Beth Phoenix has revealed she has been conducting her NXT commentary duties remotely in order to help keep her family safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Phoenix has been a full-time member of the commentary team with NXT since 2019 but worked remotely at the height of the pandemic, returning ringside for the WWE black-and-gold brand back in January.
The former four-time WWE Women's and Diva's champion has now offered details as to the technical challenges that come with providing commentary remotely on NXT events.
Speaking to SK Wrestling, Phoenix said: "First of all, it took a team of people. From the tech side, production, the other broadcasters. Not to mention everybody bending over backwards to keep myself and my family safe. My mom has some extreme heart issues. So me being able to work remotely truly kept my family safe, and Adam had just gotten hurt, so he was rehabbing.
"It was just a really difficult time, as it was for everybody, for my family over the summer and into the fall. So for WWE to give me the opportunity to work remotely, I am so grateful for that.
"That being said, it was challenging for me, but not nearly as challenging as it was for those at the desk that were trying to navigate this. You know the wifi bar on your phone, how that can impose anxiety? Imagine that during a live TakeOver. Like watching my wifi bar. So it took a whole team of people to make that happen. Really, being at the forefront of technology for that.
"I can’t send out enough thank yous for that and I’ve tried to tell everybody in person, but I’m going to send one more giant thank you for everybody that worked hard so that I could do that remote at home."