Following last night’s Monday Night Raw (which we will get to in a minute, be patient), Beth Phoenix was approached by fans outside the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, asking if the rumours about her planning to leave WWE and retire were true. Lords Of Pain reports that she replied she was neither leaving WWE or retiring in the near future.
To paraphrase Mandy Rice-Davies – a model involved in one of the biggest scandals of in British 1960s politics, the John Profumo/Christine Keeler affair and discredit of the Conservative Government at the time – “well, she would, wouldn’t she?”
Wrestling Inc was the first website to report that Phoenix was intending to leave WWE. It posted a piece last Thursday saying that they had heard from a source that she would be going in October. This was later picked up by other wrestling news sites, and was given extra weight by the Wrestling Observer, which says it has had it confirmed by other sources within the company. However, Phoenix is a professional, and will likely not be addressing the rumours – if she is leaving, she will do so in the right way, quietly slipping into the shadows, likely putting over remaining talent along the way. (more…)
WWE talent being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the state of Florida is hardly a new thing – it’s almost a rite of passage. This one is a little different, as it goes beyond allegedly just getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.
According to TMZ, Brodus Clay’s backing dancer Cameron Lynn (Tough Enough contestant Ariane Andrew, 24) was arrested outside Tampa International Airport in the early hours of Friday morning and when breathalysed blew a .20, which is twice the legal limit for Florida. This conflicts earlier reports that claimed she refused to supply a sample of breath. However, after she was taken into custody, Cameron reportedly forged new ground, and is the reason why this is a full post, rather than a nib in the Roundup.
According to the article, she offered an officer $10,000 to “let her go because she would lose her job”, and other reports saying she listed her occupation as a sales associate for Wells Fargo bank, and not as a performer for WWE. After being processed, she was released on a $500 bond. When TMZ approached WWE for comment, the statement they received was “Ariane [Cameron] did not alert us to this matter, we are investigating and will take appropriate action.”
It seems that she did not inform WWE about what happened, as she was in her fellow backing dancer Naomi‘s corner in her match with Natalya at a house show in Sioux Falls, SD the following night, and according to her Twitter, she is currently in Australia as part of the Raw roster’s tour Down Under this week.