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Elizabeth "Beth" Kocianski (November 24, 1980), better known by her ring name Beth Phoenix, a American professional wrestler and color commentator who performed in WWE. She is a former WWE Divas Champion and a three-time WWE Women's Champion.

Professional wrestling career[]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[]

In 2004, she began working for Ohio Valley Wrestling, and signed a developmental contract with WWE in October 2005. She debuted on WWE's Raw brand in May 2006, but suffered a legitimate broken jaw the following month. As a result, she had numerous surgeries and returned to OVW for further training. While there, she won the OVW Women's Championship twice, although her second reign is not officially recognized by OVW.

She returned to the Raw brand in July 2007, and was heavily pushed, dominating the other WWE Divas and gaining the nickname, "The Glamazon". She won her first WWE Women's Championship at the No Mercy pay-per-view in October, and held it for six months. She then developed an on-screen relationship with Santino Marella, dubbed "Glamarella", and won the Women's Championship for a second time in August 2008, holding it until January 2009. In January 2010, at the Royal Rumble, she became the second woman in the history of the event to enter the Royal Rumble match, and went on to win the Women's Championship for the third time in April, holding it for a month. In October 2011, Phoenix won the WWE Divas Championship for the first time and lost it in April 2012.

Phoenix retired and left WWE on October 2012 to focus on her family life with boyfriend and later husband Adam Copeland, famous in WWE as Edge, with whom she subsequently had two daughters.

Post-Retirement and color commentator (2017-present)[]

On February 27, 2017, she was announced as an inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame. Her induction made her the youngest inductee of all time at age 36, the first to be born in the 1980s, and the quickest female to be inducted after her retirement. Additionally, she and Edge became the first real-life couple to both be inducted.

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