The Glamazon Beth Phoenix is already a WWE Hall of Famer, now she’s set to be honored in another hall of fame, the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Phoenix will be the first-ever woman to be inducted in this particular Hall of Fame. The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame has a portion that is designated specifically for professional wrestlers wrestling backgrounds.
Before entering the WWE and becoming a professional wrestler, Phoenix was an amateur wrestler. She began wrestling as part of her scholastic wrestling team at the Notre Dame High School in Elmira, New York. She was the first woman varsity wrestler in the school’s history.
In 1999, Phoenix became the North-East Wrestling Women’s Champion and won a tournament at the New York State Fair.
Phoenix released a statement about her new honor on her Twitter:
Phoenix, who is an outspoken advocate for women’s wrestling and considered a trailblazer and originator of the current Women’s Revolution expressed her gratitude for the honor.
“I marvel at today’s female athletes and how they inspire all generations (including my two young daughters,” stated Phoenix, taking the opportunity once again to highlight the state of women’s wrestling today.
Phoenix made the transition from amateur wrestling to professional wrestling after she graduated from high school. She began training with the All Knighters and worked for independent promotions until she got a tryout for the WWE in 2004. She debuted in the developmental territory of Ohio Valley Wrestling the same year and joined the main roster in 2006.
Before retiring from in-ring competition in 2012, Phoenix held the WWE Women’s Championship thrice and also held the Divas Championship.She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.