Since hearing the news last night, I’ve thought a lot about to what say about Layla’s retirement.
In all honesty, this has been a terrible summer for me, and this news ended up being the sprinkles on top of the crap sundae life has served me over the past few months. I realize that that’s selfish of me to say, but hey- she was (obviously) my favourite WWE Diva, so I wasn’t exactly ecstatic to hear of her retirement.
Did I expect it? Yes. Absolutely. I think we all did, in a way. I’m glad she got to make the decision on her own terms, and that she received an exit interview. Do I wish they’d done a bit more? Hell, yeah, I do. I wish that she’d had a farewell match of some sort, or a segment on air. It would have been nice if her last taped match (against Natalya) hadn’t been cut from the show. At the very least, a farewell gallery highlighting her career would have been nice. Even better would have been a video playlist of career highlights.
Since I doubt any of this will be happening, I’m going to take it upon myself to do these things. I’ll be doing a gif and image retrospective of important moments in her career, milestones, achievements, and even just moments I particularly enjoyed. This retrospective will be called #ThankYouLayla, after her trending hashtag. I’ll be tracking that tag here on Tumblr, so please feel free to share your own favourite Layla memories and moments! Whether it be from a televised show, a house show, a signing, meeting her after a show- anything and everything is welcome.
This blog is not going away. I am and always will be a huge fan of Layla. She’s a talented lady, she’s gorgeous, and- maybe best of all- her genuineness and sweet personality shine through in everything that she does. I doubt she’ll fade completely away into obscurity, and I look forward to seeing what new direction she’ll go in! Both on a personal level and with this blog, I’ll be continuing to support her in whatever she does, and I invite you guys to come along for the ride!
In summary, thank you, Layla, for so many years of entertainment, and for being such an amazing person! I’m so excited to see where you go next. You’ve been an inspiration to me, and will continue to be one.
Love and hugs to all of you. ♥