|Also known as:||Phoenix, Firebird, Fabulous Firebird|
|Born:||November 24, 1980|
Elmira, New York, USA
|Bra/cup size:||40E (90E) (same as DD cup)|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight:||150 lb (68 kg)|
Elizabeth Kocianski (born November 24, 1980 in Elmira, New York) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Beth Phoenix. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where she is a former WWE Divas Champion and a three-time WWE Women's Champion.
Kocianski had a successful amateur wrestling career in high school, before being trained by the All Knighters. After her debut in May 2001, she wrestled for numerous Independent promotions, and was the inaugural GLORY Champion. She also appeared at the inaugural Shimmer shows. In 2004, she began working for Ohio Valley Wrestling, and signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in October 2005. She first 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 twice won the OVW Women's Championship, although her second reign is not officially recognized.
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 2007 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, although she lost it in January 2009. In January 2010, at the Royal Rumble she became the second woman in history 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. At WWE Hell in a Cell 2011, Beth Phoenix claimed her first WWE Divas Championship after defeating Kelly Kelly. Thus, making Phoenix a four time champion overall.
- 1 Amateur wrestling career
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 2.1 Training and independent circuit (2001–2005)
- 2.2 Ohio Valley Wrestling (2004–2007)
- 2.3 World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
- 3 Other media
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Amateur wrestling career
Kocianski began wrestling on the Elmira, New York Notre Dame High School (Elmira, New York) scholastic wrestling team. She was the first female varsity wrestler in her high school's history. She became the North-East freestyle women's champion (72 kg weight class) in 1999. She also became the women's champion (72 kg weight class) at the Great New York State Fair New York State Fair Tournament in 1999. At the time she was also a member of USA Wrestling, a freestyle wrestling association.
Professional wrestling career
Training and independent circuit (2001–2005)
After graduating from high school in 1998, she enrolled in both a professional wrestling school and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Her first choice for wrestling school was Stu Hart's Dungeon, but because of the location, she decided on a more local school. At the school, she was trained by the All Knighters (Joey Knight and Robin Knightwing), who themselves had trained in the Hart Dungeon. Her professional wrestling debut match was against Mickie James. She then competed with various independent promotions, including Cleveland All Pro Wrestling and Apocalypse Wrestling, against both male and female wrestlers, using the name "Phoenix". In 2002, she was one of the first wrestlers in GLORY, an independent organization for women, and was the inaugural champion. She then joined Far North Wrestling (FNW), and was the only female wrestler in the promotion. She defeated Joey Knight and Kevin Grace in 2003 to become the FNW Cruiserweight Champion. Later in 2003 she took part in World Xtreme Wrestling's annual Women's Elite 8 tournament where she made it to the final, before losing to April Hunter. She returned two years later and defeated Nicole Raczynski but was bested in the second round by eventual winner Alicia. The following month, Phoenix appeared at the inaugural taping for the Ring of Honor sister promotion Shimmer Women Athletes; during Volume 1 she was pinned by Shimmer founder Allison Danger but scored an upset victory in a non-title match against NWA Midwest Women's Champion MsChif.
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2004–2007)
She was invited to a tryout with World Wrestling Entertainment in May 2004, and then relocated to Louisville, Kentucky to work for their developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). She debuted on OVW television in July 2004, having expanded her ring name to "Beth Phoenix", and became the on-screen girlfriend and valet of Chris Masters. The storyline was short lived, and the following month Phoenix was repackaged as the manager of Aaron "The Idol" Stevens. She signed a developmental contract with WWE on October 20, 2005, the same month that she broke her hand. The duo was then joined by Shelly Martinez who Phoenix soon feuded with in early 2006. Phoenix then stopped appearing regularly on OVW after debuting on WWE's Raw television show.
On August 16, 2006, Phoenix returned to action in OVW, defeating Serena Deeb. Phoenix began regularly competing for the OVW Women's Championship, unsuccessfully challenging the champion Jessica Kresa in a Battle Royal and a four-way match, which was won by Serena. At the October 4, 2006 OVW television tapings, however, Phoenix defeated Serena to win the championship. She lost the championship to Victoria Crawford in a gauntlet match on October 20, and won it back the next day; however, Crawford's title reign is not officially recognised, and as a result, neither is Phoenix's second reign. Phoenix officially dropped the championship in a gauntlet match at the November 1 television taping, after she was eliminated by Katarina Waters, who eventually won the match.
