Layla El

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Layla El
A close-up headshot of a tanned, Caucasian woman with long brown hair, who is wearing a black blouse and white jacket.
Layla at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2014.
Birth nameLayla El
Ring name(s)Layla[1]
Layla El[2]
Born(1977-06-25) 25 June 1977 (age 37)[3]
London, England[4]
ResidesMiami, Florida, United States[4]
Billed fromMiami, Florida[1]
Debut2006[4]
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Layla El
A close-up headshot of a tanned, Caucasian woman with long brown hair, who is wearing a black blouse and white jacket.
Layla at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2014.
Birth nameLayla El
Ring name(s)Layla[1]
Layla El[2]
Born(1977-06-25) 25 June 1977 (age 37)[3]
London, England[4]
ResidesMiami, Florida, United States[4]
Billed fromMiami, Florida[1]
Debut2006[4]

Layla El (born 25 June 1977) is an English dancer, model, professional wrestling valet, and professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE as a WWE Diva and appears as Layla.

After attending a performing arts college, El was a dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines, the Miami Heat franchise of the National Basketball Association, and also danced for Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2006, she was a contestant in the 2006 WWE Diva Search, which she won to earn a contract with the company.

Initially appearing on the SmackDown brand, she moved to ECW in January 2007. There, she formed the Extreme Exposé dance troupe with Kelly Kelly and Brooke Adams. In 2008, she was drafted to the Raw brand, where she began managing William Regal. The following year she returned to SmackDown and formed an alliance with Michelle McCool known as LayCool. In May 2010, Layla won the WWE Women's Championship for the first time, making her the first British woman to hold the championship. She is also the first Diva Search winner to have won the championship, and the final recognised WWE Women's Champion as the title was retired in 2010. In April 2012, Layla won the WWE Divas Championship upon her return from a year-long absence due to injury, and held the championship until September that year.

Early life[edit]

El was born and raised in England, and is of Spanish (paternal) and Moroccan descent.[5] She attended a performing arts college in London.[6]

Dancing career[edit]

El was a dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines.[7] Afterward she joined the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat franchise, where she danced for two years beginning in 2004.[8][9] As part of the Miami Heat dance troupe, she received a championship ring.[9] During this time, she appeared on-stage with John Legend as one of his backup dancers.[10] She also danced for P. Diddy and Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards.[2][11]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Diva Search and early appearances (2006–2007)[edit]

A close-up shot of a tanned, Caucasian female with curly black hair. She is wearing a red top with a yellow and white pattern visible, and a blue rope from a wrestling ring is visible in the foreground.
Layla on SmackDown! in 2007.

El's first foray into professional wrestling occurred when her trainer suggested she try out for the $250,000 WWE Diva Search contest in 2006.[12] After a casting call, she was selected as one of the finalists.[7] During the contest, she won a week's worth of "immunity" on the 14 July episode of SmackDown! after winning Sgt. Slaughter's "Diva Boot Camp" obstacle course[13]—despite having jumped over several tires in the tire hop section of the course and not having both of her feet cross the finish line due to her doing a split.[14] She won another competition, the "Diva Search Talent Show" on 11 August, when she danced dressed as a police officer.[15] She won the Diva Search on 16 August.[16]

She made her first "official" WWE appearance at the 2006 SummerSlam pay-per-view in a backstage segment with several other divas. During the segment, the other women initially taunted and teased her before revealing that "it was all in fun" and part of an "initiation" of sorts. Afterward they dragged her into the showers, fully clothed, where they proceeded to spank her while laughing.[11][17] The week after SummerSlam, El made her debut as a member of the SmackDown! brand in an interview with Mike "The Miz" Mizanin—although he did not allow her the chance to say much, spending most of the time talking about himself.[18] Subsequently, she did not appear on WWE television for almost a month, reappearing on the 22 September episode of SmackDown! and getting into a confrontation with both Kristal and Jillian Hall.[19]

