Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix recently gave an interview to Planeta Wrestling about the evolution of women’s roles in the WWE and wrestling promotions all over the world.
“I think it is fantastic,” said Phoenix. “I think it is sending a message now, that we are no longer going to look at the women as a side attraction.”
According to Phoenix, the all-women pay-per-view Evolution was made possible due to the work that women wrestlers and their supporters have been doing all these years.
“This is a real exclamation point for the whole effort that everybody’s been putting in for decades, that now we are in a spot, in a place where it is time to look at women as an attraction equal to the men,” she said.
She offered the following piece of advice to new wrestling talent, women and men alike:
“Just go for it. Life is too short to second-guess yourself. Believe in yourself. There is no mold, make your own mold and go for it.”
Phoenix was also asked to talk about rumors that the WWE has contacted tennis star Serena Williams. Stephanie McMahon herself is said to want to bring Williams in.
Phoenix is an admirer of Williams and believes that McMahon is onto something about wanting to see Williams in the WWE.
“What is cool is that Serena: not only is she probably one of the world’s greatest female athletes of all time, she’s got a lot of charisma,” noted Phoenix.
“It is hard to find somebody that is that perfect combination of athletic, skilled, charisma, and also has the grit to go on the road and go on the grind, to be away from your family for all of that time. I’d have to agree with Stephanie on that. I’m a tennis fan as well,” she said.
You can hear the entire interview on the video below: