After a career that saw her go from winning the Diva Search to claiming the Divas Championship, Layla has announced her retirement from the WWE.
Layla took to the WWE website to announce her retirement from the Wrestling industry, telling Craig Tello that it was time to walk away from the company after nearly nine years.
A former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion, Layla was the longest serving current member of the WWE women’s roster.
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Debuting shortly after winning the 2006 Diva Search Contest, ahead of the likes of Maryse and Rose Mendes, Layla made her first real impact as part of Extreme Expose in the relaunched ECW alongside Kelly Kelly and Brooke Adams.
The Brit then went on to act as a manager for William Regal as he won the Intercontinental Championship from Santino Marella.
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LayCool and Champion
Layla would then go on to be drafted to the SmackDown brand where she teamed up with Michelle McCool to form the LayCool team where her and McCool would become Co-Divas Champion and go on a two-woman bullying tirade against the other Divas.
After legit tearing ligaments in her knee following the breakup of LayCool, Layla returned in 2012 where she found herself become Divas Champion on her own right after defeating Nikki Bella at Extreme Rules. Layla would hold the belt for 140 days before losing it to Eve Torres at Night of Champion.
Reasons for Retiring
When asked about why she was deciding to leave the company now, Layla revealed that the constant travel demands had finally become too much. She also recently just got engaged so it probably isn't a coincidence.
"I’ve been traveling the world for nine years now and sometimes it’s just time to start the next chapter of your life. Traveling on the road was fun, but the older you get, it takes more time for recovery. I just got tired of the travel part."
Considering the fact that her last meaningful story was last year with Fandango, the 38-year old's departure doesn't come as too much of a surprise.
And she was never to get another serious program with the Divas Revolution happening, leading to Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch coming up from NXT to make women's wrestling relevant again in the WWE.