At October's No Mercy pay-per-view event, she embarrassed The Miz by tricking him into getting a lap dance from Big Dick Johnson while he was blindfolded and expecting it to be from her as a birthday gift.[17] On 20 October, Layla participated in a dance contest with the other SmackDown! Divas, and was chosen as the winner by the judges, Nick and Aaron Carter. Despite this, The Miz, who was acting as emcee, declared Kristal the winner.[20] The following week, Layla made her official in-ring debut in a "Diva Trick-or-Treat Battle Royal". The match ended in controversial fashion when she was pulled from the ring by The Miz, allowing Kristal to win.[21] The next week, Layla teamed with Big Vito in a loss to The Miz and Kristal in a mixed tag team match.[22] Continuing to feud with Kristal, Layla had her singles match debut on the 1 December episode of SmackDown!, when she lost to Kristal.[23] In her final match for the SmackDown! brand, Layla teamed with Ashley Massaro to defeat Kristal and Jillian Hall in a tag team match on 22 December.[24]

Extreme Exposé; managing William Regal (2007–2009)[edit]

A man and a woman standing in a wrestling ring with red ropes. The man is standing on the left, and has light brown hair. He is wearing a long black coat with gold detailing, short black wrestling tights, and has a wrestling championship around his waist. The woman is standing beside him, but has her face obscured by the ring ropes. She has shoulder length brown hair, and is wearing a black top and black trousers.
Layla with Intercontinental Champion William Regal in January 2009.

The following month, Layla was moved to the ECW brand, debuting on 23 January 2007. She joined Brooke and Kelly Kelly to form Extreme Exposé.[25] The trio performed a weekly dance segment on ECW, choreographed by Layla, for the next several months.[4][26] In June 2007, The Miz was moved to the brand, prompting a storyline in which all three members of Extreme Exposé were attracted to him.[4][27][28] When Kelly shifted her attentions towards Balls Mahoney, Layla, Brooke, and Miz openly mocked her.[29][30][31] On 1 November, Brooke was released from her WWE contract, and Extreme Exposé dissolved as a group, leaving Kelly and Layla to enter an ongoing rivalry with more active in-ring roles.[4][32] They were on opposite sides of a 10-Diva tag team match at Survivor Series, which Layla's team lost.[33] In December, Layla formed an alliance with Victoria, which expanded to include Lena Yada in January 2008, and the trio continued to feud with Kelly.[4][34][35] At WrestleMania XXIV, Layla was a 'lumberjill' for the Divas' tag team lumberjill match.[4] The following month, Layla was part of the winning team in a six-on-six Divas match at the Backlash pay-per-view.[36]

As part of the 2008 Supplemental Draft in late June, Layla was drafted to the Raw brand.[37] On the 7 July episode of Raw, Layla made her debut in a tag team match with Jillian Hall, losing to Mickie James and Kelly Kelly, who had been revealed as the newest member of the Raw brand earlier that night.[38] She soon entered a storyline with Jamie Noble in which Noble attempted to impress her with his matches, only to be squashed—easily defeated—by his opponents.[39][40] On 1 September, Noble was able to defeat William Regal, which impressed Layla.[41] The following week however, Layla chose to align herself with Regal, after he defeated Noble in a rematch.[42] On the next episode of Raw, Layla reinforced her decision, telling Noble that she had finally found a worthy man in Regal.[43] Over the next few months, Layla competed only sporadically in matches, spending most of her time managing Regal, and was present at ringside when Regal defeated Santino Marella on 10 November to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.[4][44] On 5 April Layla competed in a Divas battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, but the match was won by Santina Marella.[4][45]

Lay-Cool (2009–2011)[edit]

Main article: LayCool

On 15 April 2009, Layla was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[46] She started a scripted rivalry with Eve Torres, and lost both a dance contest and an arm wrestling match to Torres, before losing a match to her on the 29 May episode of SmackDown.[47][48][49] After Torres defeated Layla again on WWE Superstars on June 18, the two shook hands.[50]

Two Caucasian women in matching outfits walk in front of two men in military uniforms. Both wearing black tops and red skirts with thigh-high black stockings, the woman on the left has dark brown hair and her hood up, while the blonde woman on the right is pointing to the left.
LayCool: Layla, left, with Michelle McCool at Tribute to the Troops in December 2010.

