WWE Hall of Famer and NXT commentator Beth Phoenix recently made an appearance on an episode of Renee Paquette's Oral Sessions podcast, where she talked about working as a color commentator for WWE's NXT brand as well as how much fun she is having at the commentary table.
Beth Phoenix said:
“I mean that statement in that I feel super excited to have found the two co-workers that I jive with really well.” “This is not taking away from anyone else I ever worked with. Mauro (Ranallo), Nigel (McGuinness), Tom Phillips, I have great experiences and learned so much from everybody. Including you Renee, we had lots of fun. I learned so much. And what I know is wrestling. I liken this a lot to wrestling. And I feel like, when you’re wrestling in the beginning, you take a little something from each opponent. Like ‘oh I like the way they did that.’ Or ‘I learned a lot from that moment and having to think on my feet.’ So I’ve taken so much from getting to work with the best of the best. So being at the point now where also I feel I know the product so well, which is huge for me. Coming into NXT, it’s such a fast paced product. And I’m a kid of the 80’s and 90’s and I’m watching slower paced matches, slower paced style. When I started, I came home to Adam and I was crying. I was like ‘man I can’t keep up. I’m too old for this. I can’t do it.’ And he was like ‘you just don’t know it. And they don’t know you.’ And also all the feedback was so toxically bad. And like, you know ‘you suck.’”
“I had to block it out. I remember texting you about it too at times and being like ‘I can’t do this.’ And if you don’t believe in yourself, then you definitely can’t do it. Sometimes when the whole world doesn’t believe in you, you’ve got to be the one who does, to keep going forward. I think that Michael Cole, I’ll give him the credit on this, he said ‘what you need was reps.’ When the feedback was ‘you suck’, I would just tell myself ‘Cole says you just need reps. Reps, reps, reps.’ So every time I was going to work, I was looking at it like when I was putting time in the gym. ‘Beth, you’re not going to get a body overnight. You’re not going to break your bench press overnight. You’ve got to put in your reps.’ And so like, that’s how I had to look at it when I wanted to cry and wanted to quit. I was believing all the hate! I had to be like ‘you go in there, you do your workout and you’re going to break your bench press record.’ And I put out that tweet the other day because I just had fun at the desk. And I told Vic this and I told Stu this. I had fun and I’ve been waiting for that. I’ve been waiting for the moment where I can sit down and the red light’s on and I’m not a deer in the headlights and terrified about what I’m going to say. I just had fun because I felt safe with two people that elevate me and I have great people on the headset that elevate me. We just had fun.”
Beth Phoenix then talked about what she would like to see from women's wrestling going forward.
“I feel like something that I hear often from fans, and the chatter amongst the women, I feel there is room now and the chatter amongst the women, I think there is room now, and we’ve educated our audiences to see the women as stars, you might be able to do a weekly women’s show.” “And no offense to GLOW or previous all women’s shows, but it wouldn’t be so much gimmick, it would be wrestling. And I think you could have characters and interactions and personality, but you wouldn’t have to have entirely gimmicky, flowery angles and a cam cam line at the end. You could have entertainment and wrestling.”
“We have a need for content, a hunger and thirst for content like never before. We have wrestling every day of the week, between Impact, AEW and us. There’s so much wrestling, I feel like a women’s show would be successful because consumers are asking for it. I don’t know what that looks like, I don’t know what side of the pond would be willing to do something like that, but I think that would open up a lot of doors, also for women who aren’t working for one of the big TV companies. They could have a place like ‘hey I can come in and have a match with one of our big stars.’ You can get some newer faces featured and get more opportunities.”