Layla is thankful for the career she had in wrestling and everything it has brought her.
Speaking with DS Shin of Ring the Belle, the former Women's Champion gave her first interview since stepping away from the ring. She discussed a variety of topics including winning Diva's Search, how her finishing moves were developed, and the decision to retire in 2015. Regarding the latter, here is what she had to say:
"I think I had a great career. I was very, very privileged. I explored everything I could explore at WWE. Like, what else more could I have possibly done, you know? 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 I will always be grateful. They supported me from day one, since the Diva Search, always be grateful for that, thank you, guys. It was just time. I didn't want to age too much on TV. The older we get we're more prone to injuries, more prone to, who knows, it was just time to end that chapter of my life."
While lots of wrestlers say "never say never" when asked about a potential return, Layla explained why she doesn't feel that same temptation.
"I just feel that I had a very fruitful, long career and I attained everything I possibly could have attained in WWE. I was given every opportunity. That door's closed and I'm okay with that. I feel just happy that I was able to have that. I look at my past, and I'm like, wow, I did all that stuff, and that's just how I'd like to keep it."
During her decade with WWE, Layla won the Diva's Championship, Women's Championship, and was a part of the successful LayCool tag team with Michelle McCool, which WWE ranked as #36 on their "50 Greatest Tag Teams" list.
Recently, McCool announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
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