Right now, male wrestlers may be the most popular names in the world of wrestling entertainment, but in recent years the popularity of female wrestlers has grown rapidly with major wrestling companies like WWE, which boast big names like Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch. Another name on the list is Beth Phoenix, a female wrestler who has been performing since she was in school.
Beth Phoenix has had a career that has spanned a number of promotion companies, including independent promotion companies like Apocalypse Wrestling, to the largest promotion wrestling franchise, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Since her debut in 2001, she has had an interesting career, and in this article, we cover her journey from high school to the biggest stage in global wrestling. Read all about Beth Phoenix by browsing below.
Beth Phoenix’s Biography & Age
The wrestling world knows her as Beth Phoenix, but she was born Elizabeth Kocianski on November 24, 1980, in Elmira, New York, the daughter of Polish parents.
Winning a drawing competition as a child, which earned her tickets to the World Wrestling Federation, led Beth Phoenix to fall in love with wrestling and to have the dream of becoming a wrestler.
She attended Notre Dame High School in Elmira, where she received several awards, such as being named Queen of the Ball and becoming the first female wrestler in the school’s history. She also received other honors, such as being the champion of the North-East Women’s Free Dance and winning the New York State Fair Tournament.
Through her high school, Beth Phoenix began to lay the foundation for a career as a wrestler. She also took part in tennis and athletics competitions. After high school, she pursued a career as a wrestler, attended Canisius College in New York and graduated with a degree in criminal justice and public relations.
Before she began her professional wrestling career, Beth Phoenix also attended a professional wrestling school.
After completing her high school years as an amateur wrestler, Beth Phoenix began her professional career in May 2001 and worked for a variety of independent wrestling promotions, including the Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling and Apocalypse Wrestling.
Her first professional wrestling match was against Alexis Laree, and she has not given in since. Beth Phoenix worked her way up through various competitions and soon joined World Wrestling Entertainment. She started at the promotion’s development company, Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she impressed big players so much that in May 2006, she made her debut on Raw and was added to the WWE main list.
Although she suffered setbacks in the form of injuries, Beth Phoenix managed to maintain her place in the WWE and returned from injuries to participate in major shows such as WrestleMania and SmackDown. After six years between 2006 and 2012, Beth Phoenix temporarily left WWE before returning as a part-time commentator in 2017. She finally returned to the ring in March 2019.
As part of her career as a color commentator, she is also a commentator for NXT, another advertising agency.
During her career, Beth Phoenix has won the WWE Divas Championship once and was a women’s champion three times. She has also received awards from other promotion companies such as GLORY Wrestling, where she once won the championship. In 2017 she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Beth Phoenix’s Net Worth
Beth Phoenix has been an active wrestler for more than eighteen years and during this time she has acquired considerable wealth as a wrestler and commentator. She currently has an estimated net worth of $4 million She is expected to earn a six-figure annual salary.
Since becoming a wrestling star, Beth Phoenix has married other wrestlers twice. Her first marriage was to Joey Carolan, while her second was to Adam Copeland.
Her first marriage to Joey Carolan, more commonly known as Joey Knight, lasted nine years between 2001 and 2010.
Their second marriage to Adam Copeland, better known as Edge, began in 2016, and they have remained married ever since. Through her relationship with Adam, Beth has had two children – Lyric Rose Copeland, born in December 2013, and Ruby Ever Copeland, born in May 2016.
Beth Phoenix has a body height of 5 feet 7 inches and an accompanying body weight of 68 kg. Her strong athletic features, which have made her a successful wrestler, are further complemented with admirable body measurements of 40, 25 and 44 inches for her bust, waist, and hips respectively. Beth Phoenix also has blonde hair and blue colored eyes.