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Former WWE Diva Layla El
WWE Women of Wrestling - Layla El
Former WWE Diva Layla El was born on June 25th, 1978 in London, England.
Before she joined the ranks of WWE Divas, Layla was a dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines, the NBA's Miami Heat and she also danced at the MTV Video Music Awards during a number by Kanye West.
Layla got into pro wrestler after her trainer suggested that she try out for the 2006 $250,000 WWE Diva Search.
Despite a few controversial moments in the competition, she won the Diva Search, beating JT Tinney and Jen England in the finals.
This made Layla the first black diva to win the WWE Diva Search.
After her unforgettable "hazing" by the other Divas at the August 20, 2006 SummerSlam pay-per-view, Layla officially joined their ranks.
Layla was then sent to WWE SmackDown where she did one interview with Mike "The Miz" Mizanin then mysteriously vanished for several weeks until finally reappearing on September 22nd episode of SmackDown!
Layla quickly got into it with Kristal and Jillian Hall then vanished again for a few weeks before showing up at the October 8, 2006 No Mercy pay-per-view.
Layla finally made her in-ring debut during the Diva Trick-or-Treat Battle Royal on October 24th. She lost when she was pulled from the ring apron by The Miz, which started a feud between The Miz and Kristal, and Layla and The Boogeyman.
Layla then moved to ECW on January 23rd 2007 where I pretty much lost track of her because I just don't like the reanimated corpse of a show they call ECW. It has nothing to do with the original and it just makes me mad to try to watch it.
ANYWAY....Layla went to WWE Raw as part of the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, making her the first Diva to achieve a "hat trick" having worked for all three brands.
She turned heel (technically she turned heel on ECW, but like I said, I didn't watch any of that), teamed up with Jillian Hall then started a story line with Jamie Noble that involved him trying to impress her. The convoluted story continued until Layla finally wound up joining fellow Brit William Regal. For a brief time her name was changed to "Layla London" but I think that kinda faded because she's refereed to as Layla El and Layla at WWE.com now.
Outside of the WWE, Layla has appeared in several magazines including King, JET, Smooth, Liquid, FHM and along with Beth Phoenix and Candice Michelle, she appeared in FLEX Magazine's February 2009 issue.
I think Layla is one of the most beautiful Diva's the WWE has. But I also think if she's gonna be a Diva, they need to train her and get her into the ring more.
She has a good ring presence and good mic skills. With the proper training, she could really stand out.
It looks like the WWE took me seriously. Layla has been getting a lot more actual ring time as of late. Even getting to score the pinfall on the WWE Women's Wrestling Champ Melina in a six woman tag team match on Smackdown.
On May 14th, 2010, on WWE SmackDown, Layla accomplished two firsts.
Winning the WWE Women's Championship from Beth Phoenix, in a two-on-one handicap match, Layla became the first British woman to hold the championship and the first Diva Search winner to win the championship.
Layla has teamed up with Michelle McCool to form Team Lay-Cool, and they call themselves the co-Women's Champions.
Michelle is gone now and Layla lost the belt to Eve Torres.
She is currently recovering from an ACL injury.
Layla El Update
Layla reurned to the ring on March 22nd, 2012 in a match at FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling).
It's rumored that when she returns to the "Big Leagues" that she and WWE Superstar Zack Ryder will team up to go after Eve Torres who turned heel while Layla was away.
Layla El Update - 5-1-2012
Well Layla did come back with a bang at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on April 29th.
She replaced Beth Phoenix in a match for the WWE Divas Championship and defeated Nikki Bella to win the WWE Divas Championship.
The next night on Raw, she took on Nikki and Brie in a triple threat match and retained the title.
This makes her second reign as a WWE women's champion.
Layla El and Kelly both made it on to the 2012 Maxim 2012 "Hot 100" list, the 100 hottest women in the world.
Layla came in at 95 and Kelly came in at 38.
WWE Divas have been in the magazine before, but I think this may be the first time two have appeared on the Hot 100 list.
Layla held the WWE Divas Championship for 140 days before losing it to Eve Torres on September 16, 2012 at Night of Champions.
With the possibility of Michelle McCool coming back...you have to wonder...
If she does return...will "LayCool" be far behind?
WWE Diva Layla El at Amazon
Layla El Update: 11-14-2013
So where in the world is Layla?
She hasn't been in a match on TV for over 30 days...and she wasn't even in the WWE Diva Halloween shoot unless I missed her.
Are they holding her back and waiting to see if Michelle McCool is really coming back?
Is LayCool right around the corner?
Layla El Update: 12-13-2013
Update on Layla's WWE status via PWInsider Elite, via WrestlingInc:
We noted before how WWE Diva Layla has went well over a month without appearing on WWE TV and had been absent from social media for about a month before returning last week. Word is that Layla was removed from the road due to some unknown medical issues she had to deal with. There is no concrete word on when she will be brought back. The story is that she was given some time off for the medical issue that came up, WWE was aware of it and fine with it.
Layla El Update: 4-28-2013
Layla is back again and is now the valet for Fandango.
And she seems to be having somewhat of a feud with WWE Diva Emma.
Of course that's not Emma in the picture above, it's AJ Lee.
On July 29th, 2015, the WWE announced in an exclusive interview that Layla has retired from wrestling.