38 year old Layla has announced her retirement from the world of professional wrestling after a 9 year stint with the company.
Layla started with the WWE in 2006 when she was a contestant in the WWE Diva Search contest, a contest that she eventually won. She worked backstage interviews before transitioning to the ring and eventually being part of Extreme Expose` in ECW with Brooke and Kelly Kelly.
After moving back to Smackdown, she teamed up with Michelle McCool to form one of the most successful Diva pairing in the history of WWE, Team LayCool. In 2012 she she won the WWE Divas championship at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, a title she lost to Eve Torres after a reign of 140 days.
Following a brief angle where she was Fandango’s dance partner, she teamed up with Summer Rae to form the Slayers but the team disbanded shortly after Layla had to undergo surgery earlier this year.
“I feel like deciding to retire from the ring has been a hard decision to make because I’m passionate and I love performing. I’ve known everybody in that company now for nine years. They’re family. I spend more time with crew and Superstars and Divas on the roster than I did with anybody else,” Layla told WWE.COM.
When asked what’s next for her, she said she might do some TV stuff in the United States or United Kingdom or maybe go back to the Miami Heat and start choreographing their cheerleaders.
“I’d like to tell WWE Universe “Thank you” for always being loyal to me. They’ve seen me through my good times and in my bad times. In one of the first interviews when I won the Diva Search, I said to the fans, “I won’t let you down,” and I truly feel like I can walk away saying I have attained anything that any Diva was able to attain,” Layla said.