On the November 6 episode of OVW, Phoenix came out with her own championship, and claimed to still be the women's champion. As a result, a ladder match was set up, where the winner would become the undisputed OVW Women's Champion. Waters won the match and was presented with the title belt on the first show of 2007. Throughout 2007, Phoenix continued to wrestle in numerous women's matches in OVW. Phoenix made her last appearance in OVW at their August 15, 2007 TV tapings where she lost to Waters in a number one contenders match.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Trish Stratus's ally (2006)
Phoenix debuted on the May 8, 2006 episode of Raw as a fan favorite by attacking Mickie James while James was assaulting Trish Stratus. After this incident, James berated Phoenix for "ruining everything" and questioned why she even showed up in the first place. A week later, Phoenix was formally introduced by Stratus and then battered a distracted James on Stratus's behalf. When James finally escaped, Phoenix claimed that James had ruined her life and would not let her get away with it, before calling her a "psycho". On the following episode of Raw, Phoenix attacked James after her match with Torrie Wilson. Then, on the May 29, 2006 episode of Raw, Phoenix and Wilson (with Stratus in their corner) teamed together to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria, who had James in their corner. During the June 5, 2006 episode of Raw, Phoenix suffered a fractured mandible during a match with Victoria, but was able to continue the match, and ended up victorious despite the injury. She spent a year having surgeries and recovering, including getting a titanium plate and nine screws placed in her jaw, but she was only out of action for two months, as she returned to action in OVW instead of on the main roster.
The Glamazon and Women's Champion (2007–2008)
On the July 9, 2007 episode of Raw, Phoenix returned as a villain, teaming with Jillian Hall, and the two lost to Candice Michelle and Mickie James. At the 2007 SummerSlam pay-per-view, Phoenix won the Divas battle royal to become the number one contender for Michelle's WWE Women's Championship. Phoenix was then pushed as a dominating Diva, calling herself a "Glamazon" and attacking Mickie James, Jillian Hall and Michelle on the September 10 episode of Raw. At Unforgiven , however, she failed to capture the Women's Championship from Candice Michelle. Their storyline rivalry continued when Phoenix pinned Michelle during a non-title mixed tag team match on Raw on September 24. At the No Mercy pay-per-view in October, Phoenix defeated Michelle to win her first WWE Women's Championship. She retained her belt on the October 22 Raw in a two out of three falls match, in which Candice Michelle was injured by Phoenix shaking the rope, causing her to fall off the top turnbuckle and legitimately break her clavicle.
During a 10-Diva Tag match at Survivor Series, Phoenix's team lost after Melina was pinned by Mickie James. On the November 26 episode of Raw, James defeated Melina in a number one contenders match for Phoenix's Women's Championship, setting up a title match between the two at Armageddon, a match in which Phoenix successfully defended her Women's title. On New Year's Eve 2007, Phoenix successfully defended her title in a Triple Threat match against Melina and James, after pinning Melina.
Phoenix along with then-ally Melina took part in the Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjack match at WrestleMania XXIV where she defeated Ashley and Maria Kanellis by pinfall. On April 14, Phoenix faced Mickie James with her Women's Championship on the line and lost, ending her reign as champion. Phoenix also had a rematch on the May 5 episode of Raw but lost after Melina unintentionally hit her in the face with her boot. On the May 11 episode of Raw, Phoenix and Melina partnered up to go against James and Maria. During the match, Melina unintentionally knocked Phoenix off of the ring apron, resulting in Phoenix abandoning Melina which allowed James and Maria to pick up the win. Later that night, in a backstage segment, Melina and Phoenix fought with one another, ending their alliance. At Judgment Day, Phoenix failed to regain the Women's Championship in a Triple Threat match after James pinned Melina to retain the title. At One Night Stand Phoenix defeated Melina in the first ever Divas "I Quit" match. The next night on Raw, Phoenix teamed with Katarina Waters to defeat Melina and James in a tag team match. She, however, was pinned by James one week later in a non-title match and was once again attacked by Melina post-match.