She then formed an alliance with Michelle McCool, later called Team LayCool. Team LayCool began a scripted rivalry with Mickie James in October, making fun of her weight and vowing to make her leave SmackDown just after her debut for the brand.[4][51][52] At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, McCool's team lost to James' team.[53] At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Layla interfered in the WWE Women's Championship match between McCool and James, helping McCool to retain the championship.[54] In January 2010, at the Royal Rumble, Layla came out in a fatsuit mocking James prior to the championship match between McCool and James; however, the mockery backfired, as James attacked Layla and used that as a distraction to quickly defeat McCool to win the championship.[55] On the 12 February episode of SmackDown, Layla and McCool defeated James in a handicap match made by Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero, who had been accidentally humiliated by James backstage.[56] Guerrero then joined the Lay-Cool alliance, accompanying them to the ring and interfering in their matches.[4] At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Layla and McCool defeated Raw's Gail Kim and Maryse in an inter-brand Divas tag team match.[57] At WrestleMania XXVI she was on the winning team in a 10-Diva tag team match.[58]

Team LayCool faced the WWE Women's Champion, Beth Phoenix, in a two-on-one handicap match on the 14 May episode of SmackDown. Layla pinned Phoenix to win the Women's Championship for the first time, becoming the first British woman to hold the championship.[59][60] She is also the first Diva Search winner to have won the championship.[61] Following her win, Team LayCool began calling themselves the co-Women's Champions.[62] On 1 June, it was announced that LayCool would be mentoring Kaval during the second season of WWE NXT.[63][64] On 18 July, Layla had her first title defense when she defeated Kelly Kelly at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.[65] On 30 July, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long informed LayCool that there was only one Women's Champion, and they had a week to decide who it would be.[66] The following week, LayCool revealed that they had cut the championship belt into two, turning it into a friendship charm and circumventing Long's orders.[67] In September, Layla and McCool challenged WWE Divas Champion Melina to a championship unification match at Night of Champions. McCool participated in the match and won with Layla's help to unify both championships into the WWE Unified Divas Championship.[68][69] Layla unofficially became the co-champion, and defended the championship against Melina the following night on Raw.[70] After both members of LayCool had successfully defended the championship against Natalya, they faced her in a two-on-one handicap match at Survivor Series, which Natalya won to become the new Divas Champion.[71] Following Survivor Series, Natalya and Phoenix formed an alliance to continue the feud with LayCool, and at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view in December, Lay-Cool lost to them in the first Diva's Tag Team Tables match in WWE.[72][73] Lay-Cool invoked their rematch clause in January 2011, prompting the scheduling of a two-on-one handicap match for the Royal Rumble. At the Royal Rumble however, the anonymous Raw General Manager changed the match to a fatal four-way, also involving Eve. Eve went on to pin Layla and become the new Divas Champion.[74]

LayCool began to fall out following the loss of the Divas Championship, and appeared in a series of vignettes in which they were attending couples therapy.[75][76][77] On the 22 April episode of SmackDown, McCool attacked Layla during one of their storyline therapy sessions.[78] During the 2011 WWE Draft on 25 April, Layla lost a match to Eve and was attacked afterward by McCool, but was able to fight her off.[79] On 29 April, the pair faced each other in a match, which ended in a double countout.[80] As a result, the pair faced each off in a no countout, no disqualification, loser leaves WWE match at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on 1 May, which Layla won.[81]

Injury and Divas Champion (2011–present)[edit]

Layla announced that she had suffered a knee injury at Extreme Rules on SmackDown on 13 May, and was interrupted and attacked by Kharma to write her off television.[82] Later that month, it was confirmed that Layla had legitimately torn both her Anterior cruciate and Medial collateral ligaments and required surgery.[83]

