Layla Comments on Her WWE Retirement – Layla was with WWE from 2006 to 2015, and she was a part of many stories during her tenure with the company. She retired after having a surgery, but her reason for going under the knife was not made public.
Now Layla has a life outside of pro wrestling, but she recently sat down with Ring The Belle for an interview to give some updates on her life. During that time, she also explained why she left WWE in 2015 after such a good run with the company.
I think I had a great career. I was very privileged. I explored everything I could explore in WWE, like what else more could I have possibly done? I got to be around great people, and I got to travel the world. I was able to get a great fan base behind me. And it was just time. I didn’t want to age too much on TV. The older we get we’re more prone to injuries. It was just time.
During the interview, Layla also addressed her victory over Beth Phoenix in Buffalo. Layla was able to retain that title for 133 days before the title was retired.
The WWE Women’s Title was retired after Michelle McCool, who was unofficially co-reigning with Layla, defeated Melina to unify the Women’s Title with the Divas Title. Layla’s win was a big surprise for a lot of people, but this is just another example of WWE booking someone to lose in their hometown to draw guaranteed heat.
The fans in Buffalo were “crickets” when Layla picked up her big win. She understands because it took place in Beth Phoenix’s hometown. In fact, several people backstage couldn’t believe that Layla was going to win either.
When I won the title, I’m not kidding you, you could’ve heard cricket. They couldn’t believe it, and it was in Beth Phoenix’s hometown. I didn’t know what to expect going out there. When I got told I was gonna win the title that night, everyone was like, “come on, like what?” I was still new and stuff like that. It was just a great night, and I wasn’t even upset that the crowd didn’t react. I was just more grateful, humbled.
Layla is now enjoying a life outside of the pro wrestling business, but she has no issues talking about her time with the company. It was simply time for her to retire after she racked up a lot of injuries while paving the way for a future generation of women in WWE.
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