After little over a month off television, Phoenix returned on the July 14 edition of Raw, where she defeated Santino Marella after he issued an open challenge to any WWE Superstar backstage, pinning him with a roll-up. The storyline continued the following week after Marella lost to the returning D-Lo Brown. Phoenix confronted Marella after the match, and they briefly grappled with each other before unexpectedly sharing a kiss, to which both expressed considerable confusion.
The two then became an onscreen supercouple, and the pairing of The Glamazon and Marella later became known by the portmanteau Glamarella. Within the team she acted as the "straight-woman" of sorts, berating Marella or reacting in disbelief to his over the top, embarrassing antics. At SummerSlam, they defeated Kofi Kingston and Mickie James in an intergender tag team match. Phoenix pinned James, winning the Women's Championship, while Marella won Kingston's Intercontinental Championship. She successfully defended the Women's Championship against Candice Michelle at No Mercy.
On December 8, 2008, she received the "Slammy Award" for Diva of the Year. Phoenix then began feuding with Melina, who returned from injury in November 2008. This storyline included the debut of Rosa Mendes, who was introduced as Phoenix's superfan. At the Royal Rumble in January 2009, Phoenix lost the Women's Championship to Melina. At WrestleMania XXV, Phoenix competed in the 25 Diva battle royal, but was eliminated by Marella, who competed in drag, claiming to be his twin sister "Santina". After WrestleMania, Glamarella split as Phoenix was unhappy with Santino pretending to be his twin sister 'Santina'. Phoenix had a brief scripted rivalry with both 'Santina' and Marella, and challenged 'Santina' for the "Miss WrestleMania" title, but was unsuccessful.
After a brief hiatus, Phoenix returned on the July 27 episode of Raw, teaming with Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes in a losing effort to Mickie James, Gail Kim, and Kelly Kelly. Phoenix had her first opportunity for the Divas Championship being narrowly defeated by the defending champion, Mickie James, on the August 31 episode of Raw, after winning a number one contender's battle royal that same night.
Move to Smackdown and Feud with LayCool (2009–2011)
On the October 12 episode of Raw, it was announced that Phoenix had been traded to the SmackDown brand for the first time in her career. Phoenix made her in-ring debut for the brand on the October 30 episode of SmackDown, defeating Jenny Brooks, an jobber. In January 2010, at the Royal Rumble, she entered the Royal Rumble match, eliminating The Great Khali, before she was eliminated by CM Punk. With her entry, she became only the second woman in history to enter the Royal Rumble match, with the first being Chyna.
On the March 12 episode of SmackDown, Phoenix saved Tiffany from an attack by Vickie Guerrero, and LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla), in doing so becoming a fan favorite. She then went on to defeat Michelle McCool and Layla in a tag team match with Tiffany. The feud with McCool continued at WrestleMania XXVI, where they were on opposing teams in a 10-Diva tag team match, which Phoenix's team lost, although they won a rematch the following night on Raw. Phoenix received a match for the Women's Championship against McCool at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view in April, and defeated McCool in an "Extreme Makeover" match to win her third Women's Championship. On the May 6 episode of WWE Superstars, Phoenix tore her ACL in a match against Rosa Mendes, and as a result, one week later on SmackDown, McCool invoked her rematch clause to face Phoenix in a two-on-one handicap match along with Layla. Phoenix lost her championship when she was pinned by Layla.
Phoenix returned from her injury at November's Survivor Series pay-per-view and attacked the former co-Champions Michelle McCool and Layla after they lost the Divas Championship to Natalya. Phoenix and Natalya then formed an alliance and at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view in December, Phoenix and Natalya defeated Lay-Cool in the first Diva's tag team Tables match in WWE history.