Layla made her in-ring return at a Florida Championship Wrestling event on 22 March 2012.[84] She returned to the main WWE roster at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on 29 April, replacing Beth Phoenix, who was not medically cleared to compete, in a match for the WWE Divas Championship. Despite interference from Brie Bella, Layla defeated Nikki Bella to win the WWE Divas Championship for the first time.[85][86] The following night on Raw, she successfully defended the championship against both Nikki and Brie in a triple threat match, and retained twice against Phoenix at the Over the Limit and No Way Out pay-per-views in May and June respectively.[87][88][89] On the 20 August episode of Raw, Kaitlyn won a battle royal to become the number one contender to Layla's Divas Championship.[90] At Night of Champions, Kaitlyn was removed from the championship match following a storyline injury and replaced with Eve Torres. Torres defeated Layla for the Divas Championship.[91]

A brunette Caucasian woman and dark-haired Caucasian man in a wrestling ring, pointing and yelling at a blonde Caucasian woman with her back to the camera.
Layla and Fandango being confronted by Summer Rae (right) on 19 May.

Layla defeated Torres in a non-title match on Superstars to earn a shot at the Divas Championship.[92] She received her title match on 15 October, but was unsuccessful, and failed again to regain the championship in a three-way match at Hell in a Cell.[93][94] On 12 November, on Raw, Layla was defeated by Kaitlyn in a number one contenders match for the Divas championship.[95] On 16 December at the Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, Layla competed in a number one contender's "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal to face Torres for the championship, but was unsuccessful in winning the match.[96] In early 2013, Layla briefly developed a feud with Tamina Snuka, losing to her in singles matches before defeating her in a tag team match.[97][98][99] As part of the feud, Layla allied herself with Kaitlyn, and began accompanying her to ringside.[100] On the 2 August episode of SmackDown, Layla stopped Kaitlyn from spearing AJ Lee, costing Kaitlyn both the match and the Divas Championship, and left with AJ.[101] Layla went on to defeat Kaitlyn in singles competition and in a tag team match with AJ as her partner.[102][103]

In late 2013, Layla took a hiatus from WWE due to ongoing personal issues.[104] She returned at a non-televised event on 14 March 2014, and made her television return the following week on an episode of WWE Main Event, where she and Alicia Fox lost to The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi).[105][106] Layla participated in the Divas Invitational match for the WWE Divas Championship at WrestleMania XXX which was won by AJ.[107] The following week, she replaced Summer Rae as Fandango's dancer and valet, and quickly became embroiled in a feud with Emma and Santino Marella.[108][109][110] In May, Layla entered a tournament to determine the new NXT Women's Champion, but lost to Natalya in the first round.[111] Rae returned on 19 May, attacking Layla.[112] Competing over Fandango's affections, Layla and Rae repeatedly attacked each other, prompting a match at Money in the Bank with Fandango as the special guest referee; Layla won the match.[113][114]

Modelling[edit]

Since winning the Diva Search contest El has also done some modelling work. She has been featured in the magazines King, Smooth, and was the cover-girl for the first issue of Liquid.[5][115][116] She also posed for FHM with the other members of Extreme Exposé.[117] Layla, along with Beth Phoenix and Candice Michelle, appeared in the February 2009 issue of Flex Magazine.[26][118]

Other media[edit]

A close-up headshot of a tanned, Caucasian woman with brown hair, slightly past shoulder length, who is wearing a black top.
Layla in late 2008

In April 2007, Layla and other WWE Divas, Kelly Kelly, Brooke, Torrie Wilson, Ashley, and Maryse, were filmed for Timbaland's music video "Throw It On Me" featuring The Hives.[119] During the week of 5 November 2007, Layla appeared on five episodes of Family Feud with other WWE superstars.[26] On 6 February 2008 she appeared on Project Runway with several WWE Divas as part of the week's challenge.[120] She also appeared on the 13 April 2008 episode of Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp as a trainer.[26]

