Beth Phoenix will enter the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, but her journey there began 10 years earlier at the No Mercy pay-per-view. A dominant force within the rebuilding women's division, she had bowled over the competition en route to a Women's Championship match with Candice Michelle.
At the event, Phoenix culminated her rise up the ranks with a championship victory that firmly established her as the premier competitor on the female roster.
It was a magical moment that paid off months of steady build. Phoenix had returned to the promotion earlier in the year, 12 months after breaking her jaw and seeing her first push in WWE come to a premature end.
A championship-quality performer from the start, her coronation was inevitable.
Now, 10 years later, she will enjoy immortality as she takes her place among the best to ever lace their boots.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.