Beth Phoenix is grateful to have been allowed to work remotely at the start of the pandemic.
Speaking with SK Wrestling's Rick Ucchino, the WWE Hall of Famer was asked about the difficulty of providing commentary while not at ringside. She said that she is thankful the company provided her with that opportunity as it kept her family safe, also praising the entire team for the amount of work they did to make it all happen. Here is her full reply:
"So, first of all, it took a team of people. From the tech side, production, the other broadcasters. Not to mention everybody bending over backwards to keep myself and my family safe. My mom has extreme heart issues and so me being able to work remotely truly kept my family safe. Adam had just gotten hurt, so he was rehabbing. It was just a really difficult time, as it was for everybody, for my family over the summer and into the fall. So for them, for WWE to give me the opportunity to work remotely, I am so grateful for that.
That being said, it was challenging for me, but not nearly as challenging as it was for those at the desk that were trying to navigate this. You know the wifi bar on your phone, how that can impose anxiety? Imagine that during a live TakeOver. Like watching my wifi bar. So it took a whole team of people to make that happen. Really, being at the forefront of technology for that. I can't send out enough thank you's for that and I’ve tried to tell everybody in person, but I’m going to send one more giant thank you for everybody that worked hard so that I could do that remote at home."
Phoenix returned to live duty on the January 21st edition of NXT. She was recently a key figure in presenting the Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, which was won by Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai.
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