Beth Phoenix reveals she's stepping away from WWE announcing role

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WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix (r.) is leaving the NXT announce team. WWE

Beth Phoenix announced Thursday on Twitter that she is leaving her role as an announcer on NXT, the WWE’s developmental program. Sunday’s “NXT: WarGames” show will mark her final appearance.

“Ahead of WarGames, I wanted to share that this Sunday will be my final night in NXT,” Phoenix tweeted. “While I will remain a part of WWE, I have made the choice to step away from the weekly broadcast to spend more time with my family.

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— Beth “Phoenix” Copeland (@TheBethPhoenix) December 2, 2021

“This was not an easy decision, as I have loved my three plus years and 135 episodes with NXT and am incredibly proud of the brand,” she continued.

Phoenix, 41, who became a full-time commentator for NXT in 2019, also expressed gratitude for her colleagues in the farewell note.

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Beth Phoenix revealed Thursday she will be stepping away from her current role at NXT.

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“I will forever be grateful to Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips, Mauro Ranallo, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Michael Cole, and my entire NXT family both in and out of the ring for the amazing opportunity. NXT will always be a part of me and Auntie Betty will always be a part of NXT. Leave the porch light on for me,” Phoenix concluded.

Phoenix, whose real name is Elizabeth Copeland, was a WWE Divas champion and a three-time WWE women’s champion as a wrestler for the promotion. She married Edge — born Adam Copeland — in 2016 and was part of the WWE’s 2017 Hall of Fame class.

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Beth Phoenix slamming Bayley from the top rope during WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium.

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Amid WWE’s broad restructuring of operations over the past couple years, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, NXT has also been evolving. While NXT was always nominally a developmental territory for the WWE main roster, it has pivoted even more in that direction — and therefore is less of an island promotion — of late.

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