In 2012, Layla ranked number 95 in Maxim's Hot 100.[121][122]

Filmography[edit]

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Family FeudHerself"WWE Superstars vs Divas" (5 episodes)[26]
2008Project Runway"Raw Talent" (Season 4, episode 10)[120]
2008Celebrity Fit Club Boot CampSeason 6; Trainer[26]
Music Videos
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007"Throw It On Me"HerselfMusic video by Timbaland ft. The Hives[119]

Personal life[edit]

She has previously lived in Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California.[123] El's mother died in August 2008.[124]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Layla". WWE. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Diva Search: Layla El Profile". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 15 June 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  3. ^ El, Layla. "Happy Birthday – 35". Twitter. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Layla El". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Medalis, Kara A. "Layla gets 'Smooth' and sexy". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 15 August 2007. 
  6. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (11 April 2008). "Diva Dish: Eurotrip Divas". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Eckinger, Helen (12 July 2006). "Hot moves: Heat dancers' hopes for stardom". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Heat Dancer 2005: Layla". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  9. ^ a b Hester, Larry (15 January 2009). "Layla El". King (magazine). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (28 March 2008). "Diva Dish: 'Mania-bound Divas". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Girls of FHM – Extreme Exposé's Layla". FHM. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Cohen, Eric. "Interview With Layla El, Winner of the 2006 Diva Search". About.com. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  13. ^ Zeigler, Zach. "Layla earns immunity". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  14. ^ "SmackDown! Results – July 14, 2006". Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007. "Layla El [...] was next [...]She screwed up the tires again and looked to have skipped some." 
  15. ^ Medalis, Kara. "Divas show their talents". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  16. ^ Martin, Adam (16 August 2006). "The winner of $250,000 2006 WWE Diva Search in New York City is...". WrestleView. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Wrestling’s historical cards". Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts (Kappa Publishing Group): 121–122. 2007. 
  18. ^ Tello, Craig. "Friday knightmare". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 25 August 2006. 
  19. ^ Kamchen, Richard (23 September 2006). "Smackdown: SuperShow Part Deux". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  20. ^ Waldman, Jon (21 October 2006). "Smackdown: A-1 matches better "A-list" celebs". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  21. ^ DiFino, Lennie (24 October 2006). "Mutiny". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 27 October 2006. 
  22. ^ McNamara, Andy (4 November 2006). "Smackdown: Brothers of Destruction reunite". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  23. ^ Waldman, Jon (2 December 2006). "Smackdown: Triple threat title tilt". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  24. ^ McNamara, Andy (23 December 2006). "Smackdown: Destruction rings in the holiday". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  25. ^ Tello, Craig. "Premature rumblings". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 23 January 2007. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f Varsallone, Jim (11 July 2009). "WWE diva, former Heat dancer Layla returning to Miami; Tye Dye Guy as Raw guest GM in Orlando?". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 12 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  27. ^ MacKinder, Matt (13 June 2007). "ECW: Title picture clears up". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  28. ^ MacKinder, Matt (10 July 2007). "ECW: Originals do the job". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  29. ^ MacKinder, Matt (2 August 2007). "ECW: Punk gets his 15 minutes". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  30. ^ Bishop, Matt (3 October 2007). "ECW: Elimination Chase reaches finish line". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  31. ^ Bishop, Matt (24 October 2007). "ECW: More SmackDown presence". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  32. ^ "Brooke released". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  33. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (18 November 2007). "Survivor Series ends with an Edge". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  34. ^ a b Bishop, Matt (12 December 2007). "ECW: Tag bout steals the show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  35. ^ a b Bishop, Matt (30 January 2008). "ECW: Punk sounds in on Guerrero's fiesta". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  36. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (28 April 2008). "HHH reigns again after Backlash". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  37. ^ "Official 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft Results". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  38. ^ Plummer, Dale (8 July 2008). "Raw: Batista rises above, Kane gets angry". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  39. ^ Plummer, Dale (15 July 2008). "Raw: JBL runs down Cena". