Okay, we get it. You, unlike the other 99% of divas, didn’t want to face her.Then, this whole Glam Slam deal. The article doesn’t read like Beth was bragging about it or stating that she did it on purpose. She’s actually giving Michelle credits for being tough.

    • igotthatpma123

      That doesnt make any sense!!!! Would you have liked to been dropped on your head to the point of concussed? Its called protecting your opponent,what point are you trying to prove by hurting someone??

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Phill was right, Beth is a douche :)

    Maria had nothing but nice things to say about Beth XD
    Beth would brutally kick her ass and then tell Maria “thank you hun”
    Michelle was always my favorite over Beth. Fact is Beth crippled my beautiful Candice Michelle who was really, her best opponent!! They had mad chemistry together, there really weren’t that many girls who had any chemistry with Beth at all! Specially not LayCool I mean mccool and also Michelle had better chem with most of the divas!

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      beth didn’t cripple candice & that bump wasn’t beth’s fault because the same thing they had been doing at the house shows before hand….
      beth worked well with any diva she got in the ring with she carried her opponents well…

      • Bethinho

        even because in another match with Candice Beth herself did a spot exactly the same that Candice but fortunately it didn´t happen nothing.

    • sugarrush28

      Ryan I agree. I loved Candice and Beth matches. I was so bummed when Candice got hurt because those 2 could have been the focus of the division for years

      • Flawless

        Some of you guys are complete idiots…everyone makes mistakes, doesn’t mean she did it on purpose. & Beth worked well with most divas.

  • AndieMcPhee

    Michelle can say what she likes but I don’ t think we should be so quick to judge Beth either based purely on this. Especially regarding the 2010 stuff; like she said, the Lay-Cool stuff in all its childishness could get quite personal, more so in the cases of Mickie and Beth. You’re touching on things that could be genuine insecurities for the girls, and not everyone is gonna be as open to anything a la Natalya. If Beth felt she had to turn down down some of the ideas pitched from the other side then fair enough.

    The Glam Slam is obviously a lot dodgier, but has anyone considered that the interview was in WWE Magazine. Isn’t that like 99% kayfabe? Perhaps what Beth the character said differed from how she actually felt?

    Personally I’ve never been a big Beth fan (or a Michelle fan for that matter – Melina and Mickie were the clear MVPs for me), but I hope she doesn’t get too much criticism for this, because we haven’t heard her take on any of it. Like others have said this is the first time someone has spoken negatively re: Beth Phoenix. CM Punk not included, because that’ s murky, murky territory.

  • Mr. AJ Lee

    I would love to bear Beth’s side of this story. I just went and watched that Glam Slam and HOLY SHIT. That looked like it hurt REALLY bad. And I gotta say it looks kinda intentional. Beth knows she should in hook her arms but doesn’t even attempt to try. If she did do it on purpose that would b very sad. Cause like everyone has said I Havnt heard a bad word about Beth from anyone. Well Punk did but that’s just cause he is a complet JACK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 09DHK

      You can’t really count Punk since he talks shit about EVERYONE who isn’t CM Punk.

  • sugarrush28

    When I heard this on interview on another website I came straight here because I knew the Michelle haters would come out because she said something bad about Beth. And of course the some people on this board didn’t disappoint. Michelle spoke her mind and it is what it is. That doesn’t mean that Michelle or Beth are bad people they just didn’t click. Some people have it in their heads that if 2 people don’t get along someone has to be the bad guy and that’s not the case. Some people just don’t click. Watching that GlamSlam and others to me I have never seen Beth be that careless with it with anyone else so maybe it was on purpose maybe it wasn’t I don’t. But if people want to keep bringing up Michelle getting titles because she was with Taker. Let’s start bringing up the fact Beth didn’t get pushed again until she started dating Punk. I don’t care either way but if you are gonna put one person on blast put them all on blast.

    • Bethinho

      lol,since when Beth gained anything by dating Punk?and would you include being pushed by being pinned as a champion at WM by an injured celebrity?or needing thrre times to beat Kelly Kelly to win the title?or the flop it was DOD?

      • sugarrush28

        I would really love to discuss with you but some people on this board don’t know how to have decent discussions and i’m not trying to argue over people I don’t know in real life. I will say I think the Beth getting pinned by Maria is alittle overblown. Beth isn’t the first person to get pinned by a Celebrity. Snooki pinned Michelle McCool, Big Show got beat by Akebo and freakin Mayweather. Plus the biggest star on the roster, John Cena, got pinned by Kevin Federline when he was WWE Champion.

        • redsandman99

          Exactly. Celebs have pinned plenty of wrestlers so at this point, I don’t see it as a hit towards the wrestler’s credibility. It’s just how WWE works.

        • Bethinho

          i´m all for a good discussion,even because i´m registered on a wrestling forum.
          and i´m just saying that,being the biggest PPV of the year and when the divas division hasn´t been exactly on the right tracks in the last years,the divas champion should not be treated the way she was.

          Redsandman99:just because thst is how the WWE works,doesn´t mean is the right way.

        • redsandman99

          No it doesn’t but since it is the way they do it and so many other wrestlers have gone through it, it’s only like a little blip on their career. It doesn’t like affect their overall legacy.

  • sugarrush28

    Also I wonder why Diva Dirt didn’t post the vids of Michelle talking about Torrie Wilson, Sharmell, Maria and Mae Young lol.

    • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

      Not enough dirt lol though the Torrie one was really sweet and I love hearing about her cause I too feel she gets over looked way too often. The Sharmell one was just too short and again, really sweet but nothing really newsworthy.

  • Bethinho

    until now we have only heard ONE side of the story,none of the girls that were at ringside(mainly Candice) never stated anything,management never took actions against Beth(and it would be very easy) and i doubt Beth will ever tell why she did it.
    so,making a final assumption without taking this in consideration is wrong,unless this one side believing is useful to those which Beth isn´t exactly on the top of their christmas list…..

  • NY Pollard

    her dream opponents molly holly and lita? thats funny because ive always wanted to see her fight those two. i bet she would beat them both. michelle mccool was ruthless in the ring. molly would be more of a challenge since she matches her in technical skills, but michelle is still alot more aggressive than molly ever was. as for lita, she brings the brawler and high flyer aspect selectively, but i think michelle is just more consistent with her mean streak, michelle would destroy them both. and kharma, well….kharma would beat michelle ofcourse.