Return to Raw, The Divas of Doom and Divas Champion (2011-present)
As part of the 2011 WWE Draft, Phoenix was drafted back to the Raw brand. On the August 1 edition of Raw, Beth Phoenix won a divas battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship by last eliminating The Bella Twins. After the match, she turned heel by attacking the Divas Champion Kelly Kelly who had entered the ring to congratulate her. On the August 8 edition of Raw, Phoenix re-debuted her heel persona in a match against Eve Torres, which Phoenix won. On the August 12 edition of SmackDown! Phoenix & Natalya, now known as "Divas of Doom", debuted together to defeat the Chick Busters (AJ & Kaitlyn), then brutally attacked them after the match. At SummerSlam, Phoenix challenged Kelly Kelly for the Divas Championship but was unsuccessful, however her feud with Kelly continued. On the August 30 edition of SmackDown!, Divas of Doom defeated Alicia Fox and Kelly Kelly. On the September 5 edition of Raw, Phoenix defeated Eve to earn another match for the Divas Championship against Kelly Kelly at the Night of Champions pay-per view. At the event, Phoenix turned face for for one night only in her hometown of Buffalo, New York where she faced Kelly Kelly again for the Divas Championship in a losing effort. Following pin over Kelly in a tag team match, Phoenix received another match for the Divas Championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. At Hell in a Cell, she defeated Kelly Kelly to win the Divas Championship for the first time. The next night on Raw, Beth Phoenix competed in a tag match teaming with Natalya to take on Kelly Kelly and Eve, which ended in a no contest due to Kelly Kelly brutally attacking Beth during the match. On the October 17 edition of Raw, it was announced that Phoenix will have her first title defence against Eve Torres at the Vengeance pay-per-view. She then went on to have a 7 month and 24 days regin as WWE Divas Champion. She then asked for her release in the WWE. Beth was then "fired" by Vickie Guerrero on Raw after losing and restarting (she won) with Aj Lee.
Kocianski was raised in Elmira, New York. When she was eleven years old, she won a coloring contest with a prize of tickets to a television taping for World Wrestling Entertainment. She credits this as when she fell in love with professional wrestling. She cites Owen Hart and Ted DiBiase as her favorite wrestlers. Kocianski stated in a 2011 interview on "The Art of Wrestling" podcast that former Diva Molly Holly paid for her to attend wrestling school after Kocianski approached her at a WWE meet-and-greet and handed Holly a demo tape. As well as wrestling, Kocianski played tennis and ran Track and field in high school. She is a graduate from Canisius College with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. While wrestling in OVW, she also worked as a waitress at a local restaurant. Kocianski married FCW wrestler Joey Knight. They got divorced in 2009. She also dated WWE wrestler CM Punk(aka Phillip Brookes) She is currently in a relationship with Former WWE Superstar Edge (aka Adam Copeland).
- Finishing move
- Beth Valley Driver (Fireman's carry Michinoku driver II) — Independent circuit
- Chokebomb — Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Fisherwoman's suplex — 2007–2008
- Down in Flames (Sitout scoop slam) — Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Glam Slam (Elevated chickenwing released into a sit-drop facebuster) — 2008–Present
- Signature moves
- Canadian backbreaker
- Military press transitioned into either a slam or a drop
- Missile dropkick
- Seated double chickenwing hold
- Slingshot suplex
- Wrestlers managed
- Aaron "The Idol" Stevens
- Brent Albright
- Chris Masters
- Santino Marella
- "The Fabulous Firebird"
- "The Glamazon"
- "The Most Dominant Diva in the WWE"
- "The Total Package of Women's Wrestling"
- "The Über Diva"
- Entrance themes
- "Glamazon" by Jim Johnston (WWE) (October 7, 2007–present)
Championships and accomplishments
- North-East Wrestling
- Women's Champion (72 kg weight class) (1999)
- New York State Fair
- Women's Champion (72 kg weight class) (1999)
- Far North Wrestling
- FNW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- GLORY Wrestling
- GLORY Championship (1 time)
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Women's Championship (2 times)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked her #2 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2008.
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE Divas Championship ( 1 time, current)
- WWE Women's Championship (3 times)
- Slammy Award for Diva of the Year (2008)
- The Wrestling Clothesline
- TWC ranked her #3 of the best 50 female independent wrestlers in 2004.
- Beth Phoenix links at FreeOnes
- WWE profile
- Online World of Wrestling profile
- Media files at Wikimedia Commons
|World Wrestling Entertainment Divas Champions|
Michelle McCool · Maryse · Mickie James · Jillian Hall · Melina · Eve Torres · Alicia Fox · Natalya · Brie Bella · Kelly Kelly · Beth Phoenix · Nikki Bella · Layla · Kaitlyn · AJ Lee · Paige · Charlotte