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  40. ^ Plummer, Dale (29 July 2008). "Raw: The new GM no one expected". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  41. ^ Elliott, Brian (1 September 2008). "Raw: Jericho-HBK segment saves show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  42. ^ Plummer, Dale (9 September 2009). "Raw: It's Jericho's show again". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  43. ^ Plummer, Dale (16 September 2008). "Raw: Climbing the ladder to No Mercy". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  44. ^ Elliott, Brian (11 November 2008). "Raw: Not so live – or interesting – from England". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  45. ^ Plummer, Dale (6 April 2009). "Wrestlemania 25: HBK-Undertaker steals the show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  46. ^ "2009 WWE Supplemental Draft results". World Wrestling Entertainment. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  47. ^ McNamara, Andy (1 May 2009). "Smackdown: Punk wins, but Hardy stands tall". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  48. ^ McNamara, Andy (8 May 2009). "Smackdown: Hardy's hot, Edge is not". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  49. ^ McNamara, Andy (29 May 2009). "Smackdown: Numbers game too much for Jeff Hardy". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  50. ^ Mackinder, Matt (18 June 2009). "WWE Superstars: More Thursday night boredom". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  51. ^ Waldman, Jon (14 November 2009). "Smackdown: The real total, nonstop action". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  52. ^ Bishop, Matt (22 January 2010). "Smackdown: Mysterio calls out Undertaker". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  53. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (23 November 2009). "Lots of wrestlers per match but no title changes at Survivor Series". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  54. ^ Kapur, Bob (14 December 2009). "New champs at strong WWE TLC show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  55. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (1 February 2010). "The 2010 Royal Rumble is Rated R in Atlanta". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  56. ^ Goodridge, Jeff (14 February 2010). "Smackdown Report for Feb 12". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  57. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (22 February 2010). "Batista, Jericho and Michaels capitalize on Elimination Chamber opportunities". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  58. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (29 March 2010). "Undertaker ends Shawn Michaels' career in thrilling rematch to cap off Wrestlemania XXVI". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  59. ^ a b "History of the Women's Championship: Layla". World Wrestling Entertainment. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  60. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (14 May 2010). "Smackdown!: Titles shuffle around in Buffalo". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  61. ^ Rob, Melanie (18 May 2010). "Londoner Layla makes history". The Sun. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  62. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (22 May 2010). "Smackdown!: Revving up for Over the Limit". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 23 May 2010. "Team Laycool is pronouncing themselves as Co-Women’s Champions" 
  63. ^ Bishop, Matt (1 June 2010). "WWE NXT: Barrett wins show's first season". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  64. ^ Caldwell, James (1 June 2010). "WWE News: NXT Results – Season Two announced, Pro & Rookie pairings revealed". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  65. ^ McNamara, Andy (19 July 2010). "Kane, Miz make most of Money In The Bank". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  66. ^ Waldman, Jon (31 July 2010). "Smackdown: A "slick" episode to close July". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  67. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (7 August 2010). "Smackdown: The search for vengeance and championships". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  68. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (20 September 2010). "Few gimmicks, more title changes at Night of Champions". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  69. ^ "History of the Unified Divas Championship: Michelle McCool". World Wrestling Entertainment. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  70. ^ Plummer, Dale (20 September 2010). "RAW: Orton, Sheamus face off; Cena runs the Nexus gauntlet". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  71. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (22 November 2010). "The fate of Cena is finally decided at so-so Survivor Series". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  72. ^ Sokol, Bryan (20 December 2010). "TLC delivers highs, lows and a new champ". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  73. ^ "Divas Champion Natalya & Beth Phoenix def. Team Lay-Cool (Divas Tag Team Tables Match)". World Wrestling Entertainment. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2012. "first-ever Divas Tag Team Tables Match" 
  74. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (31 January 2011). "Super-size Royal Rumble saves biggest surprise for last". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  75. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (26 February 2011). "Smackdown: Some water is thicker than blood". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  76. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (9 April 2011). "Smackdown: Wrestlemania lingers on". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  77. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (16 April 2011). "Smackdown: Okay, Edge, play the blues". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  78. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (23 April 2011). "Smackdown: Night of Champions comes early". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  79. ^ Plummer, Dale (25 April 2011). "RAW: Draft tries to shock WWE Universe". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  80. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (30 April 2011). "Smackdown: Look what the draft dragged in". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  81. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (1 May 2011). "Extreme Rules: Championship make-over edition". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  82. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (13 May 2011). "Smackdown: Old standards in Music City". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  83. ^ Gerweck, Steve (25 May 2011). "WWE Diva scheduled for surgery". WrestleView. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  84. ^ "Layla returns to in-ring action". Pro Wrestling Torch. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  85. ^ a b "History of the Divas Championship: Layla". WWE. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  86. ^ Bishop, Matt (29 April 2012). "Bloodied Cena shocks Lesnar to cap off outstanding Extreme Rules". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  87. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (1 May 2012). "Raw: Triple H reads the riot act to Lesnar, but Laurinaitis gets the last laugh in Dayton". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  88. ^ Caldwell, James (20 May 2012). "Caldwell's WWE Over The Limit PPV Report 5/20: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV – Cena-Johnny, Punk-Bryan". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  89. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (17 June 2012). "No Way Out: End of another era". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  90. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (21 August 2012). "Raw: The king is dead, long live the king". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  91. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (17 September 2012). "Night of Champions: Hustle, loyalty, and yes, respect". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  92. ^ James, Justin (1 October 2012). "James's WWE Superstars Results 9/27: Kofi vs. Ziggler in re-match from Monday's Raw, Divas champ in action, DiBiase". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  93. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (16 October 2012). "Raw: Punk gets his big decision made for him in Nashville". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  94. ^ Plummer, Dale; Tylwalk, Nick (29 October 2013). "Punk gets Shell Shocked but escapes with his gold at Hell in a Cell". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  95. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (13 November 2012). "Raw: The Survivor Series picture gets cleared up in Columbus". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  96. ^ Caldwell, James (16 December 2012). "Caldwell's WWE TLC PPV Results 12/16: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of final 2012 PPV – Cena vs. Ziggler main event, Shield makes a statement". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  97. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (5 January 2013). "Smackdown: Showcasing that pesky second W in WWE". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  98. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (16 February 2013). "Smackdown: Signs, signs, everywhere are (Wrestlemania) signs". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  99. ^ Plummer, Dale (22 February 2013). "Smackdown!: Orton wants Elimination Chamber revenge against Swagger". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  100. ^ Plummer, Dale (8 March 2013). "Smackdown! The Shield can't serve justice to The Big Show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  101. ^ Plummer, Dale (2 August 2013). "Smackdown!: Del Rio's pick for SummerSlam overruled". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  102. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (6 August 2013). "Raw: Cena, Bryan and Orton are uneasy allies in Green Bay". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  103. ^ Plummer, Dale (16 August 2013). "Smackdown!: Daniel Bryan sees a revolving door of referees". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  104. ^ Martin, Adam (16 February 2014). "Update on the WWE status of Layla and Richie Steamboat". WrestleView. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  105. ^ Martin, Adam (15 March 2014). "Layla returns to the ring for WWE at live event". WrestleView. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  106. ^ Caldwell, James (March 18, 2014). "Caldwell's WWE Main Event Results 3/18: In-person coverage of Undertaker's Main Event debut on WWE Network, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  107. ^ Howell, Nolan (6 April 2014). "WrestleMania XXX brings the beginning and end of eras". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  108. ^ a b Martin, Adam (8 April 2014). "Spoilers: WWE Smackdown taping results for April 11". WrestleView. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  109. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (14 April 2014). "Raw: Celebrating Ultimate Warrior and witnessing a powerful reunion". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  110. ^ Asher, Matthew (22 April 2014). "Raw: Bryan beatdown in Baltimore, IC finals set". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  111. ^ James, Justin (May 1, 2014). "James's WWE NXT Report 5/1 – Week 96: Neville defends NXT Title, Women's tournament begins, more; Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  112. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (20 May 2014). "Raw: Bray Wyatt has the whole world in his hands – including London". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  113. ^ Howell, Nolan (25 June 2014). "Main Event: Reigns makes a point before Money in the Bank". Slam Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  114. ^ Howell, Nolan (29 June 2014). "Cena takes authority of the WWE title at Money in the Bank". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  115. ^ "Layla El – King Magazine". King. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  116. ^ Medalis, Kara A. "Layla is LIQUID's premiere cover girl". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 5 December 2006. 
  117. ^ Medalis, Kara A.; Tello, Craig; Zeigler, Zack. "Diva Dish: FHM goes Extreme". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  118. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (11 January 2009). "Raw Divas 'Flex' some muscle". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  119. ^ a b Medalis, Kara A. "The Sexiest Women in L.A.". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 20 April 2007. 
  120. ^ a b Medalis, Kara A.; Zeigler, Zack. "Diva Dish: 'Runway' Divas". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 10 February 2008. 
  121. ^ "Divas sizzle on Maxim's Hot 100". WWE. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  122. ^ "95 Layla El". Mazxim. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  123. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (14 November 2008). "Diva Dish: Divas thrill Europe". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  124. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (10 October 2008). "Diva Dish: Neidhart family reunion". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  125. ^ El, Layla (26 August 2012). "Layla names her 2012 kick finisher". Twitter. Retrieved 6 October 2012. "“@EatDefeat92: @mslayel whats the name of the kick youve been using as your finisher recently?” 'BOMBSHELL'" 
  126. ^ James, Justin. "James's WWE Superstars Results 9/27: Kofi vs. Ziggler in re-match from Monday's Raw, Divas champ in action, DiBiase". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  127. ^ James, Justin. "James's WWE Superstars Report 8/2: Rhodes vs. Gabriel main event, Divas champ, Slater faces non-Legend". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  128. ^ Keller, Wade (31 January 2011). "Keller's WWE Raw report 1/31: Major follow-up to Royal Rumble including Elimination Chamber main events established". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  129. ^ a b Martin, Todd (21 September 2010). "Todd Martin's Raw is Counterproductive Report for Sept. 20". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  130. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (7 May 2008). "Women's Champion Beth Phoenix, Candice Michelle and Layla in the February 2009 issue of "Flex" [Photo 14]". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 15 October 2010. "In the February "Flex," Layla talks about her finisher, The Layout." 
  131. ^ Parks, Greg (7 May 2010). "Parks' WWE SmackDown Report 5/7: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of the show, including Jack Swagger vs. Kane". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 18 June 2010. "Lay-Out neck-breaker" 
  132. ^ Shannon, James (5 June 2009). "A look at another strong Smackdown show – TV report for 6/5". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Retrieved 12 September 2009. "Layla quickly hit a neckbreaker" 
  133. ^ Tedesco, Mike. "WWE Smackdown Results – 4/26/13". WrestleView. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  134. ^ Parks, Greg (14 August 2009). "Parks' WWE SmackDown Report 8/14: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of the show, including C.M. Punk vs. John Morrison". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  135. ^ Cox, James. "WWE Superstars Report: Usos vs. 3MB, Layla vs. Fox". Wrestling Observer Newsletter/Figure Four Online. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  136. ^ Tedesco, Mike (3 July 2012). "Smackdown Results – 7/3/12". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  137. ^ Stephens, David (10 September 2012). "Raw Results – 9/10/12". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  138. ^ "Not Enough for Me". iTunes. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  139. ^ "Insatiable". iTunes. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  140. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Female 50 for 2012". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  141. ^ "WWE News: Full list of 2010 Slammy Awards – 12 announced on Raw, 10 announced on WWE's website". Pro Wrestling Torch. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 

